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Herb Day

The 5th annual Herb Day will be held from 10 am–4 pm on May 26 at the Farm Centre, 420 University  [ ... ]

PEI Crafts Co Opening/AGM

PEI Crafts Council will hold their Grand Opening and AGM on June 5 at 98 Water Street, home of the n [ ... ]

Alderney: Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities

May 3 at 7 pm

David EarlA guest lecture in the Island Studies Lecture Series takes place May 3, at 7 pm in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus. It features David Earl from Alderney, in the Channel Islands, speaking about Alderney: Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats. Alderney is the third largest of the British Channel Islands, which are UK Crown Dependencies. According to the results of a Census carried out in 2013, 50% of the population (less than 2,000) is now aged 55 or over, while the number of young working-age persons on the Island has dropped by 47% since 2001. The number of children under 15 has dropped by 50% over the same period. Despite a 17% drop in the Island’s population in the period 2001‒2013, the States of Alderney (the Island’s government) has, so far, failed to reverse the decline. The aim of this lecture is to paint a picture of the island and its people, its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The lecture will be followed by an opportunity for questions, answers, and suggestions. David Earl began his working life in the world of advertising and marketing but has spent much of his professional life in broadcast television and communications. He was recently awarded an MA in Modern War Studies from the University of Buckingham. David is visiting PEI in order to learn more about the Island, and the work of the Institute of Island Studies. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Info: Laurie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 902-894-2881

Culture Summerside Heritage Building series
Living Memory and Beyond – the James A. MacNeil Building Story

May 10 at 1 pm

Culture Summerside invites you to visit the Lefurgey Cultural Centre (205 Prince Street) for a series of talks on the heritage buildings of Summerside. The second talk, “Living Memory and Beyond—the James A. MacNeil Building Story,” (297 Water Street) will be presented on May 10 (note date change from May 3) at 1 pm. Summerside lost one of its oldest buildings last fall with the demolition of the Kelly’s Flower Shoppe building after it was determined that it was not possible to rehabilitate and re-purpose it. Join Culture Summerside staff as they peel back the surprising layers of history embodied in the 125+ year old building and some of the many people connected to it. No admission charge but donations to heritage and cultural programing welcome. Bring your lunch. Coffee and tea will be available. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Robert K. Irving at Chamber

May 14 at 12 noon

Robert K. IrvingRobert K. Irving, Co-Chief Executive Officer of J.D. Irving, Limited and President of Cavendish Farms, will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce 2018 President’s Annual Luncheon. The luncheon, sponsored by Richardson GMP, will take place on May 14 at 12 pm at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown. At J.D. Irving, Limited, Robert Irving is responsible for consumer products, frozen food processing, transportation, courier and industrial human resource services. Producing frozen food products for the North American and international markets, Cavendish Farms operates two frozen potato processing plants in New Annan, a fresh potato plant in O’Leary, and five Cavendish Agri locations across PEI supplying fertilizer and advanced crop services. Cavendish Farms is the largest private-sector employer on the Island while frozen potatoes are the province’s top export product. Tickets are available online at charlottetownchamber.com, by calling 902-628-2000 ext. 226 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Preserving Stone Markers

May 14 at 7 pm

Heather LawsonThe Old Protestant Burying Ground, Charlottetown, invites everyone to a lecture by Heather Lawson, restoration stone mason, entitled Understanding and Preserving our Heritage Stone Markers. It takes place May 14 at 7 pm at Beaconsfield Carriage House, 2 Kent St, Charlottetown. Refreshments will be served. Admission is by donation. Take a look back at the methods that have been used in the past to preserve our heritage markers and what we have learned from them to lead us to the best practices of today. Using samples and slides, Heather will share her knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the different types of stones used for the markers; this will assist in understanding each type of stone’s response to different preservation and restoration techniques. Since 1992, Heather has been focusing on the development and implementation of techniques for the preservation and restoration of our heritage stone monuments. She assists local governments and communities in the preservation of their burial grounds through information and skill development workshops, site assessments and restoration projects. Heather Lawson’s past and recent projects have included Fort Anne National Historic Site, Garrison Burying Ground, Annapolis Royal; The Old Burying Ground, Halifax; Horton Burial Ground, Wolfville; and Old Port Medway Cemetery, Port Medway. All are Welcome and encouraged to attend.

Stanhope Historical Society

May 14 at 7:30 pm 

The Stanhope Historical Society’s spring program, Along Auld’s Creek and Beyond: A Glimpse into the Past, will examine the life and contributions of the Auld family. Robert and Jean Auld disembarked the Falmouth in 1770 as members of the Mongomery Settlers. The presentation will look at how this middle-aged blacksmith from Ayrshire and his family then contributed to the development of the communities of Stanhope and West Covehead over the generations. The program will be at Stanhope Place—the two-room schoolhouse at 2784 Bayshore Road near the intersection of Covehead Road (Rte 6)—on May 14 at 7:30 pm. Society programs are free and each is followed with refreshments and fellowship. Donations and participation in a 50/50 draw are always appreciated as they help support the Society’s programs.

L.M. Montgomery’s Urban PEI

May 15 at 7 pm

Dr. Kate Scarth The regular May 2018 Island Studies Lecture takes place May 15, at 7 pm in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus and will feature L.M. Montgomery scholar Dr. Kate Scarth speaking about “Anne of Charlottetown and Summerside: L.M. Montgomery’s Urban PEI.” This presentation follows Anne of Green Gables to urban PEI: to Charlottetown and Summerside. In Anne of Green Gables, Anne goes to Queen’s College—a fictional version of Prince of Wales College—and in Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne is the principal of Summerside High School. Of course, Anne of Green Gables and its author L.M. Montgomery usually conjure up images of rural Avonlea and Cavendish, the beaches and farms of PEI’s north shore. Montgomery’s rural island is reflected in her own writings, and later film and TV adaptations and the many tourist sites like Green Gables that celebrate the author. While the rural looms large in her life and work, Montgomery was also a chronicler of urban Canada. She wrote journals and letters about her life in Charlottetown, Prince Albert, Halifax, and Toronto, while three novels, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, and Jane of Lantern Hill, have significant urban settings. How does one of the most insightful writers of PEI and Canada’s literary landscapes grapple with the tensions between modernizing, globally linked, growing towns and a traditional rural, agriculturally based island? The presentation offers an urban dimension to a writer usually steeped in rural tradition, but who was writing about a Canada starting to become the urban nation it is today. Dr. Kate Scarth is the Chair of L.M. Montgomery Studies and Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture (ACLC) at UPEI. Her research focuses on English and Canadian literature written from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century and she is particularly interested in fiction about urbanism and the environment. Her book, Romantic Suburbs: Sensibility, Ecology, and Greater London, is under contract with the University of Toronto Press. She is also leading a digital humanities, public engagement project about literary Halifax, Nova Scotia. Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Info: Laurie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 902-894-2881

Rev. D. Maginley to speak

May 25 at 7 pm 

Rev. D. Maginley, author of Beyond Surviving: Cancer and Your Spiritual Journey, is a spiritual counsellor at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has survived cancer 4 times. He is ordained with the Lutheran Church in Canada, specialist with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, member of Canadian Association for Psychosocial Oncology, the International Association for Near-Death Studies, the Institute of Noetic Science, and featured in the upcoming documentary, When You Die. David and lectures throughout Canada on integrative spirituality in health care. His presentation takes place on May 25, 7 pm, at Stratford Town Hall. Host is Atlantic Therapeutic Touch Network. Pre-register: www.atlanticttn.com, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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