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Evening of film and music supports environmental appeal

The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists are to be at the Appeal Court of Ontario on Dec 8-9 defending the Environmental Review Tribunal ruling that overturned the Ministry of the Environment’s approval of the Gilead wind turbine project at Ostrander Point.

“This is a precedent setting case that impacts the validity of the Environmental Review Tribunal, the Endangered Species Act and the Environmental Protection Act,” said Cheryl Anderson, of PECFN. “Funds are still needed to defend the tribunal ruling.”

On Thursday, Nov. 27, at 7 pm the Regent Theatre in Picton will host an evening of film and music that celebrates the impressive history and culture of Prince Edward County’s south shore.

VANISHING LEGACY, a film by Suzanne Pasternak, traces the history of the lake-faring families of South Marysburgh, from the end of the American Revolution when they landed as United Empire Loyalists on Prince Edward’s shores to the final years of the commercial fishing industry. Pasternak will be in attendance.

Since 1983 she has been documenting and preserving the unique maritime history of the south shore of Prince Edward County.  She has created a large catalog of multimedia archival material which will form a major collection for Prince Edward County Archives and the Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston. Her documentary: Vanishing Legacy – The History of the Lake Faring Families of Prince Edward County is the culmination of her research.

THE LIGHTHOUSES OF THE SOUTH SHORE – Presentation by Marc Seguin of Save Our Lighthouses. Between 1828 and 1914, one of the world’s greatest concentrations of lighthouses and light towers was constructed in eastern Lake Ontario waters. Five of these aids to navigation were built along the south shore of Prince Edward County in an area known by mariners as “the graveyard of Lake Ontario”.

Heritage enthusiast, historian and founder of Save Our Lighthouses,  Seguin, has documented the history of these lighthouses in his upcoming book, “For Want of a Lighthouse”. He will give an illustrated talk highlighting the lighthouses of the County’s south shore and the important role that they played in guiding ships to safety through some of the most dangerous waters of the Great Lakes.

HISTORY MOMENTS by Peter Lockyer of History Lives Here. Peter Lockyer, former CBC Radio and Television Broadcaster, has produced a series of film vignettes detailing the history of Prince Edward County and the Quinte area.  We will screen selected vignettes about the activities historically carried out along the South Shore.

To round out the evening,  Pasternak and Tom Leighton will perform original songs from Vanishing Legacy.  Tickets for the event are $15 and are available at or at the door.

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