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.
Monday, February 13, 2012
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.
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
Friday, February 10, 2012
Just a note to say how excited we are about the SUDS Club and the pub plans in general–thanks to you good people we have so far sold 45 of the 50 subscriptions we hope to sell! This is such a major contribution to our project, not only do we have your financial and moral support, but we have something concrete we can show the banks, along with our survey (that over 500 of you took the time to fill-out!), to demonstrate we have the community's backing. So thank you for playing such an important part in launching the Townhouse!
The deadline for signing up is tomorrow, so if you know anyone who has been thinking about becoming a member do let them know. And please consider passing this on to one or two friends you think may be interested.
Also, there appears have been a problem with one of the links I sent out. A few people have filled out a form, but it never made it to us. If you haven't received a thank you e-mail from us, we probably haven't gotten your info... The form found on our blog's membership page works.
See it here: SUDS Club membership
And finally, Terry is chomping at the bit to start ordering parts for our brewery build! Anyone with requests for beer styles they'd like us to brew, let us know. We're thinking we'll start with one of our favourites, a classic English style Bitter in the vein of Fuller's London Pride, which can be had at the NSLC. We've also recently been inspired by a delicious Black IPA (thanks, Pat).
Once again, (and watch out, it's about to get a bit sappy) thanks so much for your remarkable support–it's what makes this town a great place to be, and one where so much is possible!
Rose & Terry