Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas hours/Irish Sessions!




Hi, folks! We just wanted to let you all know about the best night of the week at The Townhouse. It's Sunday or "session night." My very talented sister, Susie, hosts an Irish traditional music session every week from 6:30 to close. She has been playing for 12 years or so, and spent several of those years playing several nights a week at sessions in and around Cork, Ireland. If you haven't experienced a proper session before, it's high time you did. They are wonderful. Relaxed, informal, unrehearsed, fun, and especially these days, very festive. The music is lively and lilting, mostly instrumental, but punctuated by the occasional song. Flutes, fiddles, whistles, banjos, guitars, accordions, bhodran, and small pipes are unpacked from their cases and played by a rotating cast of devotees who come out and join in for the sheer pleasure of it. Some are self taught and still learning, some are seasoned professionals. Their numbers range from 3-4 players some nights to outnumbering the audience on other nights. The music is always fantastic and infectious. We have players traveling from Cape Breton and Pictou Co., and several you'll recognize from right here in Antigonish. If you're into the tunes you can sit close by and catch all the nuances, if you're getting together with friends and family, nothing makes for a more pleasant atmosphere. 


The music starts around 6:30ish (these things are, after all, very casual) and continues until closing. We do last call at 9:30ish (again, it depends how much fun we're all having!).  The kitchen is open from 5pm until 9pm, and we suggest coming infor dinner a bit early to score yourself a table as the session is catching on, and the place fills up rather quickly most nights.

Anyway, we have 2 more sessions in December - the 23rd and the 30th, and we'll be resuming them after a brief break on Jan 13th. Check out our decorating efforts - nothing gets us in the X-mas At-mos like edible decorations, real fir and pine, and twinkling lights... Thanks To Susie and my mum for all their help!




Home-grown garlic bulbs and gingersnaps hanging from the boughs.


And just so you know, here are our Holiday hours:

Last day before Christmas: Sunday, Dec. 23 (SESSION!)

CLOSED Dec. 24-27

OPEN Dec. 28-30 (regular hours) (Dec. 30 = SESSION!)
We didn't want to miss out on all the Christmas cheer! Come in for tasty craft beers, or a seasonal sipper like a Hot Scotch Toddy, a proper Irish Coffee, Rum'n'nog, or a new fave of ours the Hot Port!

CLOSED Dec. 31-Jan. 7

REOPENING Jan. 8

Merry Christmas to all! We hope to see some long missed and much loved faces through the Townhouse between Christmas and New Year's - make sure yours is among them!

Cheers,

Rose, Terry, and the whole Townhouse crew!

Pete, Jordan, Noella, and Terry wishing you all a very merry, and peppery, Christmas!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

NEW HOURS!

NOW OPEN TUESDAYS! 




KITCHEN HOURS 
TUES-THUR: 5PM-9PM
FRI-SAT: 5PM-10PM
SUN: 5PM-9PM
EVERYDAY OPENING: 4PM
LAST CALL IS AT 11:30 EACH DAY, 
EXCEPT SUNDAYS WHEN IT'S 9:30.

The cold snap is upon us here in Antigonish. We want to know, what's your favourite cold weather libation?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

What's on tap at The Townhouse?




The current line-up:

Propeller Pumpkin Ale (Halifax)
A fall classic, created in fall of 2004 at the request of the Town of Windsor's  Pumpkin Festival. Brewed using Howard Dill's® world famous Atlantic Giant Pumpkins® and a special blend of spices - It’s the next best thing to pumpkin pie. Get it while it lasts!

Propeller IPA (Halifax)
Not for the faint of heart. True India Pale Ales had to withstand long sea voyages before quenching the thirst of cranky British troops stationed in India. Our IPA is true to this style, it’s bracing, bitter and higher in alcohol (6.5%alc./vol) and made with the trademark Propeller quality. It’s full-bodied ale for full throttle beer lovers! Gold World Beer Championships (Chicago) 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Granite Peculiar (Halifax)
Peculiar is a dark Yorkshire Style Ale, a full bodied brew with a sweet but slightly dry palate. Winner: The People's Choice Award at the Toronto Beer Festival, and an "exceptional" rating from the Chicago Beverage Tasting Institute.  Peculiar is also featured in Michael Jackson's Great Beer Guide.

Granite Keefe’s Irish Stout (Halifax)
This is a true Irish Stout. A black and bitter stout with a buried hint of sweetness.  It pours with a thick creamy head that is said to support currency. 

Garrison Red Ale  (Halifax)
This classic beer style was inspired by centuries of Celtic brewing history. Specialty kilned malts such as dark caramel and munich dominate the Irish Red resulting in a ruby red colour and smooth malty taste.

Garrison Hopyard (Halifax)
Deep golden, medium bodied & nicely bitter, Hopyard Pale is exceptional in the West Coast style. Generous hopping in the boil & further dry-hopping produce a fruity/floral aroma & refreshingly bitter finish. A true thirst-quencher!

Pumphouse Premium Lager (Moncton, NB)
A tribute to the Reinheitsgebot (beer purity law) of 1516, brewed using just barley, hops, yeast and water. Cold aged and matured for more than six weeks, there are no adjuncts, or artificial carbonation - resulting in a 100% natural lager.

Pumphouse Special Old Bitter (Moncton, NB)
A deep honey-coloured unfiltered west coast style session beer with the classic fresh aromatic hop bouquet mingling with malty undertones for excellent balance finishing with a pleasant lingering bitterness. A great thirst quencher or the perfect buffer with spicy foods!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall Update: Townhouse open and back to regular hours

Hi again everyone,

Last night was our first night back from our brief hiatus. It's so good to get the doors open and see some of our regulars again, so we thought we'd give you all a brief update. We got an awful lot done upstairs on the brewery reno over the last week and a half–new sound-proof walls, painting, floors prepped for new industrial tiles, and a start on demo-ing the existing kitchen and bath–but there is still a ways to go with the renos before the brewing operation is a go. There is a fair bit of additional fire-proofing to be done, and as we've learned over the past few years, no matter how carefully you plan and prepare, there will always be unforeseen obstacles and roadblocks that pop-up along the way. So we're aiming to have our own stuff on tap for the New Year. I know it's a long wait, but we just ordered some of Propellor's great Pumpkin Ale which should come on line in a week or two and help everyone finally embrace the glorious autumn season. 

In culinary news, our friend Wes dropped by last night with half of a massive pig which he raised for us in Beaver Meadow and butchered at Ferguson's in Pictou County. We're planning to use it in a  home-made paté (or French Canadian style cretons?) for the Ploughman's Lunch, so look for that addition to the menu in the coming months. The pork belly was delivered directly to The Pork Shop where they will brine and smoke it and magically turn it into delicious bacon - so don't let those warnings of global bacon shortages cause too much panic. Wes and The Townhouse have you covered. And we're still planning to add Tuesdays to our opening hours, probably sometime mid-October - but, of course, we'll let you know!  

Pressing apples for cider at my folks' place a few years ago.


In the meantime, hope you are all enjoying the fall, our favourite time of year, and that we'll see you soon for a cozy pint or two or a nice crisp NS cider...

Rose & Terry

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Morgan Davis Live at The Townhouse, 09/08/2012






The Townhouse is pleased to announce our second musical event, Juno and Maple Blues award winning bluesman Morgan Davis, Saturday, September 8th

We'll be closing the kitchen early (last orders at 9:15) and the show will get underway at 10pm.

 Here's some background on Davis from his website:

For nearly four decades Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour.

Originally from Detroit, Davis grew up listening to a prolific mix of rhythm and blues. The music of Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner,Chuck Berry and Fats Domino was in the air. He later moved to California with his family, and then in 1968 left for Canada.

While living in Rochdale College, Toronto's mecca for the subculture of the late 1960's, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. Toronto's music scene in the early 1970's was the perfect place for Davis to cut his teeth as a journeyman, having the opportunity to see and play with many legendary performers. Bukka WhiteJohnny ShinesSunnyland Slim,Snooky PryorHubert Sumlin, and John Hammond were encouraging supporters.

Davis hit the road with the Rhythm Rockets, The Knights of The Mystic Sea, and David Wilcox's first band, eventually forming his own trio.
Over the years he has had the priviledge of opening for Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins, and Eric Bibb. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr.John. Morgan has shared the stage with Colin Linden, who also produced his second album, shared the stage with James Cotton, Huber Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Prior, James Harmon, Gene Taylor, Dutch Mason, Gene Taylor, Sue Foley, Ray Bonneville, Carlos DelJunco and many other great blues artist over the years.
Davis' songwriting talent received international recognition whenColin James covered his searing ballad "Why'd You Lie".
Morgan's recording "Blues Medicine", on Electro-Fi records, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multi- award winning release "Painkiller" won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada's top music prize...the Juno for Blues Album of the Year.

Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist, and also performs with stellar lineups of musicians as a trio or full band.

Morgan's passion for the Blues has never wavered... and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Festive Summer Poetry Reading August 4, at 4pm



The Townhouse is very pleased to welcome local writer Janette Fecteau and nominees for the 2012 Atlantic Poetry Prize: Sue Goyette, Warren Heiti, and Anne Simpson. The poets will read from their latest works this Saturday afternoon, and we expect a lively discussion to follow! See article in The Casket here.



Local writers Anne Simpson and Janette Fecteau. Photo credit: The Casket

JANETTE FECTEAU lives in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, and teaches Fine Art at St Francis Xavier University. Her poems have appeared in various journals, including most recently Room (forthcoming), The Dalhousie Review, Carousel, Our Times, Event, and The Antigonish Review. She is a graduate of UBC’s Optional-Residency MFA program in Creative Writing, and winner of third prize for poetry in the 2009 Atlantic Writing Competition.
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2012 Atlantic Poetry Prize Nominees
outskirts, Sue Goyette
Hydrologos, Warren Heiti
Is, Anne Simpson
McClelland & Stewart


SUE GOYETTE lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has published three books of poems, The True Names of Birds, Undone and outskirts (Brick Books) and a novel, Lures (HarperCollins, 2002). Her fourth collection of poems, Ocean, is forthcoming from Gaspereau Press in 2013. She's been nominated for several awards including the Governor General's Award for Poetry, the Pat Lowther Award, the Gerald Lampert Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and won the 2008 CBC Literary Prize for Poetry, the 2010 Earle Birney Prize and the 2011 Bliss Carman Award. Her poetry has appeared on the Toronto subway system, in wedding vows and spray-painted on a sidewalk somewhere in St. John, New Brunswick. Sue currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University, is faculty for the Banff Wired Writing Studio and works part-time at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.
Sue Goyette’s outskirts is a tour de force. Its originality lies in Goyette’s refusal of despair, her conviction that the connections among people, their conversation, curiosity, empathy and awe, can help us see a way forward. Her aim is to find energy in human love, a way to walk the darkness rather than hide from it. This book will name you, and frighten you; make you laugh, and arm you for what is to come.

 “One of the best poets writing today in Canada, Susan Goyette proves herself at the height of her powers in outskirts. In these magnificent multi-part poems, she fuses genealogical time with geological time and revels in paradoxes. Ranging from the dynamics of families, to bad guests at dinner parties, to lovers and loved ones, and on to deeply moving and terrifying images of erosion and clear cutting, Goyette harnesses the expected to the absurd. As she creates synapses from the personal to the global, Canada itself becomes a character with a voice. With its zesty wordplay and its wrenching of the “eco” from the “logical,” outskirts is both a book and a reckoning. Goyette is candid, clairvoyant, and rescuing in her vision.”  – Molly Peacock

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WARREN HEITI currently teaches in the Philosophy Department at Dalhousie University in Halifax. His graduate studies were undertaken at the University of Victoria, BC, where he was supported and influenced by Jan Zwicky, Tim Lilburn, Patrick Lane, Lorna Crozier and Derk Wynand, among others.

Hydrologos is one long poem composed in five suites and a coda, and spoken through masks. It is a poem about a specific passion, the one that always follows love: sorrow. What happens to a human being under the geologic pressure of this passion? — One calls out, and the world’s response is silence. The work of sorrowing, one learns, is the work — the endless work — of listening, by which the listener is changed. At the poem’s centre is the original lyric elegy, the myth of Orpheus, but reimagined from the perspective of Eurydike, who makes her own descent into the underworld, to rescue Death. The poem spirals out from this centre, ranging widely across literary eras and genres, engaging with ancient Greek mythtellers and philosophers; with Polish painters and Russian filmmakers; with German Romantic and contemporary Canadian poets.

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ANNE SIMPSON is the author of three previous books of poetry: Light Falls Through You, winner of the Gerald Lampert Award and the Atlantic Poetry Prize; Loop, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize; and Quick, winner of the Pat Lowther Award. She is the author of two novels, Canterbury Beach and Falling, longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award and winner of the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. She has also written essays on poetry and art – The Marram Grass: Poetry and Otherness. Simpson has worked as a Writer-in-Residence at universities and libraries across the country, and she has been a faculty member at the Banff Centre. She lives and works in Antigonish.

A cell is a world within a world within a world. In this remarkable new collection, Anne Simpson finds form and inspiration in the cell – as it divides and multiplies, expanding beyond its borders. As these poems journey from the creation of the world emerging out of chaos to the slow unravelling of a life that is revealed in a poem that twists like a double helix, Simpson illuminates what it means to be alive, here and now. Rich with the muscular craft, vibrant imagery, and exquisite musicality for which her poetry is widely acclaimed, this collection sees Simpson continuing to “negotiate an ever-changing path between language and structure” (Vancouver Sun) – with astonishing results. It is a work of great vision from one of our most compelling poetic voices.

“With the experimentalism of Anne Carson and the imagism of Anne Michaels, Anne Simpson explores the globe of the heart.” 
— Halifax Chronicle-Herald

“Anne Simpson's voice is instantly recognizable. . . . [She writes] poems of extraordinary range, intelligence and empathy.” 
— Jury citation, Pat Lowther Memorial Award

“Simpson turns our attention to the sharp edges of life, and she does it with language that juxtaposes beauty with death, creating internal tension in the poems. Simpson looks at death and loss with an unsentimental eye.” 
— Canadian Literature

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Michael Hurley live at The Townhouse!


We are thrilled to the gills to announce our very first live music performance at the Townhouse! We'll be opening up Monday, August 6th, for a special performance from Michael Hurley, the man, the myth, the legend of Snock! 


This is a very rare chance to see the renowned songwriter, a veteran of the 60's Greenwich village scene, and one of the most original and charming musicians I have ever had the fortune to come across. He collaborated with the Holy Modal Rounders, his songs have been covered by everyone form Jesse Colin Young and The Youngbloods to Cat Power, he's recently been performing alongside folks like Bonnie Prince Billy and Alela Diane, and has been championed by the likes of Devendra Banhart and the good people at Sappyfest.

DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW! This might just have to be our official grand opening...

Friday, July 27, 2012

Current Hours

Hey Folks!

We are thrilled with the incredible response we've had to The Townhouse so far. We've been so happy to have so many great people dropping in and just want to apologize for any confusion about our hours - we have been doing our best to keep up with the demand without compromising the quality of the food we're putting out, or burning out our very valuable kitchen staff! Making everything from scratch is a lot of work, but we think it's worth it and hope you do too. As a result we're just opening Wednesday through Sunday for the evenings, serving supper from 5pm to 10pm.

Wednesday 4pm - 12am
Thursday 4pm - 12am
Friday 4pm - 12am
Saturday 4pm - 12am
Sunday 4pm - 10pm

Kitchen open daily from 5pm - 10pm.

After 10pm we can still do the Townhouse Tapas and the Smoked Salmon Pate snacking boards, and the Double Ginger Stout Cake and Chocolate Almond Torte.

We are not taking reservations, but we would suggest larger parties try to come in either a little earlier (5-6pm) or a little later (8-9pm) to improve the likelihood of getting a table without a wait.

We're bringing some great new people into the kitchen and hope to start extending our hours in the coming months. So yes, lunches will be happening in the near future!

To see our full menu, check out our facebook page - it's one of our wall photos...

Thanks again for all the interest and support!

Cheers,

Rose & Terry and the whole Townhouse Gang

P.S. Sorry folks! I had accidentally put Tuesdays on this schedule, but as of right now we're not opening Tuesday!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Open for business!

Photo credit: Ms. Noella Murphy

Hey, we've finally got the doors open!

It's been a  wild and crazy week, and we've loved every minute of it. We have amazing staff, families, and community behind us and they're doing us proud. We'll be opening again Tuesday at 5:30pm, so come on by for a drink. Hours for the coming week will be posted soon, and there is an Irish music session in the works, so check back here or the facebook page for updates!

Check out the awesome front page article from this week's Chronicle Herald! Click here.

The only minor setback to report is that the brewing aspect (one of the major focuses of this whole enterprise) has had to be put on hold for now. We couldn't fit the little SABCO into the kitchen's kiosk, so we're going to move it upstairs. The silver lining: a much more spacious and visit-friendly brewery, complete with tasting room, workshops, and maybe eventually a rooftop patio! Plus the kitchen has more room to do what they do best - pump out amazing, fresh local food!

Right now we've got house smoked salmon paté, PEI mussels, Pork Shop bangers & mash, Antigonish & Guysborough county beef for our steak and ale pie, Knoydart Farm's 1 yr old Double Gloucester cheese,  Easting's Bakery's organic kamut baguettes, greens and some early veggies from Seabright Gardens, and my mom's famous Polish Cheesecake on offer, among many other tasty treats...

If you've been in to visit we would love to hear about it, send us an e-mail or facebook message, or post a comment here.

If you haven't been in yet, we'd love to see you at The Townhouse soon!





Monday, May 28, 2012

Location, location, location!


Well, folks, the day has finally come... 




We are so very pleased to announce that The Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery will be opening at 76 College St. in the very near future!  We have a few very busy weeks ahead of us–we're doing some minor renovations ("pub-ifying" the place), installing the brewery (see photos!), and getting our kitchen organized. We're hoping to open our doors in early June.

Family have been chipping in with the painting....



New window benches by Terry




More benches waiting to be installed, stained, & upholstered...




The SABCO Brew Magic, our nano-brewery,  has arrived!



Working lunch of Chipotle Chili & Arroz Verde.

We, like many of you, are sorry to be losing the Alcove Bistro and we would like to take a minute to thank Lise Roy for 7 years of great food, drink, and service, and for the wonderful opportunity she has given us–we couldn't imagine a better space to house a cozy community pub. There is something really nice about starting out in a building that has seen so many generations of friends and families meeting up to share meals, catch up, celebrate, commiserate, etc. We'd love to hear more about those earlier incarnations (Frescoes, The Venice, The Rose Bowl...), and to check out any photos or memorabilia that people might have hung onto. We're also hoping to add to the curiosities, nostalgic ephemera, & beer related paraphernalia that we've been collecting over the past few years to adorn our walls. We like the idea of having lots of neat stuff around to engage and bemuse while sipping your pints, so let us know if you have some odd or extraordinary items that deserve to be marvelled over and might like to donate/loan to the Townhouse.

Most of all we want to thank the Suds Club and everyone in town (and beyond!) who has lent us a helping hand along the way - thanks so much for helping to bring this idea to life. We certainly couldn't have done it without the support of an incredible community. And really that's what this whole thing is about, and what makes it all worthwhile–bringing people together for the sheer pleasure of one another's company. And, of course, the beer. And all the yummy food... Anyway, the point is, it wouldn't be worth doing without a dynamic and diverse community to bring together. We are so ready to get cooking and can't wait to celebrate with you all!


In the meantime - CHEERS! 
from a jubilant Rose & Terry


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Upcoming Hop Growers' Conference!

The Canadian Organic Growers are putting on what promises to be an excellent workshop for anyone interested in growing hops for the Maritime brewing industry. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone looking to get into agriculture, or diversify their crop production. We're hoping to attend with many other established brewers to get a good sense of what's happening and what might soon be possible for all local Maritime brewing...



Growing Hops in the Maritimes
Sunday, April 29
Sackville, NB - Coastal Inn


10:00 Registration
10:30 Getting started (Ron/Julien):
Site preparation
Soil health and fertility
Rhizome and planting stock
Variety selection
Trellis systems
Lunch 12:30-1:00 (soup/sandwich)
Calendar of work for hopyard management (Julien) 1:00-2:00
Testing options (Kevin Shiell and Aaron Mills) 2:15
Welcome brewers to meeting 2:30
Update on Maritime Hop Growers Association (Ashley) 
Processing for hops (Kevin Shiell) 
Discussions on varieties, quantities, quality, volumes etc. 
Next steps
End of meeting 4pm



Instructors:
Ron Godin, Ph.D., Soil Scientist, Hops Agronomist
Ron received his B.S and M.S. in Soil & Water Science from the University of Arizona and his Ph.D. in Soil Fertility and Crop Nutrition from Colorado State University. Ron has been growing and researching hops, hop varieties suitable for Colorado and working with hops growers since 2002. He speaks regularly at hops seminars and workshop on his hops work and instructs growers and potential growers on new developments and all aspects of hops production.

Julien Venne, MSc., Hops Agronomist
Julien received his B.Sc and Masters from McGill University in agriculture and environmental sciences. Since 2009, he has been involved as a research agronomist working on hops production technologique agricole de l’Outaouais (CREDETAO). His project aimed at identifying the proper varieties of hops for production under Quebec’s growing conditions. Julien is in the process of publishing a guide on hops production and he is now serving as a consultant to hop growers. Julien has also been a connoisseur of Quebec’s microbrewery scene for the last 10 years and has a great enthusiasm towards the re-introduction of hops in Eastern Canada and the development of local breweries.


Cost is $45/person, including lunch (or $80/couple). Everyone with an interest in growing hops is welcome. Please RSVP by April 25th by emailing Beth@cog.ca or call 506-878-2408. 
This project was founded by the Maritime Hops Grower Association and is funded by the New Brunswick Agricultural Council, PEI ADAPT Council, Nova Scotia Agri-Futures, and the Government of Canada. The project is being managed by Beth McMahon, on behalf of the Canadian Organic Growers (www.cog.ca).    

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Wednesday afternoon virtual pub crawl...

While we continue to work away behind the scenes, getting ever closer to making the Townhouse a reality, we thought we'd share some of things we stumble across in our research that inspire and spur us on. Terry recently found some neat videos on a website called pubs.com. Meet Gerry O'Brien, the charming proprietor of The Churchill Arms, a "real" pub in Notting Hill.



This is England's first community owned pub in Yorkshire, their story is testament to the vital role a good pub plays in the social fabric of a community.



If you've got a bit more time, drop in here to check out a magnificant example of lavish Victorian design (The Red Lion), some classic old world pub games, or check out some amazing cask beer at CAMRA's current Sutton pub of the Year, The Hope in Surrey.

Cheers!

Monday, February 13, 2012

50 Strong and Counting!





Well, a mighty thank you is due to each and everyone of you who has joined us in the SUDS Club–we have surpassed out goal of 50 members! This is an incredibly encouraging vote of confidence from the community we're hoping to serve. It confirms our belief that Antigonish is the exactly the right kind of place for something like The Townhouse. We've already enjoyed meeting a lot of great new people through this venture, and we look forward to meeting even more once our doors are finally open. We look forward to sharing more news on that front with you over the coming weeks and months...


While we have hit our goal we can still accommodate a few more members before we're maxed out. If you found out about all this late in the game, or otherwise feared you'd missed the deadline, you may still be in luck–just fill out the form or e-mail us to find out about some of the other ways you could play a vital part in the Townhouse start-up. 




UPCOMING EVENTs!
In other news–for those of you interested in local food and sustainable agriculture, environmental activism, social justice, or who just enjoy meeting and learning from remarkable people, you won't want to miss the chance to hear Vandana Shiva, speak right here in Antigonish.


 Feb. 26th: Transforming Local and Global Connections, 9:30 am at the COADY. For details click here. Shiva is an exciting and powerful speaker, an activist, physicist, author, and a winner of the Right Livelihood Award (aka "The Alternative Nobel Prize"). To give you a sense of the calibre of impressive and influential individuals this award recognizes, I'll just note that other winners include Ken Saro-Wiwa, David Suzuki, and Francis Moore Lappé. There will be a Just food-fair in conjunction with Shiva's visit, a vegetarian lunch provided by VOICES and Select Nova Scotia, and information on local food initiatives (possibly including The Townhouse).


Feb. 18th: Antigonish International Film Festival presents an afternoon getting to know Dr. Vandana Shiva in preparation and anticipation of her visit to Antigonish. Come one and all to "BULLSH*T" a film about Dr. Shiva with provocative film clips from Youtube and vigorous discussion to follow. As one of the organizers, Jeff Parker, put it,"There will also be live internet youtube videos and extensive discussion time to help digest her insights. She is everything the occupy movement could, should or ever would ever want to be! She is about "Thriving" not just surviving the war!" Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 AT 2:30 People's Place Library Main St. Antigonish.

"The primary threat to nature and people today comes from centralising and monopolising power and control. Not until diversity is made the logic of production will there be a chance for sustainability, justice and peace. Cultivating and conserving diversity is no luxury in our times: it is a survival imperative."

- Vandana Shiva








Once again, thank you so much for the tremendous support and encouragement!

Rose & Terry