October 31, 2007

listen, do you want to know a secret?

My pals Chis O'Neill and Ken Schwartz of the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts have come up with another brilliant idea...

The Ross Creek Secret
Join Ross Creek Centre for the Arts in Halifax for a unique, entertaining & creative fundraiser known as the Ross Creek Secret. Argyle Fine Art on Upper Water St. in Halifax is host to the two-day event.

For The Secret, over 100 provincial and national artists have created over 200 postcard sized original works of art just for this event. Every piece will be sold for $50 with all money going to support Ross Creek's Art Academy Programs. The Secret is…the works are only signed on the back and you can’t find out who created the piece you bought until after you buy it! The works range from paper, clay, glass, metal to fabric.

Contributing artists include, Margaret Atwood, Karen Kain, Holly Carr, Alan Bateman, Roger Savage, and dozens more (including me) …all one of a kind originals, just in time for Christmas! Limit of four pieces per buyer, and first come first served.
Yes, it's true - I took a turn at making a piece of postcard art. It was fun (even therapeutic...) Even though I can't tell you which one is mine, I can tell you that I've browsed through the pieces online and they are beautiful, diverse and inviting. And...the event is in support of Ross Creek's wonderful programs for emerging artists in theatre, visual arts, dance and more.
Check them out for yourself: Ross Creek Secret Postcard Art Preview

And then make plans to get to Argyle Fine Art on Saturday November 3rd.
1869 Upper Water St. - Halifax

Reception & Preview: Friday November 2nd from 6pm - 8pm
SALE of WORKS: Saturday November 3rd from 10am-3pm at Argyle Fine Art.
Please bring cash, Visa or Mastercard.

October 02, 2007

Scots Bay Landmark Lost

Mid September, Scots Bay lost a landmark establishment to an early morning fire. In recent days, it was known as The Sand Dollar Cafe and before that as Dee Dee's Dinette. If you came out this way to hike Cape Split, to visit the summer cottage, to go rock hounding on the beach, or just to tour the area - chances are, you stopped in at the store to get some hiking supplies or grab a bite to eat. I even know of a few book clubs that met there for lunch before heading out to explore the landscape that inspired The Birth House.

I regret to report that the building was completely lost and the remains are currently being dismantled and hauled away. I had thought about posting a photo of the charred walls, but every time I went to pick up the camera to do so, it felt sad and wrong. So, rather than showing you the rubble, I thought I'd post images of happier times. While I don't have any pictures of the building as The Sand Dollar Cafe, I do have some snaps from the first year we lived in the Bay when it was still Dee Dee's Dinette.

Dee Dee's was among the long list of things that made me want to put roots down here. It was a quirky, fun destination and Pat and Justin made me feel at home whenever I walked through the door. The first notes for The Birth House were made in "my booth" at Dee Dee's. I often held out Pat's Butter Tart Crumble to myself as a reward for completing a long day of writing. My oldest son was always up for going down to Dee Dee's for a "frog in the pond" (a toasted egg sandwich where the egg is cooked in a hole in the middle of a piece of bread) and to watch the toy train go round and round on a track that was suspended from the ceiling over the dining area.

If you happen to have any memories of stopping there - either as The Sand Dollar or as Dee Dee's Dinette, I'd love to read them! ( and I'm sure other people in the Bay would love to read them as well.) Please feel free to post and share.