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I don’t want to alarm you, but Mother’s Day weekend is just around the corner.


I just checked the weather and it looks like it is going to be a beautiful weekend. If you haven’t already made plans here are some ideas to help you mastermind a Mother’s Day to remember. I have even included a map marking all of the destinations mentioned in this post. After you have read all of our plan suggestions come back and view it here.

Plan #1: Artistry Tour

Val Marie Day Trip (Celebrate Mother’s Day on Saturday if you want to experience the Grasslands Gallery as well).

Plan on arriving in Val Marie around 11:00 a.m. Your first stop will be at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage.  

Located in a 1927 brick schoolhouse, Prairie Wind & Sage operates an internet cafe, museum, art gallery, and gift store. The schoolhouse is one of two heritage structures in the village.

Order a latte and take your time viewing the Collection of Women’s Stories and read about the stories of 40 different women, each represented by a square in the quilt.

When you are done exploring, it is time to head down Centre Street to the newly opened “The Harvest Moon” cafe. Kaitlin Mroz, the young and bubbly owner, builds the menu around serving fresh local food. The cafe is open daily for lunch and supper.  While you dine enjoy viewing work by local photographers.

After your leisurely lunch, stroll over to Grasslands Gallery. It is open from noon to 5:00pm. Grasslands Gallery showcases and sells original art and crafts created by a variety of Saskatchewan artists.

Photo from http://www.grasslandsgallery.com

These scarves are just a sample of what you can purchase at the Gallery. Make sure you give mom an allowance to treat herself. There is also a collection of Grasslands and area inspired artwork, clay polymer creations and up-cycled pieces.  Follow this link to check out all of the artists on display at the gallery.

If you are traveling on Sunday, enjoy the predicted sunshine, put on your walking shoes and explore Grasslands National Park.

The best part about this plan is that the galleries and the Park are free, and the lunch menu at “The Harvest Moon Cafe” is very affordable.

Plan #2: R & R

Phone ahead and book a Mother’s Day meal for the whole family at the Rabbit Hill Bed & Breakfast and Teahouse. You will enjoy a menu featuring Saskatchewan grown food, homemade soups and pies, artisan bread and seasonal entrees and desserts. As you enjoy the relaxing surroundings sip on a steeped tea, espresso or specialty coffee. The Rabbit Hill is located near Stewart Valley. When you phone 306-773-1654 to make your reservation they will provide you with detailed instructions on how to get there.

Allow yourself time for a leisurely lunch, then spend the remainder of your afternoon playing a round of golf at the Sask Landing Golf Course. Call 1-866-691-4653 to book your tee time. If golfing isn’t your mother’s idea of an enjoyable afternoon, you may want to consider going for a short hike on a trail such as the Rings Ruts and Remnants Trail. The trail gives you an overview of some of the history surrounding Sask Landing. Keep your eyes open for teepee rings, rock cairns, remnants of homesteads, cart ruts, survey markings, and even graves.

Plan #3: Uniquely Antique

Solid Oak Sideboard

Photo from sprucecreekantiques.ca

Start your afternoon visiting Spruce Creek Antiques & Collectables. Even if you aren’t an avid antique shopper there is lots to explore so make sure you give mom an allowance to buy something for herself. The owner’s have a moved the old “Madison” General Store, which was built in the early 1900’s, onto their farm located 17 km south of Leader on Highway 21. The antique store turn off is clearly marked along the roadway. They have a great blend of large furniture pieces, decorative antiques and trinkets. When you are visiting make sure you venture through the door at the back and explore the entire store. I have never left there without something in my hands. The owners Wayne and Deb Wenzel began as collectors. In 2004 they decided it was time to open their own store on the farm.

Important note: The store hours vary, make sure you call 306-628-4276 or 306-628-7872 before you hit the road and avoid disappointment.

After you have filled up the trunk of your car with collectables continue down Highyway 21 to Maple Creek. It will take you just under an hour to drive to The Redmond House Bed & Breakfast

The recently renovated historic building features a fine dining atmosphere. If the weather is as nice as they are forecasting I would have supper on the veranda. A history of the building can be found on the Redmond House website. The Mother’s Day seating is at 6:00 and reservations are required. Simply phone, 306-662-2717. The meal is to be served Buffet Style.

Hint: Visit the Redmond House on Facebook then comment on their Mother’s Day post and you will get 50% off.

Plan #4 Loving the Lyric

The Lyric Theatre was built in 1912 as a vaudeville theatre. The beauty, sturdy construction, and location of the theatre make it a perfect centerpiece for the City of Swift Current – Upon its resurrection in 2005, the Lyric quickly became a place for people to gather and share music, drama, art, and social interaction. Make sure you check out the upcoming events.

Other Events Happening Around the Southwest on Mother’s day Weekend:

1. Western Type Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
– Saturday, May 12 at the Tompkins Community Centre. Happy hour at 5pm and the show will start at 5:30 pm
– Tickets are $35 a per person. Phone 306-622-2011, or 306-662-2020 for tickets.

2. Mother’s Day Gala
– Sunday, May 12 at the Maple Creek Legion Hall from 2pm to 4pm
– Tickets are $5 per person. Miss Rodeo Maple Creek and Maple Creek Indian Princess will be crowned.

4. Redneck Betties Home Game
– Saturday, May 12 at the Credit Union Iplex. The doors open at 6 pm and the bouts begin at 7pm
– Tickets are $15 per adult and $5 per under 18. Purchase them in advance at the Elmwood Grocery or Empire Clothing Co. The last three bouts have sold out, so don’t wait to buy your tickets.

5. Speedy Creek Racing: Season Opener
Sunday, May 13 at the Speedy Creek Raceway, Kinetic Park, in Swift Current. The Racing begins at 2 pm.
– Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 for 6 – 16 year-olds, Children are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.