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Today in Island History
1869 The Island's first bank robbery is abortive. Two gentlemen notice one of the Bank of PEI's iron shutters has been wrenched open and alert bank officials. The robbers are evidently frightened off.
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Events and Activities

Heritage Social Dance Group

Wednesday, April 17th, Tuesday, April 23rd and Wednesdays in May. Wrap-up Friday, May 31st
7:00-9:00 p.m.

No previous dance experience is needed, and a partner is not required.

The social dances that are learned are from several historical set dancing traditions that were popular during the 18th and 19th centuries and are still danced today around the world – Scottish country, English country, quadrilles and round dances.

Each evening, time will be devoted for beginners and less experienced dancers to learn basic steps and formations as they occur in simple dances. There will also be more complex dances and formations for experienced dancers. A dance party in the spring will feature a program of favourite dances from the classes.
For further information or to register, contact Karen Beauregard (, 902-569-5877) or Chris Scott (, 902-724-2278).


Blue Grass Festival

Sunday, May 5th
12:00-4:00 pm



As part of Nature PEI’s 50th Anniversary celebration, the Society is offering a four-evening introductory bird
identification course on Island birds.

The course is being held on specific Thursday evenings between March 28th and May 16th at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House at the corner of West and Kent Street in Charlottetown. The course commences at 7:00 pm and should wrap around 9:00 pm depending on the number of questions raised by the audience.

The course winds up with an early morning field trip on June 1st. The instructors are Dwaine Oakley, Ray Cooke,
Brendan Kelly and Dan McAskill.

The course is free but donations or Nature PEI memberships will be gladly accepted. The course is being offered by Nature PEI with the support of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation’s Beaconsfield Carriage House.
March 28th - “Using Bird Features, Behaviour and Birding Tools (Binoculars, Telescopes, Birding Guides,
Bird Songs) to Assist in Identification” with Ray Cooke. This evening’s presentation will include the
selection of binoculars and telescopes as well as birding ethics.
April 11th - “The Loons, Cormorants, Herons, Waterfowl, Hawks andGrouse” with Dwaine Oakley.
May 2nd - “The Rails, Shorebirds, Gulls, Terns, Owls, Flycatchers and Jays” with Dan McAskill.
May 16th - “The Larks, Swallows, Wrens, Warblers, Sparrows, Grosbeaks, Blackbirds, & Finches” with
Brendan Kelly.

Course participants can put their newly acquired knowledge into practice during the field trip on Saturday, June 1st. Meet at 5:45 am at the Provincial Administration Building Kent Street Parking Lot for car pooling/rideshare coordination.  Departure at 6:00 am sharp. While there will be an least a few telescopes, participants should bring their own binoculars and, if they have one, their scope.

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