Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Haunting Afternoon

It was a haunting afternoon at the O'Dell House Museum. To be more precise, it was an afternoon of putting the pieces of a haunting in place. With the help of seven grade 8 students from Annapolis Royal Regional Academy and a couple of volunteers, we spent the afternoon decorating one of the O'Dell House Museum's exhibit rooms for a Halloween exhibit. It was a great deal of fun to work with the kids and, I will freely admit, that I have never seen people more thoroughly enjoying artificial spider webs. I would like to offer our thanks to our helpers.

In many ways this exhibit is an extension of the upcoming Haunted House at the Sinclair Inn Museum. Last year we had access to a couple of interesting artifacts with ghostly histories but, for the safety of the artifacts, we felt uncomfortable exposing them to the unpredictable Haunted House. These artifacts, a rocking chair and a cradle, are both mentioned in the iconic "Bluenose Ghosts" by Helen Creighton. In the coming days I will try to write a little bit more about each of these haunted artifacts.

This exhibit is also an opportunity to display some of the more macabre artifacts in the Annapolis Heritage Society collection. The wicker body box has already become a central part of this exhibit. I must admit that I don't remember the extra appendage the last time we had this on display.

All for now,

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

North Hills Revisited

On Sunday afternoon there was a new exhibit opened at ARTsPLACE in Annapolis Royal. The exhibit, which is titled "North Hills Revisited" features artwork created during the North Hills Museum children's art workshops this summer. Children, and a few parents, were able to participate in sculpture, portrait and printmaking workshops led by North Hills Guide Wayne Smith. Wayne, who is the gentleman in the second image of this post, did a wonderful job in teaching new techniques and sharing some of his love of the arts. This was also an excellent way to draw connections between items in the Museum's collection and the artwork created by the children. Many of the pieces were actually inspired by the site itself.

It was a great deal of fun to see the reactions of the young artists when they saw their work on display in a proper gallery setting. There were also a few excited parents at the opening. If you would like to see the work of this young crop of artists, you only have a short time. "North Hills Revisited" will run until October 8. ARTsPLACE is located at 396 St George Street in Annapolis Royal.

All for now,

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Lequille Book Launch

For the first weekend of October, this seemed to be a very busy weekend in Annapolis Royal. Thankfully, this weekend's lineup of events will provide me with fodder for the blog for the next few days. From an Annapolis Heritage Society perspective, one of the key events of the weekend was the launch of "Lequille: Chronicle of a Community" by Ruth Ritchie and Denise Rice.

The launch took place at Denise's house on the Cape Road in Lequille. Since I had been out on the Photowalk earlier in the day, by the time I arrived at the event I was somewhat rain soaked. Despite my dampness, I was given the job of welcoming people and introducing the guest speaker. Reg Ritchie, Warden of the Municipality of the County of Annapolis, lifelong resident of Lequille and husband of author Ruth Ritchie shared some of his memories of growing up in Lequille. He told some very interesting stories of life in a rural community where "there were sometimes more mealtimes than meals". One of the things that was very clear was that this was a community that has historically been very supportive. Once Reg was done, he handed the final word over to Ruth who spoke on behalf of both authors. She discussed some of the process in researching and writing the book and thanked everyone who made contributions. After the formal remarks the authors signed copies and people mingled and chatted.

If you are looking for a copy of "Lequille: Chronicles of a Community" they are now available at the O'Dell House Museum. Congratulations to Ruth and Denise for this fine contribution to our local history.

All for now,

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Annapolis Royal Photowalk 2011

Today was the day of the first Annapolis Royal Photowalk. If you have not previously heard of this event, Photowalk is an international event where photographers gather with the idea of photographing a specific route within a community. Across the globe there are 1117 photowalks being held on the first two days of October with just over 28000 registered photographers. This is the fourth year for Photowalk and, as I mentioned, the first year that it has been held in Annapolis Royal.

Due to the rain our group was a modest 10 people but, they were an enthusiastic group. During the introductions I learned that people had come from as far away as Wolfville and Clare to take part in the photowalk. We met in the open space beside Kings Theatre and proceeded across the street to photograph the Farmers Market. After the market we made our way back across the road to take pictures of the wharf and boardwalk. While one of the members of the group decided to walk in the mud at the tidal level, the rest of us walked up the boardwalk to Fort Anne. With a short stop at the Fort we made our way through the Garrison Burial Ground and back to St George Street. The group straggled back to the Pub to meet and discuss the pictures that we took. This was both an interesting way to spend a couple of hours and a good chance to see what some other local photographers are doing.

The images in this group are a sample of the images that I took today. I have a few more images in an album on the AHS Facebook page and some of the images will reside on my computer without anyone ever seeing them.

All for now,