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

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

In the Village Cafe opened in Great Village, N.S. -- A review by Laura Sharpe

Set in a beautiful, historic church, in Great Village, the In the Village Café is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. As someone who grew up in Great Village, I can honestly say that the crew behind the café (the St. James Preservation Society) have done a splendid job revamping the once dreary basement into a welcoming and homey atmosphere. Gone are the days when I would compare the downstairs level of the church to Ms. Hannigan's Orphanage for Girls, the walls are now a cheerful yellow hung with beautiful paintings and photographs by local artists, Joy Laking and Laurie Gunn.

Not only does the café have a welcoming atmosphere, but it also offers a wide range of tasty snacks and meal options.  The menu includes soups, chowders, salads, sandwiches and home-made desserts all made from locally grown ingredients. The staff is friendly and very hospitable.  It's obvious that they truly enjoy running the café and meeting their customers.  For the visitor, the upper level of the church offers a collection of ship-building artifacts and a display of photographs and ephemera focusing on Elizabeth Bishop.

Take the time to come to Great Village (Hwy 2 along the Cobequid shore) this summer.  The area offers beautiful scenery, multiple antique shops, historic buildings and an exciting new cafe.

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. 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 stories and pleas from friends to continue with some of the seemingly forgotten. Laura has an interest in all things vintage which has caused her to become the proud owner of two typewriters, a box camera and numerous other oddities. She can often be found lounging around a record player listening to classic rock music and cuddling with her two cats, Tabby and Luna.

 Photographs by Laurie Gunn

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