In Search of Nova Scotia's 25 Funkiest Things

Nova Scotia Museum

June 2, 1999 4:54 PM

Stopping at 43 museums and meeting hundreds of schoolchildren is
professional adventurer Garry Sowerby's method of finding Nova
Scotia's 25 funkiest things.

Mr. Sowerby and his entourage will launch the Funky Museum
Roadshow this Friday, June 4, in search of neat facts and unique

Many funky things were brought to Mr. Sowerby's attention on his
previous adventures. But his favourite artifact is his very own
Red Cloud, a blue and white Halifax-built 1980 Volvo that he and
fellow Maritimer Ken Langley drove around the world 19 years ago,
grabbing a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the
fastest trip.

The latest mission for Mr. Sowerby and Red Cloud is to lead the
nine-day madcap tour around Nova Scotia, visiting as many of Nova
Scotia's museums as possible, looking for the funky.

Will the "funky" title go to a codfish bikini, the hoot of a
2.5-metre alpine horn, or a periwinkle table? It could be the
funkiest-looking chicken or a four-seater outhouse.
Schoolchildren and museums are invited to share thoughts on Nova
Scotia's funky stuff when the roadshow visits their community.

When the tour wraps up at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton on
June 12, Mr. Sowerby will judge the funky findings and park his
adventure vehicles in the Automobile Adventures exhibit.

In addition to looking at Nova Scotia's cultural and natural
heritage in a fabulously funky way, the roadshow will showcase
museum events across the province on Museum Day Weekend, June
12-13, and all season long. More than 60 museums are taking part
in unusual events highlighting the wacky side of Nova Scotia's
history. Event participants include community museums, Nova
Scotia Museums, the Federation of Nova Scotian Heritage, and
Parks Canada.

For updates on roadshow adventures and a list of funky findings
during the tour, visit the Nova Scotia Museum website at .


Contact: Heather Capstick
         Nova Scotia Museum
         Cell: 902-497-4137 (June 4-12)

         Garry Sowerby
         The Funky Museum Roadshow
         Cell: 902-452-3177

NOTE TO EDITORS: A schedule of roadshow events follows. For a
backgrounder on Garry Sowerby, please e-mail
or call 902-424-4492.



Museum of Industry, Stellarton
Friday, June 4, 10 a.m-11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 12, 2:30 p.m.
start. Join more than 100 schoolchildren on Friday as they send
Garry Sowerby off on his journey to museums across the province.
Nine days later, be there when he judges the 25 funkiest things
in Nova Scotia. Grand Finale Carnival and Automobile Adventures
exhibit opening takes place on the Saturday. Face painting,
juggling, comedy acts, a barbecue and a brass band are some of
the fun things awaiting his return.
Contact: Denise Fraser-Taylor, 902-755-5425

Antigonish Heritage Museum, Antigonish
Friday, June 4, 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Sample some tradition Scottish fare --haggis and bashed neaps.
Contact: Jocelyn Gillis, 902-863-6160 or 902-863-4947

Cumberland County Museum, Amherst
Saturday, June 12, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Hear stories of the ghost of grove cottage. Kids are invited to
bring their visions of ghouls to life and have fun dressing Garry
Sowerby, adventure driver, as the ghost of Grove Cottage.
Contact: Barb Thompson, 902-667-2561

Wallace and Area Museum, Wallace
Saturday, June 12, 11:30 a.m.-noon
Area museums host events such as skipping stones at Bedrock and
pass the salt crystal.
Contact: David Dewar, 902-257-2191

Balmoral Grist Mill and Sutherland Steam Mill, Tatamagouche
Saturday, June 12, 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.
Grains to Flour.
Contact: John Taylor, 902-657-3016

Sutherland Steam Mill Museum, Tatamagouche
Saturday, June 12, 1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Tub Talk and Steam Power.
Contact: John Taylor, 902-657-3365


Port Hastings Museum and Archives, Port Hastings
Friday, June 4, 1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Spring Spruce-up Frolic --Learn about the century-old museum
building. Dress up in 1940s garb and join costumed workers for
painting, washing windows and yardwork.
Contact: Julia McKinnon, 902-625-2794

Margaree Salmon Museum, Northeast Margaree
Friday, June 4, 3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Activities such as casting for flyfishing (fly-tying if raining),
or learning to blow on an alpine horn will be featured. See
period costumes and wooden carvings of small animals. Have your
photo taken while role-playing as a Scottish lassie.
Contact: Francis Hart, 902-248-2433

Highland Village Museum, Iona
Friday, June 4, 5:30 p.m. start, and Saturday, June 5, 10
a.m.-11:30 a.m. Join a ceilidh Friday evening with Gaelic
singers, fiddlers and step-dancers. On Saturday, join dancers and
learn traditionalScottish dances as you step to the music played
by a fiddler on the roof.
Contact: Rodney Chaisson, 902-725-2272

Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science, Sydney
Saturday, June 5, 12:20 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Kids of all ages can play games from 1800s and take part in other
Contact: Janet Maltby, 902-539-1572

Cape Breton Miners' Museum, Glace Bay
Saturday, June 5, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.
Learn about the process of turning coal to gas. The display also
features information on gas mileage.
Contact: Tom Miller, 902-849-4522

Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Museum, Louisbourg
Sunday, June 6, 9 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Have a funky time while playing the scavenger hunt game.
Contact: Margie Cameron, 902-733-2720

MacAskill House Museum, St. Peter's
Sunday, June 6, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Have fun with photography through camera demonstrations and a
funky negative lampshade Wallace MacAskill made in the early
1900s. Learn about marine photography and Wallace's Bluenose
connection. See collections of quilts, hooked mats and local
crafts. Professional adventurer Garry Sowerby will model a
sou'wester, then tour MacAskill's home.
Contact: Eva Landry, 902-535-2531

LeNoir Forge Museum, Arichat
Sunday, June 6, noon-12:30 p.m.
Watch the blacksmith work iron in the forge, guess about some
items in the collection, see three types of bellows, and learn
about hoisting a bull for shoeing.
Contact: Donna Boudreau, 902-226-9364



Firefighters Museum of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth
Thursday, June 10, 9 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Race to suit up in a firefighter's outfit and find answers to
Heritage Hunt.
Contact: David Darby, 902-742-5525

Yarmouth County Museum, Yarmouth
Thursday, June 10, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Yarmouth shanty men sing sea shanties. See the showcase
piano-player machine and other neat items.
Contact: Eric Ruff, 902-742-5539

Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Annapolis Royal
Thursday, June 10, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Visit the Funky Museum Fair or get a special guided tour of the
gardens where a variety of activities just outside the gardens,
including scallop shell arts and crafts will be offered.
Contact: Trish Fry, 902-532-7018

North Hills Museum, Annapolis Royal
Thursday, June 10, 2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Learn about the Acadian heritage surrounding North Hills Museum.
Contact: John Kirby, 902-532-2168

Prescott House Museum, Port Williams
Thursday, June 10, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Enjoy Funky Fun at Prescott House.
Contact: Ken Clark, 902-542-3984

Old Kings Courthouse Museum, Kentville
Thursday, June 10, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
The Kings Historical Society will showcase Courtroom Chaos
--Trial by Laughter. Other area museums will join in the fun.
Contact: Bria Stokesbury, 902-678-6237

Haliburton House Museum, Windsor
Friday, June 11, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Meet a '90s version of Sam Slick, sit on a penny farthing
bicycle, see an exhibit on hockey.
Contact: Debbie Woodman, 902-798-2915

Uniacke Estate Museum Park, Mount Uniacke
Friday, June 11, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Adventurer Garry Sowerby will be welcomed by schoolchildren. Play
games from the 1800s, including stilts, hoops and graces. Take a
quick trip down one of Uniacke's scenic trails to the funky whale
bones, or to the ha-ha wall, then try to play a conch shell like
a trumpet.
Contact: Goldie Robertson, 902-866-0032



Lawrence House Museum, Maitland
Friday, June 11, 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
Find out the story behind a four-person outhouse and other funky
facts at Lawrence House Museum.
Contact: Joseph Levy, 902-261-2628

Colchester Historical Museum Archives, Truro
Friday, June 11, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
The Funky Bicycle Parade. Everyone is invited to dress up and
decorate their bicycles. Adventurer Garry Sowerby will judge the
participants and choose the funkiest.
Contact: Penny Lighthall, 902-895-6284

Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro
Friday, June 11, 6 p.m.
Funky Talk by Garry Sowerby, professional adventurer, on
travelling around the ancient continent of Pangaea. Then, take a
look at models of some of the world's oldest dinosaurs.
Contact: Ken Adams, 902-254-3814



Ross Farm Museum, New Ross
Tuesday, June 8, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Area chicken-owners are invited to bring their funkiest chicken
to compete in the Funky Chicken Contest at Ross Farm Museum.
Garry Sowerby, professional adventurer, will judge the contest.
Then, learn about the many heritage breeds of animals at Ross
Farm Museum.
Contact: Allan Hiltz, 902-689-2210

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg
Tuesday, June 8, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Hear fishing superstitions, launch a model boat, race a remote
control boat, fillet some fish, and tie a funky "monkey's fist"
Contact: Jim Tupper, 902-634-4794

DesBrisay Museum, Bridgewater
Wednesday, June 9, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Witness a series of four funky competitions focused on Nova
Scotia's history in the Lunenburg County Heritage Quadrathon.
Competitions include a tea cup steeplechase, a wooden ox pull, a
mount temple potato race, and the water-powered wheel of
misfortune. Teams from area museums, the Bridgewater Town
Centennial Society and the community will compete with a team
from the Funky Museum Roadshow entourage.
Contact: Gary Selig, 902-543-4033

Perkins House Museum, Liverpool
Wednesday, June 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Take part in the Funky Museum Fair and make a sheep to take home,
play old-fashioned games, or see a privateer militia
Contact: Linda Rafuse, 902-354-4058

Dory Shop Museum, Shelburne
Wednesday, June 9, 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Take part in dory-racing fun in the Market Square, next door to
the Dory Shop Museum. Meet costumed interpreters and members of
the Prince of Wales Regiment.
Contact: Gloria Beuree, 902-875-3141

Old Meeting House Museum, Barrington Woolen Mill, Barrington
Wednesday, June 9, 3 p.m.-3:40 p.m.
Merriment, matrimony, military and mermaids at the Old Meeting
Contact: Brenda Maxwell, 902-637-2185

Mus‚e acadien de Pubnico-ouest, West Pubnico
Wednesday, June 9, 4:15 p.m.-5 p.m.
Learn a traditional Acadian song or whittle a lobster peg. See
old photos of community life, play the Photo-Find game, or enjoy
the 125 baskets on display.
Contact: Bernice d'Entremont, 902-762-3380



Whitman House Museum and Grassy Island National Historic Site,
Sunday, June 6, 2:40 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Funky Fun in Canso.
Contact: Martha Kavanaugh, 902-366-2170

Sherbrooke Village
Sunday, June 6, 7 p.m. start, and Monday, June 7, 10 a.m.-11:30
Professional adventurer Garry Sowerby delivers a talk Sunday in
the exhibit centre entitled A Funky Thing Happened on the Way to
the Museum. On Monday, you can see a penny farthing bicycle ride,
grind your own coffee in a hand-grinder, watch blacksmith
demonstrations, or throw a pot in the pottery studio.
Contact: James Anderson, 902-522-2400

Fisherman's Life Museum, Jeddore Oyster Pond
Monday, June 7, 1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Venture down to the wharf to make an eel pot or try your hand at
using a bucket to fetch water from the well. Experience the life
of a traditional fisherman.
Contact: Martha Monk, 902-889-2053

Musquodoboit Railway Museum, Musquodoboit Harbour
Monday, June 7, 2:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Grab some paint and join museum staff and the Funky Museum
Roadshow entourage in painting railway scenes on panels for the
museum. Send signals over the telegraph system and blow some
train whistles.
Contact: John Verlinden, 902-889-3168



Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, Dartmouth
Monday, June 7, 3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Meet Kwasi Dunyo, master drummer and dancer from Ghana.
Contact: Henry Bishop, 902-434-6223

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax
Monday, June 7, 7 p.m.
A Voyage of a Different Sort: Garry Sowerby's Peregrinations.
Around-the-world adventures and thrills are the subject of Mr.
Sowerby's talk.
Contact: Gerry Lunn, 902-424-8793

Museum of Natural History, Halifax
Tuesday, June 8, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Learn to identify Bugs on the Grill and Tracks of Travel when the
Museum of Natural History hosts the Funky Museum Fair. Visiting
museums invite kids to dress up in Victorian-era military
costumes, learn to make a traditional bunchmat and find out why
science is funky.
Contact: Brenda Boutilier, 902-424-7353


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