Why do we say that? | Close but no cigar

Why do we say that?: “Close but no cigar”

Why do we say that?

If you’ve ever tried to guess the answer to a question and not quite gotten it right, maybe you’ve heard the expression “close, but no cigar!” It’s an expression used to indicate that someone has come very close to achieving something, but didn’t quite make it. Back in the early 1920s fairs and carnivals were very popular, and many of …

Why do we say that? Starting from scratch

Why do we say that?: “Starting from scratch”

Why do we say that?

If you’ve spent any time in a kitchen or watching cooking shows you’ve probably heard people use the expression “from scratch.” If someone tells you, for example, that they’re making a sauce from scratch, you understand that to mean that they’re starting from the very beginning and not using anything premade in their recipe. The origin of this expression is …

Rowand House | Fort Edmonton Park

Why do we say that?: “Sleep tight”

Why do we say that?

Many of us have fond memories of mom and dad tucking us in to bed at the end of the day, turning out the light and saying “sleep tight!” We understood that they were telling us to have a good sleep, but where does the expression “sleep tight” actually come from? Well, back in the 1800s instead of putting a …

Fort Edmonton Park pelts

Why do we say that?:”Mad Hatter”

Why do we say that?

If you know Lewis Carrol’s classic story “Alice in Wonderland,” you’ll be familiar with the Hatter. He’s often referred to as the Mad Hatter, and for good reason: Alice’s encounter with the Hatter involves a never-ending tea party, nonsensical poetry and impossible riddles. Carrol was likely inspired to create the Hatter by real-life people who were far less whimsical. Back …

Andy the Calf | Fort Edmonton Park

Blogger-in-residence: Andy the Calf

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Sophie is not your average 11 year old little girl. You might recognize her from many of the Fort Edmonton Park advertisements she is featured around the city. She is our blogger-in-residence this summer and we couldn’t be more excited to show you her experiences at the Park. Sophie currently attends a local school Edmonton, Alberta. She loves to play …

Fort Edmonton Park Steam Train

Why do we say that?: “Blow off steam”

Why do we say that?

If you’ve ever been under a lot of stress or had a lot of energy to burn, you may have heard someone tell you that you need to “blow off steam.” You probably understand that they mean you should go do something that will help you get rid of that extra energy or stress, like exercising or spending the day …

Support the Fort at the Fort Edmonton Foundation Fall Gala

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The Fort Edmonton Foundation Fall Gala fundraiser will take place on September 10th, 2016 at the Blatchford Field Air Hangar at Fort Edmonton Park. Celebrate the era of the Roaring Twenties in style and help raise funds in support of Capital Campaign projects at Fort Edmonton Park, specifically the new Hotel Selkirk and Windsor/Albion Block expansion. This event will feature …

Blogger-in-residence: Sophie’s Animal Watch

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Sophie is not your average 11 year old little girl. You might recognize her from many of the Fort Edmonton Park advertisements she is featured around the city. She is our blogger-in-residence this summer and we couldn’t be more excited to show you her experiences at the Park. Sophie currently attends a local school Edmonton, Alberta. She loves to play …

Volunteer Spotlight: Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the hand-carved 1920s Midway Carousel

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Fort Edmonton Park is pleased to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the beautifully hand-carved Carousel made possible through the hard work of our incredible volunteers. This June, we were proud to invite these volunteers and their families back to ride the carousel and celebrate their efforts. Jean Jackson was there from the start and still comes in faithfully on Wednesday …

Partner Spotlight: The Edmonton House Brigade

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Written by: Natalie Zacharewski A new sense of excitement has grown at Fort Edmonton Park now that we have welcomed the warm weather, green landscapes and visitors have began crowding our streets. Speaking of invitations, one of the many attractions is the encampment of our friends from the Edmonton House Brigade. The Edmonton House Brigade is a Living History re-enactment group. …

Fort Edmonton Park receives $33.5 million in provincial funding

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Friday April 15, 2016 – The Fort Edmonton Management Company (FEMCo) is immensely pleased to be informed of the Provincial Government’s decision to support our proposal for the development of Fort Edmonton Park. It is with sincere gratitude that the company extends thanks to Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dr. Bob Turner, MLA for Edmonton Whitemud, and the …

Volunteer Profile: Autumn Schnell

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Written by: Laura Nichol, Volunteer Coordinator Volunteering connects us to Edmonton’s history and sometimes even to our own family’s heritage. So is the case for Autumn Schnell, who joined our Junior Indigenous Interpreters Program last summer. Designed to engage Indigenous youth, and help them develop interpretive skill and a connection to their own culture, the program seemed like a perfect …

News: New addition to the Blatchford Field Air Hangar opened today

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Thursday March 17, 2016 – The Fort Edmonton Management Company and the Fort Edmonton Foundation were pleased to announce the opening of the new Blatchford Field Air Hangar Catering Kitchen. This 3.3 million dollar addition was possible due to a $1.8 million contribution from the City of Edmonton and $1.5 million contribution from the Government of Alberta. City of Edmonton …

Park wins Alberta Tourism Award for Marketing Excellence

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Tuesday October 27, 2015 – Fort Edmonton Park has been recognized for their creative marketing campaign “Edmonton’s Story, Make it Yours” and awarded the Alberta Tourism Award for Marketing Excellence. The campaign asked guests to share their Fort Edmonton Park stories. The response was tremendous and the tales received ranged from first kisses to wedding anniversaries, reunions, school trips and corporate …