Thursday, July 22, 2010

Life is the Song, Love is the Music

Music speaks what cannot be expressed,
soothes the mind and gives it rest,
heals the heart and makes it whole,
flows from the heavens to the soul.

Whether you're a kid that loves to laugh, an inspiring singer looking to learn some new techniques, a local that just wants to dance, or a visitor hoping to take home a Nova Scotian made craft, you'll find it all and more at this year's Harmony Bazaar Festival taking place this weekend (July 23-25) in Lockeport, Nova Scotia.

Harmony Bazaar is fast becoming one of Nova Scotia's top music festivals and the beautiful seaside town of Lockeport is doing amazing things to help it to grow.  A new concert venue has been built in the middle of town with a tower reminiscent of a lighthouse complete with a stage in front. Take in the amazing view and stroll Lockeport's famous Crescent Beach while you are in town.

This year's festival, which is in its fifth year, is headlining the group Quartette which features Canadian music legend Sylvia Tyson, as well as Cindy Church, Gwen Swick, and Caitlin Hanford.  Also taking the stage during the weekend will be Irish Mythen, Coco Love Alcorn, Norma MacDonald and Christina Martin, just to name a few.  There will be lots of local talent throughout the days musical showcases and concerts including Lynne Crowell, Shelly MacIntosh, Jade Bennett, Judi Cleveland and Shelley Meisner.
Vocal workshops, arts and crafts, delicious homemade meals, singing, dancing and a whole lot of fun are all on tap this weekend in Lockeport. Martin Luther once said "Who loves not wine, women and song, remains a fool his whole life long.". Harmony Bazaar takes care of all three of these, so don't remain a fool, join us this weekend in Lockeport!
For more information visit Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song.

Discover Our History

History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~ Winston Churchill
In 1783, more than 10,000 settlers came to Shelburne, Nova Scotia from New York and the middle Colonies of the Thirteen Colonies.  The Loyalists, who opposed the Revolution and remained loyal to Britain, were promised free land, tools and provisions in Nova Scotia (among other places).  Four hundred families traveled first to Shelburne (formally called Port Roseway) as well as a large group of Africans who were escaping American slavery.  They settled in Birchtown and formed the first and largest freed Black settlement in North America.

Many of the descendants of these Loyalists remain in Shelburne County today.  This week they, along with many others will gather to celebrate their culture and heritage during Founders' Day in Shelburne.  This four day celebration kicks off on Thursday (July 15th).  Be transported back in time as you stroll along Historic Dock Street and take in the sights and sounds of what is becoming one of Shelburne County's largest festivals.

 Delicious food, fun & games, musical entertainment, unique displays and re-enactments are just a few of the festivities that are yours to enjoy.  Take in a one of a kind experience you will only find here in Shelburne County - a row & ride in a 18th Century British Navel Longboat, happening daily on the waterfront during the festival, and all summer long on Tuesdays and Thursdays nights! Don't miss out! 

There's so much to see and do in Shelburne County this summer, come visit and discover us!

For more information and complete schedule of events visit Shelburne Founders' Days.