The chastisement, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him.
Those are the lyrics to a song from Handel's Messiah.
The words come from Scripture...
Isaiah 53: 4,5
They carry the message of Good Friday.
Jesus Christ came to earth to demonstrate His love for us...
by dying on the cross for all the people of the world.
I have heard 'The Messiah' played through our speakers quite often lately.
I have enjoyed the beauty of the music...
...and been touched by the words.
This evening a local choir and orchestra will perform Handel's Messiah.
I plan to be in the audience...
while some near and dear to me are in the choir.
It will be special...
for Good Friday.
Marg demo'd Ellen's paska spread for us last night...
since Ellen couldn't make the long trek north from Seattle this time.
She did a fine job, Ellen!
And since paska is part of our Easter fare...
we cooked up a traditional Easter meal for the class last night.
We had baked ham with mustard sauce...
and pluma moos (cold fruit soup).
And paska...of course.
Just in case you feel like adding paska to your Easter menu this year...
I'll leave you the link to the recipe we used last night.
That would be... Lovella's famous paska recipe.
I think you'll like it!
when it was revealed that two of the ethnic restaurants in our town had received racist e-mails.
While the RCMP were investigating a possible hate crime...
the community as a whole rallied around the targeted businesses.
A 'cash mob' was organized by several local residents...
an initiative that encouraged locals to flood the two targeted restaurants with their business last Friday.
And they did!
Between the Bay Leaf and Shandhar Hut...
an estimated 1,500 people dined on Indian Food in Chilliwack last Friday.
That number is simply amazing and way beyond what the organizers had hoped for.
In the end it turned out to be a 'good news' story.
We have eaten at the Shandar Hut in the past...
and have always enjoyed the food and the wonderful people that prepare and serve it.
We hope to dine there again in the future.
We wish both targeted establishments all the best!
My brother is visiting from Iowa this weekend.
He has fond memories of his favorite ethnic restaurant in this town from his childhood.
Paramount Theatre has been a fixture in our city since before my time. Going to the movie theatre wasn't something that happened in my childhood home...so I never paid much attention to our theatre until I was in my late teens. Then I went on occasion...to the likes of Ben Hur, Nicholas and Alexandra, Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid, and the Poseidon Adventure. Historical, educational...productions based on real life events. It was a grand old theatre...with a large balcony...back in the day.
(photo credit Ian Meissner)
On Sunday we drove through the old part of our city...and got a bit of a surprise. Oh, we knew it was coming...just not when.
The forever fixture is being demolished. Where the theatre once stood...were a few concrete walls, some steel supports and a pile of rubble. We pulled into the parking lot behind the building...and thought for a moment we were at a drive-in theatre. Cars were coming and going...parking for a time just to have a look. Some had their camera. We visited with those who were parked next to us...and reminisced.
(photo credit ~ Chilliwack Museum)
When the Paramount Theatre first opened on June 9, 1949 it was billed as being 'completely ultra-modern, including the modern miracle
of air conditioning, soft restful spring chairs, sound installation and a
popcorn and candy bar in the lobby.'It accommodated six hundred and eight people on the first floor with another 292 on the balcony level. It had a sloped floor and high screen and it was boasted that even the shortest theatre-goerwould be able to see over
the tall lady with the high hat in front of them.
On November 3, 2010 the Paramount Theatre closed its doors for the last time. After 61 years...it could no longer compete with the new multi-plex theatres on the outskirts of town. Landmark Cinemas donated the theatre and the property to the city of Chilliwack. Though it seemed like a generous gift at the time...it was soon discovered that to refurbish and restore the old theatre would would not be the fiscally responsible thing to do. The tax payers would not say 'thank-you'. Last summer our city council voted (6-1) to demolish the old building. So now we will have to wait and see what the future holds for that site.
Though The Paramount is gone...we have our memories. And some even havetheatre seating as a souvenir...complete with popcorn stains and old chewing gum. The seats were given away...in sets of four...by way of random draw from all who applied.My name was not in the hat...though I considered it throwing it in.
We carried on past the demolition site...and went for lunch at another lovely old spot in our city. The Royal Hotel has been in business for over a hundred years...and served up wonderful Chinese food back in the day. For many decades I had not entered the building...but in the recent past we have been there for lunch several times. The Royal Cafe is under new management...and is a nice new/old place to go.
Thanks for joining me todayon a tour of my historical hometown.
Chilliwack is a Canadian city in the Province of British Columbia.
It is a predominantly agricultural community with an estimated
population of 80,000 people. Chilliwack is the 2nd largest city in the
Fraser Valley Regional District after Abbotsford. The city is surrounded by mountains and recreational areas...lakes and parks. (That according to Wikipedia.)
Chilliwack is known for its water. Not only is there water rushing down the mountains...in creeks, rivers and waterfalls...but we have had the best tasting untreated drinking water in the country. Maybe even the world...they say. That all changed last week.
I ran the tap for a drink one afternoon...and caught a whiff of chlorine. I dumped the glass of water...and went to the computer to do some research. Sure enough, as of that day Chilliwack water was being chlorinated. It seems the 'powers that be' have dictated that our city will add bleach to its water supply...just to prevent anyone from ever getting sick due to water borne bacteria in the future. We were willing to take that risk. We do not want bleach in our water. We have no say...it seems.
Water has been the big news story over here this past week. Not all news is good news!
There are a few other things making the news in our community as well. I'll take you downtown one of these days.