Chipoudy Communities Revitalization Committee (CCRC) is pleased to have received a New Horizons for Seniors Grant from the Canadian Government which will be used for the projects described below:
Video Library:Senior's Sharing Stories * Lifelong Learning * Community Cooking * Barn Quilts
Inspired by the recent project on memoir writing at Forest Dale Home, part of the grant includes building a video library of local seniors’ interviews. In cooperation with the local schools, students will interview and record seniors. The films will be edited and (hopefully) premiere during Heritage Week in February 2019.
Many of us have heard stories at family gatherings, or even a church supper—any time when folks are together having a good time. If you know a senior with some great stories, we want to capture those memories on tape. Often, people open up more easily when a friend or sibling is there, in a sense, bouncing the stories off one another. This would be a great staging idea--bringing several people together to talk.
The students will also interview some of the residents at Forest Dale Home (provided permission has been granted by the relatives with powers of attorney).
Lifelong Learning Opportunities
We will build on our successful courses offered at the school: French Second Language, various computer courses, financial management, and others. Have an idea? We are open to trying to find a teacher. Have a skill you want to teach others? We have the space for you!
We would like to bring a group of adults to the school kitchen to cook together, share a meal and take home containers of leftovers for the freezer. Some of these meals would use recipes that others would also enjoy—a cookbook could be created. Using the bounty of the fall harvest, we could make pies to share. Using the school’s orchard, seniors could partner with the students to make a variety of apple recipes. The fall provides great opportunities for cooking together.
We are excited to have two students this summer to begin an Albert County Barn Quilt project. A barn quilt is a barn decorated with likenesses of old-fashioned, brightly painted, patchwork quilt blocks. Barn quilts began when Donna Sue Groves, who loved quilts and barns, wanted to brighten up the plain tobacco barn on her property in Ohio by painting a quilt design on the barn. A few years later, her idea turned into an economic development and tourism project.
As part of Canada 150, Prince Edward Island received funding for a self-guided driving trail featuring 19 barn quilts in PEI. The barns are spaced at varying intervals, so locating each one is like a scavenger hunt over rural roads, an adventure in agri-tourism. Highly visible from the road, the barn quilt trail provides information about agriculture in PEI. This project has a website which gives a profile of each farm and a map. Closer to home, Kings County NB has a Barn Quilt Trail (see www.quiltbarntour.com).
Our summer students will work with clients who are interested in having a Barn Quilt made for their property. Together they will decide on the design and colours. Then, the student(s) will work with clients of the Albert Career Development Center, to complete the quilt block on wood suitable for outdoor use. The wooden quilts can hang on a building or on posts installed in a yard.
We are planning a website and/or Facebook page to highlight quilts at the businesses, farms, historic homes, or just homes of people interested in this project on our own Albert County Trail. It is one way to encourage tourists to slow down as they visit the tourist destinations of the Rocks, Fundy National Park and Cape Enrage— and enjoy the drive through some of the most beautiful scenery New Brunswick has to offer.
Interested in becoming part of the Barn Quilt project? Let us know! Interested in participating in a course? Have an idea for a course? Want to cook together with like-minded folks? Let us hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, send us a Facebook message, call 882-2052, 882-2573 or 882-2626 and give us your ideas. We are better together!