This organization just became an association May of 1985. The origin of Allied Arts stemmed from some interested people aspiring to develop Hanna's entertainment sector. They found a perfect place to begin in the original courthouse. After Allied Arts became organized and registered as a Society it put a booth in the Hanna Fall Fair winning first prize in the organization category. In August the association was visited by Alberta Culture representatives, Art Losey and Harold Corchene. The association toured La Belle Mansion in Pincher Creek and in October organized a painting club. In November, 85 representatives from Allied Arts met the Deputy Minister of Culture to sign the lease for the old Courthouse. In September 1985, they received a donation of $8,500.00 from the Sloane Estate and in January, 1986 Bob Bellis donated some photography equipment and the association purchased ten drawing tables from Rangeland School Division. Also, in January 1986, the association met the Further Education Council to talk about workshops done in 85 - 86 were: basic drawing, mukluk making, wheat weaving, Christmas ornaments, two painting workshops and a children's art workshop. In April, 1986 the CRC grant of $5,000 was approved and the Culture Minister came to visit Hanna. Another donation of $1,800.00 from the town engineers was also given in April, 86. The Allied Arts Association feels that "Showcase" is an important project because it not only will be educational in allowing participants to broaden their knowledge, but will also enhance Hanna's entertainment, life, and value. Some groups they hope to bring in are Children's Theater Groups, Big Band, Opera, etc.
Another organization which has and will enhance Hanna's night life is Stage Hanna. Stage Hanna originated in 1982 - 83 when a group of interested persons gathered for a meeting. In 1982 the group solidified and the theater was formed. The play first performed was "George Washington Slept Here". The group usually puts on 2 shows per year generally in Spring and Fall and the Junior High auditorium hails is headquarters. Dinner theaters were at the Legion Hall. In 1983 the group went on the road to the Hand Hills to do the play, "The Family Man". In December 1984 they held a musical called "Mr. Scrooge" and the group would very much like into the future to do another musical. In the fall of 1985 the group was involved in conjunction with the Hanna Chamber of Commerce in putting on the dinner theater during the First Annual Dust Bowl Days. Freda Geuder and the company wrote the script, produced, and played "Dust Bowl Days". A great and exciting achievement for the group. Theater and the arts are well established in Hanna and the many participants and supporters of the cultural life look forward to a productive future.
By the turn of the century man had conquered the air, he could fly. It all happened far from the prairies, where most people had never seen an aeroplane. Imagine the wonder of children, many of whom had never even ridden in a car, to see a machine in the sky.
Aeronautics made great strides forward during W.W.I. when planes designed and pilots were trained to fight a war from the air.
Two local boys, Clyde Holbrook and Les MacLeod, who survived the war, went into flying on their return. They acquired a plane and engaged in barn storming. They flew to surrounding places, put on an air show, stunts like loops, diving, spins, swaying from a rope, and other stunts. This would draw a crowd. Then passengers would be taken up from a small charge.
Pilots in various areas were engaged in the same business. It was known as the "Dollar-a-minute days" a flock of great excitement that lasted about three years.
Said Norine Code: "Of all my schoolday memories, the most exciting and unforgettable was of the arrival of the first aeroplane in Hanna. Two intrepid young men of town - Clyde Holbrook and Les McLeod purchased a war surplus aircraft and flew it home from Saskatoon. On that never-to-be forgotten day, I was a pupil in Grade 5 in the old frame school house: the time, if my memory has not failed me, would be during a sunny afternoon in May or early June, 1920.
When the drone of the plane's engine was finally heard, the attention of every pupil was focused on the east windows; it was then that Teacher decided we might just as well be outdoors. The plane circled town and made for the landing field, which was located on the south bank of the C.N.R. reservoir, at the southeast corner of town. A small hangar was located in the field adjoining the south road.
That summer we watched our daring flyers with bated breath as they performed so many evenings in the skies over Hanna. I believe that it was Clyde Holbrook who excelled in aerial acrobatics. The skill he displayed, as he maneuvered his craft through loops, dives and sideslips was incredible. One of the most spectacular feats of his aerial repertoire was the spin. He would climb to perhaps 12,000 feet or more, go into a spin and hurtle downward with ever increasing speed. No matter how often this stunt was performed, the spectators always wondered if Clyde would pull out of his spin in time to avert a crash.
As might have been expected with the arrival of our very own airplane; the boys in town were soon busily engaged in building models. Crude as they may have been, the little six inch propellers at least were superb and would spin like fury in the slightest breeze."
Text courtesy of The Hanna Herald