Emilio Picariello was an adventurous and hard-working family man whose ambitions led him to challenge the law of the land for profit. On the other hand, he was well known in the community for helping the less well off. His contravening of the Prohibition Act, and consequent violence, led authorities to realize that criminalizing the…

This is Part 2 of Norman E. Riley’s blog on being the Glacier Park’s Artist in Residence in the Summer 2015. My days at Glacier were filled with contentment and wonder. I was able to immerse myself in my work without the concerns or distractions that accompany life in urban settings. I met interesting people and…

This is Part 1 of Norman E. Riley’s blog on being the Glacier Park’s Artist in Residence in the Summer 2015. The Artist-in-Residence program at Glacier National Park is a highly-coveted prize open to artists worldwide, working in all disciplines. When it was time to apply, my application became the center of the universe for…

Emilio Picariello is a character who captures the imagination. His entrepreneurial spirit garnered him many successful legal businesses. The rising tide of Prohibition, meant that bootlegging was a natural progression of “Emperor Pick’s” acumen. However bootlegging put him on the wrong side of the law. After a failed sting operation set up by the Alberta…

In celebration of the Fernie Brewing Company’s Cheers to Charity Program here’s a quick look at the origins of brewing in Fernie. The Fernie Museum is the recipient of the proceeds of the Cheers program until February 13. Go have a paddle in the FBC tasting room, enjoy some awesome beer and support the Fernie…

Chautauquas were held annually in Fernie from 1918 to the late 1920s. Chautauqua was a travelling institution begun at Chautauqua Lake, NY with roots in Canadian Methodist Temperance rallies.  Chautauquas carried education, inspiration and entertainment across North America. John M. Erickson brought the idea from the US to Alberta in 1917. He established Dominion Chautauquas (Canadian Chautauquas after…

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