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Events and Activities

Upcoming Events In The Carriage House

Beaconsfield Historic House 
2 Kent Street

Book Launch

150 + Canada's History in Poetry by Judy Gaudet
Thursday June 7th, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

This new collection of poems tells the story of 150 years as a country, recreating historical events through the vivid, concrete, human element of our poets' responses to them. Judy Gaudet has collected poems that tell our story in a unique way: through the personal passions and concerns of artists who offer a range of encounters and attitudes. The poets represent a wide variety of Canadian experience: Indigenous, immigrant, and people from every part of the country and period of our history providing a solid representation of Canadian diversity. Poems come from many significant Canadian poets, as well as some lesser known and emerging poets and folk writers.

This journey through the works of our greatest poets and their reflections on their experiences of the events that have shaped Canada, and continue to shape Canada, provide an exciting and lasting addition to our sense of who we are and where we've been, and gives us a basis on which to think about our attitudes and directions for the future.

Living Lightly On The Earth: Building An Ark For Prince Edward Island 1974-76
Monday June 11, 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Built in 1976 by the Cape Cod-based New Alchemy Institute and designed in partnership with Solsearch Architects of Cambridge MA, the Ark bio-shelter was conceived as "an early exploration in weaving together the sun, wind, biology and architecture for the benefit of humanity.” The structure’s integrated ecological design features provided autonomous life support for a family of four, providing for all food and energy needs, managing all wastes, and enabling a new and symbiotic relationship between its inhabitants and the ecosystem of their home. The Ark deployed many then-experimental technologies that remain emblems of sustainable design today: solar heating with mass heat storage, a high-efficiency wood stove, a wind turbine generator, composting toilets, and a passive solar agri/aquaculture greenhouse. It embodied design approaches that were being explored in numerous environmental building experiments of the era, including passive solar orientation, super-insulation of walls and roof, and minimizing of exterior surface and edges. Four decades on, humanity faces many of the same environmental challenges addressed by the Ark, though now with a greater sense of urgency, a reduced sense of individual and community agency to tackle them, and an expectation of diminished lifestyles. This study of the ground-breaking project offers an alternative approach to meeting a challenging future: a spirit of critical hope, embodying adventure and possibility, with creative collaboration between science and society, and among governments, communities and individuals. Published to accompany the exhibition celebrating the Ark’s 40th anniversary, the publication is illustrated with dozens of original drawings and period photographs, and features a wealth of background materials.
Living Lightly On The Earth: Building An Ark For Prince Edward Island 1974-76 is published by the Dalhousie Architectural Press. Steven Mannell is director of the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He is the author of Atlantic Modern: The Architecture of the Atlantic Provinces 1950-2000 (2004).

Dr. Richard Lemm Poetry Book 
June 29th  

Richard Lemm is launching his newest poetry collection "Jeopardy" in the Carriage House at 7:00 p.m. This work is published by the Acorn Press. 
All are welcome! 
Book-signing and a reception to follow a short reading.


Monthly Meetings


Nature PEI 
June 5th at 7:30 p.m. 
All are welcome to al

Beaconsfield Bookstore
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pottery, and handmade soaps

For more information about Beaconsfield Historic House or events in the Carriage House, please call 902-368-6603 or email