Dailies: October 22, 2013

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Greetings from the eleventh Canadian Frame(lines) community: Carman, Manitoba! This medium-sized town is located about an hour southwest of Winnipeg in the Pembina Valley Region. Its location in the middle of one of Manitoba’s most active growing regions means that Carman’s principal activity is agriculture; in addition to food crops, there are multiple live plant nurseries in the area. Carman has a very prominent arts and culture scene as well, predominantly in music, but the Golden Prairie Arts Council (with whom we are working here) has a large gallery showcasing local visual arts as well. There are still many nice leaves on the trees but a snow squall whipped up this morning–I guess it is getting to be that time of year, after all!

If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or receive our emails, you’ve heard that we had some trouble with our bus. As of this moment it seems that the problem is fixed–a coolant hose had sprung a tricky leak, inviting a whole host of other problems. But we were fortunately able to spend a few days with Alexandra great aunt and uncle in Steinbach, Manitoba while I worked to fix the problem. I am never one to count chickens, though, so we’ll keep an eye on the issue and let you know how it is going.

Meanwhile, we have one week remaining in our fundraiser! The response to our time of need has been overwhelming…we have reached 68% ($7,462) of our goal so far. But we have a little ways to go still and we really need to keep the pace up if we are going to get to $10,842 in the next seven days. But the last few days just go to show that we can make amazing progress if we put our minds to it. To make a donation (of ANY amount, it all helps) or to share the campaign with your friends, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/Canadian-Framelines-2013.

In the meantime, we are preparing for a very quick workshop session here in Carman. Our info session is tomorrow evening at the Golden Prairie Arts Council building, and the first seminar is on Saturday. And for the first time ever, we will be holding the screening on a Friday (November 9). Less than two weeks to get it all done! Can we manage it? I’m sure we can. We are looking forward to seeing what this little town has up its sleeves.

Yours,

Ryder

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