Dailies: February 20, 2013
Today started off great! Ryder got up early and made breakfast for us – omlettes, sausage, and toast. Then it was back to Cremona School for some processing. First we developed a roll with Trish McKean. That went very well, and her footage at the hockey rink looks like it will be fantastic! In between rounds of processing Ryder spooled up all the footage we’d developed so far, while I did some research on people to connect with in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan – our next stop! It’s hard to believe that our time here in Cremona is coming to an end, we’ve had so many new experiences that we couldn’t have had anywhere else, and met some really amazing people. Still, we are looking forward to all the new adventures that Saskatchewan will bring.
We also processed the film of two local high school students, Jacy and Brittney, who were amazingly quick in their filming – which helped us out a great deal as time seems to pass faster everyday. Finally, we processed two of our own rolls of film from a trip I took to Paris.
After hours and hours in a darkened room, Ryder and I were really hungry. That was great because we had planned to meet for dinner at The Oriental Kitchen with a group of women who were on the organizing committee for the Cremona and Water Valley leg of Wild Pink Yonder in 2011. Their combined communities earned the title of “Pinkest Little Town in the West” for that year, which this committee did by spearheading several fundraising initiatives and creating the most spirited environment out of all the communities along the tour path. In addition to raising over $46,000 for breast cancer research, this volunteer effort held 12 events between February and September and decked the little town out in pink–including painting an old house on Railway Avenue a prominent shade of that colour!
The Wild Pink Yonder events were admirable not only for the immensity of the charitable giving, but also for the ways in which the events brought the community together for such a sustained period of time. Over the course of those six months in 2011, people put aside their issues and personal concerns to contribute and have fun. The consistency of the events kept excitement high and provided common ground for everyone to communicate on. Little problems can often blossom into sizeable rifts in small communities, and from all accounts, it would appear that in the spirit of generosity even the most enduring of obstacles can be overcome.