Prince Edward Islanders tipping glasses to John A. Macdonald

Mitch MacDonald
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Islanders are tipping their glasses to Canada’s first prime minister today.

A party celebrating what would be John A. Macdonald’s 199th birthday today is being held at the Prince Edward Island Brewing Company on Kensington Road.

With events going from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and later from 8 p.m. until close, spokesperson Al Douglas said the company wanted to hold a celebration because of its relation to both the Island community and the former prime minister.

“We figured this is the best place to have a party for John A. and celebrate the man that was,” said Douglas, director of branding and community engagement with the company.

Macdonald is featured heavily in much of the company’s imagery, including the bottles of the popular Sir John A’s Honey Wheat Ale.

The flavor is one of the most popular produced by the brewery, said Douglas.

“It has that name attached to it that everybody recognizes,” he said.

The brewery served much more than honey wheat ale on Saturday.

Acoustic entertainment performed on stage in the afternoon while birthday cupcakes were served, as well as pizza cooked in the establishment’s brick oven.

Patrons could sign a giant card for Macdonald and be entered for a chance to win a restaurant/hotel package from Gahan House and The Great George, as well as get their picture taken with a life-size cutout of the former prime minister.

Sisters Melanie Donovan Daigle and Judy Donovan Whitty were two patrons who took up the opportunity to get a photo with the cutout.

“I thought that was such fun,” said Donovan Daigle, a resident of Head of Chezzetcook, N.S.

“That was nice to do, really nice,” added Donovan Whitty, who lives in Charlottetown.

Donovan Daigle noted it was the first time she had celebrated a prime minister’s birthday.

“I’ve never heard of it before, it’s a nice idea,” she said.

Tonight will see performances at the brewery by Haunted Hearts, Racoon Bandit, The North Lakes and Chris Dalziel. The brewery’s bus will also be providing a free shuttle service to the downtown area.

The event was also tied into the P.E.I. 2014 celebrations, with Macdonald being a key figure from the 1864 Charlottetown Conference.

With the company being the official brewing company for the 2014 celebrations, representatives from P.E.I. 2014 were at Saturday’s birthday bash.

“It works out really well together,” said Douglas, noting that many more celebrations will be held at the facility during the year. “Concerts, art shows, that kind of stuff every month.

“The venue is also open to anybody else in the community to rent, whether it’s for a show or staff parties or anything like that. We can make pretty much anything work in the space that we have.”


Organizations: Prince Edward Island Brewing Company, Gahan House

Geographic location: Canada, Kensington Road, Iceland Charlottetown Chezzetcook

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Recent comments

  • don
    January 12, 2014 - 15:06

    I'm sure if he was alive today and saw how Canadians are being treated by all levels of government he would raise hell.

  • Upwester
    January 12, 2014 - 00:33

    Visited today and was a bit disappointed in the atmosphere .... Very slow and not much going on! Expect the staff to be more like Gahan??

  • Under The Rug
    January 11, 2014 - 21:54

    Hey, John A. . . . . Louis Riel sends his wishes.

  • pei guy
    January 11, 2014 - 15:46

    I am the illegitimate descendent of sir john A MacDonald and he and his family has not recognized it nor accepted that he was an alcoholic. like it or not it is not always the good stuff that is the truth.