10 DAYS IN OCTOBER 2016 – A CULTURAL FEAST!
PARRSBORO, NS: Parrsboro Creative and its Cultural Partners hosted a 10-day celebration of arts and culture in Parrsboro on the shores of the spectacular Bay of Fundy October 1 to October 10. Billed as a Cultural Feast, this dynamic showcase for the arts offered an amazing variety of things to do and see with an exciting mix of Music, Workshops, Concerts, Nature Hikes, Youth Art, Film, Sketch Crawls and a veritable Art Explosion with 42 artists, 7 solo collections, and 25 exhibition spaces.
Each Cultural Partner had something special to offer. On October 1, to kick off the festivities, the Chef of Wild Caraway Restaurant, Andrew Aitken, cooked up an extraordinary 7 course meal for Ship’s Company Theatre’s annual Fall Dinner, and this was followed by an Oktoberfest evening of music and dance at The Hall. On Monday October 3, an enthusiastic crowd attended a spectacular session of Star Gazing at Age of Sail Museum; and on Wednesday October 5, there was an equally enthusiastic group taking part in a Rug-Hooking Demonstration on the veranda at Ottawa House Museum which has one of the most spectacular views in Nova Scotia. Also on October 5, The Hall screened “Born To Be Blue”, a feature film about Chet Baker starring Ethan Hawke, and on October 7, there was a Ship’s Company Theatre Fall Concert with The Stanfield’s and Ryan Willigar.
Meanwhile, throughout the week, the special activities never stopped. If your interest was Nature Hikes, you could sign up at the Fundy Geological Museum. If visual arts was your passion, Daily Art Walkabouts were available, a two hour guided tour featuring a collection of extraordinary work in many different styles which also included the fanciful explorations of young artists from the Parrsboro Regional Elementary & High School. And there were Photography Exhibitions as well, showing the superb work of Thaddeus Holownia and Lawrence Nicoll. And if music was your thing, there were live performances at the Black Rock Bistro – great atmosphere, great food.
10 DAYS IN OCTOBER 2016 was truly a Cultural Feast that had something for everyone. The work of celebrated visual artists like Tom Forestall, Joy Laking, Bryan Maycock, Wayne Boucher, Heather Lawson and Monika Wright were inspiring, while the artistry of the Main Street Collection was also of exceptional quality. This “collection” consisted of paintings and sculptures which were placed in venues throughout the business section of town. Buy gas at Wheaton’s Irving, there was a painting by Diana McIssac over the counter. Purchase groceries at the Crossroads Co-Op, there were paintings by Suzanne Gauthier, Susan Jardine and Cathy Thurston. Pizza L’Amore has a beautiful painting by Sheri Bromer; one of Lawrence Nicoll’s fine photographs was at Harrison’s Hardware; celebrated artist Bill Rogers had five paintings at Sargent’s Auto, while The Glooscap Restaurant featured work by Nora Gross, Debbie Lamey MacDonald, and Alex Pfaff, and popular artist Arlene Collins’ work was on display at Wright’s Pharmasave. And so it was throughout the town that had been turned into one gigantic art exhibition.
10 Days in October 2016 was a quantum leap forward from the previous year, and we’re already making plans for the next fall’s incarnation of this marvellous event. Stay tuned for 2017. It’s going to even bigger and better. See you next year!