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ELLEN MACPHAIL: It is a busy time for the P.E.I. Women's Institute


CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - P.E.I. Women’s Institute highlights of this month include the 93rd Handcrafts, Horticulture and Arts Show of the Provincial Exhibition, as well as ongoing planning for fall events.

The WI’s Handcrafts, Horticulture and Arts Show as part of P.E.I.’s Old Home Week will begin today and run each day until Saturday, Aug, 19 from noon until 9 p.m. WI’s participation is steeped in tradition in organizing this segment of the annual provincial fair, which is hosted on the grounds of the Eastlink Centre & Red Shores Racetrack & Casino.  

The origin was originally a way for Islanders to market their crafts and vegetables and has evolved to P.E.I.’s leading showcase of entries from amateur artists, craftspeople and gardeners. 

The P.E.I. Women's Institute is pleased to once again host demonstrations by numerous talented artists depicting various crafts for all ages. Members of the public are invited to join WI in learning under the titles of felting, card making, craft & crochet, wood carving, dear bears, flower decoration, glass etching, quilting, recycling and felt feather. These sessions will be held close to the WI exhibits on the second level in the Centre Ice Lounge of the Eastlink Centre.  

Islanders are also encouraged to visit the Women's Institute 150th Canada Celebration commemorative tree on the second floor where exhibits are housed and place a leaf representing family, friends or community during Old Home Week.

Doreen Wall, PEIWI president, and Farida Chishti, exhibition chairwoman and provincial board member, encourages visitors to vote in the various People's Choice Awards set up throughout the show. Special prizes and awards winners will be announced at WI’s Awards Day, Aug. 17 at 10:30 a.m. This awards ceremony is open to all and will be also held in the Center Ice Lounge on the second floor of the Eastlink Centre. 

The PEIWI board of directors looks forward to seeing visitors during Old Home Week.

In looking towards the fall season, there are a few items of note.

The deadline for the Helen Herring Scholarship, awarded by PEIWI, is Sept. 30.  Students enrolled in their third year of a university program leading to a degree in foods and nutrition or human ecology may apply. For more information, call the WI Office or online at

Fall workshops are scheduled for Oct. 11 in Summerside, Oct. 17 in Charlottetown and Oct. 19 in Montague. Pre-registration will be required. Themes include a session with John Robertson known for his “The Butler is In” segment regularly aired on CBC Radio’s Island Morning; Annie Lee MacDonald for P.E.I.’s Canadian Hard of Hearing Association with “ Pardon Me? What did you say?” and a food-related demonstration.

For more information or to join a WI branch, visit online at or contact the provincial office at 902-368-4860 or This article is prepared by Ellen MacPhail, executive director of the PEIWI, and appears in The Guardian on the second Thursday of every month.


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