As I sit here restless in the silence of another days end I can’t help but want to shout from the rooftops “I’m surrounded by the best community in the world!” I suppose to truly appreciate my bursting heart a back story would paint the picture of pride I’m feeling in this very moment.
Today North Mountain United Tapestry Heritage and Cultural Society celebrated their first annual fundraising Opening Gala. Twenty of our Artisan Guild members donated an item to our silent auction. Kim Michele methodically played her renaissance Harp and premiered her story ‘Emma’s Garden’. Candy O’Brien transported the audience to 1907 brilliantly performed the ghost of Idella Kapelle Harbourville’s Seaside Park Hotel manager. Christy Ann Conlin engagingly read from her novels ‘Memento’ and ‘Heave’ sharing her creative impression the magic of Harbourville has inspired. Emotions were high intertwined with music, history, art and our imagination created by passionate people being supported, encouraged and embraced by the most magnificent community.
It was a divine afternoon of North Mountain Coffee and the most delectable strawberry cheesecake made by Virve Whiteway. We officially opened our sealed bid auction fundraising to help furnish the new living room at the Berwick Regional Library. Tapestry donated an original pew altered by Martin Hadley painted by artist Adele McDonald, ‘lupins’ set the theme that unraveled today’s events. The auction closes 7pm August 27, at our Songs by the Shore music night.
Now would you believe me if I told you that was merely the icing on the cake? North Mountain United Tapestry is a not for profit society run mainly by committed volunteers, that believe so deeply the importance of making big change starts right here in our own community. There are many names that I can list that deserve acknowledgement and you know who you are! It is truly astounding how far their efforts however big or small help us achieve our mission “to create a welcoming space in our community that celebrates and enhances our culture, economy and quality of life.” There are however a few names I can not go without mentioning! To the Gala Committee; Pat Kemp, Jasmine Leflur, Katrin Somerfeld and Kate Adams it has been an honour to work with you determined women. There is no greater feeling than being part of a team that improves the vision and helps make it a reality, pulling through until the last chair is put away. We need each other to create these unforgettable moments in time that enrich our lives and of those around us.
Todays Gala roughly raised $3700.00 including donations from Avondale Sky Winery with a complimentary wine tasting and vineyard tour for 6 people. Country Stoves and Sunrooms thoughtfully donated $300.00 towards free tickets for 12 people and Jamie and Lisa Williams generously donated $1500.00 towards repairing the foundation of our home the Harbourville United Church nestled on a bluff over looking the Bay of Fundy.
To all the beautiful souls that are responsible for making today’s first annual Opening Gala an overwhelming success, with every fiber of my being, Thank you! Much love, Jay
— with Pat Kemp.