The Fieldwood Heritage Society is pleased to invite you to a presentation by Gordon Hammond on The Barns of the Eastern Shore. Old barns are iconic, beautiful parts of our landscape which are rapidly being lost, taking with them important insights into the creativity of early Nova Scotian farmers. Gordon is a professional museum planner, and has been instrumental in developing Memory Lane Heritage Village. Please join us this Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 from 6-8 pm. The event will start with a tour of Kevin Wood’s barn on highway 358, located in Port Williams NS, just south of Church Street (with the large white barns), and continue with Gordon’s presentation at the St John’s Anglican Church Hall (on the corner of Church Street and Highway 358). Parking is available at the church. Admission is $10 (cash or cheque only, please). Refreshments will be served. See attached poster for details.
As you drive or walk through Canning, some added features may catch your eye. There are 12 new roadside banners gracing the poles on Main St. Six of them feature historical images and the other six are wonderful pictures of the beauty of Canning and the nearby area.
The banners were the result of over two years of thinking, planning, and efforts by the Canning and Area Business Development Association’s (CABDA) Branding Committee, comprising of local volunteers, June Granger, Kim MacQuarrie, Sandra Gunther, and Michael Gabriel (committee head). Two of the images, displaying Medford and Pereaux scenery, were photos taken by Marven Blenus and Samantha Hudson, respectively, the first and second place winners of a contest held in 2014, sponsored by CABDA, the Village of Canning, and the Valley Credit Union.
Other photos were contributed pro bono by talented professional local photographer, Deborah Nicholson, and by local marketing and design businessman, Michael Gabriel. They include Canning’s iconic lighthouse, local pottery artist Denise Aspinall, the bandstand at Bruce Spicer Park, and the local Blomidon Estate Vineyard. Historical images include a photo of a seated Sir Frederick Borden, former Minister of Militia and Defence and father of Harold Lothrop Borden, whose bronze stature appears atop the fountain monument at the intersection of Main Street and North Avenue, as well as a thoroughly restored poster photo of local musical celebrity, Wilf Carter (with special thanks to Deborah Nicholson). These were based on photos and postcards graciously provided by the Fieldwood Heritage Society and Gerald Cudmore.
The banner designs, printing, and their installation were made possible through funds by Nova Scotia Tourism’s First Impressions Grant, which was realized thanks to the time and great efforts by Kim MacQuarrie and the other members of the Branding Committee.
Coupled with the new sidewalks, benches, planters, and flowers around the poles and banners (all handiwork of CABDA’s Beautification Committee), Canning is looking even warmer and more welcoming! So if you haven’t done so lately, take a slow stroll down Main St. and “breathe, imagine, and experience” our beautiful, vibrant Village!
Due to high heating costs, the Library will remain closed until May 1, 2015. Because the weather has been so poor throughout March and we’re staffed entirely by volunteers, it has been difficult covering the library hours.
On a similar note, the Library committee is actively seeking donations to cover our monthly expenses. If you’re able to make a donation, please check out the Gazette and fill in your information. Charitable donation receipts will be issued for your tax purposes. Make your cheque payable to: Fieldwood Heritage Society, marked Canning Library & Heritage Centre.
We are planning to reopen the Library Friday, May 1st at 5 PM. The hours will be Tuesday and Thursday 2 – 5 PM, Friday 5 – 7:30 PM, and Sat 10 AM – 1 PM.
Renaming of the Library to The Merritt Gibson Memorial Library will be celebrated on May 9th, 2015, as well as commemorating the 20th anniversary of the opening of our beloved community Library. Hope to see you there!
I watched these amazing musical acts in Canning Village, Nova Scotia?
It was hard to believe musical acts of this quality and calibre performing in the fire hall of the tiny Village of Canning. Although it was sadly (and disappointingly) under-attended, it was truly a spectacular, memorable evening of music and fun. Many thanks to Liam Potter, whose gifted and innovative performance rocked-and-rocketed the event to a high-energy start; Samantha Power, with her polished and powerful, sultry, romantic voice and solid musical accompaniment; and the incredibly versatile, musically talented and captivating The Cooper’s Monkeys offering up silky-smooth rich harmonies and unforgettable takes on old and new classics; as well as the incredible effort by Canning’s Fieldwood Heritage Society for making such a fantastic event possible, and with a wonderful cause in gathering funds toward the renovation of the beautiful historic Dickie-Baxter House, the site of what will become Canning-and-Area’s magnificent heritage museum.
If you were there, you’ll likely remember the highlights below, and if not, you really, reallymissed out! Many thanks to Amy Dukeshire for these awesome photos and videos!
Come join the Fieldwood heritage society Tuesday, February 17 at 7 PM at the Museum (upstairs from the Canning Library) on Main Street for our Annual General Meeting. Following the business portion of the meeting there will be a presentation outlining our vision for the near future of the FHS, including the Dickie Baxter House.
As well, February 28 is a night for some fabulous, exciting music at the Canning Fire Hall on North Avenue! Starting at 7 PM, catch a triple musical bill featuring Liam Potter, Samantha Power, and Cooper’s Monkeys. Admission is a free will offering at the door and coffee, tea, and treats will be available for purchase. What a great way to warm up on a chilly winter evening!
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 about10 AM until around4:30 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 helpon 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!