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Newcomers to PEI Experience Orwell Corner Historic Village

Charlottetown, October 13, 2011

Posted: Friday 14th October 2011 17:38

The beautiful fall weather we experienced in September contributed to the wonderful community inclusion event held recently at Orwell Corner Historic Village and Agricultural Museum.

Hosted by the Museum and Heritage Foundation and the Community Connections Program (CCP) of PEI ANC, this event introduced the interpretation of an 1895 Island village to approximately 130 newcomers, from countries including Iran, China, Bhutan, Somalia, Philippines and Egypt.

Island history, heritage and culture came alive through the demonstrations of the Historic Village volunteers and staff. They involved the fascinated crowd in the old-fashioned traditions of wool spinning, rug hooking, candle making, soap making, and even how to tie knots suited for different tasks. "The day could not have been more perfect," says Marilenne Ureña, CCP Supervisor. "The barns and well-kept grounds, the many types of farm animals, and the wagon rides were a huge hit with our newcomer families -- many had never been on a farm, modern or otherwise! They loved learning about the heritage of PEI. We will absolutely be taking more of our clients to Island museums in the future."

Ice cream, cookies and lemonade were enjoyed by everyone at the Village Community Hall, and live piano music provided by Max Keenlyside set the mood of the era. As groups of newcomers relaxed, sitting on the grass at the end of the day, there was spontaneous singing and dancing -- a sure sign that a great time was had by everyone. Kate Sharpley, one of the newcomers attending the event said, "It was a wonderful day. Our kids had lots of fun, and it was great to meet new people."

ANC Community Connections team thanks Dr. David Keenlyside, Executive Director of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, and all the generous volunteers and staff at Orwell Corner Historic Village and Agricultural Museum.

Orwell Corner Historic Village and Agricultural Museum
Community Connections Program

For more information contact:

Dani MacDonald

Dani MacDonald
Information Officer

(902) 628-6009 ext. 229