“The best day of the year” is the description one happy attendee gives Wyatt Heritage Properties/Culture Summerside’s Olde Fashioned Carnival. Hundreds of others would no doubt agree.
On carnival day the lawns of the beautiful Wyatt Heritage Properties, located at the corner of Granville and Prince Streets in Summerside, will be transformed into the site of a Victorian style carnival that is a community celebration for one and all. The carnival runs from 4 – 7 pm and there will be plenty in which to partake.
Volunteer barkers invite participants to play over fifteen olde style carnival games for five cents a try. Winners of a game will pocket a small Canadian pin and when they have a sufficient number they can exchange them for neat prizes at the prize table.
The miniature horse ride is also five cents, as is the face painting. But it will cost ten cents to enter the Tea Tent for a cup of freshly brewed tea served in a china cup along with a piece of Canada Day Birthday Cake. An additional ten cents can secure a brief and light-hearted tea leaf reading.
Rosco the Clown, the juggler, the arm wrestler, the Strong Man, and the street performer will all give an excellent show. Plan to play tug of war, listen to a story in the reading tent, spend time at the petting farm, and watch the blacksmith at work.
Fred Martin, Kevin Arthur, and Jason Campbell will be entertaining on the outdoor stage. When the smell of the carnival food creates a craving, join the line-up for barbequed hot dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy, and pay a visit to the candy store.
When a break is needed simply sit in the shade of century old trees and soak in the beauty of the Victorian Lefurgey Cultural Centre, the Wyatt House Museum, and the MacNaught History Centre and Archives, gifted to the City of Summerside by the late Wanda Wyatt to serve as the cornerstone of arts, heritage, and cultural activities in the city.
The Olde Fashioned Carnival kicks off summer, the end of the school year, the anticipated Canada Day holiday, and welcomes visitors to Summerside. It is the event in which to chat with old friends and make new ones. It is the event that makes life long memories.
Admission is free.
“From War to Peace” Commemorative Booklet Available!
Culture Summerside is pleased to announce that its publication about Islanders returning from the Great War in 1919 is now available at no charge. The 88-page booklet titled “From War to Peace” is arranged by themes and is based on newspaper articles found by volunteers who participated in the 2019 anniversary project. Rounding out the information are fifteen stories written by local creative writers who based their works of fiction on images from the newspapers of the time period.
Get your free copy at the MacNaught History Centre or the Lefurgey Cultural Centre in Summerside.
“After the War” Exhibition
“After the War”, which is presented by the Canadian Centre for the Great War, looks at the challenges facing returning soldiers and military personnel at the end of the Great War, and the systems and organisations put in place to ease the transition to civilian life.
June exhibit hours at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre, 205 Prince Street, are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm, June 3rd through 28th. Admission is free.
The PEI Regiment Museum in Charlottetown has partnered with Culture Summerside to bring the exhibit to the Maritimes and will be hosting the display of text panels and artefacts in July.
The Summerside Arts Festival is about celebrating, promoting, and growing the city’s artistic and cultural community. It is about bringing awareness to the arts and establishing accessibility for all to enrich their lives with artistic connection that requires little commitment other than curiosity. It is about providing a stage for artists, artisans, musicians and more to showcase their work and talent, and personally interact with an audience. And most important of all it is simply about having fun, delighting the senses, and making interesting discoveries.
The festival had its beginnings in an outdoor multicultural concert in 2006. The following year the Arts in Motion Water Street demonstration and performance component was added. Then drawing on the heritage of the travelling Chautauqua movement that brought artistic entertainment to Summerside in the 1920s, the Chautauqua Entertainment Tent was introduced. The Arts in Motion – Chautauqua Festival was renamed the Summerside Arts Festival in 2018.
The festival continues to grow and evolve each year as the vibrancy and confidence of the arts community continues to blossom. Festival presenters, Wyatt Heritage Properties Inc. has drawn in the city’s entire cultural community to partner in presenting the festival, made possible through funding from the Government of Canada, the Government of Prince Edward Island and the City of Summerside.
Come be part of the Summerside Arts Festival. Let us share our artistic identity with you.
Visit https://www.wyattheritagepropertiesinc.com/ for the program, concert series line-up and more!
This project is being supported by the Government of Canada