Great Village heritage pergola receives facelift

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Great Village notebook, Patti Sharpe

I think everyone would agree that the Great Village heritage pergola looked especially good this summer and continues to into the fall.

The coat of green stain it received at the start of the summer really set off the historical panels.  Each of those eight panels focus on an aspect of Great Village history – the biography and geography of Elizabeth Bishop, the shad fishery, the age of sail, the lumber industry, the village in 1889, M'ikmaq and Acadians and early British settlement.

Various community groups and individuals worked to apply the stain and the flowers that graced the planters within the pergola were generously donated by Lowland Gardens. As we progress into fall the panels will come down for safe keeping during the winter months.


Need I tell you that Christmas is on the way? On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Great Village Community Association will hold its annual Christmas craft sale at the Great Village school gym from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Do your Christmas shopping early.


Just a reminder of the ongoing Wheels to Meals luncheons at the Royal Canadian Legion in Great Village. November’s dates are Tuesday, Nov. 5 and Tuesday, Nov. 19. Lasagna will be served on Nov. 5 and chicken stew slated for Nov. 19. Dessert for both these dates is undetermined at this time. Just a heads up as well that Tuesday, Dec. 16 will be the Wheels to Meals Christmas dinner. Both chicken and turkey have been generously donated for the November and December meals. Come and enjoy good food and good company. 


The Royal Canadian Legion, Great Village will host the annual Remembrance Day service at the Great Village cenotaph at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. Following the service, everyone is invited to the legion hall for coffee and doughnuts. There have been times when a hot coffee following the service would certainly be welcome after standing in the cold, but recent years have seen some very mild weather on Nov. 11. In the event of a wet day, the service usually moves indoors to St. James United. Let's hope for a cool, clear day that brings out crowds of people to remember those who served.


Another lovely spot within our community that is easily overlooked, given its location, is Mahon Cemetery. On a recent walk, I couldn't help but notice how nice the cemetery looked at this time of year. The many maple trees in the area were sporting autumn colours and the grass had been recently cut.  

The Great Village Cemetery Company is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the cemetery. Cory Spencer is hired to cut the grass and trim around the headstones and he deserves recognition for the care and attention he gives to the job. The cemetery company has a very small membership and would welcome interested people to its annual meeting held each June.

In addition to the annual meeting, members get together on only one or two occasions early each summer to do necessary cleanup and maintenance at the cemetery. This is certainly a worthy community endeavour to support and one that requires a minimal time commitment. If you are interested in getting involved contact me at the email address below or call 668-2428.

Patti Sharpe is a long-time resident of Great Village and actively involved in various organizations within her community. Send your news to her at'


Organizations: Royal Canadian Legion, Great Village Community Association, Great Village school Great Village Cemetery Company

Geographic location: Great Village, Lowland Gardens

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