Yesterday’s CTV Hometown tour of Esterhazy was a smash hit, and an incredible public relations coup for the town and for the area. Even before the CTV bus arrived in Esterhazy, food was being served in front of the museum, as the Royal Bank hosted a fundraising event for the Playground Committee. The museum was open of course, with visitors taking the opportunity to take a look at the treasures within.
The bus arrived shortly before noon, and the co-anchors and technical crews enjoyed lunch at the golf course, joined by representatives of the Town, the Economic Development Committee, The Miner Journal, and EsterhazyOnline.
It was then over to P.J. Gillen School, where the kids added their own personal welcome for the visitors. A noisy, excited and totally-wound-up bunch of youngsters lined the street, waving balloons or flags, and they cheered at the tops of their voices when the bus drove by slowly, complete with police escort. Then the co-anchors Dan McIntosh and Danelle Boivin, ran down the line, giving high fives and waves to the kids.
While the “A crew” went to the Kaposvar historical site, the “B crew” remained at P.J. Gillen, where an excellent demonstration of drumming was given for the camera. On its return to town, the bus parked beside the theatre, where the High School Senior Drama Class performed a couple of scenes from “Dr. Evil and the basket of kittens” for the cameras.
Following the brief look at the talents of the young people, the crew travelled out to Mosaic K1 where they were greeted by Helen Solmes before going into the mine. After their brief visit there, it was time to return to the broadcast location, namely the Historical Park.
The area was already buzzing with activity when the bus arrived. Concession stands were well in evidence, and a line was forming for the barbecue supper. While the co-anchors and camera crews were busy preparing their show, other technicians were setting up cameras, cables, and all the technical wizardry needed to broadcast the news live from the location.
When the news was ready to go on the air, there was a massive crowd of onlookers to represent this area with their own brand of enthusiasm and support. Balloon-waving children were called upon to congregate beside the mining wheel to act as a backdrop to the co-anchors, and then it was time for the show to begin.
With live broadcasts blending in with pre-recorded sessions, the event went without hitch, and local men John Nightingale, Don Hood, and Adrian Tocher were interviewed live to give their perspectives on the town and its people. At the end of the broadcast, John Nightingale was honoured as Esterhazy’s Hometown Hero for his contributions to the town over the years.
We’ll be talking about this event for years in Esterhazy, and recognition should certainly go to the people at the town office who were so professional in putting this event together. Now, sit back and enjoy the biggest collection of photographs EsterhazyOnline has presented in a story yet. Open the gallery by clicking on any image.