Holiday spirit alive and well in Stewiakce and area

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By Heather Hamilton, Stewiacke Sleuth

I can’t believe this is the last Stewiacke article of 2013.

 It’s been quite a year. Our town has been through a lot. Some wonderful things, and some not so wonderful, but that’s how life is for all of us at times, isn’t it?

The end of the year is never the time to feel bad about what’s behind us. It’s the time to look forward to all the possibilities of what is ahead. Just look at these organizations and the opportunities they are giving us to gather together and rejoice in life.

The Wittenburg Baptist Church wants to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

The church has lots of wonderful events going on over the holidays and, as always, the doors are open wide for all the community to join in celebrating the season.

To learn more about church activities at any time of the year, visit the newly designed website at or call them at 639-2072.

Here are a few things coming up at the church before Christmas:


Dec. 14 –  Music of Canadian-born singer/songwriter Matt Brouwer, 7 p.m. Matt has more than a decade of hit songs, including ‘Water, ‘I Shall Believe,’ ‘Father I Adore You,’ and the Top 20 ‘Sometimes,’ two GMA Canada Covenant Awards; and two Canadian people’s choice Vibe Awards—not to mention a 2010 Juno Award for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year for Where’s Our Revolution.

Matt’s music has always served as a journal of sorts, documenting the highs and lows of life, and finding him now in a season of new beginnings. What an amazing opportunity to enjoy a wonderful evening of music and only for the cost of a free-will offering.

Dec. 18 – Pastor Phil Williams of Woods Harbour, accompanied by an amazing 20-member men’s choir, will share “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” a dramatic recitation of Christmas scriptures, also only for the cost of a free will offering. 7 p.m.

Dec. 24 – Wittenburg Baptist Church welcomes you to their Christmas Eve Family & Friends Celebration. 6:30 p.m.


The Winding River Art Gallery will be closing for the winter on Dec. 22d at 5 p.m., but before they do, you’re invited to join them on Saturday, Dec. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a Christmas open house.

Tickets are now on sale for a beautiful glass bowl, created by Colette Samson. The winning ticket, as well as other special prizes, will be drawn at the open house on Dec. 21, so don’t miss it! Until then, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Stewiacke library is trying something new. The Crafty Crew, beginning on Dec. 3, will provide an opportunity for crafters to bring whatever project they are working on to the library, enjoy the fellowship of a crafting group, share new ideas, and show off your latest project.

If you missed the first session, don’t worry, you can join anytime – there’s no cost or obligation – just a lot of fun and friendship. Contact the library to find out how the first meeting went and to confirm when the crew will meet again!  

– Drop into the library with your donation for their Children’s Mitten Tree until Dec. 10. At that time, all the warm gifts will be sent to the Shumilacke Food Bank. And every donor earns the chance to win a beautiful book on felting entitled "Alterknits felt" by Leigh Radford.

– The library would like to extend an open invitation to one and all to their open house on Dec. 19. Visit any time from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m., or 6 to 8 p.m. for a seasonal treat. There will even have a drop-in craft for families who wish to make and take a decoration home. Children who visit this day will receive a ballot for a chance to win a unique wooden reindeer decoration kindly donated by Russel Stoddart.

– A special Dungeons & Dragons event for teens & tweens will take place at the library on Dec. 21 from 1 to 5 p.m.

– All young people age 8 to 13 are invited to a special New Year’s Eve party on Dec. 31 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

So much is always happening at the Stewiacke library! To keep track or find out more, call 639-2481 or visit


If you want to share a little bit of community spirit this holiday season, join your fellow citizens downtown for the annual tree lighting on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. There will be Christmas music in the air and hot chocolate or cider to share. And maybe Santa will even be there ...

If you have a few sets of old-style lights you don’t want anymore, the light exchange will begin at 6:15 p.m. – two sets of standard bulbs for one set of LEDs.


Don’t forget to let me know about the people and organizations that should be celebrated in 2014. There is so much good work going on in our community. Let’s let the rest of the county know about it! May this season of celebration be all that you wish it to be, and the year ahead bring only goodness into your life and the lives of those you hold dear.

Heather Hamilton has lived in East Stewiacke for more than 25 years and is an avid supporter of her community. If you have community news that the Stewiacke Sleuth should know about, contact her at


Organizations: Wittenburg Baptist Church, Winding River Art Gallery, Shumilacke Food Bank

Geographic location: Stewiacke, Stewiakce, Canada Woods Harbour

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