WhyHere? is a regional marketing project by the LQRDA that we’ve been working on for a few months now – The Picture House, along with Boost Media in Bridgewater, is producing videos of people who have chosen to live and/or work in this area and looking at their reasons why.
Kevin and Debbie are friends of ours, and are some of the most enthusiastic people we know! They have boundless energy and give so many hours to the community in many capacities. Whether it be organizing, booking and running the music festival part of Privateer Days, being members of the board for the Queens Association for Supported Living, chairing the host committee for Nova Scotia Music Week 2012, volunteering at the Astor Theatre – if there’s something going on in the community Kevin and Debbie will likely be involved! They are recent returners to this area – both grew up in Liverpool, but moved away to other parts of the Province for most of their working lives. A few years ago they made the decision to leave the city and move to somewhere that they could have the work-life balance that they wanted. Kevin and Debbie truly make the most of where we are – they work hard, but make sure that they pack their time with leisure activities and community events. Watch this video to see why Kevin and Debbie love this area so much and what brought them back here for good.
The music in this video is provided by Andrew Hunter and The Gatherers, based out of Halifax, and the band that Kevin and Debbie’s son Bryan drums for. Thanks for letting us use it!
We were honoured to be asked to document the events and Stephen even got to present an award for the Outstanding Visual Presentation (which went to the group from Slovakia, Homodram Theatre, for their play Anyad).
It was a solid 5 long days of hard work and burning the candle at both ends, but it was a real fun time. I learned so much about theatre from all the people I met and from listening to the adjudicator after the plays and at the daily coffee critiques. I’ve never particularly been a theatre person, but I have a new-found appreciation now having watched 10 plays in 5 days, many in foreign languages. I’m already counting down to the next festival in 2014!
Look out for our video coming soon. In the meantime, check the LITF website and their facebook page for all our photos to give you a flavour of the festival – you’ll be sorry if you missed it!
Recently we’ve been working with White Point Beach Resort on a few projects documenting what’s been happening since the main lodge burnt down in November 2011. As this week is National Volunteer Week, it seemed appropriate to feature our volunteer fire departments, since they played a critical role in ensuring the fire did not spread anywhere else in the resort.
So, a few weeks ago we sat down with some of the firefighters who were there at the White Point fire, and their wives, to tell us what their job is like from their perspective, and the impact that such a huge commitment has on family life, as well as the challenges they face in doing their job. It was an interesting and candid discussion and I left with a great sense of admiration for what these men do, as well as for their wives and children who support them unconditionally.
White Point wanted to make this video to say thank you to all the volunteers (and their families) for their tireless efforts to keep all of us safe. Join us in thanking them by watching this video and learning a little bit about what life is really like for these guys.
Over the past few months since fire destroyed the main lodge at White Point Beach Resort, we’ve been working with them to document some of the resulting happenings, everything from recreating a White Point quilt to planning the rebuild itself. Today was the day we’ve all been waiting for when construction began. We made this short film over the last few months to document the events leading up to this point and to introduce everyone to the team that has been working so hard to get to this point.
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