The Club meets monthly, from September to May. The highlight of the meeting is a guest speaker, who talks about an always-interesting aspect of life in this area. It’s an opportunity to learn more about the community, and to meet, or reconnect with, new or old friends. Members also share information about discoveries they have made while exploring the area, so we all benefit from their adventure! Of course, there are always a few business items to take care of as well. See below for details on the next meeting.
When: First Tuesday of the month (September to May)
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Wolfville Farmers Market, DeWolfe Bldg., 24 Elm Avenue
7:00 to 7:30: Refreshments and socializing
7:30 to 8.30: Business items followed by guest speaker and Q+A.
Please join us, and find out what the club is all about! First timers are always welcome.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 7.30pm. (“Meet and Greet” starts at 7.00pm).
Wolfville Farmers’ Market, 24 Elm Ave, Wolfville NS.
Our guest speaker will be Andria Hill-Lehr and her presentation will be the Mona Parsons story. As an actor, Andria Hill-Lehr has played Medea, Jocasta, Elizabeth Bishop – and Mona Parsons. She was a founding member, Literary Manager, and Assistant to the Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theatre Festival. Her technical work in theatre has included stage manager, and lighting and sound technician with Ship’s Company Theatre, Opera East, and the Acadia Performing Arts Series. As a writer, her passion is history, particularly biography – and especially bringing to light women’s stories which are so often overlooked, diminished, or ignored. Her work has appeared Maclean’s, Saltscapes, Canada’s History, and various newspapers. She is the author of two books, the first of which was Mona Parsons: from privilege to prison, from Nova Scotia to Nazi Europe. She co-wrote Hidden Hero, the story of Mona Parsons’ life, for the History Television Series, “The Canadians: Biographies of a Nation”. With her co-founder of SarAndipity Theatre, Sarah Jane Blenkhorn, she cowrote the play, “The Bitterest Time: the War Story of Mona Parsons”, which enjoyed a run in Wolfville and a short provincial tour in September 2018.
Andria’s presentation about the life of Mona Parsons tells the story of an unlikely Canadian war hero weaving together facts with photos from Parsons’ life in a storytelling form that one journalist described as “mesmerizing”, and another claimed “I felt I had just watched a movie!” The story traces Parsons’ life from her birth in Middleton, through her teenage years in Wolfville, to her careers as a showgirl, then a nurse. Her marriage to a Dutch millionaire led her to life in the Netherlands in the years leading up to WWII, and the events that resulted in her becoming the only Canadian female civilian imprisoned by the Nazis.