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CHEERS & JEERS: 'Anne' commemorates 2,500th performance

Published on August 28, 2017

Ron MacLean and Tara Slone will co-host a Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast in Charlottetown in mid-October.

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CHEERS: To Anne of Green Gables, which commemorated its 2,500th show at the Confederation Centre of the Arts at its August 23rd matinee performance.  

Anne of Green Gables is officially recognized as the longest-running annual musical theatre production in the world. The production had its official opening night on July 27, 1965 and since then 18 actresses have played the role of Anne. Attendance for the musical has reached more than two million.

CHEERS: To Charlottetown for being named one of the first four communities for the 2017-18 season of Rogers Hometown Hockey. The touring hockey festival announced its October dates last week, starting in Niagara Falls and then visiting Haliburton Highlands, Charlottetown and Truro. Ron MacLean returns as host alongside co-host Tara Slone on Sportsnet. The two-day celebration of hockey takes place every Saturday and Sunday and is open to fans of all ages free of charge. Each week features special guests, musical acts and concludes with an outdoor viewing party of the broadcast.

CHEERS: To Charlottetown, which was ranked number 2 overall among the safest cities in Canada in a new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll. Ottawa was ranked first and Charlottetown is a close second while other Atlantic cities also ranked well, with Moncton in 4th, St. John’s 5th and Halifax 7th. Winnipeg was ranked as the most unsafe city in Canada, in 15th and last place.

CHEERS: To the David Francis Farm of Lady Fane, the recipient of the 2017 The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). The seventh-generation P.E.I. farm is operated by father and son team David and Brett Francis and families. Soil conservation remains a primary focus at the potato and 80 cow-calf beef operation, with continual improvements to the land during nearly four decades of farming. They have installed thousands of feet of soil conservation features, while respecting the land they farm and the natural environment surrounding their designated Century Farm. Francis picked up his 2017 TESA award at the recent Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) in Calgary, AB.


JEERS: To poor advertising at Orwell Corner Historic Village for ‘Ireland Meets Scotland,’ a celebration of Celtic heritage, music and dance held on Fridays during the summer. A couple from Florida, who spend their summers on P.E.I., along with an Island couple, showed up for the show last Friday, the final show of the season. The ad they saw indicated tickets were only available at the door. When they got to Orwell to celebrate the birthday of the visiting Florida woman, after driving almost an hour to get there, they were told the show was sold out and they were turned way.


CHEERS: To ‘Fairways of Life with Matt Adams’ which broadcast live last week from Rodd Crowbush Resort. Golf P.E.I. and P.E.I.’s Finest Golf hosted Adams and his award-winning satellite radio show, “Fairways of Life” from Aug. 23-26. Adams broadcast live from P.E.I. on Thursday and Friday. Fairways of Life airs daily on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio from 8-10 a.m. ADT.