Annual memorial service July 12
Everyone is invited to the annual Brudenell Pioneers Memorial Service, set for Sunday, July 12, 3 p.m., on Brudenell Island.
The service is held every year to commemorate the anniversary of the arrival of a group of settlers from Scotland in the fall of 1803, who came to be known as the Brudenell pioneers.
The guest speaker will be Tiber Falzett, research associate with the Institute of Island Studies, UPEI. After growing up in Summerside and attending Three Oaks High School, he graduated from St. Francis Xavier University and the University of Edinburgh. With three degrees, his (B.A. (Hons); M. Sc. R.; Ph.D.), his academic interests include Gaelic studies and over 10 years of studying Cape Breton Gaels, Scottish Highland Gaels andWestern Isles Gaels. He has lately been studying the Scottish Gaelic on P.E.I., from its common use through its decline to its present absence, using oral traditions, music, song, poetry and newspaper articles as sources. He is also a fluent Gaelic speaker, a Gaelic teacher, a piper and teacher of piping. Those attending Sunday's service can expect to see some of these talents on display.
As part of the service, a memorial wreath will also be laid.
A picnic will follow on the Brudenell Provincial Park grounds, adjacent to the island. Everyone is welcome to both the service and the picnic. Organizers are also advising those taking part to bring lawn chairs.
In case of rain, the service and get together will be at 3 p.m. at the old Brudenell School on the road to Brudenell Point.