Whirligigs & Weathervanes – the entries my friend are blowin’ in the wind

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Most festival organizers pray for sunshine, but Shelburne’s Whirligig and Weathervane Festival organizers hope for something just short of a gale.

Wind really helps show off the crazy creations entered into this annual event.whirligig creator 2 copy

Whirligigs and weathervanes aren’t exactly rocket science, but participants have been known to use computers to design their entries. One self-described whirligig widow, says her husband spent six weeks in the design and construction of his entries.

One of the men behind the festival is Herschel Specter a retired nuclear physicist who divides his year between Shelburne and New York. It just seems bizarrely proper that someone with a career spend harnessing the power of the atom, would end up encouraging others to craft fun, frolicking folk art which relies on another element: the wind.

inventor & can men copyFor two days every September as many as 70 of these amusing, clever follies flail away on the Shelburne waterfront. You can see anything from sultry mermaid weathervanes (guess what they use to point to the wind) to Victor Borge seated on a case of Keith’s hammering away at the piano, or a pink octopus seductively waving her tentacles in the wind, or a couple in a dory rowing towards the Bluenose. The faster the wind, the faster they row, but their destination, the Bluenose, remains ever faster still. There are wind-driven carousels, a fireman pumping an old fire apparatus (which is modeled after the one inside the Shelburne museum) to a blacksmith at work, a cow being milked, and a man’s worst nightmare: a barber with a wildly spinning razor.

It’s a cool outing for a family. Just pray for wind.

The Details: The annual Shelburne Whirligig and Weathervane Festival is held on the waterfront in the later part of September. For information – and photos of past winners – click on: whirligigfestival.com.

Excerpted from The Nova Scotia Book of MUSTS, the 101 Places Every 9780978478421Nova Scotian MUST See (MacIntyre Purcell Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9784784-2-1) the first travel guide to Nova Scotia for Nova Scotians and by a Nova Scotian.

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3 responses to “Whirligigs & Weathervanes – the entries my friend are blowin’ in the wind

    • Thank you for noticing my piece on whirligigs. I don’t speak or read Spanish, but I quickly checked your link and see you have an affinity for wind-powered fun.

      • THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING ME INTO YOUR TEA SITE COMMENTED THAT WINS THE SECOND PRIZE IN SAINT ULRICH WITH ANOTHER FESTIVAL OF WEATHERVANES REPRESENTS THE CLUB SAN LORENZO DE ALMAGRO WHOSE FATHER FRANCISCO ERS FANATIC AND IS OF INTEREST TO ME THAT YOU CAN SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD .YO NOR SPEAK ENGLISH BUT THANKS TO GOOGLE OR BING TRANSLATOR WE CAN COMMUNICATE.

        I AM AT YOUR DISPOSAL FOR ANY QUESTIONS YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS

        DANIEL RIBA CASTRO

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