It’s your weekend, Charleswood.
The Charleswood Centennial Celebration Weekend is jam-packed with food, music, history and vintage cars from Fri., June 21 through Sunday.
It all starts with a Meet & Greet at the Charleswood Royal Canadian Legion Branch 100, 6003 Roblin Blvd. on Friday which will, appropriately, coincide with the legion’s regular meat draw.
"We’re beefing it up by joining in with them," said Charleswood Historical Society (CHS) member and Centennial organizer Doug Sheppard.
The beef will include $5 barbecued hamburgers and 19 framed historical photos of Charleswood provided by the CHS, mounted on a legion wall especially for the centennial.
Friday’s entertainment will include Michelle Anseeuw from 8:30 to 10 p.m. and attendance is limited to those 18 and over.
"She does a really good Patsy Cline imitation… she’s really good," Sheppard said of Anseeuw.
On Saturday a pancake breakfast and classic car show at the Park West Inn, 525 Dale Blvd. is being spearheaded by Sheppard — a vintage car owner himself — and will run from 9 a.m. to noon.
Sheppard couldn’t confirm how many sweet machines will show up, but said last week he had the names of 29 Charleswood car owners he would be inviting and a method for getting more.
"There’s one guy who has all the email addresses (of vintage car owners) and you contact him and he sends out an email showing your location, date and time and whoever comes, comes, and that’s the way they operate," Sheppard said.
Cost for breakfast, to cover costs, is $5.
On Saturday night the festivities move back to the legion for the Centennial Dinner & Dance from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., where Charleswood’s Swedish community will enter the weekend fray with a Swedish smörgåsbord.
Legion treasurer Judy Wantzing, a member of the Swedish community, said the community is also celebrating their centennial this year.
"We are the first Swedish lodge in Canada," Wantzing said of Lodge Strindberg #259, adding the Swedish council of America gave them $1,000 towards the weekend.
Prior to dinner there will be a procession to the Memorial Cairn at Berkley Street and Roblin with a Colour Guard numbering about 50 as well as pipes and drums.
Wantzing asked that people joining the procession who aren’t in uniform wear red to honour Charleswood’s fallen.
Tickets for the dinner and dance, which includes entertainment by the Moonshiners, are $40.
The legion can accommodate about 165 people, Wantzing said, and as of last Thursday there were only about 70 tickets left.
The best place to get a ticket is at the legion, she said, or call Ken at 204-895-2787.
Swedes take the lead again on Sunday with a wrap-up picnic at Vasa Lund Park, 5419 Roblin from noon to 4 p.m.
The day will see decoration and procession of the Maypole, historical displays, food vendors, Scandinavian dancers, and singing by Colleen Furlan of CBC’s Over The Rainbow reality show contest.
Sheppard said three Charleswood families who have been in the community for 100 or more years will be honoured at the picnic.
For more information call 204-832-1494 or 204-489-0482 or go online to