Saturday, March 26, 2011

Have You Had Your Supper?

P.E.I Fish Chowder

Welcome to all of my IBCA  readers,

What does IBCA mean?

It means Islanders By Choice Alliance. ICBA is a group of people of which individuals could be from anywhere in the world including right here on my Hidden Island Paradise.

It means that in your heart you have connected with my island and you choose to spend time here, live here or long to spend time or live here at some point in your life.

Why does the ICBA exist?

Well, there is this stigma that has always (at least as long as I can remember) existed here about people that were not born on Prince Edward Island and they are commonly referred to as CFA's or "Come From Away's"  This circumstance unfortunately can present a negative side to what is otherwise one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Click here to listen to a CBC Radio podcast segment of Maritime Magazine and learn more about this interesting. part of my Hidden Island Paradise and what the IBCA is trying to do about it

Oh, by the way, have you had supper yet? We are only having some fish chowder with homemade bread and molasses but you are welcome to set in and have some. Just give us a minute to set an extra place. Would you like some fresh cow's milk for your tea?

I will post again soon.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Culture PEI LAUNCHES NEW website and Facebook Fanpage!

Hi to all of my Culture PEI lovin readers,

No fancy picture or a big intro, just the announcement from Henk. Enjoy!

"Our new website has been launched, and it can be found at  If you’ve already received an email concerning our new website, my apologies for the overlap. 

We can also be found on Facebook – just search us as Culture PEI and “like” us; we’re also on twitter @ CulturePEI.

Best, Henk

Henk van Leeuwen
Executive Director, Culture PEI
Facebook & twitter @ Culture PEI"

I will post again soon

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Virtual PEI "Street Art" Treasure Hunt..Oh My!

Confederation Centre Of The Arts

Hi to all of my HIP "Street Art" loving readers,

Today I want to introduce you to an interesting part of my "Hidden Island Paradise"

As we concluded in one of my previous posts , PEI is a virtual haven for artists and if you look you can find art work in all kinds of places. From architectural design to pieces incorporated into our buildings themselves. An excellent example is the Garden Of The Gulf Museum in Montague.

I have linked into my post a Google Street View of a very popular and photographed street art piece located on Lower Queen St in Charlottetown. The Sir John A MacDonald Bench

Now there are many more all over the Island from mice to giant potatoes and everything in between. Can you find them . You can use the Internet including Street View to locate as many pieces of street art as you can.

Then post a link in the comments to a Street View or a website and tell us something interesting about each one that you find. Just like what I have done in my post.

You can also post links to either your own pictures and videos and/or ones that are available under Creative Commons Licence.

I have given you two examples. 1. "The Garden Of The Gulf Museum" and 2. "Sir John A MacDonald on the bench"

I wish you a fun time exploring my "Hidden Island Paradise" for treasures of street art and look forward to the gems that you find and share with us all. Thanks! : )

Something interesting about the Garden Of The Gulf Museum:


The following Romanesque Revival influenced character-defining elements illustrate the heritage value of the Garden of the Gulf Museum:

- the stone foundation quarried locally from the Montague River bank
- the solid brick construction of two-and-one-half storeys
- the steeply pitched gable slate roof with corbelled brick cornice under the eaves
- the fenestration of the windows and doors
- the deeply recessed round arch windows of the first floor and the tall rectangular windows of the second floor
- the dominant round arches of the first floor
- the cut stone window caps and sills
- the triangular dormers with decorative wood detailing
- the style and position of the remaining chimney
- the location of the flag staff attached to the large dormer on the south side
- the Rococo style carvings over the main door featuring Queen Victoria (west) and PEI's oak trees emblem (south)
- the dominant location of the building on an elevation of land overlooking the harbour"

Something interesting about the bench:

"The Confederation Centre of the Arts serves as the axis of the arts scene in Charlottetown. Enjoy the art gallery shopping and dining in addition to the evening performances at the venue. Be sure to also seek out the city’s smaller galleries. A walk along Richmond Street will yield many artistic finds. Charlottetown also features some excellent outdoor art and sculptures including a sculpture of Canada's first prime minister Sir John A. MacDonald reclining on a bench."

You don't have to come to my hidden island paradise to start exploring. Just hop on the Internet and go exploring. 


p.s. For those who like gardening as a form of art. (which it is) here is a 33 minute wonderful video on the subject from CBC's Doc Zone:        
Gardening Confidential

I will post again soon.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

EXTRA! And The Report On Culture Says...

 Hidden Island Paradise

Hi to all of my Island Culture HIP readers,

This morning I along with Tom Rath attended on behalf of the Southern Kings Arts Council an information presentation by Culture PEI. There appears to be a fresh face coming to the culture sector of my "Hidden Island Paradise". One that is recognizing just how important the potential of the culture sector is to the economic well being of our Island.

Apparently they are getting ready to launch a new website to replace the PEICulture website as well as a "Facebook" Fan page. They already have an account on "Twitter". and maybe? they will be on"You tube" and "Linkedin". There are project partnerships being developed or strengthened with a new focus on "Culture Tourism" as a major economic generator.

So what is the driving  force behind this fresh focus. It appears to be a recent report done by Hill Strategies Research Inc. and released November 17, 2010.

Please feel free to read the report and if you wish, leave a comment on what you think about providing more support for artisans, entertainers, story tellers and (yes) even online blogers. Is this a good thing?

It is simply amazing to see the numbers that are presented in the Hill reports not only for our island but for the entire country. Of course, when you consider the demographic of the Boomers it should really not be a  big surprise.As we roll into our sixties our working days are turning into days of exploration.

I encourage all of my culture related readers to check out the new home for "CulturePEI" (when it is launched) Get ready to ride this wave of  "Culture Tourism" into the future of our Hidden Island Paradise.

Thanks for reading and I hope you will share your thoughts (pro or con) about the new focus by leaving a comment. Thanks!

I will post again soon.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Virtual Paint Out Prince Edward Island

Clark - Upper Hillsborough Street
                 Carolee Clark - Upper Hillsborough Street

Hi and welcome to all of my HIP readers

Today I want to take you to something that is rather unique. A gentleman in the United States has been doing this  interesting project. Artists from anywhere in the world travel the globe by way of Google's Street View and submit paintings and drawings of subject matter that they find on their virtual journey.

Well apparently August of 2010  the project site featured Prince Edward Island as the featured location for works to be submitted. The result being that many artists from all over the world  virtually visited my hidden island paradise and completed works of art based simply on a particular Street View image.

Click here to visit his blog and view a number of these paintings and drawings.


Click here to view the CBC Connects page mentioned in the video.

I hope that you enjoy  viewing these beautiful paintings and drawings and you too can come visit my hidden island paradise by way of Google's Street View and maybe even create your own PEI painting.

I will post again soon