August 5 2009 Edition

Fête turning its gaze toward the Celts, Scots and Irish


Volunteers entertain festival goers in the streets during last year's edition of the Fête de la Nouvelle France.

Memorials and Things of Fame

Chronicle Telegraph

Memorials and Things of Fame

August 5, 2009

Researched and Compiled by Catherine Mills Rouleau



The Morning Chronicle

Bagpipes join baseball on Stade Municipale field when Capitales honour Quebec City’s ethnic heritage

Photo: courtesy Capitales de Quebec

The Capitales de Québec, local favourites of the Can-Am baseball league, will team up with the Morrin Centre to present a Celtic Weekend of baseball, bagpipes and family fun August 15 and 16.

New Cataraqui will offer public events, culinary school

The historic estate of Cataraqui on Chemin St-Louis in Sillery will be equipped to host public events, corporate meetings and a culinary school after the completion of a $9.4 million renovation. It is closed while the work takes place and is expected to reopen next summer.

A big summer at Portneuf

In May, there was the well-attended burial of Cladys Bonneli, a descendant of the first English settlers in Halesboro. Since the lovely little Christ Church for these settlers was burned to the ground three years ago, this burial service was held on the grounds of the cemetery beside the beautiful and unusual memorial site to the honour and glory of this 1842 church.

Paying tribute to soldiers

You see Canadians gathered on Highway 401 overpasses, there to pay tribute to the souls of fallen soldiers coming home from Afghanistan. It makes you sad, but it makes you proud, too. These people don't have to be there. But they know why they are.

St. Matthew's Cemetery's Fascinating Links to the Past

It has been good to follow the news reports about St. Matthew's Cemetery. It is a place with many fascinating connections to the history of Quebec City. It is pleasing to see the city take an interest in the place where such names as Robert Wood, possible half-brother of Queen Victoria, and the other illustrious brother of Sir Walter Scott... but that is material for another day.

Fête turning its gaze toward the Celts, Scots and Irish

Photo: Xavier Dachez

A nod to Celtic, Irish and Scottish history during the New France era is one of the six main differences during this year's edition of the Fête de la Nouvelle France SAQ.

The festival's General Director, André Parent, says after 13 editions, the festival is turning the page to include more of the history during the 1608 to 1760 period.

Still the same game in any language

They come from places like Springfield, Missouri; Nashua, New Hampshire, and Barrie, Ontario. They play another country's national pastime in a place where another game practically qualifies as religion. They travel by bus, sometimes 10 to 12 hours at a time. They play in a city where most people don't speak their language.

Yet, to a man, they're happy to be doing something they love.

Two more soldiers perish


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