The Show Must Go On

Jamie Heap
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Rain Dampens, But Doesn’t Break, Spirit of Several Age of Sail Heritage Centre Labour Day Weekend Events

Members of the Parrsboro-based Fundy Shore Auto Club and North Shore Antique Engine and Tractor Club did not let the rain ruin their day. Standing next to a early 1900s hand drill Sunday at the Age of Sail Heritage Centre were (from left): Fundy Shore Auto Club Members Nettie and David Soley; North Shore Antique Engine and Tractor Club members Danny Julien, Linda Giddens and Murray Giddens

WARDS BROOK-While Mother Nature didn’t do the Age of Sail Heritage Centre and its event participants any favours on Sunday, they didn’t let it ruin their day.

“Today was the first time in 25 years that our Ecumenical Church Service was rained inside,” stated Age of Sail Heritage Centre curator Oralee O’Byrne of the annual open-air service that is held on Colin’s Field. “The service and pancake breakfast (which served 44) was held inside of the FPW Fire Hall instead.”

The pancake batter that was used on Sunday was donated by Valley Flats Farm.

Another event that faced challenges was the annual antique engine and tractor show. “I remember one year it poured rained for a few minutes, but the show went on,” said O’Byrne. “This is the first time in the 15 years that it’s been cancelled.”

In spite of the fact that the only antique engines displayed by the North Shore Antique Engine and Tractor Club on Sunday were two store-bought miniature models owned by Danny Julien of Porter’s Lake, six members of the aforementioned 12 member club still visited the Age of Sail on Sunday.

“I just love coming here,” stated North Shore Antique Engine and Tractor Club member Danny Juilen. “I love the atmosphere of this museum,” he added.

Another member of the North Shore club present Sunday at the Age of Sail was Murray Giddens. “I enjoy coming here to meet people, telling them how the antique engines and tractors were used years ago,” said Mr. Giddens.

“This is a spectacular museum,” stated Murray Giddens’ wife Linda. “The staff here is so accommodating. They are very good to us. We were unable to show anything and they still prepared us a homemade meal,” Mrs. Giddens added.

In previous years, about 10 antique engines were typically shown at this event.

In fact, Eddie Faulkner, late of Bass River, Nova Scotia, donated a throttle-governed engine to the Age of Sail that presently sits outside the museum.

David and Nettie Soley, two members of the Parrsboro-based Fundy Shore Auto Club who were present, celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on Sunday.

According to Mr. Soley, his ancestors built “quite a few ships” at Economy.

One Labour Day weekend event that was unaffected by the weather was Saturday night’s hot and cold buffet supper at the FPW Fire Hall that served 100 people, including Cumberland South MLA/PC leader Jamie Baillie.

Starting this week, the Age of Sail will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until it closes for the season on Thanksgiving Monday, October 14.

“We have had a wonderful group of students this year, and I couldn’t be happier,” stated O’Byrne. “Our numbers were up this year except for July, “she added. “Next year is our 20th anniversary and we going to have one heck of a celebration.”





Organizations: Age of Sail Heritage Centre, North Shore Antique Engine and Tractor Club, Ecumenical Church Service Fundy Shore Auto Club

Geographic location: North Shore, Bass River, Nova Scotia

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