Searching for that uniquely crafted Nova Scotian gift this holiday season, but missed Christmas At The Forum?
Fear not, many of these crafters will showcase their wares at the upcoming Dalplex Christmas Craft Market and their homespun flare can add a touch of maritime magic to a season often filled with commercially packaged, over-produced products.
“I love games,” says Ken Grandy of Uncle Ken’s Woodwork in Lawrencetown. Grandy hand carves his games locally and sells them on Kijiji under the name UKW.
“I have washer toss and the jenga game, called Stacked, goes up to six feet tall,” says Grandy.
Crocheted hats by Gabs & Eddy are for everyone in the family, even the furry members. Gillian Allen crochets her hats at her studio in Fall River
“We’re taking orders up to about the fourth of December, depending on where it has to be shipped … we also do gift cards,” says Allen.
A portion of every doggie hat sale goes to Bide Awhile animal shelter in Dartmouth. People can purchase at her home studio, by appointment or visit http://www.GabsandEddy.com.
Beachy gifts, forgotten treasures and seaside jewels
“I take previously loved jewelry apart and recreate it,” says Merlin Walsh of Merlin Walsh Designs. She also creates uniquely ornate windchimes from silver tea pots and cutlery.
“The balls are filled with tiny pieces of driftwood, shells and sea glass we’ve collected throughout the summer,” says Laidlaw. She says Cape breton is her favorite place to collect sea glass and says there’s a beach near Inverness that’s a goldmine for collecting sea glass for her jewelry. Christmas balls start from $14.
“Everything is handmade, beach-themed,” says Derek Stewart of Shore Things from Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage. “We recycle and upcycle everything we have in our booth,” Stewart says he’ll be at the Dalplex Christmas market and possibly at Atlantic Superstore on Portland St., Dartmouth in Dec.
“We paint paddles in varying colours starting from about $40, and we also do the buoys,” says Byron Edelmann of Traditional Marine.
Traditional Marine harnesses quintessential maritime, selling everything from mermaids, to cod jigs and hand painted ores. The family business is based in Annapolis Royal, but despite the distance, owner John Edelmann says they sell their products online at http://www.traditionalmarine.com, shipping around the province. “We paint paddles in varying colours starting from about $40, and we also do the buoys,” says Byron Edelmann.
A little glow for the holidays
Artisan Kimiko Willgress says she makes her Prana Rock candles by hand and most of the rocks come from all over Nova Scotia.
Nature’s Natural Solutions in Bridgewater produces a line of goat milk skin care products that Michelle Breen, a Tantallon-based sales representative says make excellent stocking stuffers. “Great Christmas gifts would be our soaps, and our lip balms and deodorants make great stocking stuffers,” says Breen.
Dalplex Christmas Craft Market takes place Nov. 28 to Nov. 30. in Halifax.
The energy dashboard is lit and students at Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth are making the connection between their power to reduce power, for a better future.
Grade 11 Prince Andrew High School students Sara Sheydaei and Fatemeh Saadat at the school’s energy dashboard showing by 11:15 a.m. on Wed. Oct. 8 the school has already used enough water to fill 43 bathtubs. (L-R)
“Maybe the next generation of schools and maybe even PA will start to incorporate things like solar panels and micro wind turbines and you may even see some schools into net metering into the grid at some point,” said Energy Minister Andrew Younger.
Students, teachers and energy officials helped launch the first of 40 energy dashboards to be completely operational by the end of this school year. As part of the Lights Off – Green On! energy efficiency initiative, 90 schools are preparing to install the real-time dashboards by 2017, plugging in HRSB students and staff to their direct impact on energy, water and gas consumption.
“Right now we’re lighting 6,664 light bulbs,” explained Lee Anne Amaral, Vice Principal at Prince Andrew. It’s 11:15 a.m. on Wed. Oct. 8 and the school is in full energy mode and the dashboard shows they’ve already used enough water to fill 43 bathtubs. The dashboard has been aptly placed in a freshly painted bright green trophy case outside the cafeteria, the perfect location, she says, to invoke conversations about electricity demand.
“We have more than 900 students. They’ll come down and look at the dashboard … they’ll look at the weather and once you get to the bars you can see a comparison of one week to another,” says Amaral.
She says a PD Day last week sparked great curiosity amongst the students. “I probably had 30 students here wondering why we didn’t use water last Monday … I asked them, did none of you use the bathroom?” she laughs.
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a six-part series about camping in style.
When considering a family holiday, I think of rest and relaxation from the busy pace of everyday life. And I crave a break; from cleaning, from cooking and from the everyday chores synonymous with family life.
Camping simply doesn’t tick those boxes.
This week’s column shares a few tips on getting a good night’s sleep in the great outdoors and taking the grunge out of washing-up.
For more tips, recipes and tales of glamping around the Maritime follow our blog or like us at East Coast Glampers on FaceBook.
Community swim team training Nova Scotia’s next great competitiveswimmers
Swimmers work their techniques, arching their back just the right way and pointing their toes outwards to master the front crawl, as SWAT team coaches Heidi Miller and Ryan Laustsen are on the sun-flooded deck at Sackville Sports Stadium pool during a Skills Development camp.
Sackville Waves Aquatic Team dares swimmers to be awesome, according to their website logo and SWAT president Peter Bush says the team is training future Olympians and Nova Scotia’s next great competitive swimmers.
“The team won two provincial championships for top team by Age Group and Novatech, to add to the two championships in 2013 and three medals at the last Canada Games,” says Bush.
Here’s where my two worlds collide. In my spare time I’m an enthusiastic ‘glamper’ and blogger. The two hobbies came together a couple of years ago and it’s since evolved. I’ve been asked to write a summer series on glamping for the Community Herald.
We are not about luxurious European bell tents with room service and pot-bellied stoves.
But we are about buntings, cooking with local fare and getting down with nature, infusing European glamping style, a.k.a. ‘glamorous camping’, into our Maritime camping adventures.
We are East Coast Glampers, an online blog about sharing glamping tips, tricks and inevitable blunders, with the hope our mishaps won’t become yours.
After moving to Nova Scotia from Ireland almost three years ago, we now spend our summers in search of ‘beautiful places to get lost’, while finding ways to ensure a camping holiday is a holiday for the entire family.
Fancy trying a little glamping? Here’s a few tips to get your family started.