Cel­e­brat­ing Aca­dian cul­ture

Fun day at Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FOOD/COMMUNITY -

Parks Canada in­vites peo­ple to kick off this year’s cel­e­bra­tions of Aca­dian cul­ture at Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst Na­tional His­toric Site with a day of fam­ily fun on Sun­day, Aug. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event be­gins a pe­riod of cel­e­bra­tions at Port-la-Joye– Fort Amherst Na­tional His­toric Site dur­ing Au­gust. There will be face paint­ing and kite mak­ing, as well as Mi’kmaq in­ter­pre­tive pro­gram­ming. Light re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided dur­ing the free, drop-in event, but vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to bring a pic­nic lunch.

On Tues­day, Aug. 15, la So­ciété Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin will con­tinue the fes­tiv­i­ties with a day of cel­e­bra­tions to mark Na­tional Aca­dian Feast Day. This pro­vin­cial event will be­gin on Vic­to­ria Row and then con­tinue at Port-la-Joye-Fort Amherst.

There will be spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties pre­sented by Le Car­naval en prom­e­nade ( face paint­ing, cos­tumes, and a tie-dy­ing work­shop), a tin­ta­marre pa­rade, an evening con­cert with Len­nie Gal­lant and Les Hôtesses d’Hi­laire, and fire­works at 10 p.m.

For full de­tails, visit www.15aoutipe.com.

Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst Na­tional His­toric Site was the first per­ma­nent Euro­pean set­tle­ment on Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

Three hun­dred French set­tlers ar­rived and es­tab­lished a set­tle­ment in 1720.

There will be Mi’kmaq el­ders on site at at Port-la-Joye--Fort Amherst through­out the sum­mer, shar­ing the sto­ries, his­tory, and lan­guage of the Mi’kmaq peo­ple. Ac­tiv­i­ties take place daily un­til Aug. 31.

The Na­tional Aca­dian Feast Day is marked ev­ery year on Aug.15, which is also the Feast of the As­sump­tion – the Vir­gin Mary be­ing the pa­tron saint of the Aca­di­ans.

The grounds of Port-la-Joye– Fort Amherst in­clude a trail sys­tem, in­ter­pre­ta­tion pan­els, mon­u­ments and plaques, as well as van­tage points of Charlottetown Har­bour.

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