• THE LOBSTER SEASON – AN ANNUAL HERITAGE FEAST!!!

    There are the Liturgical calendars with their great feast days that we enthusiastically celebrate, and there are the calendars of the Land and the Sea, which are also a part of our Heritage. For me, the Opening of the Lobster Season is the crowning event of my Secular Calendar! Every year, and just once a year, my great friend Trevor and I get together and indulge in a spectacular lobster celebration. With a very fine white wine and a side dish of potato salad and cucumber slices, we take apart these great crustaceans and, with cries of epicurean joy, feast on the delicious flesh. Lobsters played an important role in…

  • MY HERITAGE FOUNDATION YEARS 1982-1988 – THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    The Heritage Foundation had accumulated a great collection – always being added-to – and it was my first wish that it be shared with the public in a very significant way. During my first year I met large numbers of people who complained bitterly about the Foundation’s aggressive amassing of thousands of artefacts, only to have them disappear in a warehouse. Of course the Heritage Foundation, over the past 10 years, had displayed many of these artefacts in a wide variety of small exhibitions, both at Beaconsfield and at Eptek. As the Provincial Museum, it was expected of it that there would be both permanent and changing exhibitions on Island…

  • MY HERITAGE FOUNDATION YEARS 1982-88 – A PAINFUL TRANSITION

    PROLEGOMENON I met the Executive Director of the Heritage Foundation in the mid-1950s when, as a very young dental technician, she gave me fluoride treatment as part of the Government’s program to save the teeth of Island youth. She was very kind and I couldn’t wait for my next treatment just so I could bask in that kindness. The next meeting was perhaps a dozen years later when I visited her antique shop in Charlottetown. A year or so later she visited Elizabeth Cran and me in Tignish as we tried to make a go of the Tignish Arts Foundation. She was very interested in community heritage and was already…

  • 38 YEARS AGO – AUGUST 1981 RECONNAISSANCE FOR A NEW LIFE

    I had received a phone call from the Executive Director of the Prince Edward Island Heritage Foundation, asking that we meet to discuss a proposal she wanted to make to me. In a scene from a spy thriller I drove to Cape Tormentine, left my car in the parking lot and sailed across on the ferry. The Director met me on the other side, and drove us to a truck stop near Crapaud that was famous for its pies. In the next hour or so she told me that she believed that I had the right ideas to carry on the work of the Heritage Foundation, as she was intending…

  • TANTRAMAR REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL (1971-1979) – AND NEW DIRECTIONS IN LOCAL ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY

    In 1970, before I had even concluded my Bachelor of Education degree at Mount Allison, I was offered the position of School Librarian and Audio-Visual Technician at the new regional high school that was being built on the edge of the great Tantramar Marsh. It was controversial because it would bus in students from as far north as Little Shemogue, Murray Corner, Port Elgin, down to the Nova Scotia border and on through Sackville, Dorchester, east to Midgic and Jolicure and back to Centre Village – a vast area. Never had students been bused in from so far away and doom was predicted. The concept of a modern regional high…