June 2011

My Waterfront is… Local Talent

On Canada Day, Waterfront Development is launching 5 Performance Spots on the Halifax waterfront, from Tall Ships Quay to Queen’s Wharf. We have lined up 5 talented Maritime acts to entertain visitors as they celebrate Canada’s birthday.

The free afternoon concerts start at noon and are presented by Waterfront Development and Atlantic Canada Sea-Dees.

The Performance Spots will then be available to the public year-round on a free, one-hour, honour system to showcase local talent and entertain visitors on the Halifax waterfront, from family friendly music to dance and theatre.

Sands at Salter on Halifax Waterfront Opening Soon

Nova Scotians and visitors will soon have a new public outdoor space to enjoy on the Halifax waterfront, at the foot of Salter Street.

About one third, or an acre, of the site next to Bishop’s Landing, will be converted into green space as a temporary use and called Sands at Salter.

“Our goal remains the same, we want to see this site developed. But in the interim, we have an opportunity to create another destination, create a space for people to enjoy,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO of Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd.

“We have this window of time to try ideas, gauge what people like over the next couple of years, and assess what concepts work well in key waterfront spaces.”

An informal session with interested community members and public feedback generated ideas to combine a mix, from beach-like spaces to areas for leisure activities and events.

Starting this month, sections will be phased in, including grassy and sandy areas, creating an urban beach feel, green space for people to take part in leisure activities and new seating. The boardwalk on both sides will be connected to the extended portion built in 2009. A parking section will re-open today, June 20.

The site will also be the venue for two signature event, the 25th anniversary of the TD Bank Jazz Fest in July, and 2011 SWATCH Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Junior World Championships starting in August.

As a legacy, close to 2,000 tonnes of sand used for the volleyball courts will remain. Donated by FIVB host Sports and Entertainment Atlantic, it is a key feature in the interim plan.

Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. is a provincial Crown corporation developing the strategic potential of the Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg waterfronts. Revenues are reinvested in the waterfronts to drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism and reflect and protect marine heritage.

Turbine on CBC news

The wonderful Lisa Drader-Murphy appears in this recent clip from CBC National News. Featuring Turbine’s participation at the DPA celebrity gifting suite during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Frida presents a new collection handmade in Italy

Frida welcomes the “Sunny Eyes Collection” from Ziio.

Combining semi precious stones, murano glass and sterling silver, Ziio is an entirely handmade collection based in Tuscany. Designer Elizabeth Paradon derives much of her inspiration from her extensive travels and beautiful suroundings. Utilizing unique and innovative craftsmanship, the Ziio collection is a fabulous addtion to the many highly original handmade pieces presented by Frida at the Piazza, Bishop’s Landing.

Frida – Where Jewellery Becomes Art

New French Wines at Bishop’s Cellar

Courtesy of Bishop’s Cellar

“With over 20 new French wines arriving in the store this week, the staff is eagerly awaiting this Friday Night’s In-Store Tasting. We may not have the 26°F temperature that they are enjoying in the Rhone Valley but we do have some complex and robust wines to help us get through this cold and soggy weather. This is bound to be a sought after tasting so please make sure to RSVP to ensure your spot.

All this rain and cold weather has left me in need of a little retail therapy and a nice glass of wine to lift my spirits. With that in mind, we have selected over 25 products that we will be discounting to brighten up the rainiest of days! Between our new French offerings and our discount wines, we would be more than happy to help you find something to tempt your tastebuds.”

Upcoming In StoreTasting

Viva La France
Friday June 17th – Bishop’s Cellar
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Silk at Bishop’s Landing

What a dreary few days we’ve had! Hopefully as the weekend draws near we’ll see the sun a bit more.

To make sure you are ready for it, dust off your summer wardrobe and head to Silk at Bishop’s Landing for your dry cleaning and tailoring needs. Conveniently located on the Lower Water Street side of Bishop’s Landing you’ll find friendly staff ready to assist you.

Call (902) 448 4176 for more details.

Summer is coming… head down to Bishop’s Landing!

The sail boats are in for the season
And the gorgeous new Piazza lights are now up! (Photo Courtesy of Ristorante A Mano)

 And today the sun is out! Be sure to head down our way to sample some of the best restaurants in town and shop in a fabulous selection of local independently owned businesses!

We look forward to seeing you!

A Waterfront Walk for Muscular Dystrophy THIS SATURDAY!

Walk for Muscular Dystrophy – Sat Jun 11, 2011 to Sat Jun 11, 2011
Halifax Waterfront

It takes 1 muscle to care. Have a heart, join the 2011 Halifax Walk for Muscular Dystrophy!
Last year the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy raised over $1,000,000 in 53 locations across Canada. This year, why not bring your family and friends and enjoy a fun, relaxed community event that raises spirits as well as funds. Meet individuals who are affected by neuromuscular disorders and interact in a supportive, accessible environment with people who share your passion to make a difference.  This family fun event will also include refreshments and special surprises!

Here at One Stop Wood Shop we have good friends that are affected by this condition and we’d like to share their story.

Go Team Van’s Fans!

April 22nd, 2008 was the day that our family learnt about a degenerative neuro-muscular disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It was the day that our precious, vibrant and intelligent 10 month old baby was diagnosed with this incurable disease and the day that changed the direction of our lives. 

 After much research on SMA, we knew that Van would face many physical challenges. We discovered that he would require assistance from expensive machines to clear his lungs so he could breathe, he would need a wheelchair, braces for his back, a stander to ensure his bones are strong, and numerous other devices to ensure his optimal health. Where is the money going to come from? How are we going to afford all these things that would help him grow to reach his full potential and be a healthy little boy ? How can we NOT provide these  devices for him? How can that even be a consideration? The stresses associated with these lingering questions were immense and ominous.

In the fall of the same year, we were referred to our local chapter of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.  We knew of the amazing work MDC does for Muscular Dystrophy, but we were not as familiar with the full scope of their mandate, and their incredible support of numerous neuro-muscular conditions including Spinal Muscular Atrophy.  

MDC’s support has been tremendous, both financially and emotionally.  We have been able to acquire life saving equipment either fully funded by MDC or with their support for portions not covered through other programs or private insurance. Without their support, Van would be hospitalized for weeks at a time, on IV medication and oxygen. Their financial support has kept us out of hospital and has enabled us to be proactive with his health. 

Additionally, MDC also funds research for many neuro-muscular conditions. A significant amount of funding for SMA comes from donations of which MDC is a leading contributor.  As result, of the 600 neuro muscular conditions, Spinal Muscular Atrophy  is closest to a cure (National Institute for Health, 2008). Thus, Muscular Dystrophy is not only providing our family with financial support but is also providing our family and many others with real HOPE for the future. HOPE that someday my child wont struggle to breathe due to weak muscles and that he may even feel the weight of his own body touch the ground as he takes his first steps. 

Please give generously so that our son and others affected by neuro-muscular conditions can reach their full potential and live a long, productive and happy life. 

Log on to TEAM – Van’s Fans to donate !!!! 

The Bernard Family 

Welcome to Maples Gallery!

Welcome to Arlene who recently opened Maples Gallery here in Bishop’s Landing!
Selling Pottery, Jewellery and Art she will be a fantastic addition to our collection of independently owned businesses!