The Kings County Museum, located in Kentville, Nova Scotia, came up with an interesting project to mark Canada’s 150th birthday – the Canada 150 chair. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I wanted to take part in the fun!
Curator Bria Stokesbury found a wonderful, well-loved (read: falling apart), old chair out on the side of the road during bulk garbage. It seems she fell in love right away. With the help of local artisans, she created this wonderful Canada-themed chair. Now what? Why not involve the community?
So, the plan: allow people to sign out the chair and take photos of it in their favourite places. Create meaningful scenes. Show what “Canada” means to them.
I ended up taking the chair out this Monday with my photo buddy. It took us forever (like, the two months leading up to the day, including sitting in the car with the chair in back) to decide what to do. In the end, we settled on…
A Day in the Life of a Canada 150 Chair
We started off with breakfast at The Noodle Guy in Port Williams.
Before leaving town, we stopped next door at Hazel’s Hand Picked Clothing as she set up for her big opening. Our buddy the chair wanted to try on some clothes.
Next, we decided it was five o’clock somewhere and checked out Barrelling Tide Distillery. The staff were super excited to have the chair visit and even let it sit near the stills. (Only Chair was drinking this early.)
They suggested we visit a beekeeper around the corner. Chair was very interested in learning more about beekeeping and, more importantly, buying some honey. To Wood ‘n’ Hive we went! We chatted with the owner in the shop for a bit, and then he brought us all around to the hives. Chair made some new friends – a couple of cyclists who stopped by for honey and came to the hives with us.
We looked forward to some honey and crackers after our adventure, so we had to go to Fox Hill Cheese to buy some cheese.
Chair needed another drink. Next stop: Planter’s Ridge Winery.
No tour of Kings County is complete without stopping at the Lookoff.
The Bay of Fundy is a must-visit spot, too, so we checked out the Baxter’s Harbour waterfall.
It was a Good Photography Day