|Seeking shelter from the storm|
The Lebel Mansion rose garden was the site of a 'Downton Abbey' style afternoon tea on Saturday, July 11. The event was arranged by the Oldman Rose Society of Southern Alberta. This event was the precursor to an evening talk by Jim Coutts, well known in the world of Canadian horticulture, his family having hybridized the Unity Apple. Tables filled to hear the stylings of the two key musical performers, 'The Little Big Band' and fiddler Phil Lethbridge. Beautifully decorated dainties were offered along with tea, juice and lemonade. There were greetings from the President of National-Roses-Canada Mr. Harry McGee, who has visited Pincher Creek three times in the last few years to view the making of the garden, "I can hardly believe what you have done here," he said. McGee acknowledged the hard work on behalf of the society. McGee was impressed how the area has gone from a lawn, through design, construction, and planting, to the finished site in a short time frame. "I wish you the best of everything."
|The Big Little Band|
|Jim Coutts and Harry McGee at the tea|
Little Big Band:
Brian McGillivray - trombone
Deborah Goldstein - trombone, electric, acoustical, bass
Peter Amundsen - trumpet
Tony Partridge - electric bass
Tammy Giesbrecht - keyboard
John Redekopp - drums
Wendell Kisner - guitar.