Bees, Posterity, Exhibit Closing, Feta Cheese & No Poetry


  • 10:30 am Wednesday, July 8 : Bees & Dialogue, with Monique Léger.
  • 10:30 am Thursday, July 9 :  Writing for Posterity with Linda Hargrave.
  • Ongoing :  FULL BORE MYSTIC EXHIBITION continues in our secondfloor gallery. The exhibition will CLOSE this Friday, July 10th. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the work created by Mark BeeBe & Julia DaDDS this June while in residency at Main & Station.
This week we have NONESUCH TALKS.
On Wednesday, July 8 we have Bees & Dialogue with Monique Léger and on Thursday, July 9 the subject is Writing for Posterity with Linda Hargrave.
The regular tuesday Poetry Night is cancelled this week but please join us again next week for some poetic fun and interesting discussion. Donna Jacobs from Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec will be our featured poet on July 14th. She will read to us from her book Still In Arms. A mother’s perspective of a soldier’s life and sacrifices.
On July 21st, Truro poet Chad Norman will join us as featured poet. Chad has published some 15 books and his 16th, Learning To Settle Down, is due out this Fall from Black Moss Press. Chad’s 17th book, Waking Up On The Wrong Side Of The Sky, illustrated by Truro artist Bruce Wood, is a children’s book – also poetry – due out later this year. Chad will read to us from Learning To Settle Down and from Masstown, a collection that celebrates the once-thriving dairy community west of Truro, in Colchester County. You can read more about Chad Norman here:
 **Please note that the café is open from 10am -2pm Tuesdays – Saturdays and for coffee, snacks and dinner each Tuesday from 5 P.M. [closed this evening but we will be open next week], and we are also open By Chance or By Reservation. If the door is open or the lights are on, please stop in.
This weeks menu will include : Sesame Carrot Soup; Red Lentil Burgers; Eggplant, Potato & Cheese Casserole; Black Bean Tortas, Mediterranean Quiche; Cheese Platter, Greek Salad; Dippy Eggs; Chocolate Layer Cake; Rhubarb Pie (GF), Fresh juice; and more.
** The café has gluten-free, lactose-free and sugar-free options. Please tell us when placing your order if you have any food allergies or restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate.
Hope to see you there!
Main & Station Nonesuch Kickshaws
168 Main Street (the red brick building with the clocktower)
Parrsboro, Nova Scotia

Exhibition: Drawing out Loud – Faces of Lyme Disease


Donna Jacobs is a multimedia & graphic artist, a ceramicist, and poet.  She will be in Parrsboro for a week in July to teach a charcoal workshop and hold an exhibition of her work.

drawing-out-loud-exhibit-vernissage-1For over a year Donna has being drawing sketches that encompass emotions both she and her daughter Bronwyn were experiencing, but could not express in words, as Lyme disease ravaged Bronwyn’s body with damage to her stomach, gallbladder and digestive track. Each day Donna would put a new sketch up on the wall of the hospital room. What they discovered was that the sketches became a focus and broke down some barriers between the health care professionals and Bronwyn. They would discuss the sketches and the atmosphere became more human. This was to her benefit.

Don’t miss the exhibit of these sketches on display in Main & Station’s secondfloor gallery this July. The exhibit will open with a soirée on July 15th at 5pm and will remain on display until July 24th, 2015. Come to the opening to see the work, meet Donna, and learn more about Lyme Disease and how to prevent it.

Rammits Revealed Exhibit Closes June 18th

Birdlady _smallThe exhibition of work from Jessica Sallay-Carrington’s artists’ residency at Main & Station, Rammits Revealed, will remain open in the secondfloor gallery until June 18th.

This expertly displayed work is beautiful, evocative and interesting.
Work from the students in Jessica’s workshops, Hollow Solids & Epic Mugs, is also on display.
Don’t Miss It!
Rammits revealed

Meditative Collage – June 20 & 21 !

Julia Heimer Dadds is a Nonesuch Artist in Residence for the month of June. Please join her for some Mediative Collage.Julia HD _Collage


A 2-Day Meditative Collage Workshop

WHEN:  Saturday June 20th and Sunday June 21st from 2 – 5 pm each day

WHERE: Main & Station Second Floor, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, B0M 1S0

INSTRUCTOR: Julia Heimer Dadds

“One of the many gifts of the art is the state of mind we reach as we do it. A stone sculptor friend calls it “art-ing” and the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi call it a “state of flow.” This occurs when we become completely absorbed into a task.” 

This workshop allows participants to set aside the worry about “craft” and “talent” that occurs around working “from scratch” by using collage methods—cutting up and creating new compositions from already existing imagery. There is room for drawing, painting and even sculpting, if participants wish to do so. However, the emphasis is unique for this artform with the focus on juxtaposition, accident, combinations, serendipity. 

The overall objective of this workshop is to increase the presence of artistic contemplation in the lives of the participants. This, in turn, can encourage new insights, growth, peace, and energy. The facilitator provides the environment, guidance and materials that will encourage participants to reach a state of flow in creating meaningful art objects. Participants learn the value of “centering” and setting intention, of reflection both individually and socially, and of closure and open-ended “conclusions.”  The process blends curricular learning theory, psychoanalytic theory, arts-based research approaches and meditation traditions.

30 years of social work, organizational leadership, educational scholarship and teaching inform Julia’s mature creative “madness.”  To wit, it is grand to explore—no holds barred—the creative edges but when working with others there is a responsibility to make this process safe and encouraging. There is also a responsibility to have a process that challenges the participant to grow and explore.  This growth and exploration is especially full of juicy joy and deep, gentle insights if it affects the participant both individually and socially. Julia’s doctoral study (PhD in Curriculum Studies) focuses on arts-based learning and research working with social, professional and psychological identities.

This is an activity that Julia has done with children and adults of all genders. It is especially fun for people who have done a bit of collaging or other art before.  It can be astounding for people who love beauty but never saw themselves as “artists.


This workshop takes place over 2 days. Each day is 3 hours long.

Cost/Participant – $65.00 + tax = 74.75



This week’s Nonesuch Coffee Talks: Publishing, Chiropractic, Gems & Minerals – a Billion Dollar Business, and Full Bore Mystic in residence

Tracy Coffee TalkingTuesday, June 9             Clare Christie – Book Talk                                                    Retired teacher and lawyer and now author of several volumes and columnist for the Amherst News, Clare Christie talks about writing and publishing and explores some of the differences between self-publishing and being professionally published.

Wednesday, June 10            Mary-Irene Parker – Chiropractic in Canada           Chiropractor Mary-Irene Parker talks about the state of chiropractic in Canada; including history; education; research and development, and relationships within the health care world.

Thursday, June 11    Hans Durstling  – Gems and Minerals on the World Scale, A Billion Dollar Business and its Potential for Parrsboro  Moncton based gemcutter and jewellery maker Hans Durstling has taught at the Tucson Show and visited and researched Idar-Oberstein several times. In this talk, he’ll give a first hand account of both locations, and point out some possibilities that their development may hold for Parrsboro.

In a picturesque region of forests and castles and valleys and vineyards in Southwestern Germany not far from Luxembourg lies the legendary gem town of Idar Oberstein. With a population of some 30 to 40 thousand, it’s approximately the size of Fredericton New Brunswick. The hills around are Permian age basalt lava containing abundant nodules of agate. Just like the basalt of the Bay of Fundy. Very early the agate began to be processed. The first documented mention of an agate mine in Idar Oberstein dates back to 1354, more than 800 years ago. By a process of natural growth, the initial industry of polished stone attracted goldsmiths, tool-makers, import-and-export businesses, diamond cutters, carvers. Today, the concentration of stone related businesses is downright breathtaking: there may be a thousand or more separate businesses dealing in one aspect or another of precious and ornamental stone.
The Tucson "Electric Park Show", 2006

The Tucson “Electric Park Show”, 2006

While Idar-Oberstein is permanent, in Tucson Arizona the activity is packed into the three weeks of the “Tucson Show” in late January early February. During that time, Tucson is to the world of gems and minerals what Paris is to fashion. Hotel prices triple during the three weeks of the Show, which today is by a very large margin the world’s largest mineral and gem exposition. Its economic benefit to the City of Tucson has been estimated to be in the hundred million dollar range. Here again, just as in Idar Oberstein, Tucson’s present status as the number one exposition was not planned, but grew naturally, over decades, step by step.

Friday June 12        Mark Beebe & Julia Heimer Dadds  - in residence Artist’s Talk Full Bore Mystic, Indiana artists Mark Beebe & Julia Heimer Dadds, will be in residence at Main & Station for the month of June.

BELLE PLAINE Live at Main & Station – One Night Only!

Belle Plaine will be performing at Main & Station on June 9th at 8pm.

Tickets are $15.00 for the show or $40.00 includes supper (choice of appetizer, main, dessert & coffee or tea) ) and the show.

For reservations please send an email to


June 9 Main & Station Digital JPEG


Prairie Songstress Belle Plaine Announces

Crustacean Elation Maritimes Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 22 2015 (Regina, SK) – Belle Plaine and her longtime collaborators Jeremy Sauer and Elizabeth Curry will take their classic country, swing and folk music performance on the road at the end of May for a month-long, 22-show tour to urban and rural communities in the Maritimes. The trio toured parts of the region last year and were enamored with the people, the culture, and the crustaceans. They want to return to play music, share the Saskatchewan culture and of course to eat a lot of fresh in-season lobster and mussels. Now they are excited to announce their tour, including their first-time visit to New Brunswick. The show is for audiences who enjoy artists such as Emmylou Harris, Patsy Cline, Jill Barber & Rose Cousins.

“Why do I love the Maritimes? It’s the people. They’re lovely. There’s some innate understanding between prairie and maritime folk. It’s a strange connection that I can’t put my finger on. I don’t know that I need to comprehend it, I just love that I feel it.” – Belle Plaine

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