June 7th 1933
June 7, 1933
Centre Of Apple Belt, Berwick Is An Attractive Town:
(Halifax Herald Tourist Edition)
Berwick is an attractive country town widely known as the centre of the largest apple producing district in Nova Scotia. Situated in the heart of the wonderful Annapolis Valley, the town has an ideal location nearly midway between Halifax and Yarmouth on the Dominion Atlantic Railway. Rising on either side are the wooded hills known as the North and South Mountain. There are beautiful drives up through these mountains where a magnificent view is obtained of the valley below. Following the road over the North Mountain the breeze comes laden with the tang of the ocean and one glimpses the blue of the Bay of Fundy against the darker bluffs of the opposite shores.
A drive of only eight miles brings one to Harborville on the shores of the Bay with its rocky beach and high bluffs. The tides here rise over 50 feet. The bathing is good, cool and invigorating. Boating and deep sea fishing may be enjoyed.
Or, taking the road over the South Mountain, one comes to many beautiful lakes. The nearest, Lake George, is very popular in summer. The woods dip down to the water's edge with here and there a summer cottage. At one side stretches a white sandy beach excellent for bathers. Canoeing, boating and fishing are the other attractions. There is good fishing also in the many streams and lakes in this vicinity.
Berwick will appeal to the summer visitor who needs rest and quiet in pleasant surroundings. It has beautiful shade trees and orchards which in blossom time are a bower of beauty and later a galaxy of fruit. Good accommodations may be had at a moderate figure, good cooking, with vegetables and fruits, fresh from the garden to the table. There are two hotels and private boarding places, numerous garages, and a good tennis court.
It must not be forgotten that Berwick is the camp-meeting town. The Camp Ground is a beautiful grove of hemlock trees where annually the United Church of Canada holds a camp meeting the first week in August. On special days two or three thousand people gather to hear some of the best talent on the continent. This is a good time to meet old friends.
Berwick extends a hearty welcome to the visitor.
Berwick Awarded Special Prize For Decorated Float:
For decorated floats representative of Valley towns, at the Blossom Carnival parade at Kentville on Saturday morning, Berwick had the distinction of being awarded premier honors; a worthy compliment indeed considering that competition was exceptionally keen. The Berwick float, however, decorated with pink and white apple blossoms over a background of green, and topped off with an apple of extensive proportions, was considered by the judges to be more in keeping with the season which the festive occasion represented.
The successful result of their efforts was especially gratifying to the committee who were responsible for the undertaking as well as to all others who contributed generously of their time and energy in carrying out the various details.
To Mr. D. L. B. Chute goes the credit not only of planning the arrangement but of contributing the major share of time and labor in its construction. Doug, also conceived the idea of the "apple," which he modelled and constructed of concrete, plaster paris and selenite. The huge specimen, which was artistically colored by M. R. I. Cook to represent the Dutchess variety, weighed nearly 400 pounds, and was elevated to its position of vantage not without considerable difficulty. To Doug, also goes the credit of the novel idea for keeping the blossoms fresh and attractive. This was accomplished by the blossom stalks being placed in tin cans which had been securely fastened to the inside of the frame work, and filled with water. This of course meant a great deal of extra work, but the effect was well worth the effort.
The Committee appointed by the Women's Institute to cooperate with the general committee, rendered valuable assistance not only in the decorating but in the artistic lettering which spelled the name "Berwick" on each side of the float. The letters, which were designed and cut out o heavy carton board, by Messrs. R. I. Cook and Waldo Lovelace, were done in pink and white crepe paper, making a very effective display over the green background of spruce.
The crowning feature of the enterprise was, of course, the three young ladies who accompanied the float - Miss Marjorie Eaton as Queen, Misses Violet Bligh and Jean Patterson as attendants, all of whom looked especially charming.
The committee especially appreciated the generous cooperation and assistance of Mr. Cecil Rood, whose truck was used for the occasion and who drove it to Kentville and through the parade, and to all others who contributed toward the construction and decorating of the float.
The following letter has been received from R. T. Caldwell, M.L.A., Chairman of the Carnival Committee:
Town of Berwick: -
The Berwick float in the Queen contest has been awarded the special prize. This will be forwarded in the course of a few days. Please accept our congratulations and our most hearty thanks for your splendid cooperation.
R. T. Caldwell,
Blossom Festival Proves Outstanding Achievement
Ideal Weather Conditions, a Splendid Program, and the Co-operation of the Entire Valley, were Factors which Contributed Largely to the Success of the Three-Day Event.
With ideal weather favoring, and a profusion of bloom the equal of which has never before been experienced in this delightful Valley, Nova Scotia's first apple blossom festival, which opened at Kentville Friday afternoon and concluded with an impressive service at Grand Pre Memorial Park on Sunday, was an outstanding success and a triumph for which the citizens of the shire town are deserving of the highest praise. Had it been possible for the committee in charge of arrangements to have selected the weather in advance, they could not have picked three more perfect days.
The opening event - and one of unusual interest following the preliminaries - was the splendid program of folk singing and folk dancing, under the direction of Mr. B. C. Silver and Miss Daisy Foster. Two thousand school children, from nearly every school section of the Valley, took part in the exercises.
The Apple Blossom Pageant on Friday evening was another outstanding feature. The scene of the pageant was laid in the front door yard of an Annapolis Valley home where a mother tells the story that the apple has played down through the ages in history and mythology, beginning with the Garden of Eden when man's trouble began with an extra helping of applesauce down to the present day when the output of the Annapolis Valley apples in good years exceeds 2,000,000 barrels.
With a cast of seventy people and a real live horse who wasn't just sure what it was all about with its beautiful stage effect and scenery including real apple trees with the blossoms still on, the pageant kept the fixed attention of the large audience from the opening scene to the grand finale. The music, dancing and acting of those taking part, which was all local talent, was of a very high order.
The pageant was followed by a dance at the Cornwallis Inn.
Saturday's program included a grand street parade in the morning in which nearly every town in the Valley was represented; a double-header baseball game between Yarmouth and an all-star Valley team; addresses by Premier Harrington, J. L. Ilsley, M.P., C. C. Nowlan, M.L.A., and others; the Massinet choir of Montreal, and grand street dance.
Over one thousand people heard the Massenet Choir under the direction of Prof. Charles Goulet at the Arena Saturday evening and the unanimous opinion was that it was probably the finest presentation of its kind heard in this province for years. Singing in English, French and Latin they held the fixed attention of the audience for over two hours and could have kept them for as much longer.
At Grand Pre Park Sunday afternoon, in the midst of the country from which ancestors of their countrymen were driven nearly two centuries ago, they held a crowd of 5,000 people spellbound during a short program and were later recorded for a talkie that will appear later.
The western part of the Valley carried off the honors in the competitions for the queens and their floats for it was Miss Mary Armour, of Middleton, who was chosen the Queen of the Carnival and the towns of Berwick and Middleton won first and second prizes for the queens' floats.
Visitors who came from distant points - and there were many - were particularly impressed not only with the excellent programs which were so well carried out, but also with the magnificent panorama of bloom which, contrary to expectation, was still profuse notwithstanding that over a week had elapsed since the early blossoms had come out.
While the three days festival was a stupendous undertaking, there is little doubt but that the success which crowned the efforts of the committee in charge of the well-organized affair will result in its becoming an annual event and one which will become broader in scope with each passing year.