The Baked Ham Community Speaker Series

With Special Guests:

Frances Dorsey:  Indigo – The Search for Blue
Doug Key:  An Introduction to the Multifaceted Hobby of Model Railroading

Friday, April 10, 2015, 7:30 pm
Royal Canadian Legion

On Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7:30pm, the Baked Ham Community Speakers Series will present talks by Frances Dorsey (Halifax) and Doug Key (Sackville).  The Baked Ham lectures feature two 30-minute presentations on divergent topics, seemingly unrelated.  A question and answer period will conclude the evening, encouraging the audience to make connections and conversation.  This event takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion and is open to the public.

Frances Dorsey is an artist who lives and works in Halifax where she is a professor in the Textiles Department at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.  Exhibited nationally and internationally, her artwork has focused on warfare, initially inspired by her father’s notes about his combat experience in WW II, later about the Vietnam War, and most recently about our human interactions with our planet.  Fran has a long history with natural dyes and a particular interest in indigo.  As Fran writes, “The colour and power of indigo is embedded in many world cultures. Blue collar, blue jeans, having the blues, indigo bunting, are a few familiar terms that we all know here in North America. But, what is indigo? This talk inspects lore, processes, ideas related to blue, from growing plants to dyeing in a sustainable way, with strange facts, props, and samples in between.”

Doug Key is retired from Pennsylvania State University, where he was a clinical veterinary virologist who worked in the poultry and livestock industries in Canada and the USA for over 30 years.  Having lived in Sackville during the late 1970’s, Doug and his wife Gayle, an avid quilter/gardener, have returned to enjoy their retirement.  Doug’s interest in trains and model railroading date back to his earliest childhood when he would wake to the whistles of steam engines in the night.  During his 30’s he became involved in the vibrant world of model railroading in the Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo area of Southwestern Ontario.  Since then, he has expanded his interests in the railroad and mining histories of Ontario and Pennsylvania to include the railways of the Atlantic Provinces. Through images and demonstration materials, his presentation will touch on the origins and history of model railroading and outline changes that have made it into the technically advanced hobby that it is today.

The Baked Ham Community Speaker Series aims to create a casual environment to share ideas and conversation on a variety of topics.  Admission is $5.00 by donation, and open to the public, though it is a licensed event.  Baked Ham is supported by the Owens Art Gallery and CHMA radio, 106.9FM.  For more information contact: Leah Garnett ( or John Murchie (

Door opens at 7pm; talks begin at 7:30pm.