To the Editor,
In the January 9 article in the Digby Courier, “Why Digby does not attract doctors,” it was disappointing to read two of the reasons given: no culture and no interest in our history.
As a life-long resident of this area and an educator in the community for the last 35 years, I feel I must respond to these comments. Perhaps some of the historic and cultural aspects of our area don’t jump right out at you, but with a little effort they are there for anyone to see. Let’s take a little tour of how our history and culture are showcased:
- The Admiral Digby Museum celebrates the culture and history of our area with events throughout the year. Guides are available during the summer months.
- The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Municipality of Digby are very proud of the Maude Lewis Memorial in Marshalltown. Talented local artists have adorned the local Visitor Information Centre with samples of Maude Lewis art. Fine artistic talent is also displayed in a beautiful mural of our history. You can see it on the side of the eye doctor’s building in the North end of town.
- Along Admiral’s Walk, interpretive panels have been installed that describe the history of the area, the history of the scallop industry and the tides.
- Digby features a National and Provincial Historic Site, Trinity Anglican Church. In addition to a monument outside the church describing the Gothic Revival architecture, a guided tour of the church is available during the summer months. Last summer the church celebrated the 225th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the original church.
- Just recently, with much ceremony, the Town featured the opening of the cornerstone of the old Digby Academy.
- On the buildings adjacent to the War Memorial, spectacular wood carvings, done by local artisan Peter Janson, interpret the culture of the fishing industry and our connection to the sea over the last century.
- Much work has been done by Friends of Point Prim to enhance the Point Prim Lighthouse location with a parking lot, new trail, and interpretive panels featuring the history and natural history.
- The culture of our active fishing community is celebrated with two Nova Scotia signature events, Digby Scallop Days and the Lobster Bash. People come from all over the world to help us celebrate our culture.
- The Digby Area Theater Society has been very active for many years producing live theater, showcasing the work of playwright Hal Theriault. Hal’s plays quintessentially represent the culture and history of our area.
- A recent show at Digby Regional High School featured Nova Scotia musician, Dave Gunning. Funds raised from the show are being used to allow students to attend and participate in cultural events.
Lets be positive about our community and celebrate our history and culture.