New In The Neighbourhood, Schwinghamer and Zdansky

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We are proud to congratulate Jane Zdansky and John Schwinghamer in the purchase of a 200 year old heritage building on Brier Island. Jane and John have been among our biggest supporters at Main & Station. Jane will paint & sculpt , John will write and take over janitorial duties. They have taken the responsibility of saving this beautiful structure from the ravages of time. This our first success at helping an artist and an economist to resettle in Nova Scotia, and save another iconic heritage building. We welcome their continued association with us and we expect to do lots of good things with them.  Our next project together will be announced around solstice time.

Jane’s work, www.janezdansky.com, (paintings and sculpture) can be seen at Main & Station, John’s book, Purple Chips, is available at the book shop next to the cafe.

Delicious Fungus, Open Discussion, and MAP: an Exhibition Opening & Reception

  • 10:30 am Tuesday, July 28  Nonesuch Talks: judith bauer talks about Mycophagy: Delicious fungi, mushrooms, insects, cheese and more
  • 10:30 am Wednesday, July 29  Nonesuch Talks: OPEN DISCUSSION: Why Now Isn’t there a better time?
  • 10:30 am Thursday, July 30 Nonesuch Talks: OPEN DISCUSSION:  Happiness What is it and does Bhutan have the right idea?

We have three Nonesuch Talks this week beginning at 10:30am and whatever you do, DON’T MISS THE EXHIBITION OPENING of  Montréal À Parrsboro… MAP … a Mail Art Project  on Tuesday, July 28 at 6 pm come meet Montreal artist Loren Williams  and have a look at her latest work, MAP, a mail art project connecting Montreal, Quebec with Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.

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Main & Station Nonesuch Kickshaws
168 Main Street
Parrsboro, Nova Scotiahttp://hmsnonesuch.com/

STORYTIME

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Story time is a sharing of interesting and amusing stories of the Maritimes.

 

 

 

The Parrsboro Shore Historical Society invites you to join us to meet old friends and make new ones.  This is a fund raising item for the museum and we suggest a donation of $2.00 each.  The next Story time will be on Thursday May 1st at Main and Station ( The Old Post Office ) and the evening will begin at 7:30 pm. All are welcome.

Wisdom Wanted

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 A town with a history

The project will focus on sage members of the community and has the following elements:

  • Each participant will be interviewed / asked to verbally share stories and recollections & whatever else they want to say.
  • Each participant will be photographed to create a portrait. The other details of the portrait and how revealing it is will depend on the individual.
  • A website will be created. The website will have a page for each participant. Each page will include audio from interviews. Hopefully each page will also include old photos, mementos, texts, bios, poems and other relevant material contributing to a multimedia portrait.
  • The photographic portraits will be printed in large format and installed in various locations about town… ideally each portrait will be installed in a location that has particular resonance for the subject of the portrait, a location that features prominently in their audio or other material. Each portrait will have a QR code allowing viewers to use their smart phones to link to the internet page (the url will also be included for those without smartphones).
For more information about this Main & Station initiative, please visit  www.hmsnonesuch.com, phone 514-979-3978, or contact Harvey Lev or Judith S Bauer, at  fun@hmsnonesuch.com   

Affordable Beauty

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In your own backyard

To some extent most of us take our own town or city for granted. Parisians are blasé about the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, New Yorkers yawn at the Empire State Building and Times Square, and many Montrealers have never visited the Botanical Gardens and only bother going to the Jazz Festival, the TamTams or the Francofolies when they have visitors in town.  No matter how interesting or beautiful the place we live is, being there and seeing it day after day can blind us to things that people from away might find remarkable.

Not just for tourists

Residents of the Town of Parrsboro know the surrounding landscape is gorgeous because all the brochures, websites and tourists say so but knowing is not the same as feeling.  If you live in Parrsboro and haven’t walked in a forest or on a beach lately, turn off the telly, pull on those boots and go reacquaint yourself with the beauty that surrounds you!

 

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And if you don’t feel like tromping on a beach or through a wood, just go for a stroll through the town itself and take a good look at the homes your neighbours (and maybe you) live in.  Stroll along Main Street and check out the Town Hall, the Manning Block, and (of course!), the former Customs House, Armoury and Post Office.

Once spring returns, it is also a great idea to visit (or revisit!) the Ottawa House. Built around 1773, the building is best known as the summer home of Sir Charles Tupper, Canada’s sixth Prime Minister. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of historically-minded townsfolk, the building is now home to the Ottawa House By-The-Sea Museum which contains an assemblage of over 450 artifacts which are on display in an open and friendly environment.  Stepping through the rooms of this historic building takes you from time period to time period, from walking the decks of a schooner to entering the summer boudoir of Mrs Tupper.

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From the huge windows overlooking the front verandah you can also enjoy the magnificence of the Minas Basin with its daily 40 foot tides – or better yet, when you finish touring the house, walk down to the beach(es) which (in our opinion) are among the nicest in the Fundy region.

Time for a change?

For such a small place, Parrsboro has a shockingly large number of heritage buildings. They are private homes, churches, Bed & Breakfasts, commercial and public buildings. There are so many buildings of historical and/or architectural significance that in 1989, to celebrate 100 years of incorporation as a Town, the Centennial Committee published a 407 page book, Heritage Homes and History of Parrsboro, which gives a pictorial and historical tour of many of the older homes.  Though initially amazed that such a small town could have enough significant buildings to create such a book, on our walks about town we have since noticed many remarkable buildings that are not even in the book!

If you don’t already live in Parrsboro, perhaps you should consider a change.  These beautiful buildings do sometimes come on the market and are often more affordable than you might think.

So why not sell that Toronto or Vancouver condo and bank the difference so you can afford to devote more time to your passions.

Come settle by the sea and join Parrsboro’s growing community of artists and writers.