The 2009 Nova Scotia Bed & Breakfast Association Annual General Meeting

This weekend the Annual General Meeting of the Nova Scotia Bed & Breakfast Association was held here in Truro.  What a fun weekend!!

 

We woke up Friday morning to snow & slush, so unfortunately some of the Board of Directors weren’t able to make it to our meeting & potluck lunch.  However, we still had enough in attendance that we had a quorum so our meeting took place regardless.  After that was over, the B&B’s in town held house tours for anyone who was here from outside the area.  So often, we are asked to recommend B&B’s in other parts of the province, so it is helpful to know what different areas have to offer. In the evening, we all went over to Tulips & Thistle B&B for a wine & cheese party.  It was such a great opportunity to network with other operators from around the province and share some really funny stories!

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Maarten & Nelly from Baker's Chest with hosts Ann & Larry at Tulips & Thistle

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Gerry (Suncatcher B&B) and myself

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Shelly from Stuart House by the Bay with Jennifer from TIANS

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Some of the Truro B&B owners - D'Arcy & myself along with Janice, Ann & Gerry

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Bill & Ann Marie Monk of A Seafaring Maiden B&B in Granville Ferry, outside of Annapolis Royal

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A fun chance to network together

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Donnie & Janice from Eagle's Landing B&B always have a hilarious story or two!!

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Jill from bbcanada.com, Jennifer from TIANS, Anne from Belgravia B&B & Ruth from Suncatcher B&B!

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Ruth from Suncatcher, Dora from Jonah By the Sea, Connie from A Paradise Found and Mary Pat from Azalea Farmhouse B&B's

The AGM itself took place at First United Church Hall on Saturday and the UCW had prepared lunch for 75 people.  Unfortunately, we did have a few members send regrets at the last-minute due to weather conditions and/or illness.  Regardless, we were pleased with the turnout.  The morning program started off with information sessions by Tom Wilson who spoke about online & social marketing and its importance these days.  Next, Jill MacIntosh from www.bbcanada.com spoke to us about maximizing our web presence and taking full advantage of offers made to us through the bbcanada website.  Just before lunch, Kieu Lam from TIANS along with Doug Matthews from the Department of Tourism, Culture & Heritage came to speak with us about the new Nova Scotia Approved Program for accommodation operators.

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch provided by the UCW and then got down to the business of our AGM.  Our Board of Directors is undergoing a tremendous change with eight new directors this year, including a new President & Vice President.  We’re hoping to take the Association in a positive new direction and I’m really looking forward to working with this new group of people.

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Tom Wilson, presenting information on Social Media and Marketing

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Jill MacIntosh from http://www.bbcanada.com

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Kieu Lam from TIANS, presenting the new "Nova Scotia Approved" program to members

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Door prizes of bags filled with "Items a B&B owner might use" (soap, toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, hand sanitizer, etc.) generously donated by MacQuarries Pharmasave in Truro

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Jill, presenting a free year's membership to bbcanada.com to Bruce Fulton's B&B

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D'Arcy, making sure all the presentations would show up on the screen

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Ruth, presenting outgoing NSBBA President John Meehan with a plaque of appreciation

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Gerry Mailloux new NSBBA President, drawing raffle prize winners

Jill had suggested that we, along with Ruth & Gerry, Ann & Larry & Jennifer all go out to dinner Saturday night to celebrate the successful weekend. We toasted our successes with some Prost, a sparkling wine made by Jost Vineyards, a local winery. We then all went out for supper at a restaurant close by called “The Lovin Spoonful“. Not only was the company so much fun, but the meal and the service were amazing!! We will all be recommending that restaurant to our guests from now on!!  After three hours at the restaurant, laughing & telling stories, we came back here to Belgravia for coffee and ended the weekend on a high note!

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TTM, ready to celebrate a successful weekend!

DRUM!

We had a chance to get to Halifax on Saturday for a performance of DRUM! I am having a hard time putting into words just how much we enjoyed it! The show is explained in the program by the following:

“Before the Tall Ships came, there were the drums of the Mi’Kmaq, the rhythm of the rugged, beautiful lands of Nova Scotia.  For thousands of years, their songs and those of the other ancient native peoples were the only music accompanying Nova Scotia’s crashing waves.

Then came the others, displaced people all, carrying their faith and their music as precious reminders of the homes they had left behind.

First the French, who settled and farmed, transforming the ways of the old country into a new culture – the Acadian culture – as vital and rich as the new land they ploughed.

Then the Celts, the Scots and the Irish, who coloured the landscape, so like that of their homeland, with swirling tartan and the airs of the pipes, the harp and fiddle.

And north from the Thirteen Colonies and the Caribbean, the black settlers, twice dispossessed, the weavers of rhythms rooted in their African heritage and fired by hard times.

Each nation born of a timeless culture, dancing to their own rhythm, their own unique beat.

DRUM! is a gathering of all these rhythms.  It is the musical heartbeat of Nova Scotia.  A spectacle of sounds, styles and traditions, ultimately coming together in a world beat grand finale.

DRUM! communicates a message to the world:  we can hold on to who we are and still share a song, a stage, a country, a world.”

The show especially captured the imaginations of our own drummer, performer, and highland dancer.

The show is over for this year, but we highly recommend for anyone planning a trip to Nova Scotia at this time next year that you try to get tickets!!  We’ll definitely go again!

Afterwards, we went to the Henry House for dinner.  The Henry House was formerly the home of the Granite Brewery, where D’Arcy & I first met while working there together.  The menu and the beer remain mainly the same, and we were happy to see Mel, who is still working there on Saturday nights after all these years!

It was a fun night out, as Halifax is such an easy trip from here for the day.  We will definitely put up a reminder for guests when DRUM! comes to town next year!

The “Other” Side of the Bay of Fundy

On the first day of Summer Vacation 2009, we went exploring the North Side of the Bay of Fundy, along Economy & Five Islands area.

Last Sunday, we packed up and spent the afternoon exploring the South Side of the Bay of Fundy, and we had another fantastic day!!

We set off as soon as our cleanup was finished, leaving my dad, Dave, here to run the show.  Instead of taking the highway, we drove out through Old Barns on Route 236 to Maitland.  There was more traffic than normal, and we quickly realized that it was almost time for the Tidal Bore to arrive in Maitland.  There is a great viewing area and interpretive centre in Maitland, and a bonus is watching the rafters riding the Bore on that part of the tide!  We all went Tidal Bore Rafting last September and had SO much fun!  We highly recommend it and can’t wait to go again!  (The following Tidal Bore Rafting photos were taken by my friend Michelle, who was actually rafting that weekend!)

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We took our time and went in to Burncoat Head, where the highest tides in the world were recorded (54 feet).  It is a wonderful park with a gorgeous view and a museum in the replica of the lighthouse which was originally built in 1858.

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Further down the Bay, we passed by the Walton Lighthouse where we’ve stopped before (they have really clean and well-kept bathrooms!) and I had to giggle when we passed by a sign outside a restaurant that said “Home of the Walton Whopper – under a billion served”!  It’s such a beautiful area, and we passed a lot of people out fishing.

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It was also fun to see the Five Islands from the other side (although it was a bit foggy)…

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We puttered along through Wolfville and we drove around the campus of Acadia University, which is where I started my university career.  (I later transferred to Mount Saint Vincent University in Bedford to earn my Bachelor of Tourism & Hospitality Management.)  We poked in and out of different little shops & markets and I made sure we stopped at “Tangled Garden” in Wolfville for some herbed pepper jelly and some rhubarb mint chutney – yummy!!  We ended up at friends’ in Kentville where we had a delicious and relaxing dinner before heading back to Truro on the highway.  We left our house at about 1:30 and were back home again by 10:00, never feeling rushed.

Truro (known as the “Hub of Nova Scotia”) really is an ideal spot  to be located in order to take day trips around the province!

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