This past summer, on July 17 and 18, the Brookville Community League hosted an 80th anniversary event.
Guests included former students who attended the Brookville School between 1930 and 1954, former members of the ladies Busy Bees club and past and current residents. There was a great turnout for the two-day event and the weather co-operated!
During the open house on Saturday afternoon, guests were able to look at old school photos and reminisce about their school days. The Busy Bees also had a display on hand, plus several quilts made from the 1940s up until the 1990s. Photos from the various Brookville ball teams (remember the Brookville Turkeys?), the gymkhana and the Cubs/Scouts rounded out the displays.
By mid-afternoon, the little hall was filled with people and air was abuzz with excited conversations as people met up for the first time in many years. There were many phone numbers and emails exchanged!
Gary and Carolyn Fakely brought out several of their vintage Edsels and Lisa Jones entertained guests with her Foxy Lady stilt walking. Children and adults alike were able to get their faces painted or get balloon animals from Giggles Faces N Glitter.
Guests were able to purchase copies of the Brookville Family Favorities cookbook, which had been compiled for this event and includes more than 200 family favourites. The cost of the cookbook is $15.00. A Brookville commemorative pin was also available.
The evening program started out with speeches by local MLA Dave Quest and Strathcona County Mayor Cathy Olesen. Also on hand were Councillors Jacquie Fenske, Linda Osinchuk and Vic Budzinski. Messages of congratulations on behalf of Premier Ed Stelmach, MLA Dave Quest and Strathcona County were presented to the Brookville Community League.
Over 150 attended the pig roast supper put on by All Seasons Pig Roast and BBQ out of Red Deer.
The evening was rounded out by a dance in the hall. There was a great turnout as well for the Sunday morning pancake breakfast.
As part of the anniversary event, a Brookville history book is being compiled. Submissions are still being accepted and the final book will be ready for print in early fall. The book will be over 300 pages in size, printed in colour and be hard-cover bound. The cost of the book is $50. Anyone interested in purchasing a copy is asked to contact Jeannette Homeniuk at 780-998-1975.
This event was successful due to the many volunteers who helped at various stages of planning and during the event itself. Funding assistance was received from Strathcona County’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Community Investment Program Special Event Grant Fund, from Strathcona County Council, Alberta Historical Resources Foundation/Alberta Culture, and Tom Fleming of Coldwell Banker/Panda Realty.