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Belfast Historical Society

The Belfast Historical Society

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Arrival
of the Selkirk Settlers to Belfast, Prince Edward
Island.

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Our August (6th to the 10th) 200th Anniversary Celebration

Come celebrate . . .

The Polly

The Belfast Historical Society and the community of Belfast invite you to come celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the arrival of the Selkirk Settlers. The "Selkirk Settlers" were a group of Scottish colonists brought to Prince Edward Island in 1803 by Thomas Douglas, the 5th Earl of Selkirk. These Highland men and women sailed on three ships: the Polly, the Dykes, and the Oughton. The Polly arrived on August 7th, the Dykes (on which Lord Selkirk traveled) disembarked on August 9th, and the Oughton arrived on the 27th. About 400 of the approximate 800 colonists brought by Lord Selkirk settled in the Belfast area. Most of these settlers had been passengers on the ship Polly.
Scottish Cartoons courtesy K. Douglas MacRae, http://www.skyeproductions.com


Belfast and Beyond
    The Selkirk Settlers arrival in 1803 was the beginning of modern Belfast history. But, the 200th Anniversary also commemorates an historic landmark in Canadian history. The success of the Belfast settlement was instrumental in altering Highland emigration patterns to British North America, rather than the United States. Thus, the courage and fortitude of these early pioneers reached beyond the shores of Prince Edward Island and helped to shape the ethnic face of Canada.

    We invite you to come celebrate this momentous event.

About the Celebration . . .

Location
The weekend celebration will take place in and around the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park. Just off the TransCanada Highway (Route 1) in Eldon, the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park is located about a ½ mile past the main intersection in Eldon on the TCH, and 20 km from the Wood Islands ferry terminal.

The headquarters for the 200th Anniversary is located at the Croft House Interpretive Centre.

The Croft House Interpretive Centre

    Located near the entrance to the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park, the Croft House Interpretive Centre is the home base of the Belfast Historical Society and many other groups involved in the 200th Anniversary Celebration. This building has been renovated and transformed into an interpretive centre in honour of the 200th Anniversary celebration.

The ground floor of the Croft House Interpretive Centre is open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. The centre contains exhibits and displays about the Selkirk Settlers and the Belfast area, as well as a small gift shop where 200th Anniversary souvenirs may be purchased. Open the entire weekend, the Croft House is at the heart of the 200th Anniversary Celebration. This building should be the first stop for anyone visiting the celebration. Over a dozen large tents housing various events throughout the weekend will be assembled on the massive front lawn of the Croft House.

The Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
Located on the shore in the heart of Belfast, the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park is a full recreational facility, offering a campground, swimming pools, miniature golf, and a canteen. The park was named for Thomas Douglas, the 5th Earl of Selkirk who brought the 1803 settlers to Belfast.

The Park is located just off the TransCanada Highway (Route 1) in Eldon. It is only about 35 km east of Charlottetown, and 20 km west of the Wood Islands ferry terminal.

Many of the weekend concerts will take place inside the park at the amphitheater. The Annual Highland Games will also be held on the grounds of the park. "The Games" include sports events, dance competitions, and pipe and drum competitions.

The park is also home to the Belfast Highland Greens, a nine-hole golf course with a fully equipped pro shop, cart and clubs rental service, and a licensed lounge. The Belfast Highland Greens will be hosting an Annual Kilted Classic Golf Tournament on August 9th and 10th.

The Croft House Grounds

    In and around the grounds of the Croft House Interpretive Centre a dozen tents will be erected for the weekend celebration. This includes a genealogy tent, a large lecture tent, exhibitor’s tents, the Lions refreshment tent, several food venders, and a craft demo tent.

The Free Church of Scotland
    At the entrance to the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park is the Belle River Free Church of Scotland. Moved to this location from Belle River by the Belfast Historical Society in 2000, this historic church is used by the society for special events during the summer months. It houses displays and exhibits about the history of the church and the Belfast Historical Society.

A medley of entertainers will be performing in the church throughout the weekend. Featured groups include choirs and singers from local churches, musical demonstrations and workshops, and special lectures and readings.

Ernest MacLeod Memorial Genealogy Tent
    The "Genealogy Tent" is named in memory of Belfast genealogist Ernest MacLeod. This large tent is divided into two sections: a genealogy discussion area and a small lecture hall.

The lecture hall will be used throughout the weekend for genealogy workshops, family gatherings, and other events. Clans or families who may want to book the tent for gatherings should contact the Event Coordinators as soon as possible. The tent is available on a first-come first-served basis. There is no charge to non-profit groups for use of the tent.

The genealogy discussion area provides a protected area with tables and chairs where visitors may exchange and talk about genealogy. Exhibits in the tent convey the history and stories of some families who traveled to Belfast on the ship Polly. The Genealogy Committee has compiled binders containing genealogies of Belfast families for visitors to view.

Volunteers will be available to help answer questions and direct researchers. Members of the Genealogy Committee, the PEI Genealogical Society and the PEI Scottish Settlers Society will be available to help answer questions, and speak with researchers. For additional information about the genealogy discussion area, contact the Genealogy Committee Chairwoman Joyce Kennedy at j.kennedy@pei.sympatico.ca

Annabelle Bruce-Brehaut Memorial Lecture Tent
    Named in honour of Belfast Historical Society member and local entertainer Annabelle Bruce-Brehaut, the large Lecture Tent holds over 400 people and will house a variety of lectures and entertainers during the weekend celebration. Some of the events scheduled in this tent include an Anniversary Reception, a symposium hosted by the Institute of Island Studies/UPEI, and an old-fashioned Belfast Tea.

The Dykes and The Oughton Exhibitors Tents
Located on the front lawn of the Croft House Interpretive Centre, "The Dykes" and "The Oughton" Exhibitors Tents contain tables full of Island treasures. Come browse through the more than 40 tables containing a large variety of arts, crafts, and antiques available for purchase. [Please see the bottom of this page for information about renting an Exhibitor’s Table.]

Admission Fees
    The 200th Anniversary is a once-in-a-lifetime event and the Belfast Historical Society has worked very hard to make this celebration accessible to everyone.

Admission is free to all events held in and near the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park, except the Kilted Classic Golf Tournament and "Ghost Stories" (held Saturday evening in the large Lecture Tent). Admission will be free to all other concerts, exhibits, demonstrations, lectures, and events that are part of the 200th Anniversary or the Highland Games.

Parking
    It is expected that thousands of people will attend the 200th Anniversary Celebration and the Annual Highland Games. For the safety and protection of all, during the August weekend parking is allowed in designated areas only.

    Two large fields located at the entrance to the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park will be used for public parking during the weekend event. The PEI Caledonian Club will be supervising this area and charging a parking fee of $7.00 per day or $15.00 for a weekend pass. There is no parking fee on Sunday, August 10th.

Weather
Some 200th Anniversary and Highland Games events are held outdoors. In case of inclement weather, outdoor events will not be cancelled or rescheduled, but the location will be changed to an indoor facility. Weather will not effect the location of events held in tents or indoors.

Information
    This listing does not include some events which are still being developed. We expect the schedule will be finalized in early July.

    Please contact the Event Coordinators Linda Jean Nicholson MacKenzie and Beth MacPherson Constable with any questions. Telephone (902) 659-2209 or selkirk2003@pei.sympatico.ca

    The Coordinators Office is located in the Croft House Interpretive Centre at the entrance to the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park and is open (before the celebration) from Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

The Selkirk Settlers
200th Anniversary Celebration
and
the PEI Caledonian Club Annual Highland Games
August Weekend Schedule
(August 6th to 10th)

Most of the 200th Anniversary events will take place in and around the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park in Eldon. But, the 200th Anniversary Celebration has truly become a community event. Throughout the weekend, events have been scheduled at the Wood Islands Lighthouse, Pinette Racetrack, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Point Prim Lighthouse, Roseberry School, Sir Andrew Macphail’s Homestead, Orwell Corner, Plow the Waves Centre, the Belfast Recreation Centre, and the Belfast Highland Greens.

The Anniversary weekend presents an opportunity for visitors and residents to tour the beautiful district of Belfast, learn more about its rich history, and enjoy the amenities of the area.

Schedule Summary

August 6th, Wednesday

Event
Location
Time
Croft House Interpretive Centre
 - Information, exhibits and gift shop

Near Entrance to Lord Selkirk Park

9 am -5 pm
Wood Islands Lighthouse
 - Lighthouse Day

Near the Wood Island Ferry Terminal

1 pm – 4 pm
Kilted Pacer at the Pinette Horse Races Pinette Racetrack, Pinette, Belfast 6 pm

 

 

August 7th, Thursday

“The Polly Day”

Event
Location
Time
Croft House Interpretive Centre
 - Information, exhibits and gift shop

Near Entrance to Lord Selkirk Park

9 am -10 pm
The “Dykes” and “Oughton” Exhibitors Tents
 - Arts, crafts and gifts

Croft House Grounds

9 am - 5 pm
Ernest MacLeod Memorial Genealogy Tent
 - Exhibits, genealogists and lecture hall

Croft House Grounds

9 am – 8 pm
Annabelle Bruce-Brehaut Lecture Tent
 - Lectures and entertainment

Croft House Grounds

9 am – 9 pm
Free Church of Scotland
 - Ongoing entertainment

Croft House Grounds

9 am - 8 pm
Lions Beverage Tent Croft House Grounds 9 am - 5 pm
The DawgHouse Catering Croft House Grounds 11 am – 9 pm
Lord Selkirk Park Pool and Canteen Lord Selkirk Provincial Park 10 am – 9 pm
Re-enactment Selkirk Park and Amphitheater 9 am
Polly Morning Concert Selkirk Park, Amphitheater 10 am - 12:30 pm
Aliant Buskers – Ug the Juggler Croft House Grounds 10 am – 10:30 am
Aliant Buskers – The Great Mr. Mysto Croft House Grounds 11 am - noon
Anniversary Reception Croft House Grounds, Lecture Tent 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Polly and Dykes Painting Presentation Annabelle Bruce-Brehaut Lecture Tent 12:30 p.m.
Official Opening Ceremonies Selkirk Park, Amphitheater 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Re-enactment Play Selkirk Park, Amphitheater 2:30 pm – 3 pm
Polly Day Concert Selkirk Park, Amphitheater 3 pm – 6 pm
Men of Influence Lecture Croft House Grounds, Lecture Tent 3:30 pm – 6 pm
Aliant Buskers – The Great Mr. Mysto Croft House Grounds 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Polly Evening Concert Selkirk Park, Amphitheater 6 pm – 9:30 pm
Belfast Authors Croft House Grounds, Lecture Tent 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Aliant Buskers – Ug the Juggler Croft House Grounds 7 pm – 7:30 pm
Fireworks * Selkirk Park 9:30 pm
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
 - Tours and Tea House

Route 207, Garfield Road, Belfast

9 am – 7 pm

 

 

August 8th, Friday

“Belfast Day”

Event
Location
Time
Croft House Interpretive Centre
 - Information, exhibits and gift shop

Near Entrance to Lord Selkirk Park

9 am -10 pm
The “Dykes” and “Oughton” Exhibitors Tents
 - Arts, crafts and gifts

Croft House Grounds

9 am - 5 pm
Ernest MacLeod Memorial Genealogy Tent
 - Exhibits, genealogists and lecture hall

Croft House Grounds

9 am – 8 pm
Annabelle Bruce-Brehaut Lecture Tent
 - Lectures and entertainment

Croft House Grounds

9 am – 9 pm
Free Church of Scotland
 - Ongoing entertainment

Croft House Grounds

9 am - 8 pm
Lions Beverage Tent Croft House Grounds Noon – 9 pm
The DawgHouse Catering Tent Croft House Grounds 11 am – 9 pm
Lord Selkirk Park Pool and Canteen Lord Selkirk Provincial Park 10 am – 9 pm
Children’s Concert Selkirk Park, Amphitheater 9 am – 11 am
PEI Genealogy Workshop Croft House Grounds, Genealogy Tent 9 am – Noon
Across the Atlantic Lecture Series Croft House Grounds, Lecture Tent 9 am – 5 pm
Re-enactment Play Selkirk Park, Amphitheater 11 am
Aliant Buskers – The Great Mr. Mysto Croft House Grounds 11 am – 12 pm
Children’s Activities Croft House Grounds 11 am – 1 pm
Aliant Buskers – Ug the Juggler Croft House Grounds 1 pm – 1:30 pm
Step Dance Competition Selkirk Park, Amphitheater Noon – 6 pm
Scottish Concert Under the Stars Selkirk Park, Amphitheater 7 pm to 9 pm
Aliant Buskers – The Great Mr. Mysto Croft House Grounds 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Aliant Buskers – Ug the Juggler Croft House Grounds 4 pm – 4:30 pm
Re-enactment Play Selkirk Park, Amphitheater 5 pm
Lord Selkirk and Belfast Croft House Grounds, Lecture Tent 7 pm – 9 pm
Point Prim Lighthouse Day
 - Lighthouse Day

Route 209, Point Prim, Belfast

11 am – 2 pm
Roseberry School
 - Open House

Route 208, Roseberry, Belfast

1 pm – 4 pm
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
 - Tours and Tea House

Route 207, Garfield Road, Belfast

9 am – 7 pm
Children's Reading Tent Croft House Grounds 1 pm - 4 pm

 

 

August 9th, Saturday

“Selkirk Day”

Event
Location
Time
Croft House Interpretive Centre
 - Information, exhibits and gift shop

Near Entrance to Lord Selkirk Park

9 am -10 pm
PEI Genealogy Workshop Croft House Grounds, Genealogy Tent 9 am – 11:30
Fraser Family Gathering Free Church of Scotland 9 am -Noon
The “Dykes” and “Oughton” Exhibitors Tents
 - Arts, crafts and gifts

Croft House Grounds

9 am - 5 pm
Ernest MacLeod Memorial Genealogy Tent
 - Exhibits, genealogists and lecture hall

Croft House Grounds

9 am – 8 pm
Annabelle Bruce-Brehaut Lecture Tent
 - Lectures and entertainment

Croft House Grounds

9 am – 11 pm
Free Church of Scotland
 - Ongoing entertainment

Croft House Grounds

9 am - 8 pm
Lions Beverage Tent Croft House Grounds Noon – 9 pm
The DawgHouse Catering Tent Croft House Grounds 11 am – 9 pm
Lord Selkirk Park Pool and Canteen Lord Selkirk Provincial Park 10 am – 9 pm
Annual Kilted Classic Golf Tournament Belfast Highland Greens 8 am – 9 pm
Children of the Crossing Lecture Croft House Grounds, Lecture Tent 9 am – 5 pm
Highland Games
 - Piping and Drumming Competition
 - Highland Dance Competition
 - Junior Athletic Competition
 - Senior Athletic Competition
 - Special Scottish Heavy Events
 - Scottish Concert

Selkirk Park
Selkirk Park, Amphitheater
Selkirk Park
Selkirk Park
Selkirk Park
Selkirk Park

8:30 am
9 am – 4:30 pm
10:30 am
1:30 pm
2 pm
2 pm – 4:30 pm
Re-enactment Play Croft House Grounds 11:30 am
Clan MacRae Gathering Croft House Grounds, Genealogy Tent Noon – 3 pm
Barry O'Brien (Popular Maritime Music) Croft House Grounds, Genealogy Tent 3:15 pm
Lord Selkirk Concert Selkirk Park, Amphitheater 5 pm – 9 pm
Re-enactment Play Croft House Grounds 5 pm
Ghost, Forerunners and Superstitions Croft House Grounds, Lecture Tent 9 pm – 11 pm
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
 - Tours and Tea House

Route 207, Garfield Road, Belfast

9 am – 7 pm
Nicholson Plaque Dedication Lord Selkirk Park 10:30 am
PEI Genealogy Workshop Lecture Tent 9 am – Noon

 

 

August 10th, Sunday

Event
Location
Time
Clan MacNichol Christian Service Church of Scotland 11 am - Noon
Croft House Interpretive Centre
 - Information, exhibits and gift shop

Near Entrance to Lord Selkirk Park

Noon - 6 pm
Ernest MacLeod Memorial Genealogy Tent
 - Exhibits, genealogists and lecture hall

Croft House Grounds

Noon – 5 pm
Annabelle Bruce-Brehaut Lecture Tent
 - Lectures and entertainment

Croft House Grounds

Noon – 5 pm
Free Church of Scotland Croft House Grounds Noon - 5 pm
Skye and Raasay Presentations Croft House Grounds, Genealogy Tent 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Annual Kilted Classic Golf Tournament Belfast Highland Greens 8 am – 9 pm
Church of Scotland Service Church of Scotland 2 pm – 3 pm
Belfast Tea Croft House Grounds, Lecture Tent 3 pm – 4 pm
Closing Ceremonies Selkirk Park, Amphitheater 4 pm – 5 pm
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
 - Memorial Service and Pot Luck Dinner

Route 207, Garfield Road, Belfast

11 am – 1 pm
Kilts and Cabers Orwell Corner Noon – 4 pm

Event Descriptions

Croft House Interpretive Centre
August 4th – August 6th (Monday to Wednesday), 9 am to 5 pm
August 7th - August 9th (Thursday to Saturday), 9 am to 10 pm
August 10th (Sunday), 9 am to 6 pm
Located near the entrance to the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
Begin the long weekend by visiting the Croft House Interpretive Centre and obtaining a complete up-to-the-minute schedule of events, a map of the area, and a 200th Anniversary souvenir. Located near the entrance to the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park, the Croft House Interpretive Centre is the home base of the Belfast Historical Society and the many other groups involved in the 200th Anniversary Celebration. The centre offers displays and exhibits, as well as a small gift shop. The Croft House is at the heart of the celebrations and is open the entire weekend.

The "Dykes" and the "Oughton" Exhibitor’s Tents
August 7th – August 9th (Thursday to Saturday), 9 am to 5 pm
Located on the front lawn of the Croft House Interpretive Centre.
Located on the front lawn of the Croft House Interpretive Centre, a large variety of arts, crafts and antiques are on display and available for purchase in the "Oughton" and "Dykes" Exhibitors Tents. Come browse through the tables full of Island made treasures. [See the bottom of this page for information about renting an Exhibitor’s Table.]

The Ernest MacLeod Memorial Genealogy Tent
August 7th - August 9th (Thursday to Saturday), 9 am to 8 pm
August 10th (Sunday), Noon to 5 pm
Located on the front lawn of the Croft House Interpretive Centre.
Find your roots at the "Genealogy Tent". This tent is a meeting place for those wishing to locate, discuss and exchange genealogical information. The tent houses exhibits and displays, and a lecture area used throughout the weekend for various events. For additional information, contact Genealogy Committee Chairman Joyce Kennedy at (902) 659-2258 or j.kennedy@pei.sympatico.ca

Annabelle Bruce-Brehaut Memorial Lecture Tent
August 7th and August 8th (Thursday and Friday), 9 am to 9 pm
August 9th (Saturday), 9 am to 11 pm
August 10th (Sunday), Noon to 5 pm
Located on the front lawn of the Croft House Interpretive Centre.
The Annabelle Bruce-Brehaut Memorial Lecture Tent is the largest tent on the grounds of the Croft House Interpretive Centre. The tent will house lecture and entertainment throughout the weekend.

Free Church of Scotland
August 7th – August 9th (Thursday to Saturday), 9 am to 8 pm
August 10th (Sunday), noon to 5 pm
Located near the entrance to the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
A variety of speakers, entertainers and singers will be appearing all day at the Free Church of Scotland. Please check the Schedule Board at the entrance to the church for event descriptions and times.

Re-enactment Play
August 7th – August 9th (Thursday to Saturday), check schedule summary for times.
Various Locations (check schedule).
Step back in time. At 9 am on Thursday, August 7th, exactly 200 years after the arrival of the ship Polly, a group of talented actors and actresses will row to the shore of the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park and present the story of the Selkirk Settlers. This is a "must see" presentation.

The play is scheduled to run at various times throughout the weekend.

Polly Morning Concert
August 7th (Thursday), 10 am to 12:30 pm
Amphitheater at Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
Spend a morning on the grounds of the Lord Selkirk Park and enjoy a light morning concert.

Anniversary Reception
August 7th (Thursday), 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Lecture Tent at the Croft House Interpretive Centre
Prior to the official opening ceremonies, visit the Annabelle Bruce-Brehaut Lecture tent for a piece of anniversary cake, while relaxing to some sweet Celtic music.

Aliant Buskers – The Great Mr. Mysto
August 7th and 8th (Thursday and Friday), check schedule summary for times.
Croft House Interpretive Centre Grounds
Mr. Mysto the Great will amaze and delight all ages with his unique blend of magic and comedy. You just never know what he has "up his sleeve" next! David Luddington of Charlottetown has been intrigued with magic since he received his first magic set at 10 years old. His childhood fascination has now become his art form. Mr. Mysto, who is a professional magician and a member of the Canadian Association of Magicians, performs at parties all over PEI and has performed for Prince Andrew and Sophie, the Charlottetown Police Association, and Kinkora Days.

The Great Mr. Mysto is sponsored by Aliant www.aliant.net

Aliant Buskers Aliant Buskers - Ug, the Neanderthal Juggler
August 7th and 8th (Thursday and Friday), check schedule summary for times.
Croft House Interpretive Centre Grounds

Throughout the ages, since the beginning of mankind people have been juggling. Ug, the Neanderthal Juggler, takes his audiences on a trip through time, providing them with a wacky performance from a prehistoric perspective. Ug, otherwise known as Joe Baker, has been one of the mainstays of the Bluenose Jugglers. Indefatigably enthusiastic Joe will find any occasion to juggle -- and sometimes no occasion at all! For several years, Joe has performed as the Official Juggler of the Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax.

Ug, the Neanderthal Juggler is sponsored by Aliant www.aliant.net

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Official Opening Ceremonies for the Selkirk Settlers 200th Anniversary and the PEI Caledonian Club Annual Highland Games

August 7th (Thursday), 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Amphitheater at Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
The official opening ceremonies for the Selkirk Settlers 200th Anniversary Celebration and the PEI Caledonian Club Highland Games. The opening ceremonies are a blend of speakers and entertainment.
Scottish Cartoons courtesy K. Douglas MacRae, http://www.skyeproductions.com

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The Polly Day Concert
August 7th (Thursday), 3 pm to 6 pm
Amphitheater at Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
Immediately following the Re-enactment and the Official Opening Ceremonies, join Master of Ceremonies Lynwood MacPherson for an afternoon of great Island entertainment. Performers include the Linea Bell Dancers, Caleigh Burhoe, Estelle Gerritson, and Darin and Tammy McBeth.

The Polly and the Dykes Painting Presentation
August 7th (Thursday), 12:30 p.m.
Croft House Grounds, Annabelle Bruce-Brehaut Lecture Tent 12:30 pm A special presentation of the painting The Polly and the Dykes Orwell Bay, August 1803 will be held in the Lecture Tent on Thursday, August 7th, 2003. Premier Binns will be accepting the painting on behalf of the people of Prince Edward Island. The painting will be on display in the Croft House Interpretive Centre for the remainder of the weekend.

Men of Influence
August 7th (Thursday), 3:30 pm to 6 pm
Lecture Tent at the Croft House Interpretive Centre
Marion Bruce hosts an afternoon of special speakers focused on the men who influenced the early Belfast settlement – Lord Selkirk, Dr. Angus MacAulay and others. Special guest Dr. Jack Bumsted will be speaking about Lord Selkirk.

The Polly Evening Concert
August 7th (Thursday), 6 pm to 9:30 pm
Amphitheater at Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
Master of Ceremonies Alan Buchanan headlines this wonderful blend of talented musicians and storytellers. Featured artists include storyteller Erskine Smith, Bud Stewart, the MacDonald Sisters, the MacRae Brothers, the MacRae Brothers, the Murray Harbour Fiddlers, Jill Harris and the Harris Family, Saundra Emery and friends, and Norman Stewart and friends.

Belfast Authors
August 7th (Thursday), 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Lecture Tent at the Croft House Interpretive Centre
Over the years, the district of Belfast has produced numerous authors and many books about local history and genealogy. Hosted by Belfast Historical Society President Hesta MacDonald, this is an opportunity to meet and speak with some of these authors and to obtain signed copies of their publications.

Fireworks
August 7th (Thursday), 9:30 pm
Can be seen from the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
Tentative. Immediately following the daylong concerts in the park.

Children’s Concert
August 8th (Friday), 9 am to 11 am
Amphitheater at Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
Just for kids . . . of any age . . . a morning concert with Master of Ceremonies Baxter Ross. Bring the kids and the entire family to this special two-hour musical variety show. Performers will include young talent and some "cool grownups". This show will be a treat for people of all ages. Don’t miss it!

PEI Genealogy Workshop
August 8th (Friday), 9 am to noon
Genealogy Tent at the Croft House Interpretive Centre
Thinking about tracing your family tree on PEI? Confused about the resources available? On Friday, August 8th, PEI Genealogical Society President Robert Pierce CG (C) will help put you on the right track during this free seminar. Bob will review some of the basics of family research on PEI and then will open the floor to questions.

The Saturday seminar asks the question, "If not on PEI, Where do I look?" This workshop will provide some insight on how and where to search for ancestors, and lost cousins, in places other than PEI. We'll look at accessing off-Island resources, bulletin boards, LDS, on line memberships, planning a trip to an Archive, and what do I believe.

Robert Pierce was born in Souris, PEI, and graduated from St. Dunstan's University (UPEI) in 1969. He was employed for 10 years as a counselor with HRDC, then 20 years as Student Services Officer with Holland College. An avid genealogist for 12 years, Bob became certified in 1998. He has performed family searches for people all over the world and has researched in Boston, Ottawa, Edmonton, Halifax, Fredericton, Cape Breton, and PEI. He enjoys scouting databases looking for PE Islanders. Presently, he is President of PEIGS, and Registrar of the Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes.

Across the Atlantic: The Skye-Raasay Migration to Prince Edward Island, 1803-2003
August 8th (Friday), 9 am to 5 pm
Lecture Tent at the Croft House Interpretive Centre
Harry Baglole is moderator of this all day lecture series featuring speakers from both the Isle of Skye and the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI. It promises to be an interesting day.

Children’s Games and Activities
August 8th (Friday), 11 am to 1 pm
Croft House Interpretive Centre Grounds
Join in on the children’s activities with the SummerActive Crew from the PEI Active Living Alliance. Kids will get into action with races, games, fun, and prizes playing "junior" Scottish Athletic Events. The PEI Active Living Alliance is a non-profit group committed to increasing physical activity in the province. For more information on their programs, visit www.peiactiveliving.com

Children's Reading Tent
August 8th (Friday), 1 pm to 4 pm
Croft House Interpretive Centre Grounds
A great place for the kids to relax and read, or sit and listen to a volunteer read an interesting story aloud. sponsored by Frontier College, a Canada-wide, volunteer-based, literacy organization founded in 1899. For additional information on this organization, go to www.frontiercollege.ca

Lord Selkirk and the Scottish Pioneers of Belfast
August 8th (Friday), 7 pm to 9 pm
Lecture Tent at the Croft House Interpretive Centre
Canadian author Dr. Lucille H. Campey will be travelling from her home in England to appear as guest speaker at the 200th Anniversary. This is her first appearance on Prince Edward Island after the release of her latest book The Silver Chief: Lord Selkirk and the Scottish Pioneers of Belfast, Baldoon, and Red River. Lucille will give a talk and slide presentation and will be available afterwards to sign copies of her latest publication as well as her books A Very Fine Class of Immigrants and Fast Sailing and Copper-Bottomed.

Annual Kilted Classic Golf Tournament
August 9th – August 10th (Saturday and Sunday), begins 8 am
Lord Selkirk Provincial Park, Belfast Highland Greens
Golf with a view. The Kilted Classic Golf Tournament is an annual event at the Belfast Highland Greens Golf Course. Ideally situated alongside the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park, Belfast Highland Greens has a breathtaking view of Orwell Bay. One can easily imagine the ship Polly anchored nearby. The nine-hole par 37 course features four par 5’s, two par 4’s, and three par 3’s. Amenities include a fully equipped pro shop, power-cart, pull-cart, and clubs rental service, and a licensed lounge. Kilts are required. Advance reservations are necessary. This is a team tournament. To register contact Al Rogers at (902) 659-2794 or fax (902) 659-2429.

Clann na Tarsainn
Children of the Crossing
August 9th (Saturday), 9 am to 5 pm
Lecture Tent at the Croft House Interpretive Centre
Hear the stories of some families who were Selkirk Settlers and arrived in 1803, as told by their descendants. Families include MacRae, MacPherson, Nicholson, and several others.

The PEI Caledonian Club Annual Highland Games
The Highland games are thought to be the first organized athletic competitions held in Canada. Our own Prince Edward Island Caledonian Club led the way in 1838, holding the first Canadian Games a mere 19 yeas after their creation in Scotland. Come compete or cheer on the contenders!

Step Dance Competition
August 8th (Friday), Noon to 6 pm
Amphitheater at Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
For additional information, contact Coordinator Sarah Hay at (902) 621-0484 or shay@pei.sympatico.ca.

Scottish Concert Under the Stars
August 8th (Friday), 7 pm to 9 pm
Amphitheater at Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
Caledonian Club President Cecil MacPhail is Master of Ceremonies for this very special variety concert featuring Scottish entertainers. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and settle in for a relaxing evening of great entertainment.

Piping and Drumming Competition
August 9th (Saturday), 8:30 am
Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
For more information contact Barb Drake at (902) 651-2044 or ron.barb@pei.sympatico.ca

Highland Dance Competition
August 9th (Saturday), 9 am – 4:30 pm
Amphitheater, Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
For more information contact Barbara Brown Yorke at (902) 836-4675 or sdpei@pei.eastlink.ca

Junior and Senior Division Athletic Competition
August 9th (Saturday), 10:30 am (Junior) and 1:30 pm (Senior).
Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
Athletic events include Sprints (30 meters and 100 meters), Sack Races, Running Long Jump, and Throwing the Stone (8 lb. and 16 lb.). Pre registration is not required. For more information contact Sinclair MacTavish at (902) 659-2485.

Special Scottish Heavy Events
August 9th (Saturday), 2:00 pm
Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
The Scottish Heavy Events test the athletes strength, skill and endurance. Events containing the word "Toss" generally refer to competitions for height, whereas events containing the word "Throw" are for distance. Athletic events include the Sheaf Toss, Bale Throw, Braemar, Caber Toss, Lazy Stick Pull, and the Farmers Walk Sprints.

For further information, contact John Bryanton at (902) 566-2082 or jbryanton@attcanada.net.

Scottish Concert
August 9th (Saturday), 2 pm to 4:30 pm
Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
Master of Ceremonies Cecil MacPhail, hosts an afternoon of entertainers featuring fiddler Aaron Crane, singer Joclyn MacDonald, and comedian Bridget.

P.E.I. Genealogy Workshop
August 9th (Saturday), 9 am to 11:30
Genealogy Tent at the Croft House Interpretive Centre
Thinking about tracing your family tree on PEI? Confused about the resources available? On Friday, August 8th, PEI Genealogical Society President Robert Pierce CG (C) will help put you on the right track during this free seminar. Bob will review some of the basics of family research on PEI and then will open the floor to questions.

The Saturday seminar asks the question, "If not on PEI, Where do I look?" This workshop will provide some insight on how and where to search for ancestors, and lost cousins, in places other than PEI. We'll look at accessing off-Island resources, bulletin boards, LDS, on line memberships, planning a trip to an Archive, and what do I believe.

Robert Pierce was born in Souris, PEI, and graduated from St. Dunstan's University (UPEI) in 1969. He was employed for 10 years as a counselor with HRDC, then 20 years as Student Services Officer with Holland College. An avid genealogist for 12 years, Bob became certified in 1998. He has performed family searches for people all over the world and has researched in Boston, Ottawa, Edmonton, Halifax, Fredericton, Cape Breton, and PEI. He enjoys scouting databases looking for PE Islanders. Presently, he is President of PEIGS, and Registrar of the Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes.

Fraser Family Gathering
August 9th (Saturday), 9 am to 11 am
Free Church of Scotland
Meet and Greet Gathering.

Clan MacRae Gathering
August 9th (Saturday), Noon to 3 pm
Genealogy Tent at the Croft House Interpretive Centre
The ‘Scattered Children of Kintail’, as members of the Clan MacRae are known throughout the world, will meet at the Genealogy Tent for an informal picnic. Clan MacRae President Dr. Robert D. MacRae of Victoria, BC will be present to greet Clan members. Several MacRae families arrived on the ship "Polly" in 1803 and many were prominent leaders in St. John’s Parish, Belfast. Anyone wishing to know more about the Clan’s history and the Canadian Society are welcome. Please bring your own lunch. For more information, contact Stewart and Barbara MacRae, Point Prim, (902) 659-2412 or email smacrae@auracom.com

Barry O'Brien
August 9th (Saturday), 3:15 pm
Genealogy Tent at the Croft House Interpretive Centre
Performing popular Maritime music..

Lord Selkirk Concert
August 9th (Saturday), 6 pm to 9 pm
Amphitheater at Lord Selkirk Provincial Park
An evening of entertainers pay tribute to the man responsible for bringing the Selkirk Settlers to Belfast – Thomas Douglas, the 5th Earl of Selkirk. Featuring the best in Island entertainment with Master of Ceremonies Jack MacAndrew "The Auld Scot". Entertainers include The Caledonia Fiddlers, Janet MacGary, Kendall Docherty and friends, The Carmichael Sisters and Darren Peters, the Schurman Family, Debbie Buchanan, the Belfast Fiddlers, the Ross Family, and Flat River Friends. .

Ghosts, Forerunners and Superstitions
August 9th (Saturday), 9:00 pm to 11 pm
Lecture Tent at the Croft House Interpretive Centre
Travel through the world of ghosts, spirits, and things unseen guided by Celtic performer Teresa Doyle. A resident of Belfast, Teresa has toured extensively in North America, the United Kingdom, and Japan and has performed with the legendary Celtic band "The Chieftains". The Master of Ceremonies for this evening of storytelling and music is PEI Caledonian Club President Cecil MacPhail. Cost is $5.00 per person. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Croft House Interpretive Centre.

Clan MacNichol Christian Service
August 10th (Sunday), 9 am - 11 am
Free Church of Scotland
Closing Service for the Clan MacNicholl.

Annual Free Church of Scotland Service
August 10th (Sunday), 2 pm
Free Church of Scotland
Located at the entrance to the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park, the Free Church of Scotland was moved from Belle River to its present resting place by the Belfast Historical Society in 2000. Since then, the Historical Society has hosted an annual service in this church during the first weekend in August. In celebration of the 200th Anniversary, the service has been changed to the second weekend. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Kent Compton. The church seats about 60 people, but a sound system enables visitors outside the church to listen to the entire service. Feel free to bring a blanket or chair and sit on the grounds near the church. This service is dedicated to the memory of the Rev. Ted MacDougall.

Belfast Tea
August 10th (Sunday), 3 pm to 4 pm
Lecture Tent at the Croft House Interpretive Centre
At the turn of the century, teas were commonly held in the Belfast district. These gatherings served both as fundraisers and social events. Immediately following the church service at the Free Church of Scotland, we invite you to attend an old fashioned "Belfast Tea" in the Lecture Tent on the grounds of the Croft House. Unwind after the busy weekend with newly found relatives and friends. Relax and enjoy the sweet sound of the Celtic Harp as played by soloist Jill Harris. Nearby, the Croft House Interpretive Centre and Genealogy Tent will be open.

Skye and Raasay Presentations
August 10th (Sunday), 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Croft House Grounds, Genealogy Tent
Caileen MacLean and Rebecca MacKay.

Closing Ceremonies
August 10th (Sunday), 4 pm to 5 pm
Lecture Tent at the Croft House Interpretive Centre.
Join us for a memorable closing to the 200th Anniversary Celebration. Hosted by Belfast Historical Society President Hesta MacDonald, the closing ceremonies serve to join the past with the present and the present with the future. Rev. Roger MacPhee of St. John’s Presbyterian Church will be accepting a Gaelic Bible presented by Dianne Wood, a descendant of Robert Jones who designed and built St. John’s Presbyterian Church. The Belfast Historical Society will be burying a time capsule at the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park. Sponsored by the Dr. John Gillis Lodge, it is intended that the capsule be opened at the 300th Anniversary. Piper Robert Ross, a descendant of the Selkirk Settlers, will play the final lament.

Got A Craving?
Well, satisfy your hunger
at "The DawgHouse"

The DawgHouse catering cart will be located on site next to the Croft House and open from 11 am until 9 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We will be offering the following to tempt your palette:

  • Schneider’s® Oktoberfest Sausages

  • Schneider’s® Ballpark Hot Dogs
  • Schneider’s® Hamburgers
  • Maple Leaf® Souvlaki Chicken and Pork Kabobs
  • Atlantic Aqua Farms® Mussels
  • Humpty Dumpty® Potato Chips
  • Nestle® Ice Cream Novelties
  • Assorted Pepsi® Products and Bottled Water

We look forward to serving you and hope you enjoy your weekend at the 200th anniversary of the Selkirk landing!

In the Community of Belfast . . .

Wood Islands Lighthouse Day
August 6th (Wednesday), 1 pm to 4 pm
Located near the ferry terminal in Wood Islands.
The Wood Islands Lighthouse began operating in 1876. This historic building consists of a 20-foot square wooden tower with an attached six room, two-storey dwelling house which was used as a residence by the lighthouse keepers and their families. Come take a free guided tour of the lighthouse and view the new rum running exhibit. Afternoon activities include children games, refreshments, demonstrations. For additional information, contact Heather MacMillan at (902) 962-2022 or thom.mac@pei.sympatico.ca

Kilted Pacer at the Pinette Horse Races
August 6th (Wednesday), 6 pm
Pinette Racetrack, TransCanada Highway (Route 1), Pinette, Belfast.
Join us at the newly renovated Pinette Racetrack for a special night of entertainment and races in celebration of the 200th Anniversary. This event is sponsored by the Flat River/South Pinette Women’s Institute and the Pinette Raceway, Inc. The racetrack is located on the TransCanada Highway near the Pinette Bridge. A small admission fee will be charged. For additional information, contact Helen MacDonald of the Flat River/South Pinette Women’s Institute (902) 659-2094.

Macphail’s Homestead
Located off the TransCanada Highway (Route 1), Orwell, Belfast.
This National Historic Site was the 140-acre home of Sir Andrew Macphail, an author, physician, professor, World War I army officer and one of Prince Edward Islands most honored sons. The house has been restored and features a fully licensed restaurant open daily. The award-winning Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project offers extensive birding, botany and nature trail walking opportunities.
Scottish Meals
The dining room at Macphails is serving a special Scottish menu during the August weekend. It is open from Monday through Friday for lunch from 11 am to 3 pm, dinner from 5 pm to 8 pm and on Saturday 10 am to 8 pm. For additional information, contact Cathy Crane at (902) 651-2789.

St. John’s Presbyterian Church
Church and Cemetery Tours
Tea House
August 7th – August 9th (Thursday to Saturday), 9 am to 7 pm
Route 207, Garfield Road, Belfast
Built by the Selkirk Settlers in 1824, St. John’s Presbyterian Church is full of history. The churchyard cemetery contains the remains of many of the original Selkirk Settlers. Tours of the church and the cemetery are available free of charge. A Tea House will be held in the church basement from 11 am to 7 pm. Tea, coffee, baked goods and cold lunch will be served.

Memorial Service
August 10th (Sunday), 11 am

Point Prim Lighthouse Day
August 8th (Friday), 11 am to 2 pm
Point Prim Lighthouse, Route 209, Point Prim, Belfast.
Built in 1845, the Point Prim Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse on Prince Edward Island. Climb the lighthouse to 80 feet above sea level for a magnificent view of the Northumberland Strait from this unique round brick structure. The lighthouse is managed by the Point Prim/Mount Buchanan Women’s Institute. This year, the Point Prim annual "Lighthouse Day" has been scheduled during the 200th Anniversary weekend. The afternoon will feature refreshments, entertainment, exhibits, children’s games, and free guided tours of the lighthouse. For additional information, contact Barbara MacRae at 659-2412 or Sandra MacPhail at 659-2736.

Roseberry School Open House
August 8th (Friday), 1 pm to 4 pm
Route 208, Roseberry, Belfast
Come visit an old-fashioned one-room schoolhouse located in the heart of Belfast. This year the Roseberry School celebrates it’s 125th Anniversary. In honour of this occasion, the North Pinette/Roseberry Women’s Institute will be holding a special open house at the school. All former students, teachers and visitors are welcome to attend. Entertainment provided by Piper Richard MacRae and local young fiddlers. For additional information, contact Kathleen Ross at (902) 659-2920.

Kilts and Cabers
August 10th (Sunday), 12 noon to 4 pm
Orwell Corner, Orwell, Belfast
In keeping with this special weekend, Orwell Corner will feature an afternoon celebrating all things Scottish. Enjoy a highland games competition exhibit featuring the Old Scotia Heavyweights. Enjoy a sample of the haggis with Pat’s oat cakes, a live concert featuring "The MacKinnon Family" and don’t be surprised to encounter the "Auld Scot" during your visit. The day will also feature tours of the 1895 rural crossroads Village, canteen service, and traditional craft demonstrations. Own seating is suggested. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children under 12 years, or a family rate of $20. For additional information call (902) 651-8510 or www.orwellcorner.isn.net

Funding for this project has been provided in part by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Canada/Prince Edward Island Labour Market Development Agreement.


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