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Hats, Food and a Little Diddy!

July 5, 2012

Stampede officially kicks of tomorrow after the 43 hour Parade (trust me, it’s long), but that hasn’t stopped the ‘pre’ party invites from coming.

Last night I accepted invites to two very different events.

First up, with the promise of a free ‘Smithbilt’ Cowboy Hat, I had to make a priority stop over at Harry Rosen.

And this high-end men’s retailer knows how to throw a party. As the host of Bowtie Thursday’s, Rosen has started a movement to spruce up Calgary with a modern take on dapper, old timey fashion! With great food and drink, they throw a party I will never miss!

With hat in tote I was off to my next rather odd invite… A law firm (Field Law) requested my presence, and this party came with some huge perks…

Lets review the ‘Top 3’ perks!

1. A Tee-pee

Now sure, a tee-pee is pretty impressive… but did I mention that was just to house the salad bar?

This party had a full on buffet, bigger than the ‘Sizzler’! The tee-pee was just the tip of the iceberg.

2. A Pie Eating Contest

As I grabbed a hay bale and pulled it up to the table, I realized this was not actually a contest… But merely a desert table with 50 sweet options. Sad I couldn’t show my competitive spirit, I tossed a pie in my bag for a self competition when I got home.

And lastly;

3. Jim Cuddy

Yep, no big deal, why wouldn’t you have the front man for Blue Rodeo and Juno nominee at your party!

And the kicker: after an amazing hour-long set from Cuddy, I was escorted to private green room and given the chance to meet him and his crew.

They were even more fabulous then I ever could have imagined!

It was a great honour to meet them!

With a couple of events down, I already know this will be a Stampede I will never forget!

Mr. Fab uddy


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