Groovy celebration has mayor's support

Justin Crann
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Moose Jaw's Temple Gardens Ballroom will be remembered, celebrated

Mayor Deb Higgins was visited by a groovy delegation Thursday.

Heather Hodgson, Melanie Churko, Stuart Anderson and Anita Cool Strickland were among the groovy individuals to visit Mayor Deb Higgins Thursday seeking her signature on a proclamation declaring 2014's Labour Day weekend the Temple Gardens Ballroom Rockin' Celebration Days.

The group, bedecked in clothing reminiscent of the 1970s — from floral dresses to rose-coloured glasses — stopped in to the mayor's office to seek her signature on a proclamation announcing that Labour Day weekend (Aug. 29 to Sept. 1) will be officially declared Temple Gardens Ballroom Rockin' Celebration Days.

"For us, this is a huge coup," said Heather Hodgson, a member of the group and one of the organizers of the upcoming event. "We are a grassroots group who got this whole thing going … and now we have added impetus to get everyone else involved."

The celebration will feature "nights of music and reminiscing" that will "mark and celebrate all that Temple Gardens was to us in Moose Jaw," she added.

Much of the event will be held in a large tent in the parking lot that now stands where the Temple Gardens used to on Cordova Street, next to the Cordova Bistro, Hodgson told the Times-Herald.

It will include a musical review of the decades from the 1920s to the 1970s, with performances by bands who originally played the Temple Gardens Ballroom as well as several players from the Sprigs of Heather and White Hackle bands.

Also featured will be the launch of a book about the history of Temple Gardens.

"It will totally be a look back, with a lot of good memories," said Hodgson. "Nobody can believe (the Temple Gardens Ballroom) is gone. Everybody wants it built again. 

"Who knows (if it will be). It's unlikely, but at least we can relive those days and have a big reunion to celebrate what it meant to Moose Jaw and the people who lived here," she added.

Tickets for the Temple Gardens Ballroom Rockin' Celebration Days will be available for purchase on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, for $19.21 each — "That price might sound like a funny number, but it's the year Temple Gardens opened," Hodgson noted.

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Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Temple Gardens, Moose Jaw, Cordova Street

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