Vision 2020-21 Project

Vendor Shelters Scheduled to be Completed by May 29, 2021

May 7, 2021 — North Mountain United Tapestry Cultural & Heritage Society is pleased to provide you with the following up-to-date on our “Vision 2020-21 Project.”

We hope you find it as exciting as we do.

Tapestry has engaged two local builders to begin construction. Martin Beauseigle will build four farm market vendor shelters and Alex Bezanson is now building a new access ramp and ‘Fundy View’ patio. Alex will also be installing new patio doors on the north-facing wall of the church.

As reported earlier, Tapestry received funding from the Nova Scotia Community ACCESS-Ability Program ($10,000) administered by the Province of Nova Scotia and from the Kings Vision Grant ($6,300) administered by the Municipality of the County of Kings.

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Tapestry is currently sourcing rough-cut lumber for the vendor shelters from local North Mountain woodlot owners: Doug Kemp and George Spicer. The shelters are scheduled to be completed by May 29, 2021, the opening day of the North Mountain Market.

Commercial hemlock lumber has been purchased and delivered in preparation for construction of the ramp and patio.

Background

Tapestry is seeking a total of $82,000 in grants, donations and fundraising to improve the church building and surrounding property.

At the Annual General Meeting, on February 8, 2020, the Tapestry volunteer Board of Directors presented its “Vision 2020-21 Project.”

Members of Tapestry engaged in a lively discussion which resulted in several important additions to the project.

The Board of Directors met twice: on February 26th and March 27th to incorporate the feedback received from Members into the project.

The resulting revised “Vision 2020-21 Project” now includes:

  • Erecting a safety fence along the north, Bay of Fundy, boundary of the property;
  • Making level walkways around the church grounds, and building a ramp to improve accessibility into the church;
  • Replacing the south front entrance doors, to open outwards; to meet the Code for fire and emergency exits. As well, creating an additional fire and emergency exit on the north wall;
  • Building outdoor shelters for farm market vendors;
  • Building an outdoor stage for musical and theatrical performances;
  • Building a patio/deck on the north-facing side of the church; and
  • Building, together as a community, a traditional earthen cobb oven, as an educational experience, to provide hot meals.

All of these improvements will keep the historic and structural integrity of the 1860’s church foremost in mind during construction. As well, the existing natural vegetation will be integrated into the designs with great respect and care.

Grant Applications

To achieve the “Vision 2020-21 Project,” the volunteer Board of Directors sought to obtain preliminary cost estimates from three local builders. This resulted in a total cost estimate of $82,000.

In 2020, the volunteer Board of Directors made applications for three separate grants to provide at least 75% of the finances needed for this project. These grant applications included:

  • Farm Credit Canada AgriSpirit Fund ($25,000)
  • Nova Scotia Community ACCESS-Ability Program grant ($10,000) and
  • Kings Vision Grant ($40,000).

As stated above, funding was received from the provincial and municipal governments, however, our Farm Credit Canada application was not successful.

The Board of Directors is advancing priority components of the project. In the meantime, the remaining finances, ‘work-in-kind’ contributions from community volunteers, as well as fundraising and donations are being sought.

Ideas for fundraising events are welcome.

We look forward to your support in this very exciting project.

If you have any comments or questions on the above, please contact us at:

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BACKGROUND ON UNITED TAPESTRY

Along the breathtaking bluffs of the Bay of Fundy, with the world’s highest tides, the re-purposed historic United Church stands in the small fishing village of Harbourville. This is the home of the North Mountain United Tapestry Cultural & Heritage Society, a not-for-profit society whose mission is to host a welcoming space in our community that celebrates and enhances our local culture, economy and quality of life.

United Tapestry envisions a local community that is:

Economically vital, resilient and self-reliant

Socially connected, nurturing and supportive

Responsible for its own health and wellness

Proud of its heritage and culture.

We encourage and welcome your participation in North Mountain United Tapestry, as a means to empower our community and to reinvest in our local economy.

We believe that taking advantage of the opportunity to connect with your neighbours, learn a new skill, purchase hand-crafted gifts or locally-grown produce, can create memorable experiences, strengthen our community, and help educate our children on our local skills and capacities.

Each contribution to your community, whether year-round or part-time, big or small, shapes this community’s future and adds to its vibrancy and sustainability, and to your quality of life.

If you want to become involved in any way please contact us at:

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