County’s his­tory will be in the spot­light

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PRINCE ED­WARD COUNTY – The unique cul­tural his­tory of Prince Ed­ward County will be on full dis­play dur­ing Flash­back Fe­bru­ary, a week of talks, film screen­ings, per­for­mances and ex­pe­ri­ences that runs Fe­bru­ary 16 to 23.

“The sched­ule of events has some­thing for ev­ery­one – from culi­nary work­shops to chil­dren’s pro­gram­ming – and there’s a County con­nec­tion with each ac­tiv­ity,” stated Jennifer Lyons, head cu­ra­tor for The County Mu­se­ums.

The week kicks off with The Para­nor­mal Show on Fe­bru­ary 16 at the Re­gent The­atre, a nod to the Fox Sis­ters, who were raised in Con­secon and later rose to fame in the United States for their abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with the dead.

The Para­nor­mal Show, fea­tur­ing para­psy­chol­o­gist Scott McClel­land, prom­ises the same hair- rais­ing sense of won­der that the Fox sis­ters’ Vic­to­rian au­di­ences would have ex­pe­ri­enced, as the weird and ex­otic Flash­back Fe­bru­ary also marks the launch of a new, year­round Es­cape Room at Macau­lay Her­itage Park. Par­tic­i­pants have to solve clues and puz­zles in un­der an hour to help find hid­den trea­sures that will cover wages owed to ser­vants. The ex­pe­ri­ence is based on a true story.

Liz Driver, one of Canada’s fore­most food his­to­ri­ans and a South Marys­burgh res­i­dent, will host an An­tique Cook­books Road­show, of­fer­ing an op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to bring in his­toric cook­books and brochures for a chance to hear more about their ori­gins and what makes them unique to their time.

“It’s re­ally im­pres­sive to see how the com­mu­nity has re­sponded to the theme of ‘ Spir­its of Our Past,’” stated Ken De­war, chair­per­son of the Prince Ed­ward Her­itage Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee ( PEHAC). “We’re for­tu­nate to live in a place with such rich his­tory and Her­itage Week is a great op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate it.”

Dur­ing Flash­back Fe­bru­ary there will be daily half- day his­toric wine tours of­fered by Sand­banks Va­ca­tions & Tours, fea­tur­ing prop­er­ties with long and colourful his­to­ries in The County. Black River B& B will of­fer High Tea for a sin­gle group of six to eight peo­ple daily.

The sched­ule also in­cludes:

• “Flash­backs,” four im­prov per­for­mances from Taste That!, riff­ing on spir­its from our re­cent past;

• A be­hind- the- scenes talk from John Burzyn­ski on Rais­ing the Avro Ar­row;

• A con­cert at the Pic­ton United Church de­signed to show off the huge and his­toric pipe or­gan;

• A Route Cham­plain per­for­mance suit­able for chil­dren that de­tails the French ex­plorer’s ex­pe­di­tions in the area;

• An open house at the Sev­enth Town His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety fea­tur­ing WWI Victory Bond pro­pa­ganda and other mil­i­tary ar­ti­facts;

• A talk on Loy­al­ist spies;

• An evening of film and fas­ci­nat­ing de­tails on the find­ing of the mys­te­ri­ously van­ished Franklin Ex­pe­di­tion;

• A mar­itime- themed film fes­ti­val; and,

• A night with an ex­pert on séances and spir­i­tu­al­ism, fea­tur­ing lo­cal spir­its and cock­tails.

The event will close on Fe­bru­ary 23 with an Indige­nous Mu­si­cal Re­vue, fea­tur­ing three styles of mu­sic per­formed by mu­si­cians from the Mo­hawk Ter­ri­tory. The event will also mark the open­ing of a per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion in Macau­lay Church on Indige­nous his­tory of the area.

Her­itage Award win­ners will also be an­nounced at a spe­cial din­ner on Feb. 23.

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The Para­nor­mal Show, fea­tur­ing para­psy­chol­o­gist Scott McClel­land, will be part of the Flash­back Fe­bru­ary cel­e­bra­tions in Prince Ed­ward County. The show will be a nod to the Fox Sis­ters, who were raised in Con­secon and later rose to fame in the United States for their abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with the dead.

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