11 Moments to Share

11 Moments to Share

Winter is the season when the whole world seems slow down; homesteads become warm and inviting. This season is an opportunity to enjoy being cozy, creating a warm atmosphere at home, and enjoying the good things in life with good people.

Enjoy the warm glow of candlelight, friendly smiles of company, and good handmade food. Create space and time to do nothing but enjoy the little things with family and friends. Enjoy the importance of simplicity, take time to unwind and slow down the pace of life. There would be no time to notice the long dark winter nights in Summerside when you're sitting round a table with friends and family, discussing the big and small things in life. 

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1. Explore our SCOTTISH Connection

The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada will be hosting a Highland Pub Night on Friday, January 20th as a lead up to their Robbie Burns Fundraising Dinner the next day. During the Highland Pub Night, Courtney Hogan will provide the entertainment as well as some of The College's talented dancers and pipers.

On Saturday, January 21st, the sixth annual Robbie Burns Fundraising Gala will take place at Credit Union Place at 6:30 pm featuring a Scottish Ceilidh with students and faculty performing traditional and contemporary choreographies.

Come enjoy the music of Robbie Burns along with piping, drumming, fiddling and dancing.
A three course roast beef dinner, with haggis, will be served. 

A complimentary return shuttle, is offered from Charlottetown to Summerside for the Gala event.

The Highland Pub Night will be on Friday, January 20th and tickets go on sale January 4th at the College of Piping, 619 Water Street.

The 6th Annual Robbie Burns Fundraising Gala will be on Saturday, January 21st at 6:30pm. For more details, click here, call 902-436-5377 or email info@collegeofpiping.com


2. Go on a winter nature walk

In addition to the annual flooding of the oval at the Queen Elizabeth Park, the city is also adding new outdoor rinks at Green's Shore and at Lefurgey Park in the Lefurgey subdivision of which will be lit until 9 p.m. daily.

There are also plans for the department to groom the trails at Rotary Friendship Park and Heather Moyse Heritage Park for skiers and snowshoers.

Residents can also now sign out snowshoes from the front desk at CUP. The city has purchased seven pairs of varying sizes and all are available for free, though there is a deposit required.

For more information on the winter activities offered in the City, call the Credit Union Place at 902-432-1234.

3. Host your own Islander Day Party

Islander Day is a holiday in the province of Prince Edward Island on the third Monday of February. It gives people the chance to have a day off to relax or to take a short winter break. Invite friends and family together to take a moment to revisit the unique and diverse PEI Arts and Culture, such as Stompin' Tom, Anne of Green Gables, or watch an episode or two of the YouTube sensation Just Passing Through.

Islander Day is a statutory holiday for many people in the province of Prince Edward Island. Schools and many businesses are closed and provincial government employees get the day off but federal government employees in the province may have to choose between Islander Day and the one they receive in August, known as Natal Day.

For more information on the Islander Day activities offered by the City on Monday, February 20, 2017, call the Credit Union Place at 902-432-1234


4. make a handmade valentine

Show your loved ones how much you care with a homemade Valentine's Day card made straight from the heart. Use buttons, bows, and embellishments to add sophistication and style to these Valentine's Day cards - your special someone will love the homemade gift.

Valentine's Day will be on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Find a crafting workshop near you or contact the Inspire Learning Centre, 57 Central Street, for more information (902) 436-7323. 

5. Enjoy Brunch with Friends

Nothing tastes better than warm buttery biscuits served with PEI preserves, or fluffy hot waffles with homemade caramel sauce and rainbow sprinkles. Fresh bread, waffles, crepes, and coffee await you and your guests in the historic Holman Building. Or take home farm eggs, milled flour and more to host your own brunch. 

Visit this fun little Farmers' Market and enjoy the selection of home baked goodies, eggs, pork, beef, lamb, organic veggies, preserves and pickles, fruits - in season or frozen, spices, and a large variety of crafts.

Savour the flavours and more at the Summerside Farmers' Market in the historic Holman Building, 250 Water Street. Open every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. For more information, check out their Facebook page


6. knit something

Knitting, crocheting, lacemaking, and lots of other string-based crafts have been popular for eons.

While in the past, knitting was a necessity to making warm clothing and blankets, now, it’s just a craft and pastime that people of all ages enjoy. It’s always so satisfying to make something with your hands!

But it’s more than making yourself a cute sweater or a fluffy pair of socks, it turns out. In fact, it’s much more.

Knitting actually brings with it a slew of health-boosting benefits. Besides being a cool, classic skill and a method of creative expression, sometimes in unexpected ways, it actually has mental, physical, and emotional benefits. Knitting lowers heart rate and blood pressure, keeps fingers nimble, improves math skills, calms anxiety, sharpens memory, reduces mindless eating, boosts confidence and self-esteem and more!

Find a knitting workshop near you or contact the Inspire Learning Centre, 57 Central Street, for more information (902) 436-7323. 

7. Be Touched by The Beauty of Ballet

Ballet Jörgen Canada celebrates its 25th anniversary season with the world’s most renowned Classical Ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

Bengt Jörgen, one of Canada’s most distinguished classical ballet choreographers is delighted to bring the production across Canada so that everyone has the opportunity to see, experience and be touched by this most extraordinary of all ballets.

This classical production is one of the most magical, beloved ballets—a story of true love, the union of two souls and the ultimate sacrifice to be set free.

Ballet Jörgen presents Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake will be coming to the Harboufront Theatre, 124 Heather Moyse Drive, on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:30pm. For more details, click here.  


8. Celebrate the talents of Island Chefs

A celebration of Island Beef and the burger creations of our talented PEI restaurants and chefs. Join in the love affair this April for the return of PEI Burger Love!

P.E.I. Burger Love runs from April 1-30 and is a multi-award winning campaign that celebrates Island beef through unique gourmet hamburgers. It is created and marketed by Fresh Media in partnership with P.E.I. Cattle Producers and P.E.I. Department of Agriculture.

PEI Burger Love campaign runs from April 1st to April 30th at various Summerside restaurants such as the Brothers 2 Restaurant618 Water Street, (902) 436-9654. For more details, click here.

9. Hunt for Northern Lights

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) can be difficult to predict exactly, but when the Sun has had recent flare activity, seeing the Northern Lights is more likely.

On a night when the forecast is good for Northern Lights, the best viewing locations will be dark (i.e. little light pollution) and have a clear view of the northern horizon such as Slemon Park. If the aurora are active all night long, then viewing at midnight can be better than at other times, but going out when activity is high is the most important factor.

Auroral forecasts are given in Kp numbers, on a scale from 0 to 9. To have a chance of seeing the lights in PEI, the Kp level needs to be about 6 or above. 

View Northern Lights on a dark night in Slemon Park. Various websites offer aurora forecasts or display the current “aurora oval”. There are also Twitter accounts like Aurora Alerts that tweet when the Aurora Borealis will be active and at what Kp level. Click HERE for a helpful map.

10. Welcome Spring with homemade ICE CREAM

Homemade gourmet ice cream, decedent desserts, and old fashion hand crafted sodas. There's also a great selection of great local artwork, JJ Stewarts products, PEI Preserves, Maritime Madness Hot Sauces, Clinton Morrison's books, and candy for sale.  

Say good bye to winter and enjoy something sweet in a historic atmosphere in one of PEI's most significant heritage homes. 

Holman's Ice Cream Parlour & Heritage Suites will be reopening Monday, April 24, 2017. For more details, click here or call for more details (800)-350-1367.

11. plan your spring garden

There's nothing more satisfying than to harvest your own produce. Plan for a bountiful crop this year by planning early. Seeds need time to germinate indoors weeks before planting so it is wise to make a plan. 

Starting a vegetable garden at home is an easy way to save money - a packet of tomato seeds can easily provide you with 10 pounds of fruit over the course of a season. Plus, growing vegetables can be fun. It's a great way to spend time with children or have a place to get away and spend time outdoors in the sun.

Learning what to plant in a garden with vegetables, and how to tend them for the best harvest, is probably easier than you think. If you plan it right, you can enjoy a beautiful garden full of the fruits of your labor - without having to spend hours and hours tending it. Planting a garden that includes vegetables and flowers means you've combined natural companions, and that can turn a potential eyesore into an attractive landscape feature.

Kool Breeze Farms & Garden Centre, 231 Read Drive, is open year-round and is a supplier for Vessy Seeds. For gardening advice or workshops, call (902) 436-1900 for more information.