MacLeod ready for Westville Christmas art display after previous false starts

John Brannen
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WESTVILLE – The third time’s a charm.

Glenn MacLeod stands in Westville’s Acadia Park as the public works department puts up fencing and tape. It’s in preparation for MacLeod’s Christmas Theme Park in Westville’s Acadia Park, which will feature large pictures of scenes from Westville’s Christmases past. JOHN BRANNEN – THE NEWS

That’s what Glenn MacLeod of Westville believes as preparation for his long-awaited Christmas Theme Park in Westville’s Acadia Park begins to take shape.

This is the third year that MacLeod has attempted his Christmas art venture. But this year, the stars have aligned.

Similar to last year’s plans, the park will be decorated with 10 large pictorial scenes of what Christmas looked like in the town’s past, and at the gazebo of the park there will be a nativity scene.

The artwork for the project was created by Stephen Robinson who looked at historical pictures and books of the town to get the basis of his drawings, which he does by hand and then scans into a computer to complete. They’ll be printed and put on 4x8 display boards.

“I love to be creative and work with people who use their imaginations,” said MacLeod.

Decorated Christmas trees will be placed between the paintings.

A registered counselling therapist with his own practice, he created a similar display of the city’s historical scenes in Odell Park while living in Fredericton.

The artwork for the project was created by Stephen Robinson who looked at historical pictures and books of the town to get the basis of his drawings, which he does by hand and then scans into a computer to complete. They’ll be printed and put on 4x8 display boards.

MacLeod said the drawings are being printed at Advocate and will soon be ready for the big unveiling on Dec. 13.

“I’m a spiritual person and if you believe in yourself and a higher power, anything is possible,” he said.

It’s what has kept him going after years of trying to get the Westville Christmas project the green light.

“We're putting in the fencing and tresses and they should be ready by Friday,” said MacLeod. “It’s no admission and we just hope the weather will be nice.”

And while he was disappointed that it couldn’t have taken place last year, he’s put that time and those past experiences to use in this year’s display.

“We're excited and we got some great volunteers,” said MacLeod. “I did this for my son and I'm already excited for my family and all the other families in Pictou County.”

The display will be open for public viewing on Dec. 13 no cost, thanks to the sponsorship of businesses and a Nova Scotia Culture and Heritage grant. The Town of Westville has volunteered to keep the pathways between the scenes plowed.

MacLeod is also thankful for the support of former MLA Clarrie MacKinnon who helped pull the project together. In recognition of what he did, MacLeod has named him honorary chairperson of the event.

 

john.brannen@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsJohn

Organizations: Nova Scotia Culture

Geographic location: Westville, Christmas Theme Park, Acadia Park Odell Park Fredericton Pictou County

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  • Lynn
    December 06, 2013 - 18:35

    Way to go Glenn, looking forward to going to see it!

  • Tanya G
    December 05, 2013 - 08:53

    Glenn you make "the hill" proud

  • Can't wait
    December 04, 2013 - 21:48

    By a "higher power" I hope you are referring to God, and not some creative energy. If so, please say God with pride.

    • Anonymous
      December 05, 2013 - 10:55

      He is allowed to say whatever he wants.

    • Faithless
      December 05, 2013 - 14:58

      What if he was refering to the big spaggetti monster living in the sun??