Editor: I am writing in response to Opposition Leader Steven Myers comments in a story in Monday’s Guardian (March 10th) re: the Shania Twain concert to be held August 30th, as part of our 2014 celebrations. I have to wonder just how popular Twain is going to be at this point in her career. I think the very fact there was no mad rush to get concert tickets last Friday speaks volumes. Myers may be right about Islanders not being able to afford these high-priced tickets.
Personally, I liked her singing in the 1980s, but it would not be a priority for me now. It is all well and good to say a concert like this will inject millions into the Island economy. I know, I know, the concert is simply a means of boosting the economy of our capital city and adding a flash of entertainment for locals and visitors . . . . hopefully.
I’m more excited about another headline in Monday’s Guardian, “Growing a dream,” Pg. A5 under Green Living. Building a legacy garden with cash from the 2014 fund makes better sense to me. This project will revitalize and beautify the property of the Charlottetown Experimental Farm and perhaps get back some of its glory days when royals made it a point to visit the farm property while on our Island and there was reason to have a full-time grounds keeper.
The main effort in this 2014 project is to celebrate farming and food. Isn’t that what P.E.I. is all about? Isn’t farming our No. 1 industry? By August, this 2014 Legacy Garden should be in full bloom. So, perhaps we could take Twain on a brief tour while she is in town and have her plant a tree, adding more beauty to this jewel in our city’s midst. It’s just a thought.