Update from Calgary: White Hats and Transforming Furniture
December 5, 2012
The date was September 19th, 2012 and the Resource Furniture Alberta team was hosting two very special NYC guests: Kirk had been here since Monday helping us set up the Design Show with our amazing furniture and Ron (el Presidente) had just arrived and was anxious to see the beginnings of our showroom. The two of them had no idea what special presentation was about to be bestowed upon them.
First off, we took them to The Rhino – a very important restaurant close to our showroom – which serves its own smoked meat and craft beer. We ordered our usual appetizer…a bucket of bacon paired with a helping of Montreal maple syrup. For most of the readers that believe we eat Canadian Bacon, this is not the case. This bucket of bacon is your normal crispy bacon (smoked, of course) and is paired brilliantly with rich syrup for dipping. We didn’t notice until later, but a lot of our Albertan entrees incorporate bacon. Thanks Kirk for the perceptive observation!
While everyone was enjoying their very Calgarian meals, I stood up and delivered a momentous presentation – The White Hat Ceremony. For those not familiar, The White Hat Ceremony is a long-standing tradition in Calgary, a symbol of the Western hospitality and good cheer we like to share with visiting guests. The white Smithbilt hat has been bestowed on numerous celebrities and dignitaries on their visits to our city since the 1950s, when Calgary’s Mayor, Don MacKay, started the tradition.
MacKay was inspired by the white hat after traveling to Toronto with 250 excited Calgary fans to see the Stampeders compete in the 1948 Grey Cup (the Canadian Football League championship game). The exuberant group sported white cowboy hats, which soon became a hit with easterners, and presented a hat to Toronto’s mayor as a way of saying ‘thanks’ for the city’s hospitality. Years later, when he was mayor of Calgary, MacKay began distributing them to visiting dignitaries.
We also wanted to say thank you to our VIP guests and ‘white-hatted’ Kirk and Ron. I am sure they both continue to cherish this moment and we in Calgary see them as dignitaries of Resource Furniture who are welcomed back anytime!
– Darren and Mark, Resource Furniture Alberta
Resource Furniture Calgary is officially off and running. It’s a beautiful showroom – stop by!