This following video is a sample from the Sandy Lake Historical Village Audio Walking Tour accessible at the Ukrainian Museum in town. The tour includes stops in the main part of the village, with some places still in existence while others are no longer there.
The work towards organizing Sandy Lake Western Days for 2017 has begun.
Western Days is Sandy Lake's main community event of the year and has been happening since the early 1990s.
The latest committee meeting was held on Tuesday, April 18th to start putting together activities for this years fun event.
Western Days 2017 promises to be a very full weekend, as it usually is, that will include some activities from previous years along with some new ones.
The main issue surrounding Western Days is securing enough volunteers to make the weekend run smoothly, which is mostly due to the village's low number of residents. This year there will be a push to sign up more volunteers in a coordinated effort so that they work for a shorter time and then are able to enjoy the day of fun.
Watch in the coming months for notifications about giving a little time to help out Western Days this year.
ANYONE interested in doing anything towards with important village event is welcome to do so. That includes cross-posting this blog post, or sharing it on your FB timeline or contacting a volunteer rep.
The volunteer contacts for this year's Western Days are Charlene Lewandoski and Anne Bachewich.
Sandy Lake is well known for its fabulous fishing in all seasons. People used to fish from the lake for subsistence in the last century and people from all over Manitoba came to the village to utilize the lake and and its recreational possibilities.
Today, most fishing from the lake is done for enjoyment and recreation.
One great way to participate in this pastime are ice fishing derbies. The Sandy Lake Merchant's Association will be holding their 5th annual derby on Saturday March, 18, 2017. The derby will take place at the "waterfront" from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., weather permitting. The snow date is March 25th.
This is a catch and release derby at $40 per hole and $60 for 2 holes for the same person.
Prizes are being donated by different businesses and organizations.
1st - $1,500
2nd - $1000
3rd - $500
4th - Ice Auger
5th - Town Behind Sled with hitch
6th - Buddy Heater
7th - Movie Package
There will also be a 50/50 draw and a concession selling burgers, smokies, hot dogs, and chili on a bun.
"Early Bird" tickets can be found at the Sandy Lake Hotel, TruValue Hardware, Frontier House and Sandy Lake Auto. The proceeds of the derby are to assist in developments at the lake for recreation improvements.
This year the Sandy Lake Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Museum is holding their Annual Membership Supper on March 5, 2017 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Sandy Lake Rec Centre.
The membership supper is held to thank everyone who is a member of the museum with a traditional Ukrainian Supper and to recruit new members. The supper consists of foods from the local Ukrainian menu: perohy (perogies), cabbage rolls, kasha (buckwheat), kobassa (sausage), borshch and cabbage soup and a few other extras like salad, buns and ice cream with fruit toppings for dessert.
All the food is made by volunteers of the museum in appropriate cooking facilities. The cooking of most of these traditional Ukrainian foods is done by women with expertise in creating the foods of their culture. Their knowledge in this can definitely be found in the flavours of the dishes.
The Museum has held this supper for many years as a kind of thank you to the residents of the village and surrounding area for helping the organization to stay vital in the community. The support of the many members and helpful volunteers for museum events is greatly appreciated.
Because of this support, the Museum has been able to be instrumental in promoting itself and the village of Sandy Lake in different parts of the province.
Cost of the supper is $5/person for museum members and $12/person for non-members. You can sign up as a member at the door.