Se­na­tor from P.E.I. hon­oured at dance show in Sum­mer­side

Libbe Hub­ley has been keep­ing the Celtic arts alive for close to 40 years

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Since 1978, P.E.I. Se­na­tor Libbe Hub­ley has been shar­ing the arts of step-danc­ing and fid­dling with count­less Is­landers.

Al­most 40 years later, she con­tin­ues to ded­i­cate her time to the preser­va­tion of these Is­land tra­di­tions.

Af­ter the re­cent “Celtic Fire” show at the Har­bourfront The­atre in Sum­mer­side, Hub­ley was pub­licly hon­oured for her ef­forts to keep the Celtic arts alive.

Hub­ley was one of the cre­ators of the Kens­ing­ton Step-danc­ing Fes­ti­val now in its 24th year.

She has trav­elled the prov­ince per­form­ing step-danc­ing and fid­dling at se­niors’ homes, com­mu­nity events and other gather­ings, free of charge. In ad­di­tion to teach­ing step-danc­ing for decades, she taught fid­dling and is still a mem­ber of the Prince County Fid­dlers.

Two fea­tured per­form­ers in the “Celtic Fire” show, Richard Wood and Paula Roberts, got their start un­der Hub­ley. The two pre­sented Hub­ley with flow­ers dur­ing the trib­ute.

Through tears of emo­tion, Hub­ley said how much she ap­pre­ci­ated the hon­our adding, “It will be some­thing I will al­ways re­mem­ber.”

Heather Moun­tain, one of the show or­ga­niz­ers, in mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion noted, “Libbe’s life­long love of fid­dling and danc­ing has left an in­deli­ble mark on the cul­tural fab­ric of Prince Ed­ward Is­land and can only be seen as a legacy for all Is­landers to en­joy.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ken­zie Lund, left, and Veronica Mur­ray were on hand dur­ing a trib­ute to Se­na­tor Libbe Hub­ley af­ter the re­cent “Celtic Fire” per­for­mance at Har­bourfront The­atre.

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