New festival to bide time until 2014 Jack Frost

Nigel Armstrong
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Sledder gives a big wave as he whizzes down the 2012 big hill.

There won't be a Jack Frost festival but $15,000 is being set aside for some kind of Charlottetown winter festival this year until Jack returns.

Deputy Mayor Stu MacFadyen made the request for funding at a special public council meeting on Monday.

"We hope that in 2014 we will have Jack Frost opening (again)," said MacFadyen. "What we want to do is put on some kind of a festival in February, the 16th and 17th.

"We do have some money in the budget for Jack Frost and we are hoping to move that money over so we can put on this festival on that date," said MacFadyen.

He said the organizing committee has nothing definite yet but organizations like the Murphy Centre may be asked to "come on board," and activities might be planned for the community centres, say in East and West Royalty, plus Victoria Park.

The event will be free and community based said MacFadyen, with further details in early January.

The hope is to keep people thinking about Charlottetown as a winter festival destination long enough to bring Jack Frost back with a big production in 2014.

"It wont be as big as Jack Frost but it will be an event and we hope that will give people initiative to come back again another year for Jack Frost," said MacFadyen.

The transfer of money was approved unanimously.

Councillor Mitchell Tweel was not permitted to ask questions about details of the former Jack Frost festival and its relationship to city funding and the partners that were involved in the former marquee event.

Jack Frost, said Mayor Clifford Lee, was not on the agenda. A transfer of money to a temporary community festival was the agenda item.



Organizations: Murphy Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, West Royalty

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Recent comments

  • put jack frost in a coffin
    December 19, 2012 - 19:19

    Jack Frost couldn't exist without taxpayer subsidy and it was a massive subsidy at that. GOOD RIDDANCE ! A simple winter carnival weekend like so many other cities and towns host would be appropriate. A $20,000 cap for this and all future years would also be appropriate. Oh yeah, and where is the money for the police officers at Colonel Gray High School and Charlottetown Rural High School? Oh yeah.... right. No money, eh?

  • mr.nobody
    December 17, 2012 - 20:33

    Bring back the winter carnival. Mmm pancakes.