The Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia held its AGM on Saturday, 23 June 2018, at 1:30 p.m., in St. James Church, Great Village, N.S. Guest Speaker was Nova Scotia writer Brian Bartlett.
You can read the minutes of the meeting by clicking here.
2018 AGM of the EBSNS – President’s Address by Patti Sharpe
Welcome everyone to our 2018 AGM. Another busy year has passed and we are both excited and saddened by the changes it has brought.
We are saddened by the loss of two members of the EB Society during recent months. Marjorie Peppered of Bedford, but formerly of Great Village passed away in February. Marjorie was an able volunteer (along with her sister Ruth) who always could be counted on to help out with Society events, festivals and so one. She also had a remarkable talent for crafting small people – Marjorie was a doll maker and was responsible for our small EB who inhabits the display cabinet in the corner of the Exhibit. Judith van Duren of Economy passed away in May after a brief battle with cancer. Judith served as our vice-president and was the voice of reason at board meetings. She provided wise counsel on practical matters, but always tempered it with a warm and ready wit. Both these wonderful women will be missed.
On a happier note, we celebrate the resurrection of EB House as a artist’s retreat and are very happy to have its care in the loving and able hands of Laurie Gunn and the St. James Church of Great Village Preservation Society. The house changed hands a number of times in recent years and each time the EBSNS found itself caught up in the question of house ownership. Should we consider it? Can we adequately support and maintain it? And the questions went on. Ultimately, we agreed that we did not have the resources necessary to take it on in the manner it deserved. We are very happy that the Preservation Society has done so and we will continue to support them in their endeavours.
The EBSNS continues to celebrate the importance of Bishop and her connection with this small village and NS as a whole. I hope you saw our colourful, summertime banners as you arrived today – they are a legacy project that came out of the Bishop Centenary celebrations. I want to thank local firemen – Larry Kinsman, Daniel Dodsworth Lush and Brendan Watson – who travelled throughout the village with me on a lovely, May evening, scaling ladders to hang the banners and providing a good deal of entertainment along the way. And, of course, there is the heritage pergola located at the end of the Wilsons property near the river. It depicts on illustrated panels the history of the village and surrounding area and informs those who stop to take it in of Bishop’s place in the fabric of GV. The pergola is a joint partnership with the GV Historical Society. And of course we can’t forget our newest endeavour – EB’S Beginnings and Echoes of EB. Please enjoy what we have to offer, in this the second year, of that ongoing project.
Bishop is alive and well in Great Village and the larger world. Next year the EBSNS celebrates 25 years as a society – be sure to join us for that one and consider becoming a board member. Follow us on Face book, visit our website, stay involved.
Some images from the festivities
(Guest speaker Brian Bartlett. Photo by Susan Kerslake)
(Emma FitzGerald standing beside her painting of EB house in “Echoes of EB” exhibit. Photo by Sandra Barry)
(Municipal Heritage designation ceremony at the Elizabeth Bishop House. Photo by Susan Kerslake)
(Colchester County mayor, Christine Blair, and Laurie Gunn and the provincial and municipal heritage plaques on the EB House. Photo by Sandra Barry)