Category Archives: Fieldwood Heritage Society

FHS Paint & Hammer Day Success!


Guest post by Gary Long

September 13 turned out to be a gorgeous day: not a cloud in the sky, and just the right temperature to work comfortably outdoors. That’s exactly what 27 volunteers did on Main Street in Canning on that glorious day! It was the Paint & Hammer Project Day at Canning’s Dickie-Baxter House.


What started out as a work day at the house turned into a lot more! Five volunteers managed both a street side hot dog and hamburger barbecue and a sidewalk sale of donated items, while the other 22 swished paint brushes across the house and garage, dug ditches, laid drainage pipe, tore apart the west face and interior floor of the garage, and (we hope) animal-proofed the foundation, though I think we might have trapped a skunk inside rather than preventing him from entering again!


Old friends renewed friendships, new friendships were made, and everyone seemed to enjoy the time spent together working toward bring the Fieldwood Heritage Society’s Dickie-Baxter House one step closer to becoming the home of a Canning and area museum open to the public. It didn’t hurt that all the volunteers were fed, too!


Canning Village Commission Chair, Everett MacPherson, Village Clerk Ruth Pearson, Kings County District One Councillor Kim MacQuarrie, and local Kings North MLA John Lohr all pitched in and worked very hard, as did the Canning Village Crier, Gary Long, and last year’s Apple Blossom Festival Canning Princess Amanda Rehburg, among others.

After the initial set-up, it was a beehive of activity from about 10 AM until around 4:30 PM.


The Fieldwood Heritage Board of Directors, who were also there working, wish to send out a huge thank you to everyone who came out to help on Saturday. Some of the work continues to be done by some generous volunteers.


There are still many projects to come and we’ll be asking for help again in the future. The Fieldwood Heritage Society of Canning is entirely volunteer built and volunteer driven and we hope you’ll join us in making our vision a reality for the community!




Dickie-Baxter House Paint & Hammer Day Sept. 13, 2014



The Fieldwood Heritage Society is holding a “Paint & Hammer” day on September 13, 2014 from 10am – 3pm. There are lots of projects that will be worked on so come out and support your community museum. Projects for the day include:

    1. paint the north side of the house and touch-up where needed;
    2. paint the south and west exterior walls of the garage;
    3. dig trenches and place gravel and drainage pipe in preparation for rain gutters;
    4. rodent proof the north foundation;
    5. reconstruct the exterior cellar entrance;
    6. fill in the old well and level the pile of dirt in the back yard; and
    7. repair west wall of garage and install sliding door.

For more information, please call Gary Long at 582-7873. K-Rock’s Cruiser will be there and hope to see you there, too!

Support Your Local Library in Canning on May 24, 2014!


Canning Village Library and Heritage Centre needs your support to stay open!  Buy and enjoy one of a selection of donated books, plants, and delicious home-made baked goods. You’ll be treating yourself and helping to keep our amazing little library  in operation.

The Canning Library and Heritage Centre Book, Plant, and Baked Goods Sale takes place one day only, on May 24, 2014 from 9:30 until 1 PM at the Canning Village Library, 9806 Main St., Canning, Nova Scotia.

Canning Village Library and Heritage Centre

Thank you very much for your support and see you there!

Brownies Bring Blooms to Bruce Spicer Park

Girl Guides of Canada


Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada’s 1st Canning Brownies and Sparks with help from Tim Amos of the Horticulture Program at Kingstec and members of the Fieldwood Heritage Society.

The 1st Canning Brownies and Sparks will be planting magnolia trees at Bruce Spicer Park to beautify this historic community property and improve the park environment.

Thanks to the Girl Guides of Canada Tree Planting Grant Program in partnership with         TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, we were able to purchase four unique                  magnolia trees for the park. A fifth magnolia is being generously donated by the                       Horticulture Program at Kingstec.

We invite the community out to share in the fun and excitement of planting, which will           happen rain or shine!

Bruce Spicer Park
Main Street, Canning

Tuesday, May 6
7:00 PM, rain or shine


Girl Greatness Starts Here

For more information, please contact:

Amy Dukeshire, Brown Owl/Contact Guider
1st Canning Brownies
Tel: (902) 582-1287