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    Farmer's Market

    by fairy_dust Updated Sep 5, 2006

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    The Farmer's Market is open every Saturday from 9am to 2pm. In the summers it's also open on Wednesdays. There is a large variety of food, crafts, and other things available. Since many immigrants from other parts of the world sell food there, you can see how Charlottetown is become more multicultural, and get a taste of international food. It can get busy sometimes, but it's always a nice place to have a snack or even a meal (since the food is so good, you'll want to eat till you're full!). Admission is free and the food is usually quite cheap.

    The food available includes fair trade coffee, ice cream, donuts, sausages, Indian, African, Lebanese, Filipino, Polish, etc. There are also Island-grown organic vegetables and meat products if you are shopping for groceries.

    The crafts and other things available include locally-made jewelry, pottery, paintings, hand-knitted clothing, etc.

    The Farmer's Market is located on Belvedere Avenue, close to the university. Often, since parking is terrible at the university, students leave their cars in the Farmer's Market parking lot and run across the street to campus.

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    Culturama and International Tea House

    by fairy_dust Written Sep 3, 2006

    PEI (especially Charlottetown) is become more multicultural, and once every few months, there is the International Tea House. It is an event where immigrants and locals can come together and celebrate diversity. There are foods from different countries, music and performances from different cultures, etc. It's always a fun event for everyone who goes.

    Culturama happens once a year (usually in winter) and is a bigger version of the International Tea House. Basically the same event, but also with booths from organizations that promote solidarity, volunteer/work abroad, etc. Also, after all the performances and speeches, there is a big dance party with music from different countries.

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    Local lingo and fun stuff

    by fairy_dust Updated Jul 27, 2006

    On PEI in general, there are a lot of fun slang terms that you might hear the locals use. Here are a few:

    From Away: a person who was born outside of PEI.
    Islander: a person who was born on PEI.
    Slippy: Slippery.
    Sociable!: the Martime way of saying "Cheers!" when drinking.
    Stormstayed: Snowed in.
    The Avenue: University Avenue in Charlottetown.

    If you ever hear about Boomer, that's the weatherman of our local tv station. He's got quite the personality and the locals usually either love him or hate him. But either way, the evening news would never be the same without him!

    There is also a lot of folklore on PEI. Most of the locals know at least one ghost story that has to do with a location in Charlottetown, or other places on the Island. Ghost ships, haunted underground tunnels (used by rum runners in the past), Dead Man's Pond (a man who drowned in the pond - supposedly his reflection can be seen on the pond on a full moon. I've also heard that the pond has no bottom...), the university buildings (the ghost of Dalton Hall - a student who froze to death in the 1930s. I know at least one person who insists she saw the ghost), and lots more.

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    Craft Fairs at Christmas time

    by fairy_dust Written Nov 12, 2004

    In November and December, there are a lot of Christmas craft fairs going on at different places in Charlottetown. They have all sorts of Christmas crafts, decorations, little gifts, etc. A lot of the goods are locally made too. It's a great opportunity to buy stuff from PEI and gifts for your loved ones.

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    Trivia at bars in the evenings.

    by fairy_dust Updated Nov 4, 2004

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    At many bars in Charlottetown, such as Dooly's, Myron's, the Wave, and Casey's Lounge, they have trivia nights. It's open to everyone, visitors and locals alike. You and your friends form a team, get an sheet from the trivia guy to write down your answers, then the trivia guy asks questions in front of everyone, and you have to write down your answers. Then, when the round is over, you hand in your sheet, and he corrects it. At the end of the game, the winning team usually gets a prize, such as a free hour of pool or a bar tab.

    Also, the trivia guy often asks questions that are open to everyone and are not part of the answer sheet. He'll ask a question, then you raise your hand, and when he sees you, he'll point to you and you give your answer. If you're right, you get a ticket for a free beer. If you're wrong, you put a quarter in the trivia bucket on your table.

    The popular trivia hosts in Charlottetown include Steve Newman, Stats, Matt and Lennie, etc.

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