Biggest festival ever for Montague begins Friday

Steve Sharratt
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Events co-ordinator Andrew Rowe, left, and job foreman Shane MacDonald talk about last-minute details in preparation of the biggest festival to ever be held in Montague.

MONTAGUE — Eastern P.E.I.’s largest town is celebrating in grand style this weekend with plenty of openings and unveilings, and no shortage of diversifying.

“This will be the largest event we’ve ever had in the town,’’ says events co-ordinator Andrew Rowe. “And as you can see there are lots of last-minute preparations underway for Summer Days.”

The Beautown waterfront is a landscape of jobs being completed this week, from paving a new parking lot for the new Artisans on Main building on the south side of the river to landscaping and staining the new waterfront pavilion on the north.

The pavilion will be christened this weekend with a host of music and entertainment from Ten Strings and a Goatskin to Tim Chaisson and the new structure has already been tested.

“It’s hurricane proof,’’ says Shane MacDonald, one of the foreman for the project. “Arthur paid a visit and it’s still standing.”

The new post and beam structure will become the entertainment centre for the Beautown waterfront that will also officially open the Art Trail.

Artists Gerald Beaulieu and Ahmon Katz were completing the installation of their commissions, which include a trio of giant cormorants and a metal fish swimming along the river bank.

Warren Reesor has turned the façade of the Eastern Graphic building into a time tunnel and other works will also be unveiled.

“We start Friday with the unveiling of the Art Trail at 5 p.m. and a walk around the town to view the exhibits,’’ says Rowe. “And we end up at the new Artisans establishment to officially open them.”

The Artisans on Main project was started here in 2012 and was so popular a new larger location was required and the town copyrighted the name. Dozens of artisans operate the shop like a cooperative.

The DiverseCity festival is also spreading to Montague on Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. with displays, food and entertainment.

It’s all part of the town’s

Summer Days festival and will showcase the Count and the Cuban Cocktail and Lennie Gallant.

Summer Days includes a parade, fireworks and the return of the Montague River raft race on Sunday. All details are on the town’s website.

Geographic location: Eastern P.E.I., Montague River

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  • len ohearn
    July 10, 2014 - 18:02

    Do they operate as a cooperative art gallery or IS it a cooperative art gallery?

    • was wondering
      July 10, 2014 - 22:33

      Am confused. They are a co-op gallery but are funded by govt with $350,000 - $30,000 from Montague council alone. Thought co-operative meant paying their own way where there are over 40 artists? Haven't they gotten funding the last 2 yrs before this to try & make a go of it? Are they making money or not? or are they just being given govt $