Rice-capades

Cottagers & Indians

A long time ago in a province far, far away, I spent nearly a year living and working on a remote northern First Nations reserve. It was an eye-openin...

Buzz about pollinators

There is growing interest in protecting pollinators and enhancing their habitat. Many of our provincial watershed groups are continuing their excellen...

August Tides

The tide is low at noon so we pack a lunch (cheese and crackers, beer and chocolate), slather ourselves with sunscreen and head down to the Cove. We p...

Takako

A gift of Island poetry

CROW PISS: A PANTOUM | Chris Bailey

CROW PISS: A PANTOUM Sit and listen, and your father will tell you how it is. Up before crow piss. Before daylight breaks between the branches. Ge...

Back to the well

Exploring the basic beer ingredients, part one—water

In order to make a quality beer you need four basic ingredients. This tried and true foursome of water, malt, hops and yeast each need to be carefully...

Box to the Future

Old Stock: a Refugee Love Story

Remember Certs? Sporting dueling designations as a breath mint and a candy mint, their “two mints in one” slogan endured for decades. That old lin...

Astounding Feets

Island Fringe Festival 2021: Inner Urban Ecosystem/Kings and Queens

Dance shows are often part of the Island Fringe Festival slate, but this year they make up a whole third of the schedule: two of the six shows are dan...

Solo Flights

Island Fringe Festival 2021: Cowardice/Head War

The Island Fringe Festival typically includes solo productions, and this year it has two: one-woman show Head War (written and performed by poet Sadie...

Playing Dead

Island Fringe Festival 2021: Deenie’s Exit/Playground

Island Fringe Festival entries often go small, partly for reasons of logistics like financing and travel. This means many shows featuring one or two p...

Dream come true

Dream come true: Afternoon piano recital, Beethoven and Chopin pouring out of little building we call “The Rural Conservatory.” Guitars and singin...

Takako

A gift of Island poetry

This is How I Connect With You | Yvette Doucette

THIS IS HOW I CONNECT WITH YOU all lissom-like the elm trees bend seawind lifts and scents my hair my tongue flattens, no a, e, i, or u to round t...

Black Marsh

There are so many beautiful areas on Prince Edward Island to observe nature—remnants of our native Acadian forest full of migratory warblers, breath...

Fermentation trail

Aimed at creating a truly unique experience for Islanders and tourists alike, five local beverage producers have joined together to establish a trail ...

Adam Brazier

Create compassion

When Adam and I met on a patio, it felt like old friends catching up. We had never met before that day, but we chatted up a storm and I was completely...

Review: The Gin Game

“Oh boy, cards! The paper rectangles old people think are fun!” —Luz Noceda, The Owl House Often the odd man out in my extended family, I di...

Review: Off The Grid

As a COVID-haunted world emerges haltingly from hiding, mixed feelings loom: excitement over resumption of quasi-normal life, anxiety over the risks t...

West Coast IPA

If you were looking for one particular style of beer that propelled the current awareness of craft beer into our collective consciousness, it would be...

Dave Stewart

Standing proud

I met Dave Stewart for a midday coffee and as soon as he walked in the room, he was greeted by old friends and others who wanted to talk to him about ...

A gift of Island poetry

Picnic Rock | Thomas O'Grady

An old album, a thumb-scuffed photograph, black and white, circa 1964: centred, hair tied back by a windblown scarf, my mother in slacks and blouse...

Takako

Island pillars

The sea continues to eat away at our lovely coastline. Wealthy cottagers purchase peace of mind by bringing in Nova Scotia granite boulders dumping th...

Rare birds cooperate

It really is a lovely thing when rare birds cooperate with passionate bird lovers. Too often I’ve been notified of sightings of snowy owls, cattle e...

A gift of Island poetry

Jack's Trail | Bren Simmers

Let’s call this paint chip 4 p.m. green. Lichen, liverwort. Moss burgeoning into topo folds enters ankles, backs of knees, hip creaks. Call this...

Takako

This perfect day

If I don’t appreciate this perfect day, then I don’t deserve to live here. It’s a festival out there. The ground is strewn with crimson maple f...

Finding new flora

The go-to place for information on native plants in Prince Edward Island is the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre website (accdc.com). They hav...

Beer for sport

A fierce competition is growing at Hopyard on Kent Street in Charlottetown. For the second year in a row, The Brewery Battle pits local brewers agains...

Mike Ross and Nicole Bellamy

Living in harmony

As soon as I walked in the back door of the Harmony House in Hunter River, I was struck by the powerful and magical energy that greeted me. Mike Ross ...

From fibre to finish

MacAusland’s Woolen Mills uses old tech for quality product

I was looking forward to spending time at MacAusland’s Woolen Mills in Bloomfield—watching the process, and learning the technology—and I was no...

Seasonal suds

As the weather warms and we move toward the summer of 2021, our local brewers are looking to brew up new brands of beer that aim to capture the essenc...

Loving your elders

Our native elderberries cause some confusion to those learning about plants. First of all, “elder” sounds a lot like “alder,” but they are two...

Community

Last summer our school in the Cove celebrated its 200th birthday. To commemorate this milestone we considered holding a lecture series, a photo exhibi...

Takako

A gift of Island poetry

EVERYTHING RETURNS, EVENTUALLY… | Laurie Brinklow

for Frank Ledwell Frank Ledwell (1930–2010) was a writer and poet who mentored thousands of Prince Edward Islanders—including me—in his role as...

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