ABOUT MUSQUODOBOIT VALLEY
THINGS TO DO
Maple Syrup Festival
Halifax County Exhibition
Mile Yard Sale
Logan Fiddling Contest
in the Valley
Christmas Festival of Trees
Christmas Festival of Crafts
ARTS AND CULTURE
HISTORIC SITES AND MUSEUMS
THINGS TO DO FOR
AGRICULTURE AND INDUSTRY
MUSQUODOBOIT VALLEY TOURISM
Arts and Culture in
Musquodoboit Valley is unique compared to other rural communities in
Nova Scotia. Either through our ancestry or
our need to entertain others and ourselves, we have a
disproportionate number of talented musicians, authors, actors and
artists in our presence.
Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre & Cultural Centre
When the Independent Order of Odd Fellows opened Craigmyle Lodge in
1928 in Middle Musquodoboit, a 225-seat theatre was incorporated in
to the building’s design for the community at large to use.
Traveling minstrel shows, movies, school concerts and variety shows
were regularly presented.
When the lodge was sold to the community in
1983, (Musquodoboit Valley’s
bicentennial year) plans were made to restore the building. When it
re-opened on Feb. 16, 1985, it was renamed the
Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre and Cultural Centre.
Since 1929, the
has proudly housed a rare piece of stage art. Painted in
1892 by Canadian scenic artist, William Gill, the curtain
is only one of two surviving pieces of this artist's work in
"I think one of the amazing
discoveries and highlights of Middle Musquodoboit is
your Bicentennial Theatre. What a wonderful job the town
as undertaken in maintaining the building as a theatre.
And, what a treasure you have owning that magnificent
heritage painted stage curtain created by William Gill.
That really took our breath away!"
- Dorothy Rolin
(Salmon Arm, BC) and Anita Stevenson (Brentwood Bay, BC)
Our own Bicentennial Players and musical productions
Musquodoboit Rural High School and the
community have presented to sold-out audiences for
the past several years.
On the main floor of the Bicentennial, art shows, quilt
displays, and book and CD launchings consistently
attract visitors to our
Bicentennial Theatre is an ideal location for meetings,
conventions and special events.
Kirk Logan Old Time Fiddling Contest
Bicentennial Theatre and Cultural Centre
home to the Kirk Logan Old Time Fiddling Contest.
Mr. Logan, a
champion fiddler from Upper Musquodoboit, was the
three-time winner in the over 60-class at the
Maritime Old-Time Fiddling Contest in Dartmouth, a
four-time winner in the same
class at the New Brunswick contest and twice a winner at
the Down-East Old Time Fiddling Contest in Lower
The Bicentennial Theatre celebrated the
20TH ANNUAL KIRK LOGAN OLD TIME FIDDLING CONTEST in
Artisans of the Heart is
a guild established by local
crafters. Collectively, they continue
to create traditional crafts as our ancestors once did.
Rug hooking, weaving along with
painting and handiwork, the members come together
throughout the year to demonstrate their skills and sell
Local Artists, Authors & Musicians
town has the potential to attract Art Groups, such as
writers, artists, musicians, and songwriters in offering
retreats and workshops at the Bicentennial Theatre. Middle
Musquodoboit is a jewel in the rough waiting to be
discovered and uncovered. It's just a matter of time."
- Dorothy Rolin (Salmon Arm, BC) and Anita Stevenson
(Brentwood Bay, BC)
Story-telling comes naturally to the people who live here. From
generation to generation, oral histories and tall-tales have been
passed down. Mixed with lots of humour and good intentions,
listeners will be captivated to hear our story.
Books and CDs published by local
Valley authors and musicians are available for purchase through
Musquodoboit Valley Tourism Association.