Historical vignettes being presented in Alberton

Eric McCarthy newsroom@journalpioneer.com
Published on July 10, 2014

Matthew Adams as Charles Profit, Krystyna Pottier as Maud Dyer, Megan Handrahan as Mrs. Ben Rogers, Julia Ross as Miss Myrick, Janna Profit as Mrs. Charles Dalton and Kalyn Milligan as Miss Daisy are some of the cast members who will be presenting historical vignettes in downtown Alberton on fair-weather Wednesday and Friday afternoons during the summer months.

Eric McCarthy/Journal Pioneer

ALBERTON -- Shoppers in downtown Alberton on Wednesday and Friday afternoons during July and August are likely to encounter some visitors from the past.

The Alberton Historical Preservation Foundation made use of a PEI2014 grant to replicate some of the dresses and other pieces of clothing in its collection.

Student workers and volunteers will be donning those outfits two afternoons a week and adopting the roles of some of the town’s most prominent citizens from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s.

The cast made their first public appearance on Wednesday, dropping in on Main Street businesses to introduce themselves and their project.

Historical Preservation Foundation president, Lynda Curtis said the vignettes are meant to be light and cheerful. “I just want them to have fun with it,” she said.

Besides the clothing the museum was able to get replicated with the 2014 funding, it received a donation of period clothing from Prince Edward Island Museums and Heritage Foundation. The museum now has more than a dozen wearable costumes available.

Participants will perform historical vignettes in the character of such prominent figures from the past as Mrs. Ben Rogers, Mrs. Charles Dalton, Charles Profit, the Myricks and Maud Dyer.

Dyer, Alberton’s first pharmacist, will usually hang out near the present-day pharmacies; Charles Profit, who ran a harness shop, will be near the library and flower shop where his shop used to be. Mrs. Rogers will be close to home by La Petite France and Miss Myrick will be on Main Street, recalling the businesses her family started in Alberton.

The vignettes will be presented every Wednesday and Friday afternoon that the weather is fine.