Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Chilliwack Rotary Christmas Parade 2013

The Chilliwack Rotary Christmas Parade took to the streets last Saturday, December 7th, 2013 despite some very chilly -7° C temperatures.  The sidewalks were packed with thousands of people bundled in everything from sleeping bags, fur coats to arctic gear to fight the cold.  Warm hearts and an awesome 78 entry parade kept everyone joyful & happy to be there. 

This was my first try at taking photographs outside at night and it was encouraging.

The next event to look out for is, the Canadian Pacific Railway 2013 Holiday Train in Agassiz on December 15th, 2013 at 6:30 pm, Agassiz Agricultural Grounds .  Bring a food item to donate for local distribution.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Wayward Pines Orwellian Message - In A Time of Universal Deceit

Agassiz, BC is the location of the exterior movie set for the Fox TV Special called "Wayward Pines". To accommodate filming a set, half a (small) town in size, has been built on Pioneer Park.  All the buildings that you see below are constructs.  Filming resumed early this week and more is planned sporadically until February. 
I noticed on my walk about that graffiti had been painted on one of the buildings, "In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act".
I had heard those words before, they are often attributed to George Orwell but likely incorrectly. There is a great little article about George Orwell and the hunt for the origin of this message at "The Quote Investigator" for you literary types; website linked here for convenience.
I should mention that there is also a  lovely slideshow of the building of the Wayward Pine set done by the local newspaper, The Agassiz Harrison Observer, it is definitely worth a look and can be found at: Slideshow: Pioneer Avenue transforms into Wayward Pines - Agassiz-Harrison Observer
Agassiz, BC is a pretty special small town, the movie set, the largest currently in BC is very interesting to see.  So, take a drive and have a look and while you are at it check out some of the local businesses.