I write this as I gaze out my window at the Banff Centre amongst the majestic Rocky Mountains. While I’ve been to Banff dozens, nay, hundreds of times, it never does get old. Regardless of the time of year, regardless of the weather, Banff always seems to be beautiful. Today is no different, as the fall colours paint the Bow Valley along the highway as well as this tiny hamlet.
Before driving out to Banff this afternoon, and after I took the opportunity to sleep in a little this morning, I stopped at the Signal Hill Library to partake in Franklin Family Fun Day. I’ve attended around a dozen WordFest events these past few days, but today’s had quite a different feel, no doubt because of the 200 children running around the library. The noise and exictement far exceeds anything I’ve see at the grown-up events.
The biggest attraction, without a doubt, was the main turrtle himself, Franklin. Parading around the library, Franklin was administering hugs for anybody who wanted one, as well as posing for photo after photo. Also present were Franklin’s creators, Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark, who signed books from a seemingly endless line of parents and children. There was also face painting and games to keep everybody busy.
While the line was a lengthy one, meeting and greeting Franklin was still the highlight of the event, and I’m proud to say that I was the only person there, taller than Franklin!
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