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Great Village Notebook: Supporting activities makes Great Village a vibrant community

The snow piles are slowly receding, but not quickly enough to allow the Great Village and District Fire Brigade to continue with its annual spring auction.

here are many events taking place in Great Village this spring and summer, including the return of In the Village Café.

Due to anticipated parking and logistical issues caused by the snow accumulation around the fire hall and immediate area, the brigade has decided to delay its auction, originally scheduled for April 25, until the fall.

Please hang on to your donations until then, but for now, you can still support the fire brigade on Saturday, May 30 when the brigade auxiliary hosts its annual lobster dinner. The lobster and potato salad takeout meals will be available for pickup from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Great Village Fire Hall. The cost is $18 per dinner and includes two canner lobsters, potato salad and trimmings, roll and pie. Tickets for the meal will be available in May from Betty MacNeil (668-2314) or any member of the fire brigade.

Gardeners are an optimistic lot and the members of the Great Village Garden Club trust that green growing things will be available in time for their annual perennial sale on Saturday, May 16 at the Great Village gym. All perennials are priced at $2. Shrubs, trees, and houseplants are priced individually depending upon size and variety. The sale begins at 10 a.m. but customers are invited to arrive early to view the possibilities. The plant sale is the club's only fundraiser and money raised covers the maintenance on the cenotaph flower beds, as well as the beds and welcome signs at either end of Great Village.

Also plan to attend the delicious Sunday brunch on May 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in support of the Royal Canadian Legion. The menu will include pancakes with maple syrup, sausages, beans, biscuits, ice cream for dessert and tea, coffee or juice. The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Enjoy old-time music while you eat.

Following on the success of their 2014 season, the "In the Village Café" will reopen May 1st. For the month of May it will be open Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A special Mother's Day brunch is planned for Sunday, May 10. Please contact Cathy Mazur at 902-655-2033 for more information and to make a brunch reservation.

The Elizabeth Bishop Festival scheduled for Aug. 8 in Great Village will focus on the work of more than 30 Nova Scotia artists, writers and artisans. The day commences with the antics of comedian Kenzie Gunn on stage during breakfast at the "In the Village Café." Events happening in the morning will include "The Art of Storytelling" with Halifax storyteller Claire Miller and a poetry reading with poets Joanne Light, Chad Norman, Andrew Patterson, and Libby Schofield. Lunchtime entertainment will be provided by musician Joanne Hatfield and painter Mark Hamilton on the cafe lawn, weather permitting. The afternoon events include a literary arts panel conversation with writers John Barnstead, Binnie Brennan, Carole Langille and Harry Thurston and visual arts panel conversation with visual artists Emma FitzGerald, Carol Laing, Joy Laking, Linda Rae Dornan. Soprano Suzie LeBlanc and her band, David Greenberg (violin); Nick Halley (keyboard and percussion); Kiya Tabassian (setar and percussion). will draw the day to a close with a rousing concert of Acadian music. Information will follow in my May column on the festival market and the artisans taking part. Be sure to like the Elizabeth Bishop Festival on Facebook or follow the festival on Twitter.



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

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