"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop
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Monday, July 6, 2015

Music from the 45th Parallel North at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival: Profile of musician David Greenberg

The Elizabeth Bishop Festival on 8 August 2015 concludes with an exciting concert featuring four world-class artists: singer Suzie LeBlanc, and musicians David Greenberg, Nick Halley and Kiya Tabassian. Suzie has created a brand new program which is being shared first with Nova Scotia audiences. The EBSNS is partnering with Musique Royale (http://www.musiqueroyale.com/events.html), which is presenting this exciting concert in three other venues across the province. This post is a profile of David Greenberg.
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David Greenberg (http://www.davidgreenberg.ca/) is a baroque violinist and fiddler in the Cape Breton and 18th-century Scottish styles. He grew up in Maryland, learning violin from age four and exploring various fiddling styles early on. David studied baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University in the 1980s and joined Tafelmusik for ten years, 1988–1998. With Kate Dunlay, he co-authored an influential treatise on Cape Breton fiddling, the DunGreen Collection. David co-founded several music ensembles, including the Medieval Quintet, Puirt a Baroque, Ferintosh, and Tempest Baroque Ensemble (http://www.tempestbaroque.ca/). He performs regularly with Chris Norman, Suzie LeBlanc, Red Priest (UK), Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien (France) and Tempest. He is featured on dozens of recordings, including those with Seattle Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, Ensemble Caprice, Les Voix Humaines, La Nef, Toronto Consort, Doug MacPhee, Suzie LeBlanc, Chris Norman, Ferintosh, Concerto Caledonia, and Tempest. David and Tempest were involved in the EB100 celebrations, collaborating with Suzie LeBlanc and writer Harry Thurston on a wonderful concert program inspired by Bishop's poem "At the Fishhouses."

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Young film-makers at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival

Elizabeth Bishop has inspired film-makers over the years. Most recently, “Reaching for the Moon,” a Brazilian feature film about Bishop’s life with her partner Lota de Macedo Soares; and “Welcome to this House,” a documentary about Bishop’s life by New York film-maker Barbara Hammer. Three young women from Great Village have also been inspired by Bishop to create two short films, “Heritage Minutes,” as school assignments. One film is based on Bishop’s memoir, “In the Village,” and the other is inspired by World War I, the time during which Bishop was a child in Great Village. These films will be screened at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival, 8 August 2015, in Great Village, during dinner at the “In the Village” Café.

They are: Laura Sharpe, April Sharpe and Serena George. This post is a profile of these budding film-makers.
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Laura Sharpe is a currently and has always been, a resident of Great Village, Nova Scotia; the only place in the universe that could rival Gallifrey (see Doctor Who). She enjoys writing, but often spends more time coming up with story ideas than she actually does writing them; which leads to file folders full of partially written plot lines. The “My Great Village Monday” series found on the Festival Facebook and Twitter pages is the first public appearance of her writing. Laura also has an interest in all things vintage which has caused her to become the proud owner of three typewriters, a box camera and numerous other oddities. As a student at Cobequid Educational Centre, she has a passion for study of psychology; mainly surrounding the study of mental health and the stigma associated with it. She can often be found lounging around a record player listening to classic rock music and cuddling with her two cats, Tabby and Luna.
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April Sharpe, age 13, was born and raised in Great Village, with her sister and parents. She has long had a love for horses, soccer and books. She plays on a summer soccer team as well as her school soccer team. Music is a huge part of her life for she never seems to stop singing. You can often find her reading, taking her pet rabbit for a walk or watching reruns of Friends.
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Serena George is a former resident of Truro, however, she has called the Great Village area her home for the past eight years. Serena is currently a student at the local high school: Cobequid Educational Centre. She is well known for her wacky sense of style and you will be hard pressed to find someone who has dyed her hair more colours than Serena. When not hanging out with her eight siblings, she can often be found playing a wide variety of sports such as basketball, lacrosse, and soccer.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lifting Yesterday — Supplement — Chapter 8: Reminiscences of “In the Village”

Chapter 8 of Lifting Yesterday is a compare and contrast exercise between two central Bishop texts. The first is an unpublished manuscript housed at Vassar College, written when Bishop was in her 20s, mostly during her time at Vassar. The second is her “prose poem” (Bishop’s term) memoir “In the Village,” written in Brazil in 1952–1953 and published in The New Yorker in December 1953.
In the Vassar College file list for the Elizabeth Bishop Papers, the first of the above texts is described as “Reminiscences of Great Village” (a name given to it by the archivist). In the early 1990s, I ordered a copy of the file list of the EBP from Vassar and as soon as I saw this title, I ordered a photocopy. Much of it is holograph and I spent months transcribing Bishop’s nearly illegible handwriting. As the transcription slowly accumulated on the page, I realized the full significance of this document: essentially, the first rendition of Bishop’s vivid memories of the breakdown of her mother in Great Village in 1916. I had already read “In the Village” and could see that this later version, highly refined with the passage of time and through aesthetic imperative, was a powerful artistic “echo” of her intense childhood memories, evolved from the raw and intimate words of the earlier version, transcending into something amazingly universal.

This supplement is a little story about “In the Village” and how Great Village itself learned about this story’s existence. One of my dearest friends in Great Village was Donalda Nelson, daughter of Donald and Alberta MacLachlan. Bishop was very fond of Don and Bertie. One of their oldest daughters, Margaret MacLachlan Motley, was a good friend of Bishop’s mother, Gertrude Bulmer Bishop. Bishop went to school with Muir MacLachlan (see her memoir “Primer Class” for a famous mention of Muir). Donalda herself, four years younger than Bishop, had memories of seeing Bishop walking the Bulmer cow Nelly to the pasture not too far past her family home (on Scrabble Hill Road in Great Village).

I met Donalda in the early 1990s, after she joined the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia, when it was formed in 1994. Donalda was a wonderful person. Always welcoming, she had a deep knowledge of the history of Great Village which she generously shared. After having lived away from Great Village for many years, she and her husband, Harry Nelson, had moved back and lived across the road from her family home, where her sister Margaret lived, and beside her brother Muir and his wife Helen. Donalda lived in the lovely old house that had belonged to the Great Village postmaster during Bishop’s childhood, Angus Johnson.

Donalda, Muir and Margaret kindly allowed me to interview them (recorded on a cassette tape) a couple of times, sitting in the kitchen of the MacLachlan family home, with its old stone oven and open fire place. Margaret died not too long after these interviews. She was over 100. Muir died in 2003, well into his 90s. Donalda died in 2014, nearly 100.

As often as I could when I went to Great Village, I would visit Donalda. We would sit in her kitchen and have tea using “Margaret’s teapot,” a small earthenware pot painted a soft pink. It made the best tea ever. Donalda’s stories were always engaging and she was always keenly interested to hear about Elizabeth Bishop activities. Over the years, I took a number of people to visit her, including BBC Radio 3 folks, who recorded her playing the piano (Donald and Alberta MacLachlan were accomplished musicians and this musical ability was passed on to a number of their children, including Donalda).

Often, Donalda would bring out objects and items that were of keen interest to us both. During one afternoon visit in the mid-2000s, she left the room for a moment and returned with an item, “You might be interested in this,” she said. It was a copy of the 19 December 1953 issue of The New Yorker, in which “In the Village” appeared (in great shape, I might add). You can imagine my delight. Donalda told me that Margaret was living in New York City in the 1950s, where in December 1953 she discovered Bishop’s story. She immediately recognized the village. She mailed this very copy back home to her family.

I have no idea if Bishop herself mailed a copy of it to her beloved Aunt Grace (who also lived in the village at that time). None was in Grace’s possession when she died. So, this copy from Margaret to her family may be the first hint in the village that it had been immortalized in print. The MacLachlans kept it, all that time. It eventually reached Donalda. I was thrilled to see it and even more thrilled when she quietly said to me, “Would you like to have it?” It is one of my prize possessions.
I attended the memorial service for Donalda held in St. James Church on 1 August 2014. She had chosen the music for this service and each song was gentle and uplifting. So like Donalda to think of those who would gather, who would feel deep sorrow at her passing, that her final act was one of gracious consideration and comfort. I always uplifted after a visit with Donalda, and I left her memorial service feeling the same way. I will always be grateful for all the gifts she gave me.
 

An Excerpt from Barbara Hammer's "Welcome to this House"

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Elizabeth Bishop’s Questions of Travel: Fifty Years After - Day 3

[For the convenience of participants (and to excite the envy of the rest of our readership) we provide the schedule of today's activities at the EB conference, currently underway in Sheffield]

DAY 3
Saturday 27th June

Coffee (8.30-9am)

Panel 8 (9-10am)

8 Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell
Dining Room

Chair: Thomas Travisano (Hartwick College, USA)
Melissa Zeiger (Dartmouth College, USA) “The Riverman,” Stranded Mermaids and Cold Water: Elizabeth Bishop Takes a Swim
Ruth Hawthorn (Independent Scholar) Revisiting “North Haven”

Panel 9 (10-11.20am) 

9A Correspondences: Bishop’s Letters and Prose 
Dining Room

Chair: Jonathan Ellis (University of Sheffield, UK)
Sophie Baldock (University of Sheffield, UK) Word Travels: Journeys from Letters to Poems in Questions of Travel (1965)
Siobhan Phillips (Dickinson College, USA) Bishop and the Politics of the Personal (Letter)
Michael O’Neill (Durham University) “Thinking with One’s Feelings”: Elizabeth Bishop’s Literary Criticism

9B Bishop and Animals (2)
Ennis Room

Chair: James McCorkle (Hobart and William Smith Colleges, USA)
Katherine Ebury (University of Sheffield, UK) “Almost criminal”: Nature Before the Law in Elizabeth Bishop’s Poetry
Lhorine François (University of Bordeaux Montaigne, France) Retrieving elusive otherness through Elizabeth Bishop's animal poems
Sarah Kennedy (Downing College, Cambridge University) “Swerving as I swerve”: Empathy and Displacement in Elizabeth Bishop’s “Rainy Season; Sub-Tropics”

Coffee (11.20-12)

Plenary Lecture (12-1pm)

Deryn Rees-Jones (Liverpool University, UK) Bishop's Nagging Thoughts
Dining Room

Lunch (1-2pm) Sharman Room

Panels 10A and 10B (2-3.20pm)

10A Ekphrasis and the Visual Arts
Dining Room

Chair: Linda Anderson (Newcastle University, UK)
Bridget Vincent (University of Melbourne, Australia) Picturing shame: Elizabeth Bishop’s ekphrastic doubt
Susan Rosenbaum (University of Georgia, USA) The Case of the Fallen S: Vertigo, the Avant-Garde, and Bishop’s Questions of Travel
Lin Su (Essex University, UK) Becoming a Gourmet Cook: Elizabeth Bishop, Leonora Carrington and the Act of Cooking

10B Disruptive Journeys: Place, Space, and Translation
Ennis Room

Chair: JT Welsch (York St John University, UK)
Chris Wilson Simpkins (University of South Africa, SA) Inside/Outside: Bishop's Use of Place Against Capitalism
Maria Gens (University of Porto, Portugal) Bishop’s Brazil: A story of love and discontent
Mariana Machova (University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic) Travelling in Translation

Coffee (3.20-3.40pm)

Panels 11A and 11B (3:40-5pm)

11A Architecture and Space
Dining Room

Chair: Melissa Zeiger (Dartmouth College, USA)
Jo Gill (Exeter University, UK) ‘An immense city, carefully revealed, / made delicate by over-workmanship’: Elizabeth Bishop’s Architectural Poetics
James McCorkle (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) Elizabeth Bishop’s Islandologies
Fiona Shaw (Northumbria University, UK) Elizabeth Bishop and the Writer’s House

11B Questions (and Answers) of Travel
Ennis Room

Chair: Angelica Nuzzo (City University of New York, USA)
Claes Lindskog (Lund University, Sweden) The Painter’s Eye and the Colonial Gaze: Ontological Boundaries in the Brazil and Nova Scotia Poems of Elizabeth Bishop
Lloyd Schwartz (University of Massachusetts, USA) Answers to Travel: Elizabeth Bishop’s Poetry of Retrospect
Ben Leubner (Montana State University, USA) Innocents Abroad? Elizabeth Bishop and James Merrill Overseas

Closing Remarks (5-5.15pm)
Dining Room

Conference dinner at Wig and Pen, Campo Lane, S1 2EG (7.30pm start)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Elizabeth Bishop’s Questions of Travel: Fifty Years After

[For the convenience of participants (and to excite the envy of the rest of our readership) we provide the schedule of today's activities at the EB conference, currently underway in Sheffield]

DAY 2 
Friday 26th June

Coffee (8.30-9am)

Panel 5 (9-10.40am)

5 Brazil/Brasil 
Dining Room

Chair: Angus Cleghorn (Seneca College, Toronto, Canada)
Neil Besner (University of Winnipeg, Canada) Flores Raras e Banalíssimas/Rare and Commonplace Flowers: Brazil, Bishop, and Biography
Maria Lúcia Milléo Martins (Univerisade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brasil) Elizabeth Bishop: Eros in brushstrokes of light and shade
Elizabeth Neely (Texas Wesleyan University, USA) Losing and Finding Bishop in Brasil
Regina Przybycien (Jagiellonian University, Poland) Bishop’s Brazil/Brasil’s Bishop 25 years ago and today

Coffee (10.40-11am)

Panel 6A and 6B (11-12)

6A Forms of (Auto)Biography 
Dining Room

Chair: Heather Treseler (Worcester State University, USA)
Vidyan Ravinthiran (Durham University, UK) “Manuelzinho” and Me
Laura Helyer (University of Southampton, Chichester, UK) Imagining the Life of Gertrude Bulmer Bishop: Travels Between Verse and Prose

6B Another Sense of Self 
Ennis Room

Chair: Ruth Hawthorn (Independent Scholar)
Marcel Inhoff (University of Bonn, Germany) Elizabeth Bishop's sacred exteriors
Arsevi Seyran (Stony Brook University, USA) Negative Capability in “Filling Station”: Who Loves Us All?

Plenary Lecture (12-1pm)

Linda Anderson (Newcastle University, UK) A Palimpsestic Journey: Repetition and Remembering in Elizabeth Bishop’s Poetry Dining Room

Lunch (1-2pm) Sharman Room

Panel 7A and 7B (2-3.20pm)

7A Change and Transformation 
Dining Room

Chair: Stephen Burt (Harvard University, USA)
Philip McGowan (Queen’s University Belfast) Elizabeth Bishop’s Work of Fire
Angelica Nuzzo (City University of New York, USA) “… every so often the world is bound to shake”: Elizabeth Bishop’s Questions of Travel and Life Change
Katrina Mayson (University of Sheffield) Elizabeth Bishop: A “bad case of the Threes”; one, two and (an)other

7B Home and/as “Elsewhere”  
Ennis Room

Chair: Anna Barton (University of Sheffield, UK)
Miyuki Amano (Prefectural University of Hiroshima) Understanding why “In the Village” is at the very heart of Elizabeth Bishop’s Questions of Travel
Brian Bartlett (St. Mary’s University, Canada) Bishop at the Movies
Mark Bauer (University of California, Berkeley, USA) The Elsewhere of Memory: Bishop’s Poems of Childhood in Questions of Travel

Coffee (3.20-4.40)

Last Letters: A roundtable on Lota de Macedo Soares’s Correspondence (3.40-4.40pm) 
Dining Room 

Chair: Jonathan Ellis (University of Sheffield, UK)

The roundtable will begin with a short paper by Dave Hoak (Independent Scholar) entitled Proofs of Love: The Last Letters of Lota de Macedo Soares. Other participants include Regina Przybycien, Lloyd Schwartz and Thomas Travisano.

Wine Tasting (5-7pm) 
The Library
[Organised by Richard Mason]

Poetry Reading (7.30-8.30pm) 
Dining Room

Readings by Paul Batchelor, Frances Leviston, Conor O’Callaghan, and Caitríona O’Reilly

BBQ (8.30pm start) 
Music Room and Garden/Terrace

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia, 20 June 2015

Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia
Minutes of Annual General Meeting
20 June 2015, 1:30 p.m.
In the Village Café, Great Village, N.S.

President Laurie Gunn called the meeting to order and welcomed about twenty members and guests to the EBSNS AGM for 2015. She made note of the fact that there was an Open House at the Elizabeth Bishop House that afternoon, in case anyone wanted to visit.

Secretary Sandra Barry read the Minutes of the 2014 AGM, finding a minor factual error as she did so. As there were no other errors or omissions, Sandra moved the acceptance of the corrected 2014 Minutes. Second Patti Sharpe. All in favour. Accepted.

Treasurer Joy Graham presented the Financial Report for the term 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015. As of 31 March 2015, the bank balance in the EB account was $9,061.41. Joy made note of some of the expenditures and income. She noted, for example, that the EBSNS had received a donation from the estate of Donalda Nelson (one of the most faithful EBSNS members), as well as a donation from a member of Donalda’s family. Overall, activity had returned to a more regular or normal level, with all centenary and legacy projects completed. Joy moved the acceptance of the Financial Report. Second Meredith Layton. All in favour. Accepted.

Joy then distributed an information sheet, with an income and disbursements breakdown for the period from 1 April to 20 June, 2015, which indicated that the balance in the EB account was $11,052.17. Again, she noted a few of the particulars.

In the absence of Nominating Committee member Bruce Gray, board member John Barnstead presented the Nominating Committee Report. He noted with sadness that founding board member Angus Chisholm was stepping down from the board. John thanked him for his faithful service and said that we would be returning to Gus shortly.

The proposed slate of officers and board for 2015-2016 were:

Laurie Gunn – President
Patti Sharpe – Vice President
Sandra Barry – Secretary
Joy Graham – Treasurer

Board:
John Barnstead – Past President
Lois Bray
Bruce Gray
Meredith Layton
Pat Townsend
Judith van Duren
New board members proposed:
Cathy Mazur
Laura Sharpe, who will be our inaugural “youth” board member

As there were no nominations from the floor, John declared the slate of officers and board accepted.

Laurie Gunn presented her President’s Report (attached below), which summarized the society’s activities in the previous year and looked forward to The Elizabeth Bishop Festival on 8 August 2015.

Her final item was to extend a heartfelt thank you to Angus Chisholm on behalf of the EBSNS for his many years of service to and support of the EBSNS. She presented him with one of her lovely photo cards containing two complimentary tickets to the Suzie LeBlanc festival concert. She noted that we will miss Gus’s steady presence, wisdom and sense of humour at board meetings, but the EBSNS will keep hold of him for good because she asked for a motion to make Gus a Life Member of the EBSNS. Immediately moved by Patti Sharpe. And immediately seconded by Pat Townsend. All in favour. Accepted with a hearty round of applause.

Laurie moved to have her report approved. Second June Chisholm. All in favour. Accepted.

Meredith Layton rose and spoke about an important development in the village with regard to the pergola. She noted that the structure had sustained damage from the flood on 22 September 2014 and the grounds had been disturbed by the construction of the new bridge. The Great Village Historical Society and the Great Village Garden Club partnered to bring in gravel and restore the grounds immediately around the pergola. The gravel was donated by Masstown Concrete and delivered by Fred Priest. A work party from both organizations spent a number of hours working to return the pergola to its proper state. Lowland Gardens once again donated flowers for the planters. The panels were mounted for the summer season. Everyone agreed that the pergola looks great again. And it was decided that a letter of thanks would be sent to the Historical Society and Garden Club.

The final item of the meeting was the official unveiling of The Elizabeth Bishop Festival program. Laurie, Patti and Sandra described some of the activities that will happen in Great Village on 8 August 2015, a full day of events with over 30 artists and artisans. They discussed the nature of the partnership with the In the Village Café, which will be providing venue space and all the food.

Laurie asked Gus if he would move to adjourn the 2015 EBSNS AGM. Gus so moved and the meeting was adjourned.

The In the Village Café provided tea, coffee and their signature lemonade, along with a wide array of delicious sweets, of which all in attendance partook with gusto. After a fifteen minute break for all to get their treats, everyone settled in for the highlight of the afternoon.
 Photograph by Brenda Barry
Sandra introduced guest speaker Binnie Brennan, a long-time member of Symphony Nova Scotia and a writer whose novel Like Any Other Monday was recently published by Gaspereau Press. Sandra noted how during a casual conversation at a coffee shop, Binnie mentioned a growing interest in the silent film comedy star Buster Keaton. And from this moment a lively, on-going conversation about Keaton began between them. Sandra noted how wonderful it was to watch Binnie’s initial interest blossom into a full-blown passion, which took her on a fascinating journey of research and writing, culminating in her novel. Sandra thanked Binnie for bringing Buster Keaton and his uplifting art into her life, and alerted to those assembled that on Sunday, on Turner Classic Movies, Keaton’s great film “Steamboat Bill Jr.” was being broadcast.

Binnie Brennan presented a fascinating account of her journey, even noting Elizabeth Bishop’s connection to Keaton. Bishop was a Keaton fan and wrote but never finished an homage poem to the comedian, which Binnie read. Binnie described some of her research and the path that lead her to write about the final years of Keaton’s vaudeville days, before he embarked on his film career. Part of this path included several writing retreats at the Elizabeth Bishop House. She read passages from Like Any Other Monday and generously answered the many questions from a rapt audience. Everyone was energized by this engaging talk/reading. Sandra thanked Binnie for sharing some of her infectious enthusiasm and keen knowledge of one of the most important comedians of the twentieth century.

Slowly, the gathering dispersed and went out into the beautiful sunshine of the last day of spring 2015.

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President’s report 2015 – Laurie Gunn

I can’t believe all the good things that were accomplished in the last year. We are truly celebrating the life and work of the poet Elizabeth Bishop through various activities and projects and I am pleased to be part of it.

Last July we set up an Elizabeth Bishop display in one corner of the sanctuary of St. James Church, for folks who are interested in learning more about EB and her connection to Great Village. We are hoping to make a more permanent display in the near future. The St. James Church Preservation Society has already approved an area of the sanctuary for our new permanent display in 2016.

On August 17th, 2014 the society organized an “In the Village Afternoon” to celebrate young people who had made a connection to Elizabeth Bishop in the last few years. We invited them to come and share what creative things they were involved in. It was a delightful afternoon with a good attendance from the public and the program was entertaining and the food provided by the “In the Village” Café was delicious.

In September in honour of the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia’s 20th anniversary it was decided to put together a list of the most significant resources, that the society, as well as organizations and individuals in Nova Scotia, have created about or been inspired by Elizabeth Bishop. Sandra Barry and Patti Sharpe did an excellent job creating this useful tool, in the form of a brochure, for students, teachers, scholars and readers who wish to learn more about Elizabeth Bishop.

In October of 2014 we were invited to a meeting by the St. James Church Preservation Society of Great Village, to discuss ways to use the church for community based activities. At the meeting the EBSNS was asked if we might have a one day EB activity in the summer of 2015. Sandra Barry, Patti Sharpe and myself began meeting in December to plan the event and continued to meet and email through the winter and spring. We have an amazing day for August 8th with activities for everyone. The festival is a celebration of Nova Scotia’s rich artistic and cultural heritage which we will tell you about a little later in the program. I wish to thank Sandra Barry for doing an excellent job filling out and sending off the grant applications in hope of obtaining funds for our one day arts festival. We are continuing to look for volunteers as well as patrons of the festival. If you are interested please let Sandra, Patti or myself know. We are also pleased to have hired the services of Laura Sharpe who has created a Facebook account as well as Twitter account. We are enjoying her postings and she is helping to keep the Festival front and centre on the web.

This spring we ordered 10 new “In The Village” banners to replace some of the older banners that have faded because of the sun. Most of you may have noticed that the EBSNS has a new website. A big thank you to Becky Colwell who has looked after and paid for our website since it was created. It needed to be transferred to a new
server and updated as well. Becky employed the very talented Heidi Helm to create the website that we have today, at a reduced cost to the society. Becky has also contributed her own funds to help pay for the server costs for the next few years. Heidi has also created a tutorial so that the executive can update the website themselves. And last but not least, I wish to thank Gus Chisholm for all his years of service to the EBSNS. He was one of the founding members and is also a past president. We shall miss his wisdom and his sense of humour. I ask that someone make a motion to have Angus Chisholm
as a life member of the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia.