Primavera is a gardening festival and here is an interview with some of the organizers, plus information about the McCauley Slogan Contest:
The McCauley Writers Atlas launched on May 6 in Giovanni Caboto Park. Almost a year in the making, the volume features poetry, prose, and photography from people connected to the area. The launch featured a couple of writers sharing their work and demonstrates the cultural community that is growing in the area.
I’m in the home stretch of gathering interviews for the McCauley Family Life Videography Project but am still looking for young families and couples in the neighbourhood. In particularly, I am looking for immigrant families (or the descendants thereof) from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and also a same-sex couple that would be comfortable being on camera. If you are interested in taking part, please contact me at mccauleycommunity at gmail dot com.
I am trying to represent the main cultural groups in the McCauley area, and historically, Ukrainian has been one of them. McCauley used to be the centre of the Ukrainian community in Edmonton. There are still Ukrainians who live in the area, but many are now elderly. Most of the Ukrainians lived in the area that is now Chinatown, and some of the cultural buildings still remain such as the Ukrainian National Federation on 106 Avenue and 98 Street. It was here that a folk art event took place in mid-April, so I decided to pay a visit and speak to a couple of representatives from the Ukrainian community about why they still come to McCauley for cultural events. I also took in some wonderful Ukrainian dancing.
Here is another interview from someone in a different part of McCauley. Dorothy lives on Church Street and is raising her grandchildren. She likes living in McCauley, but has had her share of challenges.
A major part of the McCauley Family Life Videography Project are interviews with residents and business owners (who are also residents!). Clips from the interviews will be woven together in some sort of thematic sense with clips from area events. However, to give you an idea of the kinds of interviews being done, here is an entire one from yesterday with a very articulate young couple who is raising their family in McCauley. The moved here for economic reasons and stayed for the community. Meet Dan and Teddi.
Family Day at the rink happened on February 18 with a skating party, hot dogs, marshmallow roast, and horse-drawn wagon rides. I had a great time filming the goings-on, and even hopping on the wagon myself and filming Church Street from that perspective. Here is a set of photos from the event and a couple of videos.
The McCauley Family Life Videography Project is the official working title for this project. However, it is a bit long to use as a title on the actual videos. I was thinking of something shorter and catchy like “McCauley Moments” – do you have any suggestions?
February is here, which means that filming has officially begun for the McCauley Family Life Videography Project. I have actually been filming scenic shots and events over the past month, and am now getting into the interviews. If you would like you and your family to take part, please contact me to set up an interview. I am interested in talking to families of all ages and make up (including single parents, grandparents raising grandkids, and same-sex couples), and have a particular need for Aboriginal, Asian, and immigrant families so that the diverse nature of the neighbourhood can be properly represented.