A New Year’s Eve bash in Charlottetown was just the beginning as P.E.I. celebrates the 150-year anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference.
The capital city will be home to many of the festivities, including at Confederation Landing, which will be turned into the celebration zone as one of the centerpieces of the province’s yearlong celebration.
From July 1 to Sept. 7, Confederation Landing, which was where the Fathers of Confederation came ashore in 1864, will be the site of daily activities that include arts and heritage exhibits, a lounge and culinary area, a children’s play zone, buskers and other family-friendly events.
The celebration zone will also feature cultural programming including music, theatre and dance.
One of the year’s biggest events will be Canada Day in Victoria Park where P.E.I. 2014 Inc. will take part in Charlotetown’s festivities and set up a pavilion complete with an 1864 sweet shop.
Families will also be able to take photos inviting people from across the country to come to P.E.I. for the 2014 celebrations.
Another major event is Founders’ Week, which runs from Aug. 28-Sept. 8 as a tribute to the Father of Confederation, and will see tall ships dock in Charlottetown and Summerside.
Founders’ Week will end with a major concert at the Charlottetown Event Grounds, with an act still to be announced.
While Charlottetown will be the focal point for the upcoming celebrations, it won’t be the only part of the province getting in on the festivities as more than 150 events and activities take place across P.E.I.
To help pay for those events the provincial government provided $5 million to the P.E.I. 2014 Fund for grants ranging from $200,000 to $1,200.
The biggest recipient was a series of commemorative projects to be displayed in Charlottetown as a tribute to the Fathers of Confederation and unveiled in June.
Some of the bigger projects outside the city include the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada’s DiverseCity Festival. The group plans to expand to locations across the province in June and July.
Other fund recipients include an extended summer season for the King’s Playhouse in Georgetown and an expanded Tyne Valley Oyster Festival that will feature a concert with Allan Doyle from Great Big Sea, Jimmy Rankin, Meaghan Blanchard, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rythym Boys, and a headliner still to be announced.
The year will wrap up with a grand finale New Year’s Eve celebration in Summerside at Credit Union place with a look back at the year.