Pancakes, sausages and…dancing dogs?

Bud and Betty Lou Purkiss getting in the Stampede spirit
Bud and Betty Lou Purkiss get in the Stampede spirit

Serving breakfast for a hundred or more is nothing new for the chefs at United’s two communities. And when it comes to Stampede season, the breakfasts bring out the cowboy and cowgirl in all of us.

Eggs, sausage or bacon, and pancakes and entertainment are traditional fare served for residents and their families at the annual Fish Creek community Stampede breakfast. Among those enjoying the festivities were Bud and Betty Lou Purkiss.

Add in a healthy dose of fun, family and flare, and everyone enjoyed a great week of Stampede  activities.

Joan Hutton recalls some of her Stampede memories
Joan Hutton recalls some of her Stampede memories

Fish Creek resident, 91-year-old Joan Hutton hasn’t missed a Calgary Stampede in 65 years. “I like the chuckwagon races and the crowds of people,” said Joan., who also took in the Fish Creek Stampede Breakfast. “I’ve been at Fish Creek about a year, and I just love it! The staff is great!”

Singer Jeff Pedora provided the country tunes at both Garrison Green and Fish Creek.

Garrison Green resident Jim Dolph, left, with family and friends
Garrison Green resident Jim Dolph, left, with family and friends

Over at Garrison Green, United joined forces with neighbour Carewest Garrison Green in a breakfast that brought both communities together for the 10th year in a row to enjoy pancakes, sausage and beans along with a wide assortment of pastries.

Added to the fun of the Stampede breakfasts this year for Fish Creek residents was the first community block party, hosted by the Father Lacombe  Care Society and involving the neighbouring Father Lacombe and Providence Care Centres. Music, trick dogs, horses and hay rides entertained residents.

Stampede  breakfasts and barbecues are popular with United’s residents throughout the year. They are an example of how United’s programs bring residents and families together into an active community that promotes friendship, activity and socialization.

Photos and video by Sherana Productions

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