© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
The Celebration Zone at Confederation Landing Park in Charlottetown is now up and celebrating for the rest of the summer. The official opening was Canada Day.
Editor: I refer to David MacCallum’s letter of Friday, August 22, (Celebration Zone wonderful venue), and I agree it is a venue our capital city is proud of. Sadly my last two experiences at the zone have not been enjoyable. On July 4, I was asked by a security guard to put my purse down for a quick look. That is exactly what it was; a quick look and comment to the effect that he doubted I had a bottle (of alcohol) inside and I was on my way. While the lineup of free entertainment was stupendous I did not get back to the zone until July 24 to see Burton Cummings. That experience was less than pleasant with a young guard poking through my purse with a stick. When I was told I had to turn in my umbrella on what was obviously a rainy night I was not happy. After no more than 10 minutes inside and seeing all the pavilions were closed due to rain, I went back to the entrance, got my own umbrella and left. Those two experiences were mild compared to what I encountered when I went with my niece to see the Sheepdogs. Initially, I had to dump water from my own water bottle and was told I could refill it inside. A female guard not only rummaged through my purse, then took out my wallet and began to unzip compartments. I was not happy with this invasion of privacy and objected strongly. To put it mildly I was seething and asked what they hoped to find in my wallet. The response was marijuana. As we walked inside I was shaking with the complete humiliation of the situation. The concert was up to expectations. But there was no fun in being treated like a criminal and having my honesty and integrity as an Islander questioned.