Bass River gearing up for busy spring

Bass River Notebook, By Denise Gilley

Published on April 23, 2014

Economy Recreation Centre planning for lots of entertainment, activity

I think I can safely say spring has actually arrived and what a welcome sight it is! Maple syrup season was less than ideal this year. From what I’ve heard from local producers, production was way down, unfortunate for us maple syrup lovers.


I would like to offer congratulations to Cees and Beth van den Hoek on their having taken over the Great Village Antiques Exchange. I was excited to hear this news and look forward to dropping in soon. Best of luck in this new venture.


The good folks involved in the Economy Recreation Centre certainly aren’t slowing down any. The Economy Hall Sessions have been planned again this year. On May 25, Ron Hynes will perform, beginning at 2 p.m. I already have my tickets spoken for.

On July 13, James King and his band will be featured, also beginning at 2 p.m.

Frank Mackay and band will play on Sep. 27 for a Saturday night dance. Tickets for each performance will be $20 advance or $25 at the door. For tickets or more info call Debbie, 902-647-2753, or Micheline, 902-647-2985.

Thursday nights are Bingo Night, starting at 6:45 at the Rec Centre. The gym is available Monday to Wednesday, and again on Friday, from 9 to 10 a.m.; also on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. A craft group meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and shuffleboard is Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.


The Bass River Heritage Society is in full planning mode for Heritage Day this year in August. There are some new events in the works and look for the favorites of each year also. The group is open to changes and improvements, so don’t hesitate to offer up any ideas you might have to enhance Heritage Day this year. The museum will soon be looking for summer employees so polish up that resume if you’re interested.


The school year is quickly winding down. A number of junior high students from West Colchester Consolidated will be travelling to Ottawa in May for a closer look at our nation’s capital. Plans for end of year activities are also underway.


No cooking required on Apr. 26. The Riverside United Church in Bass River will be hosting a “Turkey Burger Take-Out” between 4 and 6 p.m. You can enjoy a turkey burger, dressing, coleslaw, cranberries and dessert for $10/person.


It has been a long, hard winter in our area this year, in many ways. We’ve endured our share of weather extremes and the many challenges related to that. This extended version of an often frigid and unpredictable season was also reflected in the illnesses and loss of many loved ones in our communities this year. Hopefully as spring creeps in, rejuvenation will abound.

Denise Gilley is a former member of the Royal Canadian Navy and a married mother of two children. She lives in Bass River. Community news items can be sent to her at