Autumn Swing Festival
Dances and concerts with Island and international fiddlers
Square dances and fiddling concerts are in full swing this fall at 3 Island venues. Island fiddler and dance caller Ward MacDonald has teamed up with the Barnone Brewery, the Benevolent Irish Society, and the Old Triangle for a new festival called the Autumn Swing Festival, featuring Islanders and international performers. September 29 the Irish Cultural Centre in Charlottetown is home to a Fiddle Summit hosted by Ward MacDonald featuring Allan MacDonald, Nick van Ouwerkerk, Trevor Profitt and Sheila MacKenzie. September 30 the Barnone Brewery in Rose Valley opens its doors for an adult square dance featuring JJ and Darla Chaisson. October 11 the Old Triangle in Charlottetown hosts American fiddler and folk singer Emerald Rae. October 14 Canadian and US fiddling champion Shane Cook will perform in concert at Barnone Brewery. Cape Breton’s Shelly Campbell and Allan Dewar will perform at the Old Triangle on October 27 and at a Halloween Square Dance at Barnone on October 28. Wearing costumes is encouraged. The festival will conclude on November 11 at the Irish Cultural Centre with an adult square dance featuring Richard Wood and Ward MacDonald. Full details are available at www.AutumnSwingFestival.ca, on Facebook, at the venues, or by calling Ward MacDonald at 902-314-7950.
Club 56 Wednesday Dances
Club 56 dance is held every Wednesday at Hillsborough Park Community Centre from 9–12 pm. Live music, lunch and 50/50.
Goose River Dances
Every Saturday night starting at 8 pm a dance is held at the Goose River Community Hall.
Halloween dance with Phase II
Tracadie Community Centre is hosting a Halloween dance October 28 with Phase II. Doors open at 8 pm. The Centre is wheelchair accessible and will have bar service. Prizes for best costumes. Admission at the door.
Heritage Social Dance Group at Beaconsfield
Lorne Valley Dances
Every Wednesday night starting at 8 pm a dance is held at Lorne Valley Community Centre.
Royal Winnipeg Ballet Audition
Shoemaker Benefit Dance
In August 2017, at 51 years old, Carl Shoemaker received a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Shortly after his diagnosis, he was informed by doctors that the cancer has spread to his liver. He, his wife Donna-Lee, and his two daughters Alanna and Meagan are surrounded by a tremendous amount of love and support through family and friends. Carl will soon start chemotherapy treatment and has the ambition to fight this but he could use your help. The physical and emotional hardships associated with cancer should never have to be accompanied by financial burden. In light of this, friends of Carl will be holding a benefit dance at Murphy’s Centre in Charlottetown on October 20. There will be a silent auction to raise funds for Carl and his family. No donation is too small and every item counts. Proceeds support Carl and family.
Square Dancing Lessons
Weekly Olde Tyme square dance classes for beginners and others resume on Wednesdays from 7–8:30 pm in Room 303 at Murphy's Community Centre, 200 Richmond Street, Charlottetown. There is no charge. These dances evolved from the early settlers who came to Canada from the British Isles and France. Thus they are truly Canadian. The dances are called and done with four couples in a square set to jigs, hornpipes, two-steps and reels. The purpose of these classes is to promote olde tyme square dancing and to enjoy its benefits of fellowship, exercise and relaxation.
Pig & Whistle at Kaylee Hall
Saturday night tradition of Pig and Whistles are held at Kaylee Hall with music by local musicians, cabaret style seating and a laid back atmosphere. Music starts at 8 pm. 19+. Pooles Corner.
Rustico Bay Seniors Club Dance
Rustico Bay Seniors Club dances are held every second Saturday from 8–11 pm. Country dance music by Country Steel. Admission includes lunch and 50/50 draw. 35 and older. Singles welcome. For more information, call 902-964-2674. Church Road, Rte 243, South Rustico.
The Lovely Witches Ball