Sunday, September 21, 2008

Whirligigs, Weathervanes, and Movies

On Saturday we headed down to Shelburne (about 1 1/2 hour drive) for the Whirligig and Weathervane Festival (apparently voted one of the top tourist festivals in 2007). There were whirligigs of all shapes and sizes and themes.Lots of whirligigs...not so many weathervanes (I have been yearning for a weathervane for many, many years).Shelburne's waterfront is full of historic buildings.John stopped to talk with someone who turned out to be from Shelburne.He told us that the waterfront was used for the filming of the movie The Scarlet Letter and the film company restored and refaced many of the buildings. They added the cupola/tower on the top of this building:And built this building just for the movie (wouldn't it be a great site for a farmer's market?):I have never seen the movie (I heard it wasn't that good...too bad....if it was a great movie, it would have been a great draw for tourists to Shelburne) but maybe we'll have to rent it just to see the buildings in the movie.

On our way back home, we took the scenic route and carried on with our movie theme. Just a short drive from Shelburne is Seacoast Studios.We stumbled across this on a trip several weeks ago, but I didn't take any photos. It's surrounded by high barbed wire fences, which is a little intimidating. We found out that it's a former naval base which explains the fences. We drove around inside the compound and there were a few people about, but it was eerily quiet. Since our first visit, there has been an article in the newspaper about them which gave us some more information.The property was bought by an American husband and wife team who paid $2.75 million for the property (nearly 70 hectares) and about $720,000 in renovations since April 2008.Right now they're filming a movie called Eternal Kiss...a vampire flick being done by Redstar Films of Halifax. I would love, love, LOVE to get Cody (our son...an aspiring actor)on to the set of one of these movies to see everything in action.

You never know what you're going to find on the backroads of Nova Scotia!
Next installment: Cranberry Farming

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