White Point’s ‘Rock’ Fest
Friday, January 24th - Sunday, January 26th

We’ll be rock’in in 2020 as we kick off the year with a new Festival! You may not need leather pants, but this weekend will have you singing to a few new tunes, and celebrating our ‘winter beach’ a cobble-stone rocky shoreline.
Time travel with us as we explore the world turning over stones that will rock your world!

Join us this weekend as be honour and explore our 1km living shoreline – before the summer sand returns!
Plan to hike to the ‘point’ of White Point, create works of art on the beach, and maybe go surfing! You’d be amazed at the local artists inspired by cobble at our ‘Rock art Show’ Cathie has been curating – and we invite you to pick up a brush to paint your own rocks. We promise not to add rocks to your plate, but that’s where we draw the line!

Perfect for the aspiring geologist, rock hound and naturalist!

Saturday, January 25th
Rock n’ Roll!

2:00 – 3:00 pm  – White Point Rocks!
Geologists Bob and Martha Grantham will translate the language of ‘geologese’ and help you discover some earth science basics about local rocks and minerals, and how erosion, fire and ice have shaped the land. Prepare to do some geological time travel and unearth hundreds of millions of years of stories the rocks and landscapes have to tell.

3:30 – 4:30 pm  – Rock and Roll at White Point
Put on your walking shoes and dress for the weather to explore the shoreline and meet some of the rock stars from the area – we don’t want to take them for granite! You will see geology in action, and learn how to identify some of your beach finds.

7:30 pm  Geological Globe-Trotting in Nova Scotia – the rocks of NS take us on a world tour.
Every rock you pick up has a story to tell.  Join Bob and Martha Grantham, as they lead you on a trip around the globe as evidenced by the rock formations of Nova Scotia.  You don’t need a passport, but be prepared to travel the globe and speed through past eras that brought us to where we are today.

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About our ‘Rock’ Stars

White Point's 'Rock' Fest 3Robert (Bob) Grantham
Bob was the past President of the Atlantic Geoscience Society (AGS) and is currently a Councilor.

He is the retired Founding Executive Director of the Johnson GEO CENTRE in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.  The GEO CENTRE is a 33,000 square foot, 14 million dollars primarily geological museum which opened in 2002.

Prior to his work in Newfoundland, Bob was Curator of Geology at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History for 27 years, during which time he dug up dinosaurs and mastodons, lead hundreds of field trips, authored scientific papers, answered thousands of public inquiries, and has given many radio, TV and newspaper interviews.

Bob was the Founder of the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum located at the Halifax’s Stanfield International Airport, and the driving force behind the establishment of the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro.

Bob also instructed at St. Francis Xavier University; he was a Mine Geologist with INCO in northern Manitoba; he was the Public Information Geologist at NS Dept. of Natural Resources, and was the owner-operator of the third computer store in Halifax.

Bob has served on Boards locally, regionally, and nationally.  He is a member of the Board of the Cumberland Geological Society which operates the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro, NS.  He was a member of Canada’s National Aviation Museum Board in Ottawa, and a charter member of the Shearwater Aviation Museum Board.  Most recently, Bob was a Board member of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums, and the Blue Beach Fossil Museum, and was Chair of the Gesner Institute Society.

White Point's 'Rock' Fest 2Martha Grantham
Martha is currently the President of the Atlantic Geoscience Society (AGS), which brings together earth scientists from universities, government institutions, and the mining, petroleum, and offshore exploration industries in the Atlantic Provinces, with 250 members including professional geologists, students, & interested members of the public.

Her role as Public Education Geologist with the NS Department of Mines and Energy in the late 1980s was to make earth science interesting and accessible.

Martha was the Curator of Education and Public Programs with the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History for over 16 years where she was known for her untiring dedication to foster appreciation and understanding of our natural world and the treasures it holds in overseeing the school class programs, public programs, the museum kit program, and caring for over 100 volunteers involved with March Break activities and who delivered education programs to thousands of school classes.

Martha was the founding Manager of Interpretation of the Johnson GEO CENTRE in St. John’s, NL during its formative stages, and was integral in exhibit and interpretive development of this 3,100 m2 (33,000 ft2), 14 million dollar facility, which opened in 2002.

Martha is the retired head of the Natural Resources Education Centre (NREC) for the NS Dept. of Natural Resources/Lands & Forestry for 12 years until 2018. This outdoor education centre fosters the understanding and stewardship of the province’s natural environment through educational and interpretive programs, utilizing trails and nearly 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of woodlands. Her lead by example style was responsible for the establishment of programs and experiences throughout the province for visitors to our Parks and to many thousands of students at all levels.

Martha’s love of the natural world led to degrees in biology and geology, a magnificent career and the desire to share this passion with everyone as exemplified by her 30+ year history of leading annual “Life on the Rocks” tours of Peggy’s Cove.