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
All Around The Hillsborough
Isaac Smith: Two Hundred Years and After
While Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary as a nation, we also celebrate the arrival of the Yorkshire builder, Isaac Smith, to Charlottetown on June 25, 1817. In the next thirty-one years, he would become the Island’s most prominent architect and builder, changing the face of Charlottetown with a new style of building called the Greek Revival and also providing churches, courthouses, houses and even a lighthouse in other settlements such as Saint Eleanor’s, South Winsloe, Rustico, Georgetown and Point Prim.
To celebrate this bicentennial and the achievement of Isaac Smith, art historian Reg Porter will give an illustrated lecture that will explore the possible origins of Smith’s inspiration and examine some of Smith’s buildings for which they have information. At least five structures which Smith designed, or in which he had a hand, are still standing — a testimony to his taste and skill.
The lecture will take place at 7 pm on August 14 at the newly refurbished Beaconsfield Carriage House. Admission at the door.
August 14 & 21
Monday talks are in the Community Room, William Callbeck Centre, Central Bedeque and begin at 7 pm. August 7 A Seminar on Five Objects Telling the Story of Canada by The P.E.I. Community Museums Association and the Bedeque Museum will discuss how five items shown in a special display represent the history of Canada. Also considered will be what objects should be collected in 2017 to represent Canada’s history in the future. August 14 Rally Round The Flag—Prince Edward Island and The Great War has Captain Greg Gallant of the P.E.I. Regiment Museum give a talk and present a display on the Island’s contribution to World War I. The accompanying display will be on view at the Museum in August. August 21 Prince Edward Island and The Automobile in the first Decades of the 20th Century has Rudy Croken will present an illustrated talk based on his book Ban the Automobile—Instrument of Death. He will describe the campaign that some Islanders, including persons from the Bedeque area, organized to ban the automobile from Island roads in 1908 and the twelve-year fight that followed to allow automobiles on the roads.
UPEI Climate Lab breakfast seminar series with the Honourable David MacDonald
August 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: (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
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:
August 16: The Mysterious Island by Wayne Wright
Gaelic Lecture with Iain MacPherson at Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead
An Leabhar Liath or The Light Blue Book — 500 Years of Gaelic love and transgressive verse edited by Peter MacKay and Iain MacPherson.
Iain MacPherson returns to the Macphail Homestead in Orwell on August 18. A lecturer in Irish and Celtic Studies at the University of Ulster and a Scottish Gaelic speaker with strong roots in Prince Edward Island, Iain MacPherson co-edited a collection of poems around the theme of Gaelic love. This book sets out to reveal a side of Gaelic poetry often left out of the history books.
"The Light Blue Book offers poems that are erotic, rude, seditious and transgressive; that deal with love, sex, the body, politics and violent passion; and that are by turns humorous, disturbing, shocking and enlightening."
The poems are in Gaelic but Iain will translate and explain. A knowledge of the Gaelic is not necessary, but will add to your enjoyment if you do.
Iain MacPherson also a documentary filmmaker, having presented, produced, written and co-directed three hour-long Gaelic docs for BBC Scotland/BBC Alba; and, a published poet and translator in English, Gaelic and French.
Of his Island connections, Iain says, “My mum, Barbara Ann MacKinnon, was born and raised in the Murray Harbour train station. All my maternal side of the family are from Prince Edward Island. My maternal grandmother was Grace Bell LeLacheur from Guernsey Cove who married my grandfather Ern MacKinnon from Hunter River.” His Island roots run deep although he was born and raised in Alberta.
The lecture takes place August 18 at 7:30 pm. The Veranda Café, at Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead, Orwell, is open until 7:30 pm on Fridays for meals. Reservations are recommended for both the talk and the meal. Phone 902-651-2789 to reserve.
Island History Sunday Brunch Series
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.
The next brunch will be held on August 27 with Dr. Ryan O’Connor who will present “The 1971 National Farmers Union Highway Demonstration.” 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.
Reserve by phoning 902-651-2789.
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.