Tuesday Talks at the Acadian Museum
July 25 & August 1, 8
The 13th edition of Tuesday Talks at the Acadian Museum, in Miscouche, will begin on July 4 and will run to August 8. Three of the presentations will be given in French and three in English.
“The DesRoches: An Acadian Pioneer Family on the Island” is the title of the July 25 talk in English by Georges Arsenault. The ancestors of the DesRoches were two brothers from Normandy (France) who came to the Island as fishermen in the early 1730s and who married into the Arsenault family settled on the western shore of Malpeque Bay.
On August 1, historian Sally Ross, from Tantallon (Nova Scotia), will give an illustrated talk in French on Acadian cemeteries. She will discuss the religious, cultural and historical heritage of these resting places in the Maritimes.
The lecture series will come to a close on August 8 with a lecture titled “Potholes, Roadblocks and Dangerous Curves: Prince Edward Island and the Road to Confederation.” It will be given in English by Island historian, Ed MacDonald.
The talks start at 7:30 pm. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The Acadian Museum of PEI is located in Miscouche on Rte 2, 10 km west of Summerside. 902-432-2880.
UPEI Climate Lab breakfast seminar series with the Honourable David MacDonald
July 25 & August 1, 8, 15, 22
Join the Honourable David MacDonald as he leads discussions on topics around the theme of Now That’s a Really Great Question,“Can Mother Earth and her peoples survive and thrive in the Anthropocene?”
These UPEI breakfast seminars will be held Tuesday mornings from 8–10 am until August 22 at 618 University Avenue, Charlottetown. The series is sponsored by the UPEI Climate Research Lab.
“David MacDonald has a prestigious history of working on the important issues that shape not only Prince Edward Island and the country of Canada, but also the world,” said Dr. Adam Fenech, director of the Climate Research Lab. “His detailed knowledge of the economic, social, and ecological sustainability of Prince Edward Island is unparalleled, and this series allows us all to learn from it.”
Each seminar will have a different topic: (July 25) Who’s Speaking, Who’s Listening, Who Cares? Why is the Medium really the Message?; (August 1) Is Capitalism over? What are Healthy Models for a Caring Economy?; (August 8) Why does our culture depend on Violence? If we love this Planet, can we Live in an age of Mass Destruction?; (August 15) Why Racism? Its Roots and Branches—‘The African Condition’ meets ‘Black Lives Matter’; (August 22) Is Reconciliation possible? Why do we need to ‘Unsettle the Settler’?.
Talks at Keir Memorial Museum, Malpeque
July 26 & August 2, 9, 16
The Malpeque Historical Society at Keir Memorial Museum invites you to the 18th consecutive year of talks presented by speakers who relate stories of historical significance to the area as well as sketches, songs, and stories of PEI. All presentations begin at 10 am on Wednesdays. Upcoming talks:
July 26: Promise and Disappointment: Princetown's Failure as a County Town by Earle Lockerby
August 2: Malpeque Diaries: The Handwritten Diaries of School Teacher Lucy Palmer Haslam by Mary McDonald-Rissanen
August 9: Ban the Automobile: Instrument of Death by Rudy Croken
August 16: The Mysterious Island by Wayne Wright
Island History Sunday Brunch Series
July 30 & August 13, 27
The Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead is hosting an Island History Sunday Brunch Series from 11:00 am–1:30 pm at the Homestead. Brunch, to be served at 11 am, will feature local produce from the Homestead’s own garden, and will be followed by an informal talk on selected aspects of Island history. The new series is a part of the Homestead’s 2017 Fundraising Campaign; speakers are generously donating their speaker fee to this campaign.
Brunches will be held alternate Sundays (July 30, August 13, and August 27) and will feature SAMPF Board member and novelist, Dr. Sile Post, current PEI Poet Laureate Deirdre Kessler, and SAMPF Board member and Island Historian, Dr. Ryan O’Connor. The always popular performers and speakers, Melissa Mullen and Rob Maclean are scheduled for October. Additional speakers for September will be posted online at www.macphailhomestead.ca.
Dr. Sile Post’s talk on July 30, entitled “Macphail’s Homesteading Lifestyle: A Model for Modern Island Living” will contextualize for Islanders, the local, rural, homesteading lifestyle, advocated throughout Macphails’ published works as a vision for Island living in today’s world.
Deirdre Kessler’s talk on August 13, entitled, “Sir Andrew Macphail and L.M. Montgomery: The Emotional Textures of the Lives of Two Distinguished Islanders,” will provide glimpses into the lives, poetry and the writings of Macphail and Montgomery.
Reserve by phoning 902-651-2789.
The Waters and the Wild
Tuesdays until October
Rock Barra Artist Retreat Co-operative will hold workshops with artists and naturalists as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. The workshops will be held on Tuesdays running to mid-October. The series will explore pottery, seaweed identification, music, plover watching, visual arts, wild edibles etc. Check www.rockbarraretreat for exact details.
Workshops will engage people of all ages, school children, families, summer residents tourists, visiting artists, community elders, bird watchers, naturalists, and participants from many cultures. In spring and fall, these events will be open to school children for field trips.
Rock Barra Artist Retreat is located on one of the few wild places left on our shoreline. It is home to a large pond and river with trout and salmon, nesting piping plovers, a dune system and a beautiful beach full of shore birds. The Island Nature Trust will add an educational component to many of these workshops so participants better understand and appreciate this unique environment. Through art workshops participants will explore the beauty of this area.
All workshops will be free to the public. Assistance is provided by The Canada 150 fund and financial support of the Government of Canada. www.rockbarraretreat
Coffee Talk with Chip Coffey
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada, internationally recognized psychic and star of A&E's hit show Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal and Paranormal State, Chip Coffey will travel coast to coast on his Coffey Talk tour. Chip will be at the Rodd Charlottetown, 75 Kent Street, on October 8 from 6–11 pm to talk about his personal life, paranormal stories, offer guidance about individuals abilities, discuss what life is like being a psychic and to answer your general questions. Chip will then conduct both psychic and mediumship readings for randomly selected people in the audience.
Take this unique experience to the next level with an opportunity to meet Chip accompanied with a one-on-one photo. Those looking for the VIP experience will stick around for the spirit communication/investigation at the end of the evening. Chip will use tactics to establish communication with any spirits that reside in or around the venue.