SUMMERSIDE – Islander Day weekend offers a variety of events for residents to take part in, as several organizations stage activities for the Island holiday.
The public is invited to a "Plan B Social" will be held on Monday, Feb. 18 (Islander Day), from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bonshaw Community Centre, 25 Green Rd. The event is a free drop-in, with conversation about the opposition to the project, refreshments, music, and a meeting point for those who want to hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski in the Bonshaw Hills. (Please bring your own equipment.)
For more information, visit www.stopplanb.org
Dragonfly ‘detectives’ are invited to Eptek Centre on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. to attend a workshop by Parks Canada staff. The presentation will also be delivered in French at 1 p.m. Admission is by donation and light refreshments will be served. While there, enjoy the Canadian Museum of Nature’s travelling exhibition “Canada’s Waterscapes: Yours to Enjoy, Explore and Protect.” Eptek Centre is located at 130 Harbour Dr., Summerside and is a site of the P.E.I. Museum. Call 888-8373 for more details.
As part of Heritage Week activities, the public is invited to the opening of the new exhibition “I Miss Them Times” at the Acadian Museum, in Miscouche on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. The exhibition showcases a selection of artifacts which have been donated to the Acadian Museum in recent years. When entering the exhibition, these objects transport us to another time. The exhibition is also a tribute to everyone in the community who donated objects related to Acadian heritage so that they can be preserved at the Acadian Museum. Refreshments will be served. The exhibition will be on display until May. Information: 432-2880. (Storm date: Feb. 24).
The City of Summerside has a variety of events on to help celebrate Islander Day weekend.
“Islander Day weekend is a great time to celebrate winter, enjoying outdoor and indoor activities with your family and friends,” said Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart. “The City of Summerside is very pleased to provide and host many fun winter activities for people of all ages this weekend.”
Islander Day Weekend Special Events: Bracelet Days for swimming, skating, bowling, and playing squash at Credit Union Place. Bracelets are $5 per person or $15 per family. Saturday Feb. 16 - The Summerside Western Capitals will be at the City of Summerside Ice Skating Oval in Queen Elizabeth Park from 1 to 3 p.m. skating, giving prizes away and serving hot chocolate. Cost is free! Monday, Islander Day - The Summerside Storm take on the Saint John Mill Rats at 2 p.m. in the Eastlink Arena of Credit Union Place. The Summerside Storm is offering a special “Islander Day Family Pass” for $15 to those who also purchase a Family pass to Credit Union Place for $15.
Other weekend events include: skiing and snowshoeing at Rotary Friendship Park Trail. The 64-acre park provides a natural area to ski and snow shoe on 2.5 km. of groomed trails.
Snowmobiling: the city is home to over 6 kms of the Confederation Trail which is groomed all winter.
Skating: free outdoor ice skating at the city’s outdoor oval at Queen Elizabeth Park from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and indoor skating on the city’s ice pad at Credit Union Place on Sunday from 1:50 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on Monday from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Cost between $1.60 and $6.35.
Walking, jogging, running: the Bay Walk Trail Boardwalk runs for 6.5 km. along the city’s waterfront. It is clean and maintained all winter. For indoor walking, jogging and running, the walking track at Credit Union Place is available free of charge.
Bowling : This Islander Day weekend cosmic glow-in-the-dark bowling is available from Friday 5 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 11 to 5 p.m. Casual bowling is on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m.
Swimming : slide swims take place each evening this weekend from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Islander Day, there will be special pool games from 11 5 p.m.
Squash: Courts are available from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, on Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. On Islander Day there will be a Family Skills Squash Challenge from 11 to 1 p.m. and introductory squash lessons will take place from 1 to 5 p.m.