Concerns that Celebration Zone will cripple exhibition over the top when mutually beneficial
The manager of Old Home Week has expressed her concern about the possible impact that this summer’s Celebration Zone free concerts might have on our provincial fair. Instead of looking at possible negatives, Rayanne Frizzell and her board should look at the positives of this special, one-time celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. Ms. Frizzell has written a letter to government officials expressing concern that most concert events in August happen during Old Home Week, Aug. 8-16. She is suggesting those concerts be rescheduled.
Old Home Week is just two weeks before the highlight of our year-long sesquicentennial celebrations and P.E.I. 2014 Inc. is in full countdown mode at that time to raise the excitement and awareness for the anniversary date when the Fathers of Confederation rowed ashore in late August 1864 and began deliberations for the framework of the Dominion of Canada in early September of that year.
It would be unusual if there wasn’t an overlap of events involving OHW and the P.E.I. 2014 Inc. That should have been apparent over a year ago since the mid-August events are so close together in dates and location.
The free concerts will attract thousands to the Charlottetown events centre just several blocks away from the provincial exhibition. Concert-goers are sure to stroll in to watch the harness races, enjoy the midway and other attractions and entertainment.
Accusations in the legislature that the free concerts will kill OHW are unfortunate. The two events are in conflict once in 150 years. If OHW is in trouble, it’s certainly not because of the Celebration Zone.
Some weekend thoughts
. . . Maybe we are eating too much into this, but the worst nightmare the past several years for Island fast food restaurants has got to be the month of April. P.E.I. Burger Love has grabbed the attention and appetites of Islanders and visitors in ever increasing numbers. The competition to determine this year’s top burger jumped to 54 restaurants. As Islanders throng to these restaurants to sample gourmet hamburgers, one wonders about the impact on McDonalds, A&W, Burger King, Wendy’s and other traditional burger locations. Maybe all this burger awareness creates a busier time for them as well. The campaign saw 92,168 burgers sold this year, made with 42,000 lbs. of beef, providing an enormous boost for the Island cattle industry.
. . . On the road from Souris to Charlottetown, there was just one memorable location where a large tree actually sprawled across the St. Peters Highway, casting a canopy of shade in the summer and bravely outlining the landscape against the harsh winds of winter. Just past Mount Stewart heading east, the towering poplar tree was a landmark, providing privacy for several homes nearby. While there was some trimming to make room for power lines, the tree managed to survive, largely unscathed until Wednesday. A new transmission line is marching westward from Wyman’s blueberry plant. New poles are being installed and any trees in the way are being severely trimmed or taken down. Today there is an enormous void in that area. There will be no nest of robins in her hair this spring, as poet Joyce Kilmer wrote, “. . . only God can make a tree.”
. . . Maybe it was a case of mistaken identity, but there have been unconfirmed reports of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sightings on P.E.I. over the past week or so. One source has him in rehab, working in a lobster plant in Tignish. The recent controversy over the Temporary Foreign Workers program has resulted in a labour shortage, creating an opening for the mayor. He gets to stay busy and sober, the plant gets an energetic, wise-cracking worker and everyone is happy. How did Mayor Ford qualify for the TFW program here, you might ask? Well, he is from away.