Grand Manan Museum Evening &
Special Programmes: Summer 2013
(updated 9 August 2013)
All of the people who do
evening presentations at the Grand Manan Museum volunteer their
time and expertise. The museum is deeply indebted to them for
their contribution to the significant role that it plays in the
life of the community.
Admission to all evening
programmes is by donation, except where indicated. Your
generosity is warmly appreciated. Unless otherwise stated, all
evening programmes are held in the Elmer Wilcox Lecture Hall in
the lower level of the building, and begin at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 4
– Annual General Meeting, followed by TBA videos.
Tuesday, July 9
– Kent Island and the Albatross: 1913-2013,
with artist Martha Johnson. In this centennial year of
the shooting of the albatross by Kent Island caretaker Ernest
Joy, Toronto artist Martha Johnson has undertaken an emotive
visual exploration of this historic event. Find out where
the albatross is now, and enjoy some contemporary art video
footage of Kent Island, sketches, drawings, paintings, and wire
sculpture commemorating this anniversary.
Lichens of the
Fundy Coastal Region
with Dr. Stephen R. Clayden, Botany and Mycology Section, New
Dr. Clayden is a botanist specializing in the biogeography and
ecology of lichens. He has been curator of botany at the New
Brunswick Museum since 1987. Here, he established collections of
algae, bryophytes, lichens and non-lichen fungi, currently
numbering >40,000 specimens. His long-term research focuses on
the diversity, distributions, and conservation of the lichens of
Tuesday, July 16
Canada: NB to NT and Back Again
Roger Burrows, author
of Birding in New Brunswick and Birds of Atlantic
Canada. Roger, a full-time resident of Grand Manan, will
take us on a photographic journey to the Northwest Territories
and back again, showing us the birds, other wildlife and natural
wonders he encountered along the way.
Right Whales & Other Large Whales off Grand Manan:
Expanding our Knowledge with marine biologist Laurie
Murison. Active in marine conservation, Laurie has studied
bowhead whales off Baffin Island, was the first person in Canada
to study and do graduate work on the endangered right whale, and
is the Executive Director of the Grand Manan Whale & Seabird
Tuesday, July 23
– Shipwrecks of Grand Manan with Eric Allaby,
the foremost authority on the subject and author of the books
Shipwrecks of Grand Manan and Grand Manan. Also an
excellent marine artist, Eric’s paintings and maps are sold in
the museum gift shop.
25 – On the
Rocks: A Willa Cather and Edith Lewis Mystery, a book
launch with Willa Cather and Edith Lewis scholar and author Sue
Hallgarth. Ranked as a Top 10 Pick in Oprah’s February
2013, “O Magazine”, On the Rocks takes place on Grand
Manan in the summer of 1929. Willa is writing her 10th
novel Shadows on the Rocks, when her artist partner,
Edith Lewis, witnesses a body falling from the cliffs near their
Whale Cove cottage. “Solving the mystery, first-time novelist
Sue Hallgarth’s intimate view of village politics and the
goings-on of two women’s communities long lost to history is
also a suspenseful and surprising crime novel.”
27 – Kingston Peninsula Heritage Choir.
A non-profit charitable organization formed to commemorate New
Brunswick’s history during the War of 1812 era, the choir has
offered to do a fund-raising concert for the museum in this
second year of the bicentennial (1812-1814). Dressed in period
costume, the choir’s repertoire consists of songs and poetry
that would have been heard in New Brunswick during this period.
Their engaging performance encourages audience involvement and
participation as they relate the story of the war through verbal
commentary. The concert will be held at the North Head Anglican
Church, Covert Hall, 7:00 p.m., adults $10, students $7.
Tuesday, July 30
– O.K. Schenk’s Marine Photography and Paintings
with Wendy Dathan. In 2010 O.K.’s widow, Thisbee Schenk,
made a gift to the museum of Oswald Kenneth Schenk’s
photographic slides of scenery and maritime-themed paintings. A
celebrated marine watercolour artist, O.K. Schenk (1914-2002)
summered and is now buried on Grand Manan. His superb colour
slides capture the spirit and beauty of a very special place.
Join us as Wendy Dathan, former museum curator and a close
friend of Ozzie’s takes us on a journey, looking back and
celebrating the artistic vision and work of a remarkable man.
6 – 3rd
Annual Island Poetry Night, hosted by
island resident and poet Wayne Clifford. Grand Mananers
have always loved to tell a story, spin a yarn, or record an
historic events, and have most often done so through poetry.
Join us for our third year of readings from an eclectic
selection of poetry culled from the Grand Manan Archives and
written by present day islanders, summer residents, and visitors
who have drawn their inspiration from the natural beauty of this
island, its creatures, and its people.
8 – The War of 1812 in the Bay of Fundy
with Saint John historian David Goss of “Walks and Talks”.
A well know New Brunswick historian and author of more than 15
books on the history of the province, David Goss is a dynamic
and engaging speaker who will entertain us with land- and
sea-based tales of the people and the war activity they were
involved in during the War of 1812 in and around the Bay of
Friday, August 9
– The Prodigal Son(g)s Tour, a musical concert
museum fund-raiser with folk singer Glenn McFarlane,
accompanied by his brother Keith. A native New Brunswicker and
cofounder of the Brampton (ON) Folk Club, Glenn McFarlane has
songs celebrating such island treats as dulse and lobster rolls,
making for a delicious musical evening! Covert Hall, North Head
Anglican Church, 7:00 p.m. Adults $15, students $10. Glenn
will play two 50 minute sets with an intermission.
10 – War of 1812 Children’s Craft Workshop
with David Goss. Using games, stories, and
crafts, children will be immersed into the life of a child 200
years ago as the War of 1812 was occurring, and given an
appreciation for what a child of that time living on the coast
of New Brunswick would have experienced. Free admission, 9:00
a.m.–12:00 p.m., snacks provided. Grand Manan Museum, Elmer
Wilcox Lecture Hall. Call after June 10th to register
13 – The Nature
Trust of New Brunswick Inc. with Renata Woodward.
Grand Manan presently has two nature preserves under the
stewardship of the Nature Trust of NB, the Meredith
Houseworth Trust of 50 acres at Whale Cove, and the
Thomas B. Munroe Preserve,
a narrow strip of 1,690
metres along the Northern Head, The Bishop and Ashburton Head.
Please join us and find out more about these land preserves and
how you can become involved with The Nature Trust of New
Brunswick on Grand Manan and elsewhere in our province.
Geology of Grand Manan
with Dr. Greg McHone, a well-known local geologist and
co-author of The McHones’ Guide to Grand Manan Beach Stones.
Learn about the fascinating geology of the island and about the
recent upgrade and expansion of the museum’s geology exhibit.
16 – Ham, Turkey,
Salads, & Dessert: A Supper Fund-Raiser
put on by the museum
board members and friends of the museum. Elmer Wilcox Memorial
Hall, Grand Manan Museum: $15.00 per person at the door.
Serving begins at 5:30 pm and continues until the food runs
out. We always have a good turn out for this delicious dinner,
so be sure to come early!
20 – Whale &
Seabird Research Station: Recent Projects. Always a
fascinating and enlightening programme, you will learn about
Basking Sharks in the Bay of Fundy and some of the other
research projects underway at this respected marine life
education and conservation institution.
22 – Birding in New Brunswick
with Alain Clavette,
birder, naturalist and journalist from Memramcook. Back by
popular demand, Alain joins us for a second season of birding in
New Brunswick. A dynamic speaker and birder whose passion for
the pursuit is infectious, Alain’s dynamic personality is only
outdone by his superb photography.
27 – Grand Manan & the War of 1812: Official Unveiling of
with M.J. Edwards, Museum Curator/Director & Laurie Murison,
Swallowtail Keepers Society. Please join us for a
presentation on how the War of 1812 affected Grand Manan and
surrounding islands, get an advanced viewing of the five
historic commemorative plaques which will soon be in place
around the island, and view some original War of 1812
commemorative art paintings by artist Janie Hepditch-Vannier and
students of the Jr. Art Club.
29 – Island
Treasures with Anneke Gichuru, retired
curator/director of the museum. Always a lot of fun, this
evening is part show-and-tell and part traveling antique road
show, as Anneke and guests share with us some of their unusual
island treasures – those that may yet find a home in the museum.
*(Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the program originally
scheduled for August 27th, “Grand Manan’s Remote
Places” with Dr. Ken Edwards, has been postponed until next