News Digest August 6, 2014

Issue August 6, 2014


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Theatre troupe delight with outstanding Shakespeare performance

Photo: Photo by Sophie Rivett-Carnac

Following a downpour of monsoon-like proportions last Thursday evening (which led to their first cancellation of the season) the Repercussion Theatre Group took to the stage to perform Harry the King on Friday at the Parc de la Francophonie in downtown Quebec City. It couldn't have been a more perfect evening for Shakespeare in the park.

A christening gown with a past

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

A charming ceremony took place recently at Chalmers-Wesley United Church in the Old City. Jeanne Alma, the infant daughter of Elisa-Maude McConnell and Pierre-Olivier Gaudet, was baptised.

Little Jeanne looked angelic in a long white christening gown with a very interesting history.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
Soon after the Beloeil Bridge tragedy*, a paragraph went the round of the papers to the effect that a child whose father and mother were both killed by the accident, clung to another emigrant and could not be separated from him until he gave the little girl up to som

The stories behind the names of Quebec City streets Rue Betty-Baldwin

Photo: Photo by Bill Cox

Betty Baldwin (1889-1981), a renowned artist, was born Elizabeth Smiles in Leeds, England. She was the daughter of William F. Smiles, also an artist. At a very young age, Betty sold cartoon drawings to a local newspaper. Later she studied at the reputable Leeds Arts School.

To market, to market! Limoilou hosts its first farmers’ market

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Photo: Photo by Jeanne Marcotte

Every Sunday for the next eight weeks, the Marché public de Limoilou will take over 3e Avenue between 8e and 9e Rue. This bona fide farmers' market is the creation of Collectif Rutabaga, a non-profit group aimed at bringing fresh and locally sourced food to the people of Limoilou.

Opera in the park and on stages in Quebec City

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

The Quebec Opera Festival, which ran from July 23 to August 4, delighted audiences on opening night at the Palais Montcalm with an evening of Vivaldi and Handel at the Opera, starring soprano Sophie Brommer and counter-tenor David Hansen, accompanied by Les Violons du Roy.

Drawn to Quebec: The Buzz about Bees

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It could be argued that bees make the world work.

Their diversity and sheer numbers are astounding. Bees of all stripes pollinate Quebec City residents' veggie and berry patches, contribute to abundant harvests in Quebec's countryside and forests, and are also a key food source for birds and other small wildlife. This is equally true in much of the rest of the world.

Chamber Organ and Choral Music Festival

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Quebec City's Old Town is hosting its first Chamber Organ and Choral Music Festival, from August 12 to August 18. Singers and organists from the United States and Canada are participating in this exciting musical event, which will feature the Cathedral's unique 1790 chamber organ. Dr.

Food service renewed on Dufferin Terrace: “Au 1884”

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Photo: Photo by Julie Moffit

There is a delightful new food service - Au 1884 Plaisirs et Saveurs - in the lower level of the Princess Louise kiosk on Dufferin Terrace next to the Château Frontenac. The new owners, Marc Duchesne and Marie-Elsa Proulx, also operate the fabled winter toboggan slide or glissade on the Terrace.

Artisans display their creations at the Salon des Métiers d’Art

Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

If you've ever wondered how glass jewelry is made, Jonathan Léon will tell you.

Léon is one of several hundred artists and craftspeople displaying their creations at the Salon des Métiers d'Art de Québec, also known as Plein Art - a riff on the French expression plein air, which means "outdoors." The Salon is set up in four white tents in front of the Espace Bell 400e, near the Mar

President of Rotary International visits Quebec City

Photo: Photo provided by Quebec Rotary Club

More than 300 Rotarians from Quebec, Ontario, the Maritime provinces and the United States met at Université Laval on July 28 to greet Gary Huang, the recently-elected president of Rotary International.

In his speech, Huang quoted the wise Chinese philosopher, Confucius, born 551 years BC.

The Mystery of History

2014 summer mystery photo series

It is officially summertime, which means the QCT's annual mystery photo series is back. This year, as a nod to the paper's 250th anniversary, we will ask you to identify or explain intriguing photos from the archives. Even better, there's no contest this year, for two reasons.

Klancar, Sharon Darlene (Runge)

Sharon passed away on July 29, 2014, in Quebec City following a brain hemorrhage. She is predeceased by her parents, George and Inez Runge, three sisters (in infancy) Shirley, Mavis, Dixie Lee and a baby brother, as well as her sister, Della Rehaume.

Wear a piece of QCT history Buy a QCT 250th anniversary T-shirt

We have T-shirts left over from our recent 250th anniversary celebrations, and we're offering them for sale to our readers at the modest price of $15 + taxes + mailing (if applicable). Printed on quality white pre-shrunk cotton, they come in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large.

Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis a celebration of music and community

Photo: Jocelyn Gagné

Jazz occupies a favoured place on Quebec's musical landscape. Montreal inaugurated its internationally acclaimed annual jazz festival in 1980 and in 2007, both Quebec City and Lévis launched theirs. Lévis' Festival Jazz etcetera is unusual in that it is held entirely outdoors and is free of charge.


Conway, J.A. (Tony)

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June 23, 1928 - July 29, 2014

Suddenly on Tuesday, July 29, at his home in Westmount. Born in Arvida, son of Eileen O'Gallagher and Leander Conway. Spent his youth in Quebec City and attended St. Patrick's High School where he excelled as an athlete in track, football, softball and hockey.