Programs & Activities
Traditional Storytelling evening: September 29th, featuring:
Dennis “Denny” King comes from a long line of storytellers. His father Lionel and Uncles Donald and Jack were known to share many tales from their youth spent on Boughton Island during the Great Depression. Born in Georgetown, Denny is proud to be carrying on the family tradition and relishes the opportunity to share his unique and entertaining stories with audiences of all ages.
Denny is part of hit storytelling group The Four Tellers. In April 2016, he published his first book “The Day They Shot Reveen – Stories from a PEI small town”.
For the Island Storytelling Festival: New Waves, Dennis’ storytelling will touch on a variety of topics.
Now a resident of PEI, Cian O’Morain is a native Irish speaker and story teller from County Kerry, Ireland. He is also a multi-instrumentalist and has recently completed a master’s degree in the performance of traditional Irish music. He has toured Ireland, Canada and the US.
Mary MacGillivray is a singer/songwriter who was born in PEI and grew up here as well as Cape Breton. Surrounded by home-made music and her deep PE/CB Island roots, Mary began singing and song writing at a young age. She sings in English as well as Irish and Scottish Gaelic, and is learning to speak the languages of her heritage.
For the Island Storytelling Festival: New Waves, Cian and Mary will present the traditional Storytelling of rural Ireland through story and song.
Anne Farrell was born and raised on a traditional mixed-farm in Lot 16, PEI. She grew up knowing she was a needed part of that family farm and turned work into play, wildlife into house pets and daily events into stories. She knew she was Irish Catholic before she knew she was an Islander. And she knew she was an Islander before her knowledge of being Canadian. Anne is a daughter, a sister, a friend, a teacher, a wife, a mother, a student, a runner, a reader, a writer, and a storyteller. She loves strong coffee, a good story, and especially loves bridging this reality to the magical secrets of the old ways.
For the Island Storytelling Festival: New Waves, Anne will be telling the stories of old Prince Edward Island.
Ensor Waite was raise on the family farm in Housebroke, PEI. He attended the community one room school for ten years. In 1954 he graduated from Commercial College in Summerside and worked with the Royal Bank for two years before returning home to the family farm where he farmed until his retirement. Ensor and his wife Louise, married fifty-five years, presently reside in Travellers Rest. After his retirement Ensor became interested in family history which led to telling stories of the past to his extended family and friends. He is a member of the Summerside Tale Tellers storytelling circle.
For the Island storytelling Festival: New Waves, Ensor will be telling stories of growing up on the family farm in Sherbrooke during World War II.
Live Recording of Radio Dramas: October 6th, 2016
Radio is a wonderful medium for storytelling and creates the best pictures. In the early days of radio, dramas went live on air and anything could happen.
The second evening of the Island Storytelling Festival:
New Waves is about recreating the early days of live radio. Interesting and varied island stories are sought out through researching the historic materials housed in the MacNaught History Centre and Archives. When a good story is found it is turned over to a writer who then shapes it into a five to seven minute drama. The facts are all represented, but creative license is brought into play with the writing.
Volunteer voice actors from the community are sought to bring the drama characters to life. Foleys or sound people, are given the job of creating the drama sounds in the same manner as early live radio. For example, coconut shells create the sounds of horse hoofs. Then on October 6th, the dramas are presented to an audience which feeds the creative juices of the actors.
The dramas are recorded by sound artist, Peter Gallant, and later make an appearance on the Wyattheritagepropertiesinc.com, the YouTube channel of Culture Summerside, Radio Atlantic, and the Storytellers of Canada web radio station.
The radio dramas are an entertaining and educational form of storytelling and the evening is fun for all ages.
Museum Tours Culture Summerside’s three museum sites are open to the public Monday through Saturday, July and August, 10 am to 5 pm. The sites include the Wyatt Historic House Museum, 75 Spring Street, Bishop Machine Shop Museum, 101 Water Street East, and The International Fox Museum and Hall of Fame, (Armoury) 33 Summer Street. The professional guided tours provide a unique and entertaining museum experience. Gallery 33 Housed on the second floor of the historic Armoury, 33 Summer Street, Gallery 33 host the summer exhibit, “Into the Fire,” featuring stunning black and white photography of some of the worse fires in Summerside over the past 150 years
MacNaught History Centre and Archives Visitors and locals seeking their Island family roots will find the necessary resources and assistance at the city archives MacNaught History Centre and Archives, 75 Spring Street. The archives are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm and Tuesday evenings 5 pm to 9 pm.
Concerts in the Garden- Wednesday Evenings July-August Wednesday evenings, starting July 6th through to August 24th, the garden of Wyatt Heritage Properties, 205 Prince Street, comes alive with the sound of music performed by local musicians on the outdoor stage. The style of music varies weekly, but is connected to the roots of the Maritimes. Bring along a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the concerts, which run from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Admission by donation. During the intermission, ice cream made daily on the premises with rich cream and milk produced by Prince Edward Island dairy farms is offered with Island fruit toppings.
August 24th – Johnny Oliver
Johnny Oliver’s commitment to his music is described as “a passionate affair where you can feel the raw emotions in his songs.” The award winning singer/songwriter has performed on numerous stages including the Cavendish Beach Festival. His shows cover everything from hard driving country/rock through to smooth tender ballads. His albums have received extensive airplay throughout the Maritimes.