Suzanne Pasternak’s Minerva

Friday, February 25, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Part of the Flashback February series

Join local Prince Edward County artist, musician, playwright and author Suzanne Pasternak to learn more about her new book Minerva.

Minerva illustration

Minerva McCrimmon was the 17-year-old ship’s cook and captain’s daughter on the 125-foot barley schooner The Davide Andrews. The ship was difficult to handle, and no man could make her steer a straight wake. But the teenager Minerva could.

In 1882, Minerva rescued the crew of her ship when it wrecked off the shores of Oswego, New York. She died shortly after at the age of 21 and is buried in the little cemetery in South Bay, near Picton.

For 31 years, legendary County heroine Minerva McCrimmon’s life story was told on stages in a folk opera written and composed by Suzanne Pasternak and Tom Leighton. After years of performances and undergoing development at Mirvish Productions, Pasternak and Leighton decided to bring her incredible story home to the County and make a permanent record of her life by writing a book about her.

A Toronto illustrator has joined Pasternak and Leighton to develop the manuscript for the new book. Deeply researched for three decades, the story paints a historically rich portrait of the marine culture of South Bay and Long Point.

For those who select the “Presentation and Charcuterie” option, a selection of local charcuterie will be delivered to you on the day of the presentation (you must reside within the Quinte region to be eligible for this option).

Buy your tickets today ($18 and $25)

A Zoom link will be sent to participants within 24 hours of the presentation.

For more information:

Contact: Jessica Chase
Telephone: 705-917-4442