Reginald “Dutch” Thompson is back with More Bygone Days: Moonshine, Dancin’ and Romancin’. This second collection by Thompson includes stories from moonshiner and horse whisperer Ralph Gallant and Maisie Adams, Canada’s first female lighthouse keeper. It has memories from railway engine driver and photographer Keith Pratt, and Kathryn MacQuarrie Wood, a tourism pioneer who ran the largest rink on PEI. Don’t miss Stompin’ Tom’s best man, entrepreneur Johnny Reid and lighthouse keeper Manson Murchison, who saw the phantom ship of the Strait twice.
From CBC Radio to the pages of this book, Dutch’s encouraging voice illuminates these unforgettable and important histories from the lives of Maritimers.
Thompson has worked in film, theatre, television and radio, but his true love is collecting stories and memories from the bygone days in the Maritimes. His 900 recorded hours of oral history and folklore led to a 27 year (and counting) column on CBC radio and numerous heritage awards. He lives in a 170 year old house in Bunbury, PEI.
A book launch, presented by Bookmark and Acorn Press, will take place at 7 pm on December 10 at Florence Simmons Performance Hall, 140 Weymouth St, Charlottetown.