City funds ‘1864 week’

By James Ferguson
March 28, 2014

Charlottetown city council has aside $35,000 for activities and celebrations in connection with the 150th anniversary of the initial meeting of the Fathers of Confederation.
Council met the budget committee March 28 to approve the final instalment for funding the 2014 event. It was part of a budget that was passed unanimously during the meeting.
There will be special events for seniors, veterans and the youth and the council has extended Natal Day to a five-day event to be known as 1864 Week.
P.E.I. will host a record number of conventions and delegates, the prestigious ECMAs and seven national sports championships.
Cecil F. Villard, chair of the Administrative Services Committee, said the city has partnered with P.E.I. 2014 Inc. on numerous celebrations that will include fireworks, street dances, concerts and the beehive of activity planned for the Celebration Zone.
“Already the New Year’s Celebration has been a successful event and the plans for Canada Day promises to be equally as entertaining,” he said. “The city’s funding support for both of these facilities will continue.”
Mayor Clifford Lee said there is optimism and excitement in the air.
“The similarities of the present to the past are endless and it is important to reflect on our history with pride as we review the progress of the people’s city,” Lee said. “It is why the council has chosen to celebrate 2014.”