New Welcome Signs for Canning

CABDA Canning Welcome Sign
Back row (left to right): Tim Maxner, CABDA Co-Chair; Gary Long, CABDA Secretary; Crystal Maxner, CABDA Treasurer; Everett MacPherson, Village Commission Chair;
Front Row (Left to right): June Granger, CABDA Chair; Wanda Sheffield, Village Commissioner; Michael Gabriel, CABDA Branding Committee Chair.
Photo by Deborah Nicholson, with thanks.

“Always a Warm Welcome” and some colourful graphics greet visitors and residents when they arrive at Canning Village. The new signs, located at the four entrances to the village (via Highway 358 and Highway 221 from both directions) are the result of some very dedicated efforts by the Canning and Area Business Development Association (CABDA), in a spirited partnership with The Village of Canning. Professional installation was performed by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to insure sturdy, optimal placement of the four signs.

The work was made possible thanks to a grant from the Province of Nova Scotia and some tireless work by CABDA’s Branding Committee (Sandra Gunther, Kim MacQuarrie, June Granger, and chair, Michael Gabriel).

Since its inception in 2012, CABDA has achieved some visible results in helping to revitalise Canning, which include a bright new logo and tagline, the planting and maintenance of pretty floral planters, the design and printing of roadside banners, collectible postcards, and historical posters, the construction of hand-made wooden outdoor benches, and installation of bicycle racks throughout the village. These efforts represent a sense of renewed energy that’s capturing people’s attention and imagination, with creative new businesses opening and thriving, new home construction and renovations, and a contagious sense of pride in the community.

CABDA welcomes new members who have vision, and a desire to make a difference. If you’re a business person and want to become involved with developing the face and character of this region, you’re welcome to attend CABDA’s quarterly meetings and join for a modest $30 per year. For more information visit our Facebook page.

Annapolis Valley Chef Michael Williams Awarded Chef of the Year 2017

Chef Michael Williams - Crystany's Brasserie
Chef Michael Williams – Crystany’s Brasserie

Michael Williams, chef of Crystany’s Brasserie in Canning, Nova Scotia, was recently recognised for his achievements at the annual ApEx Event held at the Halifax Casino, March 27, 2017. He received the prestigious Chef of the Year – Independent Food Service Award for the Atlantic Provinces.

ApEx is known as “Canada’s Premier Foodservice and Hospitality Event.”  It brings together a very wide range of representatives from the food and beverage industry, from chefs and line cooks to caterers and restaurant owners and operators. The giant exhibition takes time to also acknowledge the accomplishments of notable people in the industry, like Williams.

Williams is an accomplished young chef and graduate of the Culinary Arts Program at NSCC. Originally from Jackson, Tennessee, he’s honed his professional skills in Bridgewater, Lunenburg, and Halifax, and has been calling Nova Scotia his permanent home for years.  Now he’s the chef of Nova Scotia’s first entirely gluten-free dining establishment, Crystany’s Brasserie, which he operates with his partner, Brittany Maxner. His skills at preparing magnificent gluten-free dishes has gained a lot of admiration and appreciation by gluten-intolerant and regular patrons alike.

In response to his receipt of the coveted award, Williams remarked “I’m super happy to be given such a high honour, but that doesn’t mean I’m done; it just means I’ve got to strive to be even better.”

Crystany’s Brasserie is located at 9848 Main St., Canning, Nova Scotia, Canada  B0P 1H0. Visit their web site at http://www.crystanysbrasserie.com.

International Town Crier Competition Comes to The Annapolis Valley

Gary Long, Canning Village Crier

 

The Association of Annapolis Valley Town Criers is pleased to partner with the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, and K-Rock Radio 89.3 to bring an international town crier competition to the Annapolis Valley from the 12th of September to the 17th. In conjunction with many of the Municipal units in the Valley, 23 town criers from Australia, New Zealand, USA (California, Washington and Maryland), Ontario, Nova Scotia, England, and Wales will be in the Valley for this competition. The competition will be held over three days, in Windsor, Annapolis Royal and Grand Pré.

In between the competition days, the criers will have the opportunity to visit the Kentville Farmer’s Market, the Wolfville Farmer’s Market and visit some points of interest in the Canning area. On the Friday, 15th, they will have lunch in Canning and supper in Hall’s Harbour.

It will be five days of noise and colour, and an opportunity for locals to meet and greet visitors from other parts of the world. The town criers of Windsor, Lloyd Smith, Annapolis Royal, Peter Davies and Canning/Berwick, Gary Long are hosting the five day event as part of the Annapolis Valley’s Canada 150 celebrations. Come join the fun!

For more details, please contact Gary Long.