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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

North Mountain Tapestry and North Mountain Coffee

     During my granddaughter's big weekend I was introduced to two places that I had never been to before.

The first was North Mountain United Tapestry, in Harbourville. It is a Cultural and Heritage Society, begun in 2013 when women in the area decided that they could re-purpose the United Church building, and make it a meeting place that would celebrate the "culture, commerce and quality of life of the surrounding North Mountain communities." This is the building where the Gala Days Opening was held, along with a desert contest.
      It is here that the community holds work shops, the North Mountain Market, and still holds the Christmas Eve Service and anniversary service in the building. There are still pews in place on one side of the building, and the other side has tables and chairs, a coffee kiosk with baked goods and North Mountain Coffee, and shelving. Their brochure says they have art classes, a regular knitting group and concerts. They can be found on facebook . The dedicated volunteers are researching the history of the church. I am going to keep my eye on their facebook page, and hopefully get out there for an event or two. The building is right on the coast of the Bay of Funday, not far from the Harbourville wharf.
     It is wonderful to see a church building still being used as a place where neighbours can gather and be united in community. Unfortunately I did not take any pictures when I was there, so I shall have to go back, if for no other reason than to get some shots.

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The second place is the North Mountain Coffee House in the town of Berwick. I have travelled a bit, and am always delighted when I come across a neat little coffee shop. There is one on Grand Manan, New Brunswick which I really liked, and could have spent more time there. Well.....here in my own backyard, 10 minutes away is a marvellous little coffee house called North Mountain Coffee. My daughter introduced me to it while we were waiting for the children's parade to start, and I am so glad.
There is history behind this building, and Sarah the server was happy to tell me about the building. I hope I have the facts right, but apologize in advance if they aren't exact. The building was first a bank, built in 1922, then a Fire hall, then the Town Hall/Library. It was the Town Hall in the early days of my time here. At least I took some pictures in order to share with others the atmosphere, if possible. There are lots of books on the shelves to purchase, which is nice since there are no book stores as such in Berwick. 

A comfy couch to sit on and enjoy the coffee

Friendly Sarah, and some goodies in the glass case.

Tables at the front of the shop

The structure on the left is the original bank vault outer wall

If the weather is nice, enjoy your coffee outside

Doesn't this look so nice?

So, a person can travel all over, and end up finding something delightful very close by.

Serendipity.......yes!


12 comments:

  1. I will have to visit both places Bonnie.
    Debbie

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    1. That's great! Enjoy. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. That coffee house looks wonderful and so close to home ...
    I like that you can buy books there as I am a book-lover

    Have a great weekend
    Hugs

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    1. I'm a great lover of books too Margie. There is something about holding the words in your hand and turning the pages. I'm not into the modern ebooks or whatever they are called. Blessings to you and hugs.

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    2. Dear Bonnie
      I am taking a blogging break as Jake needs lots of TLC
      I posted about it today along with a poem and pic of Jake and Rose
      I will miss you but I will be back before you know it.

      Hugs dear lady
      Take care and be well
      xx

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  3. Both places sound wonderful, Bonnie. Isn't it nice to be introduced to new spots that tug at our heartstrings?

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    1. It is so nice that they are close by. I don't get out that much, so I am sure there are other places yet to be discovered.

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  4. I would absolutely love to visit both of those places, Bonnie. Coffee and community - what better combination is there? (I met my best friend at a Starbucks!) xo

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    1. I made a second visit to the coffee house, and was as taken with it as I was the first time. I enjoyed the 'coffee house' music and the quiet.

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  5. A church become community centre and a historic coffee shop. What delightful discoveries and worthwhile uses for buildings which have outlived their original purpose.

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    1. I was quite taken with both places. I like the idea of reusing buildings instead of letting them fall down or be torn down to make way for new and 'no character' buildings.

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