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by Sylvia Jacquard

Port Williams news

As I said last week, it was great to see Port Williams Days encompassing the whole weekend this year with the addition of a Sunday event, a successful fundraiser for the Community Park.

The Renovators’ Paradise House Tour raised $2,300 and saw over 150 participants visit three local houses in the span of two hours on the afternoon of June 14.

The homeowners were present to share information about their house and answer questions about the renovations they had done.

House #1 was the Terry Weatherbee and Marion Van Tassell residence, a century home on Starr’s Point Rd.

What with the house being a maternity home in the early part of 1900s and having changed hands a number of times, Marion met many people over the course of the afternoon who had had a connection to her home.

The Lang family - parents William and Edith and three of their four children, Peter, David and Mary Beth - came together to tour the house, reminisce and see the changes that had been made to the home they left over 25 years before. Visitors Sylvia (Steele) Burgher and Joan (MacDonald) Coldwell had also lived in the house.

The most significant changes were made to house #2, the Floyd and Chantel Priddle home on Greenwich Road. They took a bungalow and turned it into a Cape Cod, in the process winning the 2008 Nova Scotia Homebuilders' Association Renovation of the Year.

The photo album on display took tour members through the transformation in an interesting and detailed way.

I’ve already written about House #3, the Simon and Brigitte Daniels home on Belcher St. How the century home had been a village showplace, was sold eventually to a local doctor who used part of the house as his office and then turned it into apartments.

It stayed that way for decades until the Daniels bought it in 2008 and turned it back into a single family home. It was on their verandah that an English tea was served to tour participants.

Debbie Milton, daughter of the doctor who had owned the home in the ‘50s and now living in B.C., read about the tour on NovaNewsNow.com, telling her friends the Watters, Evelyn and Paul from Saint John, about it.

To surprise her, the couple drove from New Brunswick to participate in the tour and take pictures. The sister of Kevin Hogan, who I mentioned in the earlier column as having grown up in the home, came to see the renovations, as did Julie Johnson, who had lived in one of the upstairs apartments.

I enjoyed the tours every much. The thing that strikes you immediately about the two older homes is the beautiful woodwork and detail that you just don't see anymore. As well, I know many people got renovating and decorating ideas galore from the three houses.

Additional photos of the tour will be online in the Village Photo Gallery on the village website www.portwilliams.com.

Sometime this summer, members of the park committee will be canvassing Port Williams to talk to people about the park: the plans and the progress, upcoming events and how people can help.

There are many ways that residents can support the park: volunteering in the park’s construction or with fundraising, donating money, items for the silent auction, or plants for the park (all eligible for tax receipts).

Another tour is in the works for the Christmas season focusing on decorated homes in the village.

Congratulations to all of the graduates and those who will be moving on to a new level of schooling: nursery school to big school, PWES to EMS, and EMS to Horton.

The Annapolis Valley Regional Library's annual Summer Reading Program began June 22. Agent 009 is the theme this summer!

All readers through age 18 can earn a free FastPass from Summer Reading Partner, Upper Clements Park, by completing their reading goal. Other great prizes can be won just by reading and entering the contests!

On Tues., July 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Lockwood Hall of the Baptist Church there will be a community wedding shower for Sharon Churchill and Steve Roe.

Prescott House Museum is open again for another season and following are their July events. There is free admission to Music in the Garden Sun., July 5 from 2-4 p.m. with Justin Doyle, classical guitar player.

Relax and take pleasure listening to music in the beautiful gardens overlooking the Cornwallis River. There’s always a light breeze under the mature shade trees on the well-maintained grounds. What an easy way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

The Far East comes to Prescott House Fri., July 10 with a season long exhibit. In 1906, James Walker Allison (“Uncle Walker”), CEO of J.P. Mott and Co. Chocolate and Cocoa Factory, and his wife, Mary Prescott (“Aunt Minnie”) journeyed to Asia, riding camels in Egypt and rickshaws in Japan, stopping to visit the Taj Mahal along the way.

Aunt Minnie collected photos and other treasures that today are part of the Prescott House Collection. This exhibit will highlight the journey of two prominent and privileged Nova Scotians in a time when travel was very difficult.

The Strawberry Social will take place July 12 from 2-4 p.m. Joanne McInnis, harpist, will entertain while you enjoy a delicious treat of homemade strawberry shortcake on the tranquil grounds. The cost is $7 (tour included).

You can support your local farmers by buying super-fresh and seasonal foods grown right in your neighbourhood at the Farmers’ Market (free admission) July 19 from 1-5 p.m.

As well, local artisans will offer one-of-a-kind work, all in a peaceful atmosphere for shopping. Food, art and music on a Sunday afternoon; what could be better?

For your free vendor table (for this or any upcoming markets at the museum), contact June Granger at 542-3984.

Organizations: Paradise House Tour, MacDonald, Association Renovation Prescott House EMS Baptist Church

Geographic location: Port Williams, Community Park, Greenwich Road Cape Cod Belcher St. How Saint John New Brunswick Annapolis Valley Upper Clements Park Lockwood Hall Cornwallis River Far East Asia Egypt Japan

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