June 21 2017 Edition

St. Mary’s Chapel celebrates 150 years on Île d’Orléans

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There is a very special little white chapel hidden away in the woods in the village of Sainte-Pétronille, just next to the 12th hole of the Orléans Golf Course, near the southern tip of the island.  

Place des Canotiers park replaces parking lot

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Photo: Peter Black

Its name recalls the days when canoes were the common mode of transport across le fleuve from Quebec to Lévis, but now the brand new Place des Canotiers public space will welcome passengers from giant cruise ships and other visitors with “a green carpet,” as one port official described it.

Fast food chain transitions from boomers to hipsters

Not too much of the corporate world of my youth has survived the years. Eaton’s and Simpson’s, for example, have disappeared, although I retain an item ordered from the famous catalogues, a bass guitar in the shape of Paul McCartney’s iconic violin-shaped Hofner instrument.

Enjoying Vivaldi (and others) by candlelight

Photo: courtesy of Michel Corbeil

The Quatuor Crema gave a most unusual concert at Église Saint-Dominique on June 10.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
Yesterday, being the festival of St. John the Baptist and the national anniversary of our French-Canadian fellow-citizens, was celebrated by them with more than usual éclat.

Exploring the story behind Rue Thomas-Dunn

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Photo: Bill Cox

This street is named in honour of Thomas Dunn (1729-1818), a businessman and politician, born in Durham, England, who came to Quebec in September 1760 to take advantage of the various possibilities for economic development afforded by this huge, newly-conquered territory.

Gary Lynch brings “Clara” to visit Irish Heritage Quebec

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Gary Lynch, MSc, eastern regional director of the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club (HET) and president of the Québec-Nouvelle-France-Canada Chapter of HET, was the guest speaker at Irish Heritage Quebec’s final meeting of the 2016-2017 season.

Passeport Vieux-Québec: a new way to discover five historical institutions

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the Pôle culturel du Monastère des Ursulines, the Morrin Centre, the Musée du Monastère des Augustines and the Îlot des Palais, that partnered in 2016 to offer visitors a joint heritage experience, have added a guided walking tour for the summer of 2017 that connects these institutions that are part of the living history of Quebec City.

"Éphémères durables" installed in front of the Maison de la littérature

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

On June 12, the Ville de Québec inaugurated a work of art called Éphémères durables (sustainable ephemera) in front of the Maison de la littérature in Old Quebec.

New France Festival fêtes 400 years of settlement in Quebec​

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Photo: Mary McCown

Get your tricorn hat and your quilted bonnet ready. “You are invited to dive into history and live to the rhythm of lifestyles in New France!” said Benoît Bernier, president of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France / New France Festival. This year’s festivities will take place in Quebec City’s Quartier Petit Champlain and Place Royale from August 9 to 13.

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