On Saturday August 20th 2011, the North End came together to celebrate the summer, support and diversity that we have within our community!
The annual event Picnic in the Park took place beginning at 11am in the moring and carrying on well into the evening, ending at 3:45pm. It was a fantastic and free event intended to showcase the many positive theings that are happening in the community, and simply enjoy a picnic, in the park, together.
I am thankful for the opportunity to act as one of the co-emcees for the event alongside Carrey Sinclair, and introduce the awesome entertainers and try to keep the mood energized and positive in between our entertainers! We had many exciting features at the event including the 'Walk of Fame' which featured community agencies that wanted to share information, resources and support to North Enders. They ranged from th University of Winnipeg Urban and Inner City tudies, to Ross Eadie, City Councillor, to Toastmasters, to North End Food Security Network, Zion Church, SEED Winnipeg and so many more!!
(A complete list of the partners will be made available at the NECRC website soon!)
We had such a wide array of entertainment, and we were keeping the world up to date (up to the minute!) through NECRC's Twitter account (@NorthEndRising). We opened up with community Mentor Selena Clements singing O Canada as well as 2 songs, one of which was dedicated to our community volunteers! This is the 2nd year she has shared her voice with the Picnic!
|Turtle Island Youth perform the Hip Hop they have learned through Graffiti Art Programming!|
|Norman Chief Memorial Dancers lit up the stage with their awesome brand of Jigging!!!|
|Lorenzo mixes his Rez sound with Country & Hip Hop and more to creative a positive message for our youth!|
|DB Blues Band rocked the Park with their brand of BLUES!!|
|Hundreds of communtiy members shard the park, soaked up the sun, and enjoyed the free food and entertainment!|
As you can see, the pictures tell a thousand words! It was an excellent time, and I can't wait til next year! It was excellent at the end giving away the 10 $25 Gift Certificates for Extra foods, the free books donated by Mount Carmel Clinic's Day Care and dealing with lost items and parking violations! Something funny, we created an opportunity for people to come up on the Picnic Stage, and get their pics with the emcees. That's a tradition we can continue every year! We also had these fantastic events and opportunities:
- Story Telling Teepee courtesy of Ralph Brown and FACT (Family And Communities Together). Also, St John's Library donated children's books for families to read to their kids!
- Face Painting and children's activities thanks to the City of Winnipeg!
- Bike Valet Courtesy of Nona and (I think) the North End Girls Riding Club
- 'Car Town' educating children about road safety presented by Manitoba Public Insurance
- Demonstrations from Winnipeg Police and Fire Trucks