PEIWI ready for Pro­vin­cial Ex­hi­bi­tion

Va­ri­ety of events this fall are just around the cor­ner

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY - Ellen MacPhail

P.E.I. Women’s In­sti­tute high­lights of this month in­clude the 93rd Hand­crafts, Hor­ti­cul­ture and Arts Show of the Pro­vin­cial Ex­hi­bi­tion, as well as on­go­ing plan­ning for fall events.

The WI’s Hand­crafts, Hor­ti­cul­ture and Arts Show as part of P.E.I.’s Old Home Week will be­gin to­day and run each day un­til Satur­day, Aug, 19 from noon un­til 9 p.m. WI’s par­tic­i­pa­tion is steeped in tra­di­tion in or­ga­niz­ing this seg­ment of the an­nual pro­vin­cial fair, which is hosted on the grounds of the Eastlink Cen­tre & Red Shores Race­track & Casino.

The ori­gin was orig­i­nally a way for Is­lan­ders to mar­ket their crafts and veg­eta­bles and has evolved to P.E.I.’s lead­ing show­case of en­tries from am­a­teur artists, crafts­peo­ple and gar­den­ers.

The P.E.I. Women’s In­sti­tute is pleased to once again host demon­stra­tions by nu­mer­ous tal­ented artists de­pict­ing var­i­ous crafts for all ages. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to join WI in learn­ing un­der the ti­tles of felt­ing, card mak­ing, craft & cro­chet, wood carv­ing, dear bears, flower dec­o­ra­tion, glass etch­ing, quilt­ing, re­cy­cling and felt feather. Th­ese ses­sions will be held close to the WI ex­hibits on the sec­ond level in the Cen­tre Ice Lounge of the Eastlink Cen­tre.

Is­lan­ders are also en­cour­aged to visit the Women’s In­sti­tute 150th Canada Cel­e­bra­tion com­mem­o­ra­tive tree on the sec­ond floor where ex­hibits are housed and place a leaf rep­re­sent­ing fam­ily, friends or com­mu­nity dur­ing Old Home Week.

Doreen Wall, PEIWI pres­i­dent, and Farida Chishti, ex­hi­bi­tion chair­woman and pro­vin­cial board mem­ber, en­cour­ages vis­i­tors to vote in the var­i­ous Peo­ple’s Choice Awards set up through­out the show. Spe­cial prizes and awards win­ners will be an­nounced at WI’s Awards Day, Aug. 17 at 10:30 a.m. This awards cer­e­mony is open to all and will be also held in the Cen­ter Ice Lounge on the sec­ond floor of the Eastlink Cen­tre.

The PEIWI board of di­rec­tors looks for­ward to see­ing vis­i­tors dur­ing Old Home Week.

In look­ing to­wards the fall sea­son, there are a few items of note.

The dead­line for the He­len Her­ring Schol­ar­ship, awarded by PEIWI, is Sept. 30. Stu­dents en­rolled in their third year of a univer­sity pro­gram lead­ing to a de­gree in foods and nu­tri­tion or hu­man ecol­ogy may ap­ply. For more in­for­ma­tion, call the WI Of­fice or on­line at www.peiwi.ca

Fall work­shops are sched­uled for Oct. 11 in Sum­mer­side, Oct. 17 in Charlottetown and Oct. 19 in Montague. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion will be re­quired. Themes in­clude a ses­sion with John Robert­son known for his “The But­ler is In” seg­ment reg­u­larly aired on CBC Ra­dio’s Is­land Morn­ing; An­nie Lee MacDonald for P.E.I.’s Cana­dian Hard of Hear­ing As­so­ci­a­tion with “Par­don Me? What did you say?” and a food-re­lated demon­stra­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to join a WI branch, visit on­line at www.peiwi.ca or con­tact the pro­vin­cial of­fice at 902-368-4860 or wi@gov.pe.ca. This ar­ti­cle is pre­pared by Ellen MacPhail, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the PEIWI, and ap­pears in The Guardian on the sec­ond Thurs­day of ev­ery month.

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