Spring a busy time in Stewiacke

Stewiacke Slueth, By Heather Hamilton

Published on April 2, 2014

Stewiacke Play/Preschool grateful for community’s support

The Winding River Art Gallery is all spruced up for spring and ready to welcome visitors to its new digs, just downstairs from where they were before. It’s now on the ground floor of Mastodon Ridge, just off Exit 11 in Stewiacke, in the former Ridge Shop location. The new home is bigger, brighter and fully accessible, and able to display a larger selection of the beautiful art, glass, jewellery, pottery and photography that folk have come to expect, as well as even more fine crafts and other offerings.

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the gallery invites you to drop in to visit the artists themselves and their amazing interpretations of beauty. For more information on the Winding River Art Gallery, call 902-639-1646.


The Stewiacke Library is a very busy place during the month of April. The Lotsa Lego group, for ages 5 to100, meets every second Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to enjoy a variety of Lego-related activities. Come on out on Apr. 5 and 19 to join in the fun.

Book Buddies pairs teen volunteers with younger readers to play literacy-based games and read to one-another every second Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., April 12 and 26.

Book Busters, aged 9 to 12, are reading Magyk by Angie Sage for April 8 at 4 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome! Drop in at the library for a copy.

The Crafty Crew meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. to enjoy time doing their own project in the company of fellow crafters. Join the crew this month on April 15 and 29.

And, of course, there’s always weekly PBJ, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and Baby Time on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

The Stewiacke Library is also very active in its support and encouragement of the Stewiacke Youth Media Team and their pursuit of the main prize at the ViewFinders International Film Festival for Youth.

ViewFinders is a weeklong festival of film, video and media for youth, taking place this year from April 6 to 12. Offering screenings and workshops for school groups, as well as activities that showcase youth-made films, the festival celebrates the best in regional, national and international films for youth, tackling issues from multiculturalism and community to sustainability and creativity.

The Stewiacke Team consists of 12 to 14 year-olds Alex Zhou, David Kaminski and Brookes Woodworth, plus Dan Mitchell, Vince Kennedy and Sean Davenport, who are 16 or 17. We should all be super proud of this talented group of local teens as they’re in the semi-finals of this year’s competition with their movie short “A Study in Sauce”. It will be aired at Cineplex Dartmouth Crossing, Apr. 12 at 1 p.m. Good luck guys!

For the history buffs in our midst, the Library is also sponsoring “Till They Heard the Whistle Blow”, the story of J. Lewis and Sons Peg and Last Factory, Stewiacke, 1913 to 1964. Gordon Crowe, our own local historian and recent Heritage Award winner, will present this interesting glimpse into an important piece of local history on Apr. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Winding River Art Gallery auditorium in its new location at Mastodon Ridge.

To learn more about these or any other library activities, visit www.lovemylibrary.ca or call 902-639-2481.


Due to the weather during March break this year, Vacation Bible School (VBS) at the Wittenburg Baptist Church was shortened down to only one full day, but it was one day fully packed with fun.

Kingdom Rock truly rocked with the energy and enthusiasm of the 46 children in attendance as they played games and enjoyed the imagination station, bible stories, skits and songs. Another jam-packed VBS is being planned for July.

A Pancake Breakfast is being served on Apr. 5 from 8 to 11 a.m. All are welcome and the breakfast is free, but a Love Offering would be gratefully received to help support the Operation Christmas Child Ambassador Missions Trip to Nicaragua in August. Upcoming Easter services include Good Friday at 10:45 a.m., Easter Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and the Easter Service at 10:45 a.m. The regular Coffee House takes place on the last Saturday of each month and coming up on May 10 from 2 til 4 p.m. is a special Ladies’ Tea. And stay tuned for a special concert in June with Lumber River.

For more information on these and other activities at the Wittenburg Baptist Church, visit www.wittenburgbaptist.org or call 902-639-2072.


The Stewiacke Play/Preschool is always a busy place with 25 energetic youngsters currently enrolled. As a registered non-profit, the group is guided by a staff of three and two volunteer boards: the Board of Directors and the Parent Board. Staff and volunteers rely on the bounty of many fundraisers throughout the year in a constant effort to keep costs as low as possible for parents. Staffing and operational fees are difficult to manage with only parent fees and government grants; community support is vital to the school’s existence. 

At the end of March, a very successful Variety Concert was held on behalf of the Play/Preschool, with more than $1,600 raised. A huge thank you is sent to Parent Board Member Anne Langille for organizing the performers, who donated their time and talents, some of whom even travelled great distances to be part of the show. It was a wonderful time for everyone.

The staff would also like to take this opportunity to thank the community for its support of this and other fundraisers held throughout the year. Without your continued support of the raffle draws, variety concerts and other fundraising efforts, the school couldn’t provide this important service for the children at affordable prices for their parents.

The next opportunity is a Pancake Breakfast at the Stewiacke Legion on Apr. 12 from 8 to 11 a.m. Your stomach will thank you and so will the Play/Preschool folks!

If you would like further information about the Stewiacke Play/Preschool, you can contact Director Pam Jollimore at the Stewiacke Community Centre any weekday morning at 902-639-2181, or after hours at 902-639-2572.


As coordinator of the Town of Stewiacke’s Community Economic Development Project, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those who came out to meetings, filled out their surveys and shared their ideas and enthusiasm with me. The final report will soon be in the hands of council for their review. Later in the spring a public meeting will be held where the report will formally be presented back to you, the residents of the town. I’m sure you’ll find its contents interesting and enlightening. There are a lot of great ideas for future growth and collaboration among citizens, organizations and businesses. All we have to do is reach out to our neighbours. The skills and resources we need to move forward are right here. Let’s get connected!

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 the Stewiacke Sleuth should know about, contact her at stewiackesleuth@gmail.com.