......... there is a village that is rarely mentioned in the tourism
publications. About 30 miles past 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 them!!!
Scattered around the house, in the garden, and down into the swamp, are
the delightful scarecrow creations of Angella Geddes.
The photo shows Angella Geddes with Miss Marie Marlene.
Aunt Mary and Captain Smith, Kelvin Lovely, Miss Marie Marlene, a 'scary'
Swamp Soggin and all the others are waiting for you. If you stop, you
may 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 famous.
Angella immortalized her scarecrows in 1996 when she published her first
childrens' book (Nimbus Publishing, 1996).
Another book has been launched in 1997. Wayne Ronstadt, from the television
show, "On the Road Again", brought a film crew to Necum Teuch,
and showed the scarecrows to the rest of Canada. Here, at Highway7.com
we show them to the world!
Angella's book , "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-soup, 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. Maybe you'll even meet the "Swamp
Soggon" yourself, and stay forever in this idyllic little village
on the forgotten coast. Life could be worse.
"The Scarecrows of Necum Teuch" can be purchased at bookstores
and souvenir shops throughout Nova Scotia. Or you can order it directly
RR1 Moser River
Halifax County, NS
Email: ageddes @ highway7.com
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