CAMROSE HERITAGE RAILWAY STATION WORKSHOPS
- April 21, 2018 – Bokashi Composting
Time: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm | Cost: $70.00 per person or $35.00 for repeat participants or for lecture only. Full workshop fee includes all materials for each participant to make a 5 kg batch of Bokashi Compost to take home and handouts. Facilitated by Bernice Kadatz, soil specialist and international speaker. Learn the secrets of the natural and simple technique that will change the way you garden. Bokashi Composting can effectively compost any type of kitchen waste including meat, egg shells, bones and milk products and turn them into incredible soil supplement/nutrient. The workshop will consist of a lecture describing the power of bokashi composting, how to compost your kitchen waste and how to prepare the bokashi bran and hands-on demonstration of the process. Bring a bag lunch. Limit of 15 participants. There is an option for previous participants to attend and prepare a new batch of Bokashi bran. Bring your bucket or pail from the previous class. For more information, please view the following information: Bokashi Composting.
- May 19, 2018 – Communicating With Nature and Accessing Plant Wisdom POSTPONED UNTIL FALL
Time: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm | Cost: $80.00 per person. Includes all materials except the pre-washed white cotton t-shirt or shirt per participant. Facilitated by Bernice Kadatz, soil specialist and international speaker. One of the most powerful healing energies we have access to is just being in natural areas. Whether we are just sitting or walking in nature or working with plants and animals, science is confirming these simple activities have a profound impact not only on our physical health but our mental health. This workshop will explore the concepts of how natural systems work as well as offer tools to actively communicate with nature allowing nature to capture nature’s full potential. You will be introduced to an advanced communication tool, the Plant Morphogenic Dye Process. Plant morphogenesis transfers messages and energy patterns from the plants using heliographic dyes into a cloth medium. Participants will be creating their own project using heliographic dye and the plants that resonate them attained from the Station gardens or you can bring a plant of your own with you. Bring a bag lunch. Limit of 12 participants.
- June 9, 2018 – Soil Energetics CANCELLED
Time: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm | Cost: $70.00 per person. Facilitated by Bernice Kadatz, soil specialist and international speaker. Ancient civilizations throughout the world and predominately in the Amazon river basin knew how to grow soil that remains fertile for over 1000 years. This workshop is complementary to the Bokashi Composting and designed to describe the system the ancients used to transform the soil. The workshop consists of a lecture followed by a practical session to make soil kookies to be placed in the soil or a plate can be made used to weigh down Bokashi compost. Using these kookies has resulted in amazing results. Bring a bag lunch. Limit of 12 participants.
- July 16, 2018 – Pressed Flower Craft Making
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm | Cost: $20.00 per person. Participants need to bring an old phone book and a pair of tweezers. Facilitated by Diana Nickel, retired school teacher and avid gardener. Using flowers from the beautiful gardens at the Camrose Heritage site you will pick and press flowers to create a beautiful card and picture. The course presenter is Diana Nickel, who started using flowers and natural materials for crafts twenty years ago while volunteering at the Devonian Botanic Gardens. Diana has received awards for her pressed flower and watercolor art.
- July 28, 2018 – Flower Dye Art Workshop
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm | Cost: $15.00 per adult, Children: $10.00, Family: $25.00. Facilitated by Diana Nickel, retired school teacher and avid gardener. Includes all materials except please bring your own hammer. Come join us and explore the intriguing craft of flower dye art. Discover how to transfer the natural dyes of flowers and plants onto watercolor paper. Create interesting bookmarks, gifts, tags, and small pictures. These can be used as interesting accents for your hand-made cards. All you need to bring is a hammer. Age 6 years and up. An adult must accompany children.
All workshops located at Camrose Heritage Railway Station and Park, 4407 47 Avenue, Camrose, Alberta.
Register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 780-672-3099.
CAMROSE HERITAGE RAILWAY STATION EVENTS
- May 19, 2018 – Opening Day for the Station and Site 2018
Station hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Self-serve delicious refreshments (homemade cookies and beverages) can be purchased Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, throughout the season. Find treasures in the White Elephant Gift shop today and every Tuesday through Saturday of the May long weekend until Saturday of the August long weekend. Tour the 13 heritage spring gardens and exhibits self or guided available. Take a ride on our Percy-like train and play in the Children’s Secret Garden. Watch the G-Scale trains in the Morgan Garden Railway. Visit our extensive track car collection and themed exhibits on Coal–The End of An Era.
- May 26, 2018 – Plant Sale and Swap (10 am to 5 pm)
Purchase or swap some of the many plants that grow within our station gardens or have been donated by community members. Also available will be various White Elephant gardening pots and yard items. Donations of plants, garden and yard items are gratefully accepted. Carrot cake and beverages available for purchase. White Elephant Gift Shop open and a knowledgeable Station Gardener will be available to answer your questions.
- Week of July 9 to 12, 2018 – Booked Interpretive Garden Tours with Victorian Dessert and Tea
An interpretive garden tour of the Victory Garden and 12 spectacular flower gardens followed by dessert and tea served in the Station’s King George Room or Tea Room. Individual or large group tours welcome! Tour bookings available for 10 am or 2 pm. Tours need to be booked in advance; cost is $12.00 per person.
- July 14, 2018 – Coal – The End of An Era (10 am to 5 pm)
Enjoy activities associated with coal and the fireside at manned stations throughout the site. There will be story telling for adults and children, tea ceremony and scones, and poetry. Examine the displays and archives depicting the use of coal that was a boom to the railway ‘Age of Steam.’ Children can ride on the Percy-like train. Tour the gardens and other historic buildings. Wave at the train as it goes by the Station Garden Railway where period trains will be running. Enjoy a display of local art on the theme of fireside activities of ages gone by. Purchase and enjoy a self-serve light Miner’s lunch in the Station Beanery (name for station restaurants in early days).
Agenda (may be subject to change before event)
10:00-16:00 Displays of the coal era, self tours of site (station, gardens), art workson display, purchase treasures from the Gift Shop. Visit Engineer Prestage and watch early steam models on the Morgan Garden Railway and listen to the story of the history of steam in Camrose. Meet Fireman Middleton and find out about the life of a railway fireman “…making that big steam engine roll.” Ride the speeder and Percy-like train with Conductor Reitan. Visit the Quilting Fireside and learn about quilting…try your hand. Visit the Home Fireside, watch finger knitting and see and hear what took place in front of the prairie coal stove from Homemaker Barb.
Crafts and games at the Children’s Fireside and Secret Garden. Stories at 11:00 and 13:00.
Times are subject to change.
13:00 Coal mining and Power – ATCO Battle River Plant
14:00 Life on the Coal Branch – A Family Experience
14:30 Poetry by ALL Battle River Writing Centre.
15:00 Sing-along around the fire – Musical tribute to the Coal Miner and the Steam Train.
Coal Miner’s Lunch in the Station Beanery: Sausage on fresh buns, saurkraut and all the trimmings, homemade beans, carrot sticks, Miner’s Cottage Pudding with whipped cream. Adult $10, children $5
Tea in front of the fireside – learn all about the history of tea and purchase tea and scones in the King George Room
- August 4, 2018 – Friends of Thomas the Train (1 to 5 pm)
Under the supervision of Sir Topham Hat, take a ride on our Percy-like train. Meet Thomas and all his friends as they go about their duties in the Morgan G-Scale Garden Railway. Children can dress up and play on a wooden replica of a train in our Secret Garden. There will be a history hunt, face painting, bubbles and other activities which will stir the imagination. Come and have a great Family Day at our Railway Park. Admission is $2.00 which will go to the Camrose and area adult literacy program to purchase books for their ‘Book’s Under the Tree’ Christmas Program for children who have little exposure to books. Beverages and Gingerbread Train and other delicious homemade cookies will be available for purchase.
- August 11, 2018 – Camrose Heritage Station Garden Party (1 to 4 pm)
Be entertained by the amazing music by the Station Swing Band in a beautiful garden party atmosphere. Come dressed in garden party attire if you wish or just a favourite hat. Homemade pie and beverages available to purchase.
- August 25, 2018 – Last day of the regular season.
Enjoy the gardens and all exhibits with family and friends on our last day of the season. Bookings for workshops, retreats and gatherings can be made in the off-season.
- November 2, 2018 – Opening of the White Elephant Christmas Gift Shop Sale and Tea
Enjoy Christmas shopping from 10 am to 5 pm for unique items in our gift shop on opening day. Enjoy tea and scones in our beautiful seasonally decorated Station Tea Room. The White Elephant Christmas Shop will be open every Friday from November 2 through December 1. Donations of gift items are greatly accepted. Book the station’s Tea Room for your private event or Christmas party.
- December 1, 2017 – Annual Cookie Walk, Tea and Christmas White Elephant Sale (1 to 4:30 pm)
Within our beautiful seasonally decorated Tea Room or King George Room, enjoy one of our major fundraisers for the year. Our volunteers bake batches of cookies (including gluten free) and other items including homemade carrot pudding and loaves. Enjoy tea with seasonal homemade desserts. Purchase special gifts in our Station White Elephant Gift Shop.
MEETING CREEK STATION EVENTS – 2018
- June 6, 2018 – Exploring the Land and Its History (9:30 am to 3 pm)
This event is held at the Meeting Creek station in Meeting Creek, Alberta, for Grade 4 and 5 students and is curriculum based. Students, through hands-on discovery and journalling tasks, learn in the original historical buildings with role-playing characters and the Linear Park trail system rich in flora and fauna. Pre-registration is required, book early space is limited.
- August 18, 2018 – Prairie Fun Days and Open Farm Days at Meeting Creek Station (10 am to 4 pm)
Experience the beautiful Meeting Creek valley during a self-guided or guided tour of the 1913 station and elevator. Take a ride on a speeder or covered wagon. Hike or cycle the Linear Park trails along the abandoned right of way from Highway 56 almost to Edberg. Bicycle built for two available to rent. Using Discovery Packs identify the flora and fauna along the trail. Walk the labyrinth in the grasslands restoration area. Read the signs that tell of the area and its people, geological, grasslands restoration wildlife and railway history. Homemade pie, beverages and cookies available in the community hall from 10 am to 4 pm. Children’s fun activities are scheduled throughout the day including family scarecrow making. For more information visit our Facebook page closer to the event or albertafarmdays.com.