Over 1,700 Manitobans joined MaryAnn and 73 volunteers in August for a community BBQ that nearly DOUBLED the 2017 turnout of 850.
Seven Oaks House Museum, the site of the 1816 Battle of Seven Oaks, known to the Metis as ‘Victory of Frog Plain’ was the ideal location for a community gathering that could be an example of ‘reconciliation in action’, a theme of this year’s barbecue.
Bison burgers and hot dogs kept attendees satisfied, while musical entertainment, a craft sale, and free draws added to the fun. MaryAnn brought interested guests along on her famous ‘ghost walk’, which offered an immersive glimpse into some of the early battles that occurred on the very site of the barbecue, and Manitoba’s early history. About 650 guests took advantage of the event to tour the Seven Oaks House Museum.
Turnout for the event has increased by more than six times since 250 people came out to the 2016 barbecue. Stay tuned for next year, as we look to continue the great food, music, and company!