Walking tours of the Highlands, as part of the Open Doors Festival in July, continue to be popular year after year. People are fascinated by the stories and the architecture of one of Edmonton’s premier historical communities.
This year, 20+ people joined Robyn Fowler, a board member of the Highlands Historical Society, as she pointed out special details and told the stories of the people who first settled the Highlands. For the first time we attempted to use a PA system but it failed us. In any case, Robyn’s experience as a teacher came through loud and clear. The weather alternated between sunshine and rain – lots of it – but that didn’t deter the group.
Those who booked the tour on the bus, however, didn’t have to worry about inclement weather. This sold-out tour was presented by Bill Pick and Dustin Jussila, also both Highlands Historical Society board members. We are indeed fortunate to have this bus free of charge thanks to Connelly Mckinley Funeral Homes as part of their community outreach. The HHS is responsible for paying the driver, splitting any money made with him or her. It’s a win-win situation for all.
The Open Doors Festival was launched at our very own Highlands Golf Clubhouse. The event had the highest turnout ever for its official launch program. 154 people attended the celebration and enjoyed the delicious food prepared by Chef Vikram and his staff. Club historian (and long time Highlands resident) Ted Smith and Rob Lake, club president, gave a presentation on the history of the golf course. Everyone was impressed by their 1930’s golf attire, as shown in the photograph above. Johanne Yakula spoke about the HHS, – its beginnings, its mission and upcoming projects.
All in all, a great celebration. Until next year…