Tale of a Town: Wolfville, NS

Tale of a Town: Wolfville, NS


Wolfville - Laurence Smith
Laurence Smith

Painting of Jack Sherriff

We came into Wolfville, Nova Scotia unexpected.  We called the Mayor’s office and plant ourselves downtown on the Main St. in our storymobile. Shortly there after a man in a blaze orange safety jacket comes from the parking lot of a Shoppers across the street.

Him: “I heard your looking for stories…”

Us:  Yes .. about this street.

Him: “Well you should talk with Laurence Smith he’s got keys to half the buildings on this here strip.  He comes by at 10, 12 and 2 o’clock everyday and parks right over there in the lot.”

Us:  Great

When I got into an old pickup with a guy who was 80+ in overalls I expected to learn about the way life used to be on Main Street Wolfville, NS.  I did not expect to learn about Jack Sherriff a legendary theatre maker and educator located in downtown Wolfville.  When we included this in our recent play for Magnetic North more than one person within the industry came up afterwards and commented on the influence Jack had on their lives.

Laurence Smith is a beautiful old man with a big heart and a voice I am so happy to have captured for preservation.  I’m sure Jack was as well.



Previous articleMag North in Halifax – A Haligonian’s Persepective
Next article#CdnCult Times; Volume 3, Edition 6

About the Author

CHARLES KETCHABAW Hometown - Ingersoll, ON
With FIXT POINT: Managing Director; Co-Creator of The Tale of a Town Series; The Tale of Harbourfront Centre for World Stage (Radio Play Creation and Recording), The Four Corners with Theatre Passe Muraille (Audio Design / Live Recording), The Tale of a T-Shirt (Sound and Image Design). Other Credits: Producer and Creator of Bill and Sons Towing with Ready, Set, Panic! starring The Imponderables (Award Winning Web-Series), Producer of Out of Their Minds & Intersections (CBC Radio) Special Skills: Axe Throwing, Chasing Stories, Being a super dad.