Editor: My husband and I visited a relative at Andrews of P.E.I. - Charlottetown last evening. Noticed a lovely Old Home Week display at the front reception desk.
It included a photo of a horse and sulky driver, horse and sulky cut out, big red Ferris wheel, gold cup and saucer, cow, fruit and vegetables etc. There was also a quilt display. These are all symbols of Old Home Week which has been in existence since 1888.
I understand the former owner of Andrews Charlottetown commissioned this display which makes its annual appearance at the front desk. Seniors who can no longer attend this event have this lovely tribute to a day and time when they attended the biggest agricultural fair that included rides such as the beloved Ferris wheel.
Some of the senior residents, who now live at Andrews, were from a farming family and have memories of attending Old Home Week which was the biggest event of the year. Some of the ladies may have entered their prize quilts and cooking in the Women’s Institute displays. Some of the men may have shown their prize cattle, sheep and hens. Many of them rode the amusement rides, sampled the cotton candy and taffy apples and came to watch the Gold Cup and Saucer Race and parade.
Old Home Week has indeed been a long Island tradition attracting Islanders and visitors alike. I was impressed that a community care facility would take the time to set up this wonderful display to help bring back these cherished memories.