Frieze and Roy General Store enjoying successful renaissance

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Maitland & Area Notebook, By Susan Sweet

Artist Robert Annand visits Gallery 215

Maitland and District Development Association held a dime auction on June 26 at the Maitland Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall. A variety of donated items were auctioned and it looked like most people who attended walked away with some treasures.

A pie and cake auction brought a lot of bids with a lemon meringue drawing a flurry of activity. The MDDA also sold tickets on a quilt made by Susan Marlin and finished by other members in the group. The quilt will be drawn for at the annual Maitland Christmas Festival in November.

Proceeds from the auction are used for MDDA-owned projects, including the upkeep of the Dawson Dowell Park, the Maitland Wharf and the Selma Schoolhouse Cultural Centre.

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Frieze and Roy Store in Maitland is now more than six months into the new ownership of local residents Glen Ferguson and Troy Robertson. They continue to renovate and upgrade the building, and have introduced many new items to serve the community. Fresh produce and bread from local suppliers and soft serve ice cream are popular additions. Troy says the store wants to share the impressive view of the Cobequid Bay and the Shubenacadie River that’s accessible directly behind the store. A small Farmer's Market is setting up to take advantage of that view. Frieze and Roy is open daily.

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Gallery 215 currently represents 50 artists and one of the most popular painters every year is 90-year-old Robert Annand, who was born in Truro and now lives in Ottawa. Annand has work in many public collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and while he painted with oil for many years, he now much prefers working with acrylics. While he is well known for his figurative work, most of his work at Gallery 215 is bright, colourful floral pieces. Annand and his wife Penny, who is also an artist, are spending time this summer in Nova Scotia.

Gallery 215 is offering a series of artist talks and demonstrations this summer, beginning on July 18 at 2 p.m. when Maitland painter Judy Arsenault will demonstrate acrylic painting. All are welcome to attend. Call 902-261-2151 for more information.

Gallery 215 is open Wednesday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 8247 Highway 215.

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Beyond the Wharf Artisans is a group of Maitland women who operate out of a rustic sea shanty at the Dawson Dowell Park, 8741 Highway 215, right next to the Shubenacadie River Runners. This is the second year for Anita Duckenfield, Kim Van De Vrie, Susan Marlin, Lois Golfman and Minna Ettinger to display their handmade wares in the park. The group offers a wide variety of original and unique products: rug hooking, pottery, quilling, knitting, jams and jellies, crocheting, wood turning and more.

Beyond the Wharf has ample parking and by walking over the dyke behind the building, visitors can stroll to the Maitland Wharf and witness the spectacular view of the Cobequid Bay. The Dawson Dowell Park also has a gazebo and picnic tables for the public. The shop is open Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Lawrence House Museum presented Lull Before the Launch on July 6, a Victorian garden party with a challenge croquet tournament, best bonnet contests and Victorian tea.

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Maitland District Elementary School continues to face an uncertain future. The Chignecto Central Regional School Board voted on June 11 to postpone closure decisions until March 31, 2015. This vote leaves our school and community with great difficulty in trying to secure potential partners and further develop the Community Hub concept. A disappointment for all of us here as the children start their summer vacation.

Susan Sweet is a visual artist and small business owner, inspired by the Cobequid Bay and Shubenacadie River and living on the edge of Maitland/Selma. Email: animalart@ns.sympatico.ca.

Organizations: Maitland and District Development Association, Frieze and Roy General Store, Maitland & Area Maitland Volunteer Fire Department Selma Schoolhouse Cultural Centre Canada Council Art Bank Lawrence House Museum Maitland District Elementary School Chignecto Central Regional School Board Community Hub

Geographic location: Maitland, Dawson Dowell Park, Cobequid Bay Shubenacadie River Nova Scotia Troy Truro Ottawa

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