August 2013 Update

Are you ready? It's time for
Growing Green Sustainability Festival 2013!

Bridgewater is “Growing Green!”  This unique festival is a fun and colourful introduction to the idea that all people can live within the Earth’s means, while meeting their basic needs. This year's festival features free film nights on Tuesday, August 13th and Thursday, August 15th. Opening ceremonies and free music concert will take place on Friday, August 16th, while our street fair, sustainability tours, and "Close to Home" local foods dinner will all take place on Saturday, August 17th.

For more information, including how to purchase tickets for the dinner, visit

 Please Note:

The Growing Green Festival is still looking for both individual volunteers and volunteer teams for August 17th--we need YOUR help to pull off a successful street fair and local foods dinner! All shifts are designed to give volunteers plenty of time to enjoy the events in addition to helping out. Looking to meet some interesting people and add a skill or reference to your resume? Contact Elisabeth Bailey at 298-0401 or to sign up for any of the jobs listed below.

Booth Photographer, Shift #2 12:30-3 Take photos of festival events for our website

Set-Up Team (6 positions), 8:30-10 AM Set up tables, chairs, and tents before the festival opens

Take-Down Team (6 positions), 3-4:30 PM Pack up tables, chairs and tents after festival ends

Traffic Team, Shift #1 (4 positions) 8-10 AM Direct traffic for vendors coming in and directing others to parking

Traffic Team, Shift #2 (4 positions) 2:30-4:30 Direct traffic for vendors coming out

Green Team, Shift #1 (4 positions) 9:30-12:30 Educate festival visitors on various aspects of sustainability as directed by the education committee

Green Team, Shift #2 (4 positions) 12:30-3 Educate festival visitors on various aspects of sustainability as directed by the education committee

Pig Roast Set Up, (8 positions) 4 to 6 PM Prepare tables and table settings at Wile’s Lake Farm Market (would make a good job for a pre-existing team)

Pig Roast Server, (10 positions) 5 to 8 PM Serve dinner to Local Foods Pig Roast attendees at Wile’s Lake Farm Market

Pig Roast Clean Up, (10 positions) 8 to 10 PM Clean up from dinner (would make a good job for a pre-existing team)

Festival Greeter Shift 1, (3 positions) 9:30-12:30 Work in teams of 2 to greet visitors at festival entrances

Festival Greeter Shift 2, (2 positions) 12:30-3 Work in teams of 2 to greet visitors at festival entrances

Evaluation Team Shift 1, (2 positions) 9:30-12:30 Hand out evaluation forms to visitors and direct them to the corn boil area

Evaluation Team Shift 2 (2 positions), 12:30-2 Hand out evaluation forms to visitors and direct them to the corn boil area

Other Upcoming Events from Our Calendar:
  • Wild Things Herbal Camp for Children will take place at the Waldorf School starting Monday, August 19th and ending Friday, August 23rd. To register, contact Melissa Roberts at
  • Local Food Awareness Week The Local Food Awareness Week will feature activities that raise awareness of local food in our region, organized by businesses, community groups, institutions, and citizens. As a valued member of our community we are asking for your help by hosting an activity. To get your creative juices flowing, we've developed six themes for programming, and some examples to consider: Sharing, Growing, Harvesting, Purchasing, Processing/Canning, Preparing. The Local Food Team will promote your activity and recognize your contribution in print and social media. 

    Thanks for your help making Lunenburg and Queens Counties a more vibrant, healthy and resilient place to live. If you or your organization would like to host an activity to help highlight and enhance local food in our region please complete the attached form and return it by June 15, 2013. You can also complete the form online at
Know of any relevant events to add to this FREE calendar? This is your chance to inform people about all the great things going on around here!  Posting an event is easy: go to theEvents section of the website, click on "submit an event", and fill in the form. One of our moderators will review the information and post the event if it meets our general criteria.  If you have any questions about what kinds of events you can post, please contact us.

Additional Community Happenings:

Invitation to Serve - Downtown Plan Advisory Committee

The Town of Bridgewater is seeking volunteers to participate on the newly established Downtown Plan Advisory Committee. The purpose of the this committee is to advise Town Council on the development and management of an implementation strategy for Bridgewater's Downtown & Waterfront Master Plan Final Report, which can be viewed at

The Town is seeking four stakeholder organization representatives, two land and/or business owners in Bridgewater's downtown, and two residents of Bridgewater to serve on the Downtown Plan Advisory Committee for the next three years. To learn more about the committee and its mandate, please click here for the terms of reference. 

If you would like to apply to be a member of this Committee, application forms can be downloaded here or picked up at Town Hall (60 Pleasant St.). Completed applications must be submitted to Eric Shaw in the Planning Department by August 2nd, 2013.

Grab it and go? No, stop and go slow.

That’s the message behind The Slow Show, which kicks off the seventh annual Chester Art Festival on Thursday, August 8th.  It’s an invitation to slow down and savour the good things in life. Inspired by the Slow Movement, which began as a reaction to fast food and all the other “time-saving” shortcuts that make our lives so hectic, The Slow Show is a celebration of the things that matter to twenty of the finest artists working in the Municipality of Chester. Works by Theresa Bergen, Malcolm Callaway, Kate Church, Simon Copas, Carol Hansen, Rosi Robinson and Jim Smith (among others), in all kinds of media – ceramics, oil, soft sculpture, fabric, watercolours and acrylics – will be on display. The exhibition runs from August 8-17 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Chester Art Centre, 60 Queen St., Chester.

Acadia Community Farm 2013 Gardener's Gathering

 The Acadia Community Farm is hosting a series of workshops around the topic of gardening. Attending the workshop is a great opportunity to learn more about organic gardening, composting, growing herbs, farms and biodiversity and pest management.

Where: The Acadia Community Farm-Behind the Acadia Athletic Complex adjacent the far soccer field

When: Saturday, August 17, from 9:00am-4:00pm 

Numbers are limited, if interested please RSVP: by August 12th.

Cycling! by CSN writer Annie Morrison


Summer is here in full swing, and so are the cyclists!  I have always been a bike-for-transport kind of gal but am still fairly new to the Lunenburg County scene and have been absolutely blown away (no pun intended) at the changes in the last few years in terms of drivers’ respect for cyclists.

I recently biked from Lunenburg to Bridgewater, which, with its tight turns, small hills, and non-existent shoulders in some spots, could be an intimidating journey for many cyclists (myself included, but I was having car troubles so had no choice!).  However, often the best discoveries are born of necessity and I was amazed that I had no moments where I was cringing, almost waiting for impact as drivers came up behind me.  Every single car, truck, and van slowed down and gave me space, and often a wave.

So bravo!  Thanks to some dedicated cyclists who are paving the way for us more fair-weather types, as well as drivers listening to feedback, I feel a lot safer on the roads and hope other peoples’ experiences are the same. 

So get out there!  Some of my favourite routes in Lunenburg County are:

Centennial Trail (8km): Right in downtown Bridgewater along the LaHave River

Around Fancy Lake:  (18km) Bull Run trail through Hebbville, return via Conquerall Road and Conquerall Mills Road

Bay to Bay trail:  Mahone Bay to Lunenburg (10km) nice and flat, and shaded

Miller Point Peace Park (3km) Multi-use park with trail system just outside of Bridgewater.

Bull Run Trail (24km) Joins the Centennial trail and runs along the 103 towards Queen’s County.  Wooded and flat

Along the Lahave River (however many km you want), continue past Rissers Beach and into Broad Cove, can return via Crousetown

Lunenburg to Riverport in a loop via Dayspring (31km)

If you’re interested in getting more involved in promoting cycling in Bridgewater and Lunenburg County, check out the Active Transportation Working Group

What’s your take?  Are Lunenburg County roads getting safer for cyclists?  Drop us a line on the CSN facebook page--and stay safe and have fun!

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Best wishes!
Elisabeth Bailey, CSN Social Media Coordinator

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