Rossland Snow Dance will help to mend Olaus statue

The Spirit of Red will be having a Snow Dance in Rossland Saturday, Dec. 1.

The statue of Olaus Jeldness

The Spirit of Red will be having a Snow Dance in Rossland Saturday, Dec. 1. The dance starts at 9 p.m. at the Miners’ Hall in Rossland, and will be  featuring the vocals of Karli Harrison backed by No Excuse!.

All proceeds are going to the final costs associated with the Olaus Jeldness statue and Spirit of Red member Roly Worsfold hopes they can raise some money for future Spirit of Red events.

As it is now, the organization is out of money as a result of repairs needed on the Olaus statue.

“When they shipped from China the crate was poorly put together,” Worsfold explained. “The (open) wood crate moved, the skis cracked and the pole broke.”

Worsfold said the damage was fairly major, though the statue itself looks awesome.

At the moment, they have a bronze specialist in Trail working on it, and it was a chance to put in some improvements.

“We’re going to place the skis so they’re tied together it will be a lot more secure,” he said.

He said he’s currently trying to do some fundraising, since the society is out of money and need a good turnout at the dance.

In the downtown, templates for the base of the pedestal are set. The base will be done in granite and will be ready for the official unveiling at Winter Carnival in January.

Worsfold also mentioned that the Norwegian officials will be there as well, bringing Jeldness’ heritage to Rossland. The officials set to come include the cultural minister, a journalist and the mayor of Sundal, Jeldness’ hometown.

For more information go to the Spirit of Red website. There is also a link to check out the CBC interview Worsfold did about Jeldness.

Tickets for the dance are $20 per person and are available at the Mountain Town Properties office (2020 Washington Street in the Bank of Montreal building) or from members of the Spirit of Red Social Club Society.