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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Vegreville Pysanka on Canadian postage stamps

This is neat:

Nothing beats a Canadian road trip. From the rocky splendours of the west, through spectacular stretches of alpine meadows, towards the sweeping ocean vistas of the east—it seems that, no matter which way we steer the wheel, there’s something to see. But it’s not all natural scenery; the landscape abounds with quirky landmarks that capture the spirit of small-town Canada and never fail to get tourists talking. This July, Canada Post will issue the first set in a three-year stamp series showcasing Canada’s famous roadside attractions. ...

"A long journey down the Yellowhead Highway leads us to Vegreville, AB, where a massive Easter egg—the largest in the world, in fact—is on display at the entrance to Elk Island National Park. Its name, Pysanka, is Ukrainian for “Easter egg,” and it symbolizes Vegreville’s vibrant folk culture." ...

Full details and photos at the Canada Post website.

On their second CD, Giants of the Prairies, The Kubasonics do a musical tribute to some of those "quirky landmarks" on the prairies ... the afore-mentioned pysanka, of course, and others with a Ukrainian flavour. :-)

It's the title track. If you haven't heard the tune yet, or want to hear it again, it aired on Nash Holos on June 28. Check it out here (at 15:02).

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