ELLEN MACPHAIL: Ready for Old House Week and ready for fall


This month’s column focuses on Old House Week and provincial fall planning.

The PEI Women’s Institute has announced the schedule for the group’s 97th year of participation in the annual event. This year, the Board invites visitors to take part in WI’s rich history and the connection between crafts and agriculture in Prince Edward Island by visiting its booth on the main level of the Eastlink Center during the provincial exhibition.

To raise awareness of WI’s roots in agriculture and craftsmanship, WI combines agricultural demonstrations and samples and prizes during Old House Week. Highlights include demonstrations or workshops on quilting patchwork, rug hooking, wool felting, Swedish embroidery and sewing with a full curriculum.

WI’s signature quilt, with over 90 branches represented, will also be on display. Agricultural products represented this year will come from the blueberry, honey, potato, egg and dairy industries. As this replaces the traditional competition, the council encourages residents to visit fairs, shows and exhibits across Prince Edward Island to view the wide variety of crafts, horticulture, arts and of farming.

This year’s demonstration/workshop and agricultural pairing schedule includes: August 13 – Quilting Workshop by Kay Wall (2-4 pm) and PEI Wild Blueberry Growers Association; August 15 – rug picking by Island Matters (2-4 p.m.) and Island Juice Work; August 16 – wool felting by Twisters Knickers (1pm-3pm) and Island Abbey Foods, Makers of Honibe; August 17 – Swedish Embroidery by Bea Pye (1 to 3 p.m.) and PEI Potato Board (2 to 4 p.m.); August 18, Lady Slipper Needle Arts Guild (1 to 3 p.m.) and Egg Farmers of PEI (2 to 4 p.m.); August 19 – WI Signature Quilt made by over 90 PEI branches. and PEI dairy farmers. (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.).

Fall workshops are being held for late October and will cover the topics of Aboriginal Affairs, Rock Painting, Invasive Species and Farmers Helping Farmers. An additional session will include an online matchmaking event with women’s institutes in the UK to complement their centurion celebration with a session led by Marie Kenny on women’s partner countries around the world.

The PEI Women’s Institute reminds all students that several scholarships are offered throughout the year, including the new annual Agricultural Scholarship worth $1,000. Another education opportunity is the Helen Herring Scholarship for students entering their third year of college. The deadline is September 30. Details of all scholarships are available at www.peiwi.ca.

If you’re visiting PEI, drop by the WI office to pick up souvenirs – a variety of items are available, including the well-known book titled Prince Edwards Island’s Famous Five. Other items for sale include a variety of WI-themed books, as well as pins, notepads and pens. Items can be picked up at the PEI Women’s Institute Office, Room 105, 40 Enman Cres., or by calling 902-368-4860 or emailing [email protected]

This article is prepared by Ellen MacPhail, Executive Director of PEI. and appears in The Guardian on the second Friday of the month. For more information about the PEI Women’s Institute, visit womensinstitute.pe.ca, call 902-368-4860, or email [email protected].


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