|**Newsflash** - March 10, 2001-
The Scarecrows of Necum Teuch have declared the first
Saturday in July as "National Scarecrow Day".
In a press release issued by "Aunt Mary",
the matriarch of the NT Scarecrow clan, other scarecrows
have one week to contest or refute the declaration.
National Scarecrow Day this year will be held on Saturday,
July 7, 2001.
The Scarecrows of Necum
( Originally Written by Gail Martin for Highway
7 - May, 1997)
On Hwy #7 in the Bay of Islands region, there is a village
that is rarely mentioned in the tourism publications. About
30 miles east of Sheet Harbour, Necum Teuch nestles between
Moser River and Ecum Secum.
A few houses past the Necum Teuch road sign, a white house
stands close to the highway.
Slow down or you'll miss the Scarecrows
of Necum Teuch! Scattered around the house, in the
garden, and down into the swamp, even in the parking area,
are the delightful scarecrow creations of Angella Geddes.
Aunt Mary and Captain Smith, Kelvin Lovely, Miss Marie Marlene,
a 'scary' Swamp Soggin, the Shadow People and all the others
are waiting for you.
by for a spell and meet Angella, the creator of "The
Scarecrows of Necum Teuch". Since Angella first lovingly
recreated her late father's annual garden scarecrow in 1988,
the 'gathering' has grown in number and become quite famous.
|"The scarecrows are meant for
silly, light-hearted fun. We all need a little of that
in our lives"
- Angella Geddes
Angella immortalized her scarecrows in 1996
when she published her first childrens' book "The Scarecrows
of Necum Teuch" (Nimbus Publishing, 1996). Since then,
she has published several more books that continue the storytelling
traditions of an earlier era on the Eastern Shore.
The scarecrows have also been featured on radio and on television.
Wayne Ronstadt featured the unique characters on his popular
show, "On the Road Again", sharing them with the rest
"The Scarecrows of Necum Teuch" introduces
each scarecrow and tells his (or her) story. It also includes
a Scarecrow Game, instructions on how to make your own scarecrow,
and a recipe for Kartoffel, Aunt Mary's "unspeakable" soup!
It also tells the legend of an "ugly, selfish creature called
a Swamp Soggon" who became angry one day and turned - "almost
everyone-in Necum Teuch into scarecrows".
Is it true? Perhaps you'll meet some of the survivors, if
you stop for a bit along this stretch of Highway 7. Maybe
you'll even meet the "Swamp Soggon" yourself, and stay forever
in this idyllic little village on Nova Scotia's Eastern
Shore. Life could be worse.
to Buy the Scarecrow Books
"The Scarecrows of Necum Teuch" ,
"Necum Teuch Notes" and many more,
are available from most bookstores in the province,
or order direct from:
Necum Teuch, Nova Scotia