Party on, P.E.I.: Irish Moss Festival … Atlanticade … Big Red Music Fest.
Those events are all happening on this, the first weekend of a busy summer season on Prince Edward Island; a season made even busier because of the P.E.I. 2014 celebrations.
Some of those celebrations, like the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival’s Rock the Boat Music Festival, are incorporated into existing festivals, making them bigger and better than ever.
Others, like the Charlottetown Festival, happen all summer-long.
As an added benefit, the weather is finally showing signs of co-operating.
If ever there was a summer to visit Prince Edward Island, this would be it. But those events are not just about boosting tourism numbers and catering to visitors: they’re planned for the people who live here year-round, to enjoy, too.
Added to all those festivals are the ceilidhs, concerts, amusement parks and day parks, beach excursions, scenic vistas and summer vacations.
This first big weekend blends right into Canada Day celebrations on Tuesday, when Prince Edward Island’s role in the birth of this great nation will be showcased here at home and across Canada.
Then it’s off to Cavendish Beach Music Festival next weekend and the summer just keeps on giving with strawberry socials, church suppers, dinner theatres, Potato Blossom Festival, Lobster Festival and numerous other events that celebrate all the things that make Prince Edward Island so special.
The Tourism P.E.I. slogan, “Come to The Island, Stay for the party!” might be directed at tourists, but living here makes it easy to enjoy so many great summer parties so close to home. Let’s make this summer truly memorable by soaking in as much of this little province as we can absorb.
Not on the roads
A close call near Tyne Valley this week should serve as a reminder that there needs to be some limits placed on our fun. A 15-year-old ATV rider suffered a leg injury after crossing a road into the path of an oncoming car.
Considering that an ATV provides riders with very little protection in crashes, the boy can consider himself very lucky.
Accidents happen. That’s true, but accidents involving ATVs on Island roads should not be happening, because authorities have made it perfectly clear those machines are not permitted on Island roads.
There’s no disputing those machines are fun to ride, but they should only be driven where the riders have permission. They are neither licensed nor registered for the roads. They are not permitted there. Riders who cannot restrict the operation of their machines to property where they have permission really should consider whether ownership of those machines is justified.