Tag Archives: Nova Scotia

Northern Kings Multi-Activity Park

 

During the winter of 2017, a number of students aged 10 – 14 years old approached the administration of our local school (Northeast Kings Education Centre – NKEC) and asked if more outdoor physical activity infrastructure could be provided for the middle school students at the school. Currently, there are very few opportunities for this age group and the activities offered in the school area are mainly limited to team sports such as soccer, basketball, and football. Administration was quick to agree that there was an immediate need for accessible stand-alone outdoor age appropriate equipment where students could use these physical fitness conditioning elements to improve their agility, balance, strength and confidence.

Administration and students then partnered with the Nova Scotia Provincial Department of Health & Wellness, Physical Activity, Sport, and Recreation, to have a public consultation phase to ensure that the new infrastructure would meet the needs of the students, as well as the community at large. In May, 2017, that consultation was completed and goals were established that focused on the gaps identified during the consultation phase. The end result confirmed that our community as a whole (school, students, and the public) desired multi-activity structures that focused on children aged 10 – 14 years, including equipment designed for children with special needs.

In late May, 2017, a Community Project Team was formed. A partnership has been created between the NKEC Home & School Association, the Canning & District Recreation Commission (CDRC), NKEC Administration, the Village of Canning, NKEC Students, the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board (AVRSB), and local citizens with community interests with a goal of establishing a new Multi-Activity Park located adjacent to the recreational assets that are already located in the area of J Jordan Rd/Bains Rd. As there are many partners involved in this project, the AVRSB, through its’ Charitable Foundation, will be handling all finances and procurement for the project on the Community Project Team’s behalf.

The Project Team wants to thank you for taking the time to read about the new Park and looking at the design renderings. We trust that you see the tremendous value in this project for everyone in the greater community and hope that you will support our team in reaching our goals and ensuring that installation of the new structures can take place in July 2018! If you have further questions on the Project, or would like to provide support, please contact the Project Team Chair, Greg Fox (Vice-Principal, NKEC) at 902-582-2040 or via e-mail at greg.fox@avrsb.ca

Help us reach our financial target of $120,427.59 as we endeavor to offer a caring and enriched educational experience for all of our children with our new Multi-Activity Park!

Thank you,
The Multi-Activity Park Project Team

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Barns of the Eastern Shore Lecture

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.

Canada Day festivities in Canning

So much fun and activity this year at Canning’s Farmhouse Inn B&B‘s Annual Canada Day celebration,  Crystany’s Brasserie, and ice cream emporium, i scream Ice Cream Shop!

This year was even more special in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Gracious hosts Lynn and Rod Eisener provided the delicious food and beverages (and cake!), musical entertainment, face-painting for kids (of all ages), and some fabulous door prizes. In spite of the rainy start to the event, with people huddling under the rain canopies that were thoughtfully provided, the many attendees enjoyed the warmth, energy, and spirits of the gathering at this beautiful inn located at 9757 Main Street in the heart of Canning Village. The Village’s town crier, Gary Long, gave a stirring speech commemorating Canada’s birthday, and presided over the festivities, announcing prize winners.

Some of the smiling faces at Canning's 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning’s 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning's 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Town crier Gary Long at Canning’s 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning's 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning’s 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning's 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning’s 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)

The newest business in town, i scream Ice Cream Shop, at its charming, renovated 9838 Main Street location, celebrated the day with its deliciously refreshing and colourful “Parliament Chill” special treat, available only on Canada Day. The rich vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberry special made for a very Canadian colour scheme and a yummy combination.

June Granger, owner of i scream Ice Cream Shop, at Canning's 150th Canada Day celebration (photo courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
June Granger, owner of i scream Ice Cream Shop, at Canning’s 150th Canada Day celebration (photo courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)

Crystany’s Brasserie (the first certified gluten-free restaurant in Annapolis Valley), featured a fabulous,  festive menu and a special evening performance by renowned harpist and recording artist, Johanne McInnis. With its beautiful, cosy interior and fabulous second-storey patio terrace offering a scenic view of the Habitant River and lush countryside, Crystany’s attracted many delighted diners to its 9848 Main Street address.

Johanne McInnis, harpist and recording artist, performing live at Crystany's Brasserie, during Canning's celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday Celebration
Johanne McInnis, Canadian harpist and recording artist, performing live at Crystany’s Brasserie, during Canning’s celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday.

Every year, the Village of Canning’s celebrations just keep getting better and better. Hope to see you at the Annual Picnic in the Park, our next big, public celebration event on Sunday, August 27, from 1 – 4 PM at Bruce Spicer Park — have a wonderful, safe, and fun summer!

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.

Architect Receives Lieutenant Governor’s Design Awards Hon. Mention

Houdini Design award winning desk
Houdini Design award winning desk

Canning Area architect Lisa Tondino of  Houdini Design has received the 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Design Awards in Architecture, Honourable Mention for Furniture Design Table and Workstation. Congratulations, Houdini Design!