If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.
A group of volunteers is working on a project to create a historical Christmas Theme Park in Westville for the upcoming holiday season. Pictured from left are Glenn MacLeod, Stephen Robinson and Henry Walsh. FILE PHOTO
That’s exactly what Glenn MacLeod and other volunteers who are putting together a Christmas Theme Park have done over the last three years.
It appears their efforts will be rewarded this year with the official launch of the Christmas Theme Park in Westville’s Victoria Park.
The park will be decorated with 10 large pictorial scenes of what Christmas looked like in the town’s past, and at the gazebo of the park there will be a nativity scene.
The display will be open for public viewing from Dec. 13 to Dec. 28 at no cost, thanks to the sponsorship of businesses and a Nova Scotia Culture and Heritage grant. The Town of Westville has volunteered to keep the pathways between the scenes plowed.
The artwork for the project was created by Stephen Robinson who looked at historical pictures and books of the town to get the basis of his drawings, which he does by hand and then scans into a computer to complete. They’ll be printed and put on 4X8 display boards.
“I think people will be pretty impressed,” MacLeod said.
MacLeod had done a similar park in Fredericton years ago and wanted to do this project to show his son and others that if they have faith they can make great things happen.
“I really want them to feel empowered,” he said. “They can make anything possible.”
That’s partly how he kept going even after roadblocks kept him from opening the theme park sooner.
“You can’t give up on things,” he says.
MacLeod is also thankful for the support of former MLA Clarrie MacKinnon who helped pull the project together. In recognition of what he did, MacLeod has named him honorary chairperson of the event.
Businesses who would like to help sponsor the project can still do so by calling MacLeod at 695-6644.
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