The Big Muddy Tour, hosted by the Pangman United Church, was held on Saturday, August 11th. Even though it was raining we still went ahead with the Tour and had a successful trip.
The morning started out with a downpour, which lessened as we drove south. We had a full bus load with people from Regina /Lumsden, Pangman, Ogema, Bengough and Creelman. Everyone enjoyed the tour. Each person seems to choose their favourite spot.
We would like to thank everyone that helped make it a success and all that bought tickets.
About 175 people enjoyed a concert with Brad Johner and the Johner Boys on Saturday, April 14, 2012, sponsored by the Pangman United Church. Everyone enjoyed a fabulous show by the talented family with music from rock to country, old and new, keeping everyone tapping toes and clapping hands.
Brad Johner, originally from the Midale area and now from Saskatoon won a talent contest at 16 and preformed for 14 years as one half of the duo ‘The Johner Brothers’. He has been on his own singing and writing for a few years, winning numerous awards and recognition, even preformed before Queen Elizabeth. Now 3 of his 5 sons and a friend of his son’s play some concerts with him. His oldest son, Jesse plays drums, Quinn and Lucas play keyboard and vocalize both with their Dad and solo, and their friend Simon plays guitar. A younger son,Matt came on stage and played guitar with them at one point. Brad’s wife, Rhea, and youngest son, AJ sold CDs and Posters.
A silent auction was held before, during intermission and after with people going home with fantastic bargains. A good time was had by all.
On Saturday July 16, 2011 Phil and I went on the Big Muddy Tour. It was a beautiful sunny (and hot) day for the tour. Thank goodness the United Church had booked an air conditioned Stagecoach Bus.
When we boarded the bus at the RM office it was already quite full with passengers from Weyburn. The bus also stopped in Ogema and picked up some more passengers, as well as our tour guide, Florence Galbraith. In Bengough we picked up our last passenger.
Our first stop was at Castle Butte, then we stopped at the Buffalo Effigy. Then it was off to Big Beaver for lunch. After lunch we walked over to the museum at Big Beaver and the store.
Our next stop was at the Old Porch Gallery. Tamela Burgess shared some of the outlaw stories from the area with us and then we toured the gallery where she has her artwork, some of her daughter’s photography and other items. There were also some photographs of Mantracker when they did an episode of the TV show at the ranch. Tamela has written a book about the colorful history of the Big Muddy entitled “The Big Muddy Badlands Past to Present“.
Our final stop was at the Paisley Brook SD #3434 school which was open from 1916 to 1957. On our drive home door prizes where drawn for.
A big thank you to the United Church for sponsoring this bus tour. Phil and I really enjoyed it and would recommend that if you have not seen the Big Muddy you should definitely take a tour of the area.
We are planning a tour of The Big Muddy Valley on July 16th, 2011. The tour will leave Weyburn at 8:30, Pangman at 9:30, etc. The cost is $45 dollars/person. It is sponsored by the Pangman United Church. There is limited sitting, so tickets have to be paid for by July 9th.
We will see Castle Butte, the Buffalo Effigy, the museum at Big Beaver and the store as well as more attractions. Please contact Darlene Kessler at 442-2180 to have a seat reserved.
Sylvia Fitzgerald, Minister of the Pangman United Church is hosting a Interdenominational Prayer Shawl Workshop at the Pangman Library every 4th Tuesday of the month. The next workshop will be on Tuesday, February 22nd.
Knit and crochet Prayer Shawl patterns are available, or you can find them on-line at Shawl Ministry. You can also quilt or embroider a shawl, but you will have to bring your own pattern.
For the crocheted shawl you will need about 740 yards of yarn and a size MN or P or larger crochet hook. For the knitted shawl you will need about 555 yards of yarn and a size 11 US or 13 US knitting needles.
For more information and a pattern, please contact Carol at the Pangman Library 442-2119.