Help us Wake the River Clyde!

We’ve officially launched our 2017 Fundraising Campaign to make the River Clyde Pageant happen again in New Glasgow this summer! Hooray!

Our Campaign Launch coincides with the release of a short video from last year’s event, which you can see on our campaign page - click the image below to take a look.

Help us reach our fundraising goal!

$10,000 is a lot of money. But, to put it in perspective: approximately 500 people experienced last year’s River Clyde Pageant, as audience members, volunteers, performers, and workshop attendees. If each of those 500 people gave $20, we would hit our goal! So, if you experienced the Pageant in some way last summer, and would like to see this inspiring event happen again, please consider a donation, large or small, to Wake the River Clyde.

We need your help in other ways, too!

Big campaigns like ours this rely on strong word of mouth to reach their targets. So, if you believe in this project, we invite you to SHARE the campaign on social media, email your friends, and tell people all about it!

We will be posting frequent updates on our facebook page - ‘Like’ us and follow along!

We’re grateful for the amazing team backing this project already.

On the Campaign page, you’ll notice an array of awesome perks you can get in exchange for your donation. We’ve partnered with local businesses and restaurants such as Receiver Coffee; The PEI Preserve Company; YouMeal; and Upstreet Craft Brewing, who are offering gift certificates and meals for special perk levels. Other sweet perks include tickets to the Pageant, Pageant t-shirts, and even a chance to PERFORM as an original character with your friends or family in this summer’s event!!!

We are also working on the campaign with a dedicated team of River Pilots: 11 people who were involved in the Pageant in some way last summer, and have generously signed on to help us fundraise.  Along the way, we’ll be posting photos and testimonials from some of these folks, who shared their thoughts on what the Pageant means to them.

So, we invite you to join us on this month-long fundraising journey, to Wake the River Clyde and make theatre magic happen again again in New Glasgow!


Puppet Workshops!

Starting these week, Jamie Shannon & Branda Dale will be leading puppet and lantern making workshops in Charlottetown and New Glasgow!

Jamie is leading the creation of puppets for the School of Giant Luminous Jellyfish. These will be individually operated, luminous jellyfish puppets that will join the Pageant procession. Jellyfish making will take place at the New Glasgow Christian Church. Branda is leading Ghostly Fish lantern making, with one upcoming session in Charlottetown at The Dominion Building (97 Queen Street, use side entrance at Richmond street) and all other sessions in New Glasgow at the Church. 

These workshops are open to the public – so drop in when you can and help us make some extraordinary jellyfish and lanterns. If you want to participate in the Pageant as a Jellyfish or lantern operator, all the better – come to a workshop and personalize your puppet!

  • Tuesday July 12, 6-9pm:     Jellyfish making in New Glasgow
  • Thursday July 14, 6-9pm:    Fish lanterns in Charlottetown
  • Sunday July 17, 2:30-6pm:  Jellyfish making in New Glasgow
  • Tuesday July 19, 6-9pm:     Jellyfish& Fish lanterns in New Glasgow
  • Thursday July 21, 6-9pm:    Jellyfish & Fish lanterns in New Glasgow
  • Saturday July 23, 1-4pm:    Jellyfish & lanterns in New Glasgow***
  • Sunday July 24, 2-4pm:       Jellyfish & lanterns in New Glasgow***

***we will work in the Gardens of Hope for Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24 sessions***

Upcoming Sewing Bees!

This weekend we will be sewing in the New Glasgow Christian Church. We have Great Blues Heron costumes on the go, and we will also be working on costume elements for the Three Sisters, the Mermaids and the Trolls. If you have some free time and want to help with sewing and costume assembly, please join us. Times are as follows:

  • Saturday July 16, 2:00-5:00pm
  • Sunday July 17, 2:30-5:00pm
  • Saturday July 23, 2:00-5:00pm
  • Sunday July 24, 2:00-5:00pm
Rosemary works on a heron wing at our first Sewing Bee!

Rosemary works on a heron wing at our first Sewing Bee!

Susan builds another heron wing from a pattern created by our costume designer Arnold Smith

Susan builds another heron wing from a pattern created by our costume designer Arnold Smith

Garden Party Fun at The Mill!

We had a lovely afternoon and evening of music, socializing, games and delicious food at Sunday's Garden Party at The Mill. We're thankful to everyone who came out to join us, and to the incredible staff at The Mill, who volunteered their time to prepare and serve the locally-sourced, four-course meal. It was scrumptious!

Catherine Hennessey was our roving historian and star of our "Who's Your Father/Mother?" booth, telling stories to our guests about their Island family history. 

Catherine Hennessey, gin in hand, gleefully spills Island secrets

Catherine Hennessey, gin in hand, gleefully spills Island secrets

We had live music throughout the evening from local musicians, including some of our Pageant performers. Brad Trivers and Party Mix got the party started with rollicking cover tunes, Scott Parsons and Gerry Edge kept the music going on the deck, and then Sarah Segal-Lazar and Nick Doneff serenaded us throughout dinner.

The event was an enormous and inspiring success, and we were lucky to spend the evening with friends, neighbours, collaborators, family members and supporters. We're so excited by the generosity and spirit of the community, and last night felt like just a taste of what's to come. 

We've posted a whole album of photos over on our Facebook page...take a look!

Stilting around Charlottetown

Stilt Workshops are happening this weekend with Ottawa-based stilt teacher and performer Laura Astwood. Workshops are free, and stilts are included! The workshops will take place in Charlottetown at the following times:

  • Saturday June 4, 2pm-6pm
  • Sunday June 5, 10am-1pm
  • Wednesday June 9 & Thursday June 10, 6pm-9pm
  • Saturday June 11 & Sunday June 12, 12pm-4pm

To sign up for the workshop, send us an email ( and provide details including age and contact information. We’ll send you location details.

Upcoming Pageant Events

It’s happening!

It’s been a year of planning, but here we are, about to dive into the creative work of making the River Clyde Pageant. We’re so excited to start rehearsals and workshops, and we wanted to share some important dates and upcoming events with you.

Making a bit of a scene in Charlottetown on a Sunday afternoon

Making a bit of a scene in Charlottetown on a Sunday afternoon

Get Involved!

There are lots of opportunities to participate in this year's River Clyde Pageant! We are seeking performers, musicians, puppeteers and puppet builders, dancers, costume makers, stilt walkers and more. Production volunteers will also be needed. There are roles for all ages and levels of experience.

We are hosting two info sessions in the coming weeks, and we encourage you to attend one! These meetings will outline the process, the schedule, and the various opportunities for involvement, and will be a chance to ask any questions you might have about getting involved. The first meeting is in Charlottetown on May 29, from 2-4pm at the Schurman Family Studio at Confederation Centre for the Arts. The second meeting is in New Glasgow on June 5, from 2-4pm at The Mill. Here's the Facebook event:

The next thing on our schedule is our first stilt workshop! Ottawa-based stilt teacher Laura Astwood is leading a six-day workshop for people interested in performing on stilts in the Pageant. Laura will teach the group how to walk and move safely on stilts, and we will begin to create performance material on stilts together. The workshop dates are:

  • Saturday June 4 2pm-6pm

  • Sunday June 5, from 10am-1pm

  • Wednesday June 8 and Thursday June 9, from 6-9pm

  • Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12, from 12-4pm

To sign up for the workshop, send us an email at and include your age and contact information. We’ll get back to you with information on the location and other details.

And last but not least: We’re having a Fundraiser Garden Party and dinner at The Mill on Sunday June 26, from 3-8pm. There will be live music by Nick Doneff, Scott Parsons, Sarah Segal-Lazar, and local band Party Mix, as well as outdoor games and a delicious three course buffet dinner prepared by Emily Wells. Socializing, games and entertainment will happen throughout the afternoon, with dinner served at 6pm. Tickets are $50 per person and $100 for a family. Share a meal, share your New Glasgow stories, and meet some of the folks involved in the making of the Pageant. Mark your calendars – we’ll have more info on tickets and reservations in the coming weeks.

If you can’t make it to the Garden Party, but have stories, recollections or anecdotes related to Island rivers and waterways, please get in touch with us via email. We’re gathering material for possible use in the Pageant, and your stories could be part of that!

We look forward to seeing you soon – at an info session, at our garden party, in rehearsal, or at the performance!