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Thursday to Sunday to June 30, July 18 to Aug. 11, and exceptionally Wednesday, June 26 at 8 p.m. – Edwin Bélanger Bandstand concerts on the Plains of Abraham. This year’s program features 25 presentations of a variety of musical styles and renowned artists. Check out the program at canada.ca/en/national-battlefields-commission/news.

Andrew Greenfield becomes an ambassador for the Challenge XPN

After boxing in two Défi Sportif Challenges for the CHU Foundation, Andrew Greenfield will become an ambassador for the event.

Greenfield, who won a unanimous decision over Vincent Hudon at the May 31 Boxing Gala at the Colisée de Loretteville, will help other boxers by coaching them about fundraising and how to do it efficiently.

Cuban players (finally) in Quebec to help out Capitales

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Cuban players of the Quebec Capitales, of the Can-Am Baseball League, could not have arrived at a better time. After what was becoming a real hassle to get all the paperwork done with the Canadian embassy in Mexico, things were finally settled and the three players from Cuba made it to Quebec City last week.

A brief history of The Royal Oak

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Photo: Michael Boden

In 1649, King Charles I of England was executed by government revolutionaries in an attempt to end the absolute monarchy. His son, Prince Charles, was proclaimed King of Scotland but not recognized in England, and fled after his military defeat in Worcester in 1651.

Royal Acorns finally arrive in Quebec

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Photo: Mike Boden

Thanks to a generous donation from English Heritage, a few dozen acorns from England’s most famous tree, The Royal Oak, have now arrived safely in Quebec. While they may be quite small themselves, the importing of these noble acorns was, in fact, quite a huge feat.

American Consul General marks 75th anniversary of D-Day landings and 243rd Independence Day

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The American Consul General in Quebec City, Allison Areias Vogel, invited guests to a special event at the Domaine Cataraqui to celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America and to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.

Crowded fields for party leadership, except …

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Anyone taking bets on who will end up winning the U.S. Democratic Party’s presidential nomination? Oddsmakers must truly be at odds trying to handicap a field as vast as amber waves of grain.

Musical Wednesdays at Chalmers-Wesley United Church

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

The ever-popular Musical Wednesdays summer music series at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec, begins on June 26 at 12 noon.

The story behind Rue Claude-Picher

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street in Sainte-Foy was named in honour of artist Claude Picher (1927-1998). A native of Quebec City, the painter and engraver showed exceptional artistic talent at a very early age.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

June 11, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle

Dans le Bon Vieux Temps ~ Back in the Day book launch

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Photo: Jayne Doddridge

On June 4, Habitations Valcartier in collaboration with the Municipality of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, the Valcartier Historical Committee and Valcartier Elementary School CLC launched their book Dans le Bon Vieux Temps ~ Back in the Day.

Boer War statue “disappearing” into the trees

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A few years ago, I wrote to someone at Quebec City Hall complaining about the fact that the statue of the Boer War soldier at the top of the war memorial on Rue Saint-Louis (on Parc de l’Esplanade) is “disappearing” into the elm trees growing around it. I requested that some of the branches be cut back a reasonable distance from the statue so it can be seen in all its glory.

What to expect on June 23 for the Grand spectacle de la Fête Nationale

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In less than two weeks, the province of Quebec will put its culture on parade, a proud tradition dating back 185 years. With over 6,000 activities and events organized in 700 sites across the province, the fleur-de-lys will be flown and celebrated.
In Quebec City, the action will take place on the Plains of Abraham on the evening of June 23, with the Grand spectacle de la Fête Nationale.

Inaugural season of Le Diamant will be many-faceted

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Le Diamant, the new theatre complex built within the walls of the former YMCA on Place D’Youville, is less than 100 days away from completion.

Baby Book Bag program revamped

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Photo: Frank Cannon

Did you know that little ones who associate books with happy feelings are more likely to enjoy a love of reading and learning as they grow? Not only do times spent with Mom or Dad enjoying stories, songs and poems help strengthen the parent-child bond, story time and singing help build a child’s memory, listening skills and vocabulary.

Newspaper lessons from Murphy’s farm

It will be 16 years next month that I sold the Stanstead Journal. That’s a long time. If my time since the Journal were a child, it would be getting a driver’s license and no longer speaking to me.

The Stanstead Journal ceases weekly production

We regret to hear that the Stanstead Journal, published weekly since 1845, has ceased its weekly print production and will now exist only online. There are, however, plans to publish a print edition 10 times in the coming year. The last weekly print edition came out on May 29, 2019.

Community Calendar

Friday, June 14 – Grand Marché, official opening at ExpoCité, 250 Boul. Wilfrid-Hamel. Two hours free parking. For more details, visit legrandmarchedequebec.com.

Book Quest 2019: Natural World at the Morrin Centre

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The Morrin Centre summer reading program is back for a 15th consecutive year! Organized in partnership with the TD Summer Reading Club, Book Quest gives children ages three to 12 the opportunity to appreciate literature through games, crafts, and interactive activities. This year’s theme, Natural World, will allow participants to explore all the wonders nature has to offer.

New pavilion at the Base de Plein air almost complete

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Photo: Peter Black

Construction is on schedule at the Base de Plein air de Sainte-Foy, where a spacious new pavilion and a multi-purpose building will replace outdated structures on the site. One of the old buildings had to have asbestos insulation removed before it was demolished.

Grads give last show before running away to the circus

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Not all directors would want the word catastrophe in the name of their show. However, Maxime Perron, artistic director of Catastrophe ultraviolette, is unafraid. The actor and first-time director of the graduates’ final show at the École de Cirque (ECQ) chose a rather abstract theme based on a concept from quantum physics.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 at Dollard-des-Ormeaux High School

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Dollard-des-Ormeaux graduation ceremony was particularly poignant this year as Stéphan Lagacé, principal of the school for the past 13 years, congratulated the graduates, some of whom he has known since they were in kindergarten, and bid them a final farewell.

The scourge of goutweed and the splendour of Quebec gardens

What makes human beings distinct from plants and animals is that humans are sentient organisms who try to make sense of their existence. Such deep thoughts weigh on the mind when confronting one of the most profound mysteries of the universe: How do you get rid of goutweed? The answer, Grasshopper, is you don’t get rid of goutweed, or at least not forever.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Cockburn

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Photo: Library and Archives Canada (Common Domain)

This street is named in honour of James Pattison Cockburn (1779-1847), a British Army officer and watercolourist, born in New York.

In 1793 Cockburn entered the Royal Military Academy of Woolwich in London, where he learned to draw landscapes as required for topography. He developed the qualities that characterized his style: fine lines, perspective detail and topographic precision.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

June 7, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Lachine Canal
Montreal – We hear with pleasure that shares in the Lachine Canal are sought with avidity, from the estimate of its probable proceeds, which will be found in our columns, we imagine that when it is completed, shares if sold, will bring in a very considerable premium.

The mysterious history of the Boston Tea Party!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Mystery, History … and a Whole Lot of Tea! is described in the program notes as “a comedic tale, set in three different time periods, which follows the lives and adventures of a number of eccentric characters, surrounding the disappearance of a tea box.”

St. Pat’s High School closes the year with music

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Before trading their books for beach towels, St. Patrick’s High School music students gave their End-of-Year Music Concert on May 29. Brass bands, jazz bands and vocalists performed pieces from 1970s rock ’n’ roll to blues to today’s favourites.

Epic concert ends Orchestre Symphonique de Québec season

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Photo: Peter Black

The Orchestre Symphonique de Québec ended its 117th season not with a whimper but a bang, to borrow from T.S. Eliot. The final number on the program featured a breathtaking version of French composer Florent Schmitt’s volcanic masterpiece Psalm XLVII, fronted by Quebec’s own majestic diva Karina Gauvin.

Great weather for the 2019 Walk (and roll) for Arthritis

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

In 2018, I attended Quebec City’s Walk for Arthritis at the Université Laval as a reporter, describing the day as an observer. I attended the 2019 edition as a participant, in my new wheelchair.

A bright, sunny day greeted the 315 participants in the Quebec City Walk – making the 10th annual Walk for Arthritis a particularly enjoyable one.

Le Capitole gets a facelift and expands its hotel facilities

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

It’s no longer winter in Quebec, so it must be “construction” season, as evidenced by the beehive of activity taking place at Place D’Youville these days. At the heart of it all is an amazing extension to Le Capitole hotel next to Porte Saint-Jean and the ramparts.

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