The Vikings are Coming, Again!

Another “Deep Freeze” free family festival is set for this week-end, January 10-11, 2015 on Alberta Avenue in Edmonton. Join us!

“The Vikings are Coming Again!”  so watch out !


A golden craft of Viking lore

shipwrecked, on North Saskatchewan’s shore

would journey northward never more

—it landed with a thud!

Thus this ship with sails so bright

had travelled into its final night

landed faithful, still upright, upon this foreign shore.

Here embarked this fateful few

Norse sailors armed for battle anew

draped in skins, with swords, this crew

headed up Jasper Avenue—with Hildegard at the fore!

They needed nourishment to renew,

and dreamed of grog and venison stew

pasty inhabitants directed the crew

“Go to Alberta Avenue!”

That was enough for Hildegard’s crew

“Onward to Deep Freeze—Come on!”

Having fasted and played, the shipbuilder, Sven,

had an idea to rebuild again

he knew just the wood to use for repair

they chopped down the Christmas tree in Churchill Square!

then hauled that tree down, those Norsemen with vigor

cut into planks with their saws all aquiver.

With Sven yelling orders,

it soon was afloat

those Vikings now clambered on a boat that could float

and cheered the new land

 they were not to remain

but would they ever return again?

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This is Kaleido!

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(In My Bard of the Avenue Costume)

Kaleido 2014 was a lot of fun, a colorful kaleidoscope of music, art and dance. It is wonderful to have a free family festival right here on Alberta Avenue. This is the poem that I wrote about Kaleido this year.

This is Kaleido!

Join me on a magical tour,

A kiss under the mistletoe and more

It’s the light in a child’s eyes, so bright

That it dims the fireworks in the night

This is Kaleido.

Fire dancers, stilt walkers arise

Big bugs crawl their way up buildings to the skies

The first bugs I’ve met who wave “good-bye”

This is Kaleido.

At Takwakin Village listen,

To the voices of the Elders,

See the twinkle in their eyes,

They hold the heartbeat of our beginnings

Their singing high and bright, or deep and low

This is Kaleido.

Watch for belly dancers, who shimmy

So shiny and bright

Their veils like the sails of a square rigger in flight.

Art creating wonderful

Challenging our view

Lanterns light the darkened night

Offering a clue.

Suspend your senses—

Imagine an origami horse,

Galloping down 118 Avenue, of course!

Let the music surround you

As you’re feeling the beat

Your senses are spinning and it comes out your feet.

We have a magician

Believe me, it’s true

He might have a trick up his sleeve;

Maybe two.

Breathe it in

Walk, remember.

For this great experiment of creating anew

Is made even greater with the presence of you.