Blaine Lake @ 100

Centennial celebrations for Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada (August 3-5, 2012) - through the eyes (and the iPhone) of Ryan Androsoff

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  1. Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada (pop. ~500). Though I have never lived in Blaine Lake myself, it has always had a very special place in my heart. My family has lived and farmed in the Blaine Lake area since they emigrated from Russia in 1899 along with 7500 other Doukhobors. Both of my parents (Michael Androsoff and Virginia Cheveldayoff) grew up in Blaine Lake. Throughout my childhood all of my grandparents and great-grandparents lived in Blaine Lake, and to this day my Uncles and Aunts on both sides of the family continue to farm near Blaine Lake.

    This weekend the town was celebrating the 100th anniversary of its incorporation, and so I travelled back home to Saskatchewan from Ottawa to join my family for the festivities. Of course this is 2012 and the age of social media is upon us, so I decided that for the occasion of Blaine Lake's centennial some live Tweeting was in order. What follows is the collection of my tweets and pictures capturing the Blaine Lake centennial through my eyes (or more accurately, the eyes of my iPhone).
  2. The night before we were to head up from Saskatoon, I came across the "Big Blue Book" that is ubiquitous in the homes of those with roots in Blaine Lake. Though a bit dated now (it was published in the early 1980s), it remains an impressive collection of history of the town and region and the families who helped build it.
  3. The next morning we were up bright and early to make the approximately 100km drive north from Saskatoon to Blaine Lake.
  4. Blaine Lake grain elevator
    Blaine Lake grain elevator
  5. As we came into town we drove past my grandmother Androsoff's house (or as I have always called her: Baba Mabel), and I was pleasantly surprised to see the sign below on her fence. She is a very special and inspiring lady, still full of energy, life and fun at 88!
  6. The sun was shining, and it was time for that essential of any small-town community celebration in Saskatchewan - a parade!
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