We Are Winter – Revisited
Exploration Place Executive Director Tracy Calogheros looks at one of the images captured during the Games, now on display as part of a special exhibit.
Prince George, B.C.- As the City continues in the Celebrate Prince George mode for the rest of the week, Exploration Place is opening an exhibit today that tells the whole story of the 2015 Canada Winter Games.The whole idea of the Celebrate Prince George Winter Festival, centers on building on the momentum created by the Games, and the feeling of pride that swelled in the community. Exploration Place Executive Director Tracy Calogheros says people are eager to see the exhibit “We’ve already had a number of athletes who were involved in the Games, volunteers who were involved, asking when the exhibit will be open”.
The exhibit at Exploration Place, tells the story of the bid, including the box that was delivered to the Canada Games Council . That box, (in photo at right) complete with a toboggan and all the bid documents inside, was decorated with icy glass, a First Nations carving and the words “We Are Winter” .
Gathering the items for the exhibit was pretty easy says Calogheros “At the end of the Games, the Host Society had been collecting all the way through and so had Team BC, so they each shipped us a box. Then we shipped the bid box back up fro the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.”
This is the first exhibit totally developed by Alysa Tobin who is the acting Curator at the museum “She’s great at getting things from people” says Calogheros. “A number of the athletes came down, and we’ve got some of their materials on loan, so it came together really well.”
At left, display honouring the Green Jackets, while at right, complete gear worn by snowboard cross athlete Evan Bichon )
Calogheros says she, like many others who volunteered during the Games, is seeing some things for the first time during this exhibit “For me, a lot of this is a ‘first’ because I was at CN Centre all through the Games, so I didn’t really get anywhere except hockey.”
Looking at the photo of the Canadian flag brings back special memories, “To me, when I look at that, it took me right back to CN Centre for the opening ceremonies.”,
Just about the only things missing from the exhibit are the food trucks and live music shows.
The We are Winter Exhibit is open today, through June.