CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Board members of PEIWI kicked off 2019 with their sixth annual levee and are now rapidly preparing events for the upcoming year.
Through a joint effort by the boards of directors from both the PEWI and the Farm Centre, Islanders were greeted in Charlottetown on the morning of Jan. 1. Levee revellers expressed their enjoyment with the refreshments provided by Mt. Herbert-Bethel WI and the Greater Charlottetown WI.
The next provincial WI event will take place on Founder’s Day, celebrating the formation of WI, where P.E.I. will celebrate 106 years of service. The annual celebration will be held on Feb. 13 at the Farm Centre, 420 University Ave., with a number of creative and unique presentations for WI branch representatives. This year’s event will feature Phil McCabe of Vesey Seeds on container gardening, Diane Young on Lennon House and Dr. Lamont Sweet on opiate addictions.
The afternoon sessions will end with Kimberly Davey of “At your Service Creations” with a hands-on cookie-decorating workshop.
An open house reception will follow at 5 p.m. with light refreshments. The final results of the Island Product Youth Cooking Contest will be announced at 5:30 p.m. The deadline to register for the Founder’s Day workshops and reception is Feb. 7.
In convention news, branches across the Island are in final preparations for their district conventions being held January through March. Contact the office at 902-368-4860 for a full schedule of events. The provincial convention, with all branches invited, will be held in Slemon Park, Summerside, on May 11.
In provincial health efforts, planning is underway for the Spring Is in the Air Gala Dinner. The annual event is April 12 at the New London Community Complex. Live and silent auctions will be included with all proceeds going to the Lennon Recovery House, a specialized residence for addictions in North Rustico. Tickets are available from PEIWI board members and the WI office, by visiting 40 Enman Cres., Charlottetown, or by calling 902-368-4860.
Looking ahead, for participants preparing for Old Home Week, an online version of the official Handbook for the Handcrafts, Horticulture and Arts Show of the Provincial Exhibition will be available at www.peiwi.ca in mid-January. The print version will be available in late February.
The PEIWI board of directors and WI office staff wish all Islanders and their communities a happy, safe and healthy new year.
This article is prepared by Ellen MacPhail, executive director of the PEIWI, and appears in The Guardian the second Thursday of each month.