Author: Issie Patterson

  • Lunenburg Bandstand Deemed Unsafe To Use

    Lunenburg Bandstand Deemed Unsafe To Use

    The iconic bandstand in Lunenburg is closed until further notice. Though this comes as a disappointment to many, it is a particularly big obstacle for the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society, who use the bandstand for concerts.

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  • Good Dog Books To Open In Bridgewater

    Good Dog Books To Open In Bridgewater

    As the old saying goes, when one door closes, another opens. Now, in Bridgewater, when a movie theatre closes, a bookstore opens. As Bridgewavians mourn the closing of Cineplex, they […]

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  • Community Bands Together for Community Bands

    Community Bands Together for Community Bands

    Strolling near the Chester Lido on a sunny summer evening, you hear a legion of cheerful trumpets and crashing cymbals. On Mahone Bay’s bustling thoroughfare, you catch snatches of saxophones playing an upbeat tune. In Bridgewater, the sound of trilling flutes is carried on the LaHave River.

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  • Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Jean McKiel

    Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Jean McKiel

    On a warm spring day at Lunenburg’s picturesque Bluenose Golf Club, you’ll meet lots of avid golfers taking advantage of the good weather. One of the regulars is Jean McKiel, a 94-year-old Lunenburger.

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  • New Theatre Collective Sparks Creativity on South Shore

    New Theatre Collective Sparks Creativity on South Shore

    Robin Moir and Liam Britten have been friends and collaborators since kindergarten. As kids, they worked on the same children’s theatre productions. Now, they’ve co-founded a theatre collective and will be mounting an original production at the Chester Playhouse in August.

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  • Locals Dismayed by Bridgewater Cineplex Closure

    Locals Dismayed by Bridgewater Cineplex Closure

    Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell says many people have reached out about the future use of the building.

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  • Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Emma Kinley

    Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Emma Kinley

    At the Michelin Social Club on a Tuesday night, you’ll hear the sound of épées clanging against each other and the occasional shout of “En garde!” Here, you’ll meet Emma Kinley, one of the fencing instructors of South Shore Duelists.

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  • Lunenburg Old Fire Hall Remains Unoccupied

    Lunenburg Old Fire Hall Remains Unoccupied

    If you stopped by the NSCAD residency studio at 42 Duke Street three years ago, you could’ve picked up a free art kit prepared by the current residents.

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  • Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Natasha Kent

    Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Natasha Kent

    When the Old Black Forest Restaurant went up for sale, Natasha jumped at the opportunity to start her own business. Her restaurant, The Hungry Traveler Café, opened just last week.

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  • South Shore Looks Forward to Star-Studded Future

    South Shore Looks Forward to Star-Studded Future

    If you were on the streets of Lunenburg last August, you might have been surprised to find yourself surrounded by Christmas trees and fluffy fake snow. This was set dressing for Christmas Island, a Hallmark movie production. It’s among many productions that have chosen our region as a backdrop in the past few years.

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  • QUIZ: Which Treasure Will You Find At The End Of The (Lunenburg County) Rainbow?

    Embarrassingly, North Americans enjoy adopting holidays that have nothing to do with them and making them an excuse to drink/eat/buy in excess. Saint Patrick’s Day is no exception. For a […]

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  • Exciting renovations in the works for Lunenburg Opera House

    Exciting renovations in the works for Lunenburg Opera House

    Music lovers, thespians, and film buffs alike can look forward to exciting updates to the Lunenburg Opera House.

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  • QUIZ: Which Lunenburg mural forecasts your love life in 2024? 

    QUIZ: Which Lunenburg mural forecasts your love life in 2024? 

    In forecasting your love life for 2024, I will certainly not promise you that an extremely compatible person will spawn into your life and respond to your texts within a respectable 48-hour window.

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  • How Do You Know It’s True? Lunenburg County Teens’ Comments about Staying Informed

    How Do You Know It’s True? Lunenburg County Teens’ Comments about Staying Informed

    We asked Lunenburg County students to summarize their interactions with news media. Here are some of their thoughts. 

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  • QUIZ: Which sea monster is wishing you luck in 2024?

    QUIZ: Which sea monster is wishing you luck in 2024?

    Sure, friends, family and significant others can lend you a helping hand or give you a pep talk. But who better to root for you than a faraway sea monster whose very existence is hotly contested?

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  • Local Holiday Markets Give Back to Community

    Local Holiday Markets Give Back to Community

    For some, the holiday season brings fond thoughts of hot chocolate on chilly days. For others, the season heralds being subjected to the intense anxiety of buying the perfect gifts for your loved ones. If you belong to the second group, then you have no reason to worry – Lunenburg County is about to become the…

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  • QUIZ: Which local holiday market gift should you seek?

    QUIZ: Which local holiday market gift should you seek?

    During holiday market season, the problem is never that you can’t find anything that you like. The problem is that there are too many amazing trinkets and treats to choose from. This quiz was created to assist those lost souls with their dilemmas.

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  • Should I Stay or Should I Go to Lunenburg? A Lunenburg County Summer 2023 Tourism Briefing

    Should I Stay or Should I Go to Lunenburg? A Lunenburg County Summer 2023 Tourism Briefing

    Though Lunenburg County’s beaches and towns were quite crowded this summer, there was a noticeable decline in visitors compared to summer 2022.

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  • Walking With Ghosts in Lunenburg

    Walking With Ghosts in Lunenburg

    If you take a walk in Lunenburg on an October evening, you might see a gathering of eerie witch lights bobbing towards you on Lincoln Street. Look twice and you’ll […]

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  • QUIZ: Which haunted Lunenburg spot should you visit?

    QUIZ: Which haunted Lunenburg spot should you visit?

    As Halloween approaches, it’s important to pay our respects to Lunenburg’s spookiness. On a foggy autumn evening, grab a lantern and head out to see a haunted Lunenburg location. If you’re lucky, someone (or something) might be looking back at you. 

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  • Volume 1, Issue 8 has arrived!

    Volume 1, Issue 8 has arrived!

    For those who are prone to melancholy in the post-summer silence, The Barnacle is here to remind you that Lunenburg County is a great place to be all year round.

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  • Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Rebecca Fisk

    Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Rebecca Fisk

    Rebecca Fisk didn’t take the conventional route to becoming an artist and art teacher.

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  • Lunenburg County Youth Speak On Turning The Page To A New School Year

    Lunenburg County Youth Speak On Turning The Page To A New School Year

    Autumn is here! Students are grabbing their backpacks and sharpening their pencils, whether they’re eager to learn or would prefer that summer lasted another two months. The Barnacle spoke to students on their favorite subjects, teachers they can’t wait to see, and more. 

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  • Old Confidence Lodge to Become South Shore Performing Arts Hub

    Old Confidence Lodge to Become South Shore Performing Arts Hub

    Shari Porter and Chris Jackman have lots of exciting plans for the Old Confidence Lodge in Riverport.

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  • LET IT CROW: Scarecrow Festival Brings Autumn Joy to Mahone Bay

    LET IT CROW: Scarecrow Festival Brings Autumn Joy to Mahone Bay

    (Illustration: Jessie McLaughlin) The Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival will welcome legions of both scarecrows and their human admirers to the small town this autumn. The annual festival takes place from […]

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  • QUIZ: What clique were you part of at Scarecrow High?

    QUIZ: What clique were you part of at Scarecrow High?

    The Mahone Bay scarecrows certainly have complex social dynamics that we humans are blissfully unaware of. So, sit back, get in touch with your inner scarecrow, and prepare to find your new family.

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  • Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Duncan Kroll

    Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Duncan Kroll

    Anyone who attends Lunenburg’s Town Council meetings will inevitably run into Duncan Kroll. Duncan has loyally attended most of the town’s public meetings since he moved to Lunenburg eight years ago.

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  • QUIZ: What is your South Shore pastry alignment?

    QUIZ: What is your South Shore pastry alignment?

    In his famous speech in 1963 in West Berlin, President John F. Kennedy declared, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” In German, this translates to “I am a Berliner.” However, a Berliner […]

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  • Old Bridgewater Arena to Become Home to South Shore Players

    Old Bridgewater Arena to Become Home to South Shore Players

    The second floor of Bridgewater Memorial Arena at 123 Empire Street will soon be home to local theatre group South Shore Players. The theatre group is set to move in just in time for their November/December production of A Christmas Carol.

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  • Boxwood Festival Returns to Lunenburg for its 25th Year

    Boxwood Festival Returns to Lunenburg for its 25th Year

    You may notice an unusual number of flutists and fiddlers roaming the streets of Lunenburg in the coming weeks. At the end of this month, Boxwood Festival will return to […]

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  • Locals Tell Us Their Favourite Nova Scotian Tunes

    Locals Tell Us Their Favourite Nova Scotian Tunes

    Every Nova Scotian, whether born-and-raised or recently arrived, must have a favorite Nova Scotian song. The Barnacle asked a few Lunenburg County locals with connections to the world of music what their favorite Scotian tracks were.

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  • What is Lunenburg reading?

    What is Lunenburg reading?

    Artists, writers, and musicians are drawn here, many of whom put down roots and continue to enrich the local arts scene. Our three book shops offer a variety of fantastic reads and are staffed by wonderful folks who can help you find your next good book. All this leads one to wonder: what are the people…

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  • QUIZ: What South Shore Goblin Are You?

    QUIZ: What South Shore Goblin Are You?

    This month’s quiz iz presented to you as a collaboration with South Shore Goblins. It’s Sunday morning, and you’re craving a hot beverage to wake you up. You go to […]

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  • Bridgewater to Host First-Ever Pride Parade

    Bridgewater to Host First-Ever Pride Parade

    “We’re making history,” says Steve Ellis, Chair of Lunenburg PRIDE.

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  • Goblin Mania Sweeps South Shore

    Goblin Mania Sweeps South Shore

    Recently, The Barnacle collaborated with South Shore Goblins, with select copies of our May issue featuring little goblin stickers. If you’re not familiar with South Shore Goblins, a quick search […]

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  • The Chester Playhouse to re-open in August

    The Chester Playhouse to re-open in August

    The Chester Playhouse will open its doors to the public once more on August 26 after a long period of renovations.  The Chester Playhouse building has operated under various names […]

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  • LaHave Craft Co-op re-opens for season

    LaHave Craft Co-op re-opens for season

    The LaHave Craft Co-op, a non-profit group of local crafters that started in 1993, operates out of LaHave Bakery from May until October each year.

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  • Lunenburg Barnacle Vol. 1, No. 4 is here

    Lunenburg Barnacle Vol. 1, No. 4 is here

    Locals continue to stop us in cafes, bars, and on the street to give feedback on a story we covered, or to let us know how easy/difficult they found Carley’s latest crossword. It’s this sense of passionate local engagement that powers the Lunenburg Barnacle.

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  • Tick off our tick-checking checklist

    Tick off our tick-checking checklist

    As the days get warmer and longer, many South Shore residents are eagerly lacing on their hiking boots or lugging their gardening equipment out of their sheds. Unfortunately, warm weather goes hand-in-hand with the increased risk of picking up an unwanted arachnid during your time outside.

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  • Business Owners, Residents Express Disappointment Over Lack of Communication on Food Truck Bylaw

    Business Owners, Residents Express Disappointment Over Lack of Communication on Food Truck Bylaw

    Dozens of people showed up to Lunenburg Town Hall on Tuesday, April 11 to voice concerns to Town Council about a controversial vending bylaw.

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  • Castles, Curses, and Community

    Castles, Curses, and Community

    More and more people in Lunenburg County are discovering the appeal of spending an evening as an adventuring elf or orc as Dungeons and Dragons experiences a revival.

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  • Folk Harbour kicks off Weekends at the Opera House concert series

    Folk Harbour kicks off Weekends at the Opera House concert series

    “I need someone to tell me what to do, you know?” joked Joel Plaskett. “Otherwise I’d just play ‘Stairway to Heaven’ on ukulele.”

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  • Future of Old Fire Hall a mystery more than one year after loss of NSCAD artist residency

    Future of Old Fire Hall a mystery more than one year after loss of NSCAD artist residency

    The abrupt closure of the NSCAD-Lunenburg Community Studio Residency is an enigma for many artists in the area – and the future of the space remains uncertain.

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  • Winter Haikus from Forest Heights

    Winter Haikus from Forest Heights

    Poems contributed by the students at Chester Basin’s Forest Heights Community School.

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  • Famous Town Pies to bring exciting treats to Mahone Bay

    Famous Town Pies to bring exciting treats to Mahone Bay

    South Shore pie-lovers will be delighted to hear Jennah Barry is opening the business of their dreams.

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  • “Play On” Making it to the Stage After Three-year Hiatus

    “Play On” Making it to the Stage After Three-year Hiatus

    Three years after her production was cut short by Covid-19, local theatre director Anne Stockdale is picking up right where she left off. In March 2020, Stockdale’s cast of ten […]

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