Eat and learn his­tory

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FOOD | COMMUNITY -

The Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead is in­tro­duc­ing an Is­land His­tory Sun­day brunch se­ries be­gin­ning July 16.

The brunch, which will fea­ture lo­cal pro­duce from the homestead’s gar­den, will be fol­lowed by an in­for­mal talk on se­lected as­pects of Is­land his­tory. It goes from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The in­au­gu­ral event fea­tures speaker David Keenly­side, arche­ol­o­gist and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the P.E.I. Mu­seum and Her­itage Foun­da­tion. The topic will be the “Is­land’s First Peo­ples’’, pro­vid­ing in­sight and in­for­ma­tion as Islanders cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th birth­day. It will also serve as a re­minder that Is­land his­tory does not be­gin with Euro­pean ex­plo­ration and set­tle­ment on th­ese shores.

Brunches will be held on al­ter­nate Sun­days – July 30, Aug. 13 and 27 – and will fea­ture homestead board mem­ber and novelist Sile Post, cur­rent P.E.I. poet lau­re­ate, Deirdre Kessler, and board mem­ber and Is­land his­to­rian, Ryan O’Con­nor.

Post’s talk on July 30 is called “Macphail’s Homestead Life­style: A Model for Mod­ern Is­land Liv­ing’’, which will con­tex­tu­al­ize the lo­cal, ru­ral home­steading life­style, ad­vo­cated through­out Macphail’s pub­lished works as a vi­sion for Is­land liv­ing in to­day’s world.

Kessler’s talk on Aug. 13 is en­ti­tled “Sir Andrew Macphail and L.L. Mont­gomery: The Emo­tional Tex­tures of the Lives of Two Dis­tin­guished Islanders’’. It will pro­vide glimpses into the lives, po­etry and the writ­ings of Macphail and Mont­gomery. Both au­thors were of Scot­tish de­scent and many par­al­lels can be drawn from their up­bring­ing – Mont­gomery by her strict Pres­by­te­rian grand­par­ents, Alexander and Lucy Wool­ner Mac­Neil and Macphail by his schoolmaster fa­ther, Wil­liam, and his mother, Cather­ine Moore Smith Macphail.

Per­form­ers and speak­ers Melissa Mullen and Rob Ma­clean are sched­uled for Oc­to­ber. Speak­ers for Septem­ber will be posted on the Macphail web­site – macphail­home­stead.ca.

Call the homestead at 902651-2789 to make a reser­va­tion.

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