Culture is essentially a broad word that speaks to a range of ideologies within our society. From beliefs systems, the law and modern science, culture is what happens when we bring people together. It morphs and changes and can align itself to our educations, taste in fine art or even our religions. Airdrie is an example of a place where history seems to be repeating itself with our current growth and this week’s Lowdown features one woman who is driving her content creation efforts towards the benefit of our great city. Kim Cheel’s 2nd annual Ghost Walk is a whole lot more than what meets the eye.
Last year’s walk was a smash success with over 140 people who took in the stories. The Ghost Walk is a lot more than just scary stories, in fact, I don’t believe they’re scary at all. They are stories about Airdrie’s history told by the ghosts of those who laid the keystones of our community! Motivated by a multitude of reason Kim said, “people are always talking about having new things to do in Airdrie, this is why I try to provide content that is unique.”
Kim’s been a force in the city where performance arts are concerned for some time and coming off a summer of successes she was pleasantly surprised by the amount of repeat interest in last year’s efforts; so much so that she found the Ghost Walk even had bookings for private tours which unfortunately for interested parties these slots have been filled for this year, however moving forward I suspect this will be an option again next year which could be a great team building work event for those looking for something different to do with their employees.
The Ghost Walk features five local actors; two are students of Kim’s, Josh Wade and Kate Dekker. Also joining them is Garry Buzzard as well as Tina Petrow from our very own City Council! Kim plays a part too which rounds out a solid cast with their own spirits driving the voice of the Ghost Walk. I think I find that part most interesting, local actors, acting like those in our community who came before us. Additionally, Kim shares that some of the stories include those who may have in fact not had a part in Airdrie but were people with significant impact in the region such as George McDougall whom we’ve named a school after. She didn’t get too far into his or any story as, well, that’s why we need to go on the Walk!
This is a colonial ghost walk and Kim would love to expand the depth of these stories to include indigenous contribution from the region. However, she feels they’re not her stories to tell and would love to have someone reach out to her who could be a part of this unique Airdrie event next October! There is more to the story of Airdrie and Kim respects this. She needs participation from the right people who can share their offerings. If you want to be a part of the Ghost Walk you can contact her directly through her Facebook page at the link below.
The Ghost Walk really exemplifies the forgotten past of our city and surrounding area and proves to be very interesting to those of us who are new to the city and also those who have called Airdrie home for some time. The walk takes about a half hour and starts at the Amphitheatre in Nose Creek Park. The Ghost Walk has already been a solid success this year however mark your calendars for October 21st, 26th and 27th and remember there are two showings per date at 7:30PM and 8Pm. Tickets are only available online so remember, no cash walk up sales and at only $10.00 each. This kid friendly family event is a great way to get to know your Airdrie while supporting local arts and culture.
Buy tickets at www.facebook.com/AirdrieGhostWalk today!
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