Locals ‘Dare to be Bare’ in support of Pugwash Communities in Bloom

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What do a singer/songwriter, a bee keeper, a church minister and a recycling expert have in common? Where would you find a contractor, a potter, a greenhouse owner and a dairy farmer in the same publication? Believe it or not, they are all featured in the Communities in Bloom 2017 fundraising calendar, ‘Pugwash, Our Community in Bloom’.

Pugwash Communities in Bloom has been fundraising for the last 10 years to support their many projects in the village. Volunteers have decorated homes for Christmas, held plant and tree sales, run bingos and organized luncheons, among other ventures. This year they decided to go in another direction, by creating a community-centred calendar with the help of Fred Horton, professional photographer. Organizers wanted the focus on well-known faces in the community, in a variety of locations, reflecting some of the businesses, the environments and the character of the area. To give the calendar an extra hook, they also decided to have the subjects pose in what appears to be their ‘altogether’.

Pugwash is known for its high level of volunteerism, so it wasn’t surprising when 27 people happily and bravely stepped up to the plate and offered to pose for this project. Everyone approached the shoots with great humour, patience and creative suggestions, to maintain modesty while injecting humour and some clever use of props.

Buyers need not be cautious. This calendar was fun to create and will be a collector’s item for the whole community.

With the support and partnerships of municipal and Village governments, area businesses, not-for-profit organizations and residents, Pugwash CIB has grown to be a vital and collaborative force in the community, working to improve the quality of life by fostering community pride, beautification, and environmental awareness. In 2014, Pugwash received a top score of 5 Blooms, was the National Winner in the Population Category of under 1000, and Finalist in Youth Involvement for the PeaceGround.

Sample projects for 2015 – 2016 included:

  • Earth Day Community Litter Clean-up
  • Annual Spring Garden Plant and Tree Sale
  • Garden assistance to senior residents at Harbourview Manor
  • Sixty ‘Welcome to Pugwash’ banners displayed in the village and approaches
  • Landscape work in the village gardens, including the triangle, post office, and playground area of Eaton Park
  • Planting of street planters, window boxes, Farmers’ Market planters, historical Installations
  • Educational outreach: workshops, lectures and hands-on demonstrations
  • Great Pugwash Tree Events: Tree Inventory, talks, Walking Tour, tree plantings, Urban Forestry Strategy Plans
  • Development of PeaceGround Project in Eaton Park; Peace Quotes in Stone Project
  • Support of Cyrus Eaton Elementary School Garden
  • Advocacy to government and public: environmental and property cleanups, promoting best practices

For more information about Communities in Bloom or to order the fundraising calendar, contact Norene Smiley, 902-243-2073, nsmiley@bellaliant.com or go to the Facebook page: Pugwash Communities in Bloom.

Photographer, Fred Horton, takes shots of Jennifer Houghtaling in her Earth & Vine Studio outside Pugwash.

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