Welcome to Jerusalem Marketplace, where kids will be joining Jesus’ faithful friends and followers during Jesus’ final days on earth. They’ll travel back into Bible times—without setting foot outside our community.
The Hillsborough Baptist Church is celebrating their 200th anniversary this year. Over the years there have been many changes, but the purpose has remained the same. All are welcome and invited to join us in celebrating this milestone.
The moment you’ve all been waiting for has almost arrived! Join us across the region from August 6-14 for musical performances, author readings, #fundyfresh culinary experiences, outdoor activities, and much more.
by Janet Clouston
The RB Bennett Commemorative Centre was officially opened in 2010 at the Albert County Museum to highlight Bennett’s professional life and to share his boyhood years growing up in Hopewell Cape. The impressive granite monument was erected “in the square” by the Government of Canada to honour the Right Honourable Richard Bedford Bennett, Canada’s 11th Prime Minister. RB Bennett’s image is portrayed in the centre of the granite monument as he views the tidal waters of the Petitcodiac River flowing into Shepody Bay. The RB Bennett Exhibit is now being renovated!
by Ian Duncan
Main Street Music
This summer, Friend s of Fundy will be bringing live music to the Streets of Alma every Saturday and Sunday! Each weekend, artists will perform outdoor sets on Main Street in front of Outpost Alma from noon to 2pm. Performers include Sarah and James, Paul Toner, Fundy Ceilidh, Shane Douthwright, Kendra Gale, the Swing Cats, Daniel McFadyen, Samael Pelletier, and Before the Mast. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
Schedule of Events:
Free Admission to Fundy National Park with lots of free activities.
by Janet Clouston
Albert County Museum Officially opened May 21st for the 2022 season. To kick-off the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the Museum, which opened to the public May 19, 1962, a symbolic ribbon cutting took place at 1:00pm in front of the Albert County Court House (1904) with some of the original artefacts that were on hand 60 years ago! We made an announcement on a special program along with our new “$60 for 60 Years” campaign. We welcomed long-term residents as well as those new to Albert County to discover the history of their new home!
by Don Bowman
Do you know what Kiwanis Members have been up to?
We were happy to participate in the Community Clean-up that was set up by the Village of Hillsborough. Together the community members were able to collect a trailer load of waste and contribute to making our community even more beautiful.
We were also excited to be a part of the Hillbilly Run and Heartland on the 28th of May by serving up locally made hamburgers. Proceeds from The Annual Hillbilly Run support Shenstone Cemetery and other community projects.
Some of our upcoming events for June include an Open House on the 4th that includes the Annual Spring Draw with prizes of a zero turn mower, trimmer and pressure washer. Our second breakfast of the year will be held on the 11th from 8:00-10:00am in support of the Anglican Church Bazaar.
We are actively seeking information and pictures from our community about past Kiwanis members. We are sharing the details found on our past presidents on the Hillsborough Kiwanis Presidents page to celebrate these community leaders and their families. It is interesting to see that some of these people were WWI and WWII veterans, politicians, a funeral home owner, Hillsborough Canadian Gypsum workers and many other interesting occupations. Many also occupied some very interesting homes in our community. Most importantly, they are people who influenced where our community came from.
Preliminary steps are being taken to build a community activity offering for this fall that will be focused on teaching children and young adults skills like pottery, basic computer servicing and introduction to plumbing, with other offerings to follow. To make this a success we will be asking for donations of old computers and hardware, support from people in our community with a passion for their craft and people who want to learn while having fun.
by Dawne McLean, President ACHS
In celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ascending to the throne, the Albert County Historical Society will host a Platinum Jubilee Ceremony at the Court House on the grounds of the Albert County Museum, Hopewell Cape, on Saturday, June 4, 2022. This event will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to “our Queen of Canada”, who, for many of us, is the only Monarch we have ever known.
A committee is working on the possibility of displaying local veterans’ banners in the Village of Riverside-Albert during the month of November.
If you are interested in purchasing a banner for a loved one or looking for more information, please contact either of these committee members at your earliest convenience: Audrey Campbell at 381-2770 or Beulah Morrissey at 882-2275.
By Amanda Rossiter
If you have recently driven through Hopewell Hill, you may have noticed the former United Church has a new sign. Over the last few years, the owners, Charlotte Love and Shelley Garnhum, have worked hard to transform this beautiful building into Mount Pleasant Events.
Submitted by: Janet Clouston, Managing Director, Albert County Museum
Readers of Connecting Albert County may recall the “Albert County 175” programming that was hosted in 2020 with the support of the Government of Canada. Over the course of the year, the popular photo-a-day program was shared on our website blog and on Facebook and Twitter. Several concerts were held, including the outdoor Rising Tide Festival concert near the Exhibition Hall, as well as the 100th anniversary re-dedication of the WWI field guns held in the “square” and the Artisan Showcase held in the Court House. A commemorative AC175 souvenir magazine was produced and mailed to every household in Albert County, as well as to the schools. Of the 20,000 printed magazines, only a few copies remain. The AC175 collector’s pin that was designed is still proudly worn by local residents.
by Beth Robichaud, Atlantic Event Décor
Having sufficient time to plan and perfect your event is paramount to creating an experience no one will forget. Whether you are planning the wedding of your dreams or a corporate gala, we’re sharing our expert opinion on when the time is right to move from visualizing to planning.
by Janet Clouston
We are pleased to share the content from this article from 1962 with the readers of Connecting Albert County. The Albert County Museum opened with 200 items in their collection and we now have nearly 9000 items!
One of the items is the Guest Book from the 1962 season with the names of the guests who visited during the first year the Museum was in operation. We hope you enjoy the article and photo. We look forward to welcoming you to the Museum during the 60th Anniversary in 2022!
By Kathryn Kay
Albert County, NB based songwriter Don Coleman, who is endorsed by Gordon Lightfoot for the song he penned about the iconic Canadian troubadour, has released his latest song and music video that is called the “Albert County Home Sweet Home” Audio/Visual experience.
By Janet Clouston
The Albert County Historical Society is pleased to announce the 60th Anniversary of the Albert County Museum will take place in 2022. The Museum, located in Hopewell Cape, NB, opened to the public in 1962 on the site of the historic 1845 “Shiretown” of Albert County, the once-bustling municipality capital.
“The Albert County Museum came into existence because a group of Albert County citizens knew the importance of preserving the history and artefacts of past generations,” expressed Dawne McLean, President of the Albert County Historical Society. “Without the Museum, valuable information of our past would have been erased....never to be appreciated by future generations.”
Throughout 2022, the amazing history of the area will be shared through in-person events, as well as by digital means, including the Albert County Museum (ACM) website, social media and special videos.
Programming will be for history lovers of all ages and, where possible, will be free of charge, available at a nominal fee, or included with paid admission to the Museum.
By Julie Hopkins
The Riverview Arts Centre's mission is to inspire a passion for the arts while enriching the cultural life of our community in Albert County. We are a not-for-profit organization located inside Riverview High School. Our Royal Theatre is driven by our community, board of directors, staff, and volunteers. The centre offers a positive and professional environment for the community to experience the arts by presenting a diverse line-up of performances (musicians, theatre productions, dance, etc.) and offering rental opportunities.
For many residents of Riverside-Albert and the surrounding area, Crooked Creek Convenience is our community store. It’s not just a place to buy essentials but, pre-pandemic, it was where you met neighbours, chatted and caught up on the local news. This atmosphere was created, to a large degree, by Lindsay Butland.
In 2011, Lindsay, who was only 23 years old at the time, bought the convenience store that was across the road from its current location. She worked non-stop to update and expand the business, while also fostering a sense of community. When her first daughter, Jayda, was born, Lindsay put a playpen right in the store. Local women would drop in to hold and help take care of Jayda.
Eight years later, Lindsay took yet another big leap and moved the store across the road. She renovated the building, added gas pumps and liquor, and hired more staff. The new store opened in 2018.
To learn more about Lindsay and the store, see janetwallacewriting.files.wordpress.com/2021/11/crooked-creek-conv.pdf
On October 14, 2021, David Christie was presented a Life Membership in the Albert County Historical Society by President Dawne McLean.
By Bonnie-Lee Armstrong
As the granddaughter of a lighthouse keeper, I come by my love of lighthouses honestly. Anyone who knows about the early 20th century lighthouse keepers understands it was the vocation of the whole family, not just the keepers. It was more than a job: it was a lifestyle. Often romanticized, the truth is it was hard work and a position that bore great responsibility. It was through the dedication of the keepers that these lighthouses remained functional and in good repair in order to save and protect the lives of mariners. I would like to share the story of one of those lighthouses, which I affectionately call “Grampie’s Lighthouse.”
My connection with it began in my childhood in the early 60’s when I used to play in the lighthouse that stood beside my grandparent’s home in Waterside. It was a magical playhouse full of adventure and imagination. I would climb the steep ladder stairs to the landing, where the old lantern would have hung. I imagined myself being the keeper, lighting the lantern or searching the waters below Anderson Hollow for sailors. My grandfather died before I had the opportunity to know him so I associated the lighthouse with him and began to call it Grampie’s Lighthouse. For me, it came to represent my grandfather and the history of my family as keepers before they moved from the Martin Head Lighthouse to Waterside in 1932. It wasn’t until years later that I discovered the lighthouse was actually called the Anderson Hollow Lighthouse.
Story by Jane Chrysostom
It all started with an exercise for branding potential promotional materials for the Harvey Hall. Working on bold graphic designs, capturing the essence of the Hall’s character and architecture, considering its surroundings and purpose, and‒ especially important for eye-catching attraction ‒choosing colours. That was the work to be done.
Connecting Albert County and the CCRC Welcome Committee have invited newcomers to share their stories about why they have moved to rural Albert County.
We welcome Judy and Don Bryant, Kathryn Opyc and our many other new neighbours!
We would like to include more photographs and stories about experiences "back in the day." This could range from stories you heard about clearing land in the 1800s to tales from the one-room schoolhouses to even homesteading experiences from back-to-the-landers in the '70s.
The anecdotes could be funny, emotional or simply educational. Stories from our past may help us better appreciate and understand our community and environment.
If you would like to share a story or just an image, please email Janet Wallace at info@ConnectingAlbertCounty.org.
Culture & Heritage
Connecting Albert County would like to thank the following supporters & advertisers:
- Bennett and Albert County Health Care (BACH) Foundation
- Albert County Pharmacy
- CR Yardworks & Equipment
- Hon. Rob Moore, MP for Fundy Royal
- CBDC Westmorland Albert
- Albert County Funeral Home
- Grass Roots Community Economic Development Cooperative
- Albert County Chamber of Commerce
- Crooked Creek Convenience
- East Coast Kids Child Care & Learning Centre
- Fireside Home Heating
- Foods of the Fundy Valley
- The Garden Guy (Micheal McBurnie)
- Hon. Mike Holland, Minister, MLA-Albert
- The Old Church Farmers' Market
- Village of Hillsborough
- Village of Riverside-Albert
- Broadleaf Ranch
- Chipoudy Communities Revitalization Committee (CCRC)
- Cape Enrage Fundy Log Cabin
- Falcon Ridge Inn B&B
- Friends of Fundy
- Fundy Highlands Motel and Chalets
- Fundy Mud Pottery
- Jeff MacDougall, SouthEastern Mutual Insurance
- Village of Alma
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