This morning was quite an adventure for the Wednesday morning Arts4Tots class. There was a buzz of excitement as our preschool donned hats and each child received a special flag in celebration of the Queen of England's Diamond Jubilee. The tots journeyed the few blocks down the street from our Centre to City Hall, where they were greeted and welcomed in to the Main Atrium where the Jubilee Book Signing Ceremony would be taking place. As Steinbach Arts Council's current Marketing Coordinator, I went along to take photographs of the special event. I was intrigued by the vintage photographs that were on display, and one in particular caught my attention. It was of a darling little girl with ringlets like Shirley Temple (my grandmother raised me on those videos) presenting flowers to the Queen. The caption read that the Queen had visited Steinbach, Manitoba in 1970. The four year old was Lisa Epp, daughter of Jake and Lydia Epp. Mr Epp was a member of town council and chairman of the centennial committee at the time. Mayor L.A. Barkman was also in the photograph, smiling at the scene before him.

The Queen was not here this time, but once again there would be children present at another special ceremony - we were celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 60th year as Queen Sovereign. Mayor Chris Goertzen and MLA Kelvin Goertzen both brought greetings, thanking the Arts4Tots class, who played a major part in why we were all together that day (please view our earlier blogs to see how the story has unfolded). Those gathered took the opportunity to sign the Jubilee Book, and also met outside where a tree was planted to commemmorate the occasion.

The Arts4Tots children each received a special commemorative pin and a treat from City Hall staff. Then after some photographs, we headed back down the street in a celebrative mood. I was so pleased to be a part of the Jubilee Book Signing festivities and excited at the opportunity to sign the very first page of the Jubilee Book. I wrote, "Thanks for inspiring us."

Submitted by Shannon Neufeld

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About the Steinbach Arts Council

The Steinbach Arts Council, an umbrella organization for performing and visual arts groups, enriches the lives of our community through development of local artists and musicians and exposure to professional art forms. The Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre is a home for all these groups and their programs. It’s purpose is to create an environment where all arts disciplines can work together under one roof and share their resources and their talents with each other, and the entire Arts Community!

For more info, visit steinbachartscouncil.ca.

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