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Friday, 29 April 2011

Food From the Sea

Lobster fishrman line the docks awaiting the season to bring in the catch to decorate your table. The seasons for harvesting lobster in Canada are staggered to protect the vulnerable summer moults. While this is a good conservation measure it also ensures that consumers get the tastier, meatier more nutritious lobster that has become a favorite everywhere. Atlantic Lobster is not only delicious, it is highly versatile and one of the most nutritious sources of protein you can find. Canadian Atlantic Lobster is known by many names including: Atlantic Lobster, American Lobster, Canadian Reds, Northern Lobster and Maine Lobster but no matter what you call it, once you’ve tasted our lobster you will know why it is King.


       Rock Lobster:  http://youtu.be/Ym_fzUvjl3M

LIVERPOOL ... where good friends come together for old fashioned lifestyle

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Hank Snow - Liverpool's Country Music Artist

Clarence Eugene "Hank" Snow (9th May 1914 - 20th December 1999) ran away from home to escape a brutal stepfater when he was 12 years old and joined a fishing boat as a cabin boy. When he was 14, he ordered his first guitar from an Eatons Department Store catalogue for $5.95, and played his first show in a church basement in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia at age 16. He then sang in local clubs in and around Halifax. He married Minnie Blanche Aalders in 1935 and had one son, Rev. Jimmy Rodgers Snow. His autobiography, The Hank Snow Story, was published in 1994, and later The Hank Snow Country Music Centre opened near his ancestral home in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Music Hall of Fame.  As a victim of child abuse, he established the Hank Snow International Foundation For Prevention Of Child Abuse.

I've Been Everywhere:  http://youtu.be/nwPDETH2Bn8

LIVERPOOL ... a retirement point of view

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Queens General Hospital

Queens General
Queens General Hospital is growing to meet the needs of the community.

Construction begins:          Spring 2012
Construction complete:      Spring 2014
Grand opening celebration: Summer 2014

The $16 million project, which will result in better care by promoting a healthy community and integrating new and existing health services. The project includes a Primary Health Center located on the main floor of the hospital housing physicians, a nurse practitioner, a family practice nurse, as well as other health professionals. They will work together as a team to enhance access to care and increase emphasis on health promotion, disease and injury prevention and management of chronic diseases.
The project also includes upgrades to the hospital’s existing 22-bed medical unit, which will be moved to partially new and partially renovated space on the second floor of the hospital. The new unit will incorporate advances in technology, equipment and standards of patient care. Wherever possible, the design will incorporate sustainable practices in energy efficiency, water conservation, air quality and material selection.
These changes will result in a better experience for our patients and clients, improve the work environment for staff and support our efforts to recruit and retain health professionals in the future.

LIVERPOOL ....  for inexpensive, seaside, retirement / semi -retirement living

Monday, 25 April 2011

The Privateer Brig - Rover

Rover was a privateer brig out of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, known for several bold battles in the Napoleonic Wars. She was built in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia (then known as Herring Cove) over the winter of 1799-1800. Rover was owned by a group of merchants from Liverpool, Nova Scotia and led by Simeon Perkins and Snow Parker. In 1803 she was sold to Halifax owners who employed her as a merchant vessel. Upon the outbreak of the War of 1812 the owners of the Rover quickly converted her to a privateer.  The brig was commanded by Alexander Godfrey under a British letter of marque. During the war the privateer ship was briefly captured by American privateers, eventually being recaptured by the British. The Liverpool Packet was the most successful privateer vessel ever to sail out of a Canadian port

The privateer also inspired the "Ballad of the Rover", a song written in the 1920s by Nova Scotian writer Archibald MacMechan.     

Ballad of the Rover Privateer:   http://youtu.be/eDG4J-6Ab2k

LIVERPOOL .... for inexpensive, seaside, retirement/ semi-retirement living

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Ben Heppner in Liverpool

Liverpool's Astor Theatre opened its doors to a full house audience, on March 6th 2011, with Ben Heppner (born January 14, 1956) a Canadian Tenor, specializing in opera and other classical works. Heppner is one of the most prominent dramatic tenors active today.

He is acclaimed in music capitals around the world for his beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship and sparkling dramatic sense.

 Nessun dorma:  http://youtu.be/AcH54Dd7QX4


Saturday, 23 April 2011

Simeon Perkins House - 1766

Simeon Perkins (February 24, 1735 – May 9, 1812) came to Liverpool NS in May of 1762 from Norwich, Connecticut as part of the New England Planter migration.  Perkins immediately began trading in fish and lumber, building ties with New England, Europe , Newfoundland and the West Indies. His diary, which he began in 1766, describes relentless American privateer attacks on shipping and an attempted American looting of Liverpool. Perkins led the outfitting of privateer ships against the Americans. Perkins privateering involvement, granted by the crown, was during the Napoleonic Wars. Simeon Perkins' diary was bequeathed to the town of Liverpool in 1896 and is now in the possession of Queens County Historical Society, as of 1932, where it remains in their possession and on permanent display in the Queens County Museum.

Perkins diary as “a mine of information for the study of economic, political, and social institutions, shedding light not only on the life of a community but also on a region occupying a significant place in the North Atlantic triangular trade and an important position in the evolution of the second British Empire.”

LIVERPOOL ... for inexpensive, seaside, retirement/semi-retirement living

Friday, 22 April 2011

The Historical Black Methodist Episcopal Church

The Black Methodist Church
1841 - 1908. 
Black Point (Mersey Point)
Liverpool NS 

It is very difficult to visualize a thriving Black Community in Liverpool history, when today we have so few Black families living here. In May 1787 Simeon Perkins enumerated 50 blacks into Queens County, 20 men, 11 women and 19 children,all but 2 of them into the town of Liverpool. All of them had been promised land; promises never fulfilled. Later some families came here from the United States as Black Loyalists, while others came with their owners. Some made their way here by working on the sailing ships that came to Liverpool from Jamaica, Bermuda and other southern areas. Today some of these families have descendants who still live in the Liverpool area. 

The site on which the church was built, was given by Robert Barry. The land measured 40' by 60' and was located near Black Point.  In 1841, the House of Assembly in Halifax granted 25 pounds to be paid to James Goosely to complete the African Chapel. The church served as both a church and a meeting house for the Black community. The Liverpool Transcript recorded various events that took place at the church - on January 6, 1858, Mr Joseph G Smith gave a lecture at the old Chapel.  Sadly on January 22, 1908, the African Chapel was set fire by an arsonist. In a matter of a few hours the many years of hard work done by the Black community vanished up in smoke.

LIVERPOOL ... for inexpensive, seaside, retirement/semi-retirement living

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Surf Western Head

Surfing begins when the surfer paddles toward shore in an attempt to match the speed of the wave. Once the wave begins to carry the surfer forward, the surfer stands up and proceeds to ride the wave. The basic idea is to position the surfboard so it is just ahead of the breaking part (white water) of the wave. A common problem for beginners is being able to catch the wave at all.
Western Head Reef on the South Coast is a sheltered reef break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the north northeast with some shelter here from north winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northeast. A left hand reef. Take care of rocks in the line up.
Western Head is a 10 minute drive, along the coastline, west of Liverpool.  Here can be enjoyed some of the best surfing in the world. 

Liverpool ... for inexpensive, seaside, retirement / semi-retirement living

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Maple Syrup is Flowing

Spring is near at hand when the maple trees are tapped for syrup. Nova Scotia has plenty of these 40 year old sugar maple trees. Native American legend and lore is that maple syrup and maple sugar were being made before recorded history. Native Americans were the first to discover 'sinzibuckwud', the Algonquin word for maple syrup, meaning literally 'drawn from wood'.  The process of refining the raw syrup has under gone little change over the first two hundred years of recorded maple syrup making.

Maple sap is thin, barely sweet and as colorless as spring water. The distinctive maple taste comes only through boiling. However, the sugar in the sap is a bit of a mystery. It seems that each fall, the tree produces its own supply of starch to act as an anti-freeze for the roots in winter. With the melting of snow, water enters the roots and begins the circulation of 'sugar water' through the tree in preparation for the growing season. As a result, sap runs in fits and starts from the first spring thaw until the buds turn into leaves from mid-March until April. During the growing season, maples accumulate starch. With the spring thaw, enzymes change this starch into sugar which mixes with the water absorbed through the roots, imparting a slightly sweet taste.

LIVERPOOL ... for inexpensive, seaside, retirement / semi-retirement living

Monday, 18 April 2011

Zane Grey in Liverpool

Pictured to the left is Zane Grey (1872-1939), published author of 62 novels, with his 758 pound tuna, his first world record, caught in Liverpool Nova Scotia, August 20th, 1924.  Since Grey was fishing outside the regulated jurisdiction of the Tuna Club he was never credited as having caught the World Record tuna and the Islander ran only a brief notice of his catch that was relegated to a back page.  

Billed at his death as "the greatest selling author of all time,"  his work exceeded in sales "only by the Bible and the Boy Scout Handbook," Zane Grey was as much a brand as a writer - a brand that would eventually come to encompass films, television series, a monthly magazine, a saltwater fishing reel, even a Pacific sailfish by the name of Istiophorus greyi. Grey had a deep and pervasive effect on the way America saw itself, and he was perhaps the crucial figure in the romanticization of the West that has yet to loose its grip on the nation. Now many years after his death, at age 67, his books still sell and two of his fishing records have never been beaten. Zane Grey's audience is suddenly vanishing in the grave as few people under the age of 50 know of him.

Nova Scotia's Atlantic Bluefin population has depleted by 90% since the 70s and is no longer fished, in an effort to increase its numbers.

A walk along Liverpool's waterfront will take you to a plaque posted in recognition of Zane Grey's visitation and prize catch.


Sunday, 17 April 2011

Support Needed For Liverpool Curling Club

The Liverpool Curling Club is in need of roughly $15,000 and has organized a series of fundraisers in order to continue operation.

Liverpool Curling Club's first of a series of fundraisers was a success last evening.  A lovely  dinner of pineapple and ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert was served to about 100 supporters.  

Up coming fundraisers will include a dance scheduled for 30th April, 2011 and a dinner on May 14, 2011.


Saturday, 16 April 2011

Liverpool's Brass Band



The fun started at Gorham School on Monday, August 23, 2010 where new members selected an instrument, learned a few things about it and met some of the members of the Mersey band in preparation for the 2011 concert.
MERSEY BAND CONCERT 2011 Sunday  July 4, 2011 3:00 p.m.
Privateer Entertainment Tent
Liverpool Privateer Days

              FRANCES AT 354- 3226.
           E-MAIL: kfyeske@eastlink.ca
A variety of instruments are available including: saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, drums. Beginner to advanced levels are offered. No experience necessary. Instruments and music are provided.  Open to all ages.

The band rehearses every Tuesday night from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Gorham school in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

They are always looking for new members. If you already play an instrument or have always wanted to learn.... this is your chance!  Drop in and introduce yourself.

The Mersey Band is a community band composed of members of all ages and skill levels with the common goal of making music and having fun.


Friday, 15 April 2011

Hospital Hustle

Get ready for the Hospital Hustle.

The Hospital Hustle has a long history in Queens County, going back to the 1970’s. An open meeting is being held on Tuesday, April 19 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, in the Lloyd Frellick Room at the Queens General Hospital.
The meeting is to see if there is still interest from people to organize and hold the hustle, and if not figure out what kind of fund raiser they can hold instead.


Thursday, 14 April 2011

How We Came To Liverpool

We made our first trip to the maritimes 37 years ago and have returned many times since.  We have travelled extensively in all three Atlantic provinces and Newfoundland.  In 2009 we were thinking of retirement and searching for a possible place to settle.  While surfing the net I found a homes for sale web site and clicked on property listings in Nova Scotia.  To this day I don't know why I choose Queens County to view but we are both very glad I did.  We found a listing for a waterfront home in Brooklyn and after several conversations and e-mails with Ann Levy of Exit Real Estate we decided to come and see for ourselves.  On the Labour day weekend we flew to Halifax, rented a car and came to Liverpool for the first time.  The people we met and the location were exactly what we were hoping for and within 48 hours we were negotiating the purchase of our new home.  In February of 2010 the deal closed and shortly after that we both retired, sold our Toronto home and became permanent residents of Queens County.  Since moving to the Liverpool area (Brooklyn) we have renovated our home and now operate a small bed and breakfast http://www.brooklynshorebb.com/ and we both volunteer in the community.  Should you think about retiring in Liverpool?  You bet!  The winter is mild, the people are friendly, and the amenities are many.  Visit Liverpool once and you are going to want to join us forever.  What are you waiting for?
Dan and Barbara MacLaren

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Market On The Mersey

Market on the Mersey

Liverpool for inexpensive, seaside, retirement / semi-retirement living.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Spring Has Sprung

There is nothing so safisfying as seeing the first flowers of spring.
For winter's rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.
The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March.
Robert Frost (1874–1963)


Sunday, 10 April 2011

Traditional Maritime Sights

Nova Scotia offers an array of sights. If one ventures away from the Victorian towns and many beaches you will be rewarded with the rich panorama of coves that display their colourful harbours. Lobster traps and brightly painted fishing boats commonly decorate these Atlantic shores. 
Moose Harbour, just a short 10 minute drive outside of Liverpool, is one of many harbours where the bustle of activity and sounds enliven the dock during fishing season.

Live Liverpool
where lifestyle never goes out of style.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Tell Us Your Story

This blog site is all about the people of Liverpool, what it can offer and does offer, plus their stories.  We welcome your story, tell us about;

  • your club or organization,
  • why you moved to Liverpool,
  • why you have never left,
  • why you went away and returned. 
Send your e-mail to: liverpoolretirement@gmail.com and we will post it.

Liverpool... for inexpensive, seaside, retirement living
Liverpool a lifestyle that never goes out of style
Live Liverpool

Live Your Dream


Liverpool is not just an inexpensive, seaside, place to retire. Liverpool offers a wide selection of Old World architectural shops awaiting your dream to semi retire, with your own little business in one of our Victorian shops, on Main Street or Market Street.

Expand your talents and open your door to Liverpool with a chocolate shop, tea or coffee shop, yarn shop, linens shop, ice cream shop, kitchen shop, bathroom accessory shop, book shop, fortune telling shop, create your own experience ......
The possibilities are endless. Liverpool is where dreams come true.

Visit our Realtors to find the property that is right for you.

Live Liverpool.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Port of the Privateers

Liverpool, the "Port of the Privateers" is an historic town located on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Established in 1759, Liverpool was once known as Ogomikigeak (dry sandy place) and Ogukegeok (place of departure) by the Mi'kmaq. The harbour name was changed to Port Rossignol after the captain who used the harbour for fur trading.

With the arrival of New England Planters to Liverpool the town was later named after Lord Liverpool, head of the Board of Trade and Plantations. Initially sympathetic to the cause of the American Revolution, residents eventually "rebelled against the rebellion" after American Privateers repeatedly attacked local shipping, even the town itself. It was then that the golden age of the Liverpool Privateer had begun. During the remainder of the American Revolution, through the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812, Liverpool privateer vessels preyed on enemy ships in the West Indies and North Atlantic.
An important harbour for the export of forestry products, ship building and fishing, Liverpool enjoyed a comfortable existence until the mid-19th Century. The new star of the ship building world, steel, ruined Liverpool's wooden ship industry and the failure of two local banks crippled the local economy.
Prohibition in the United States allowed Liverpool to become a rum running centre in the 1920's. The town's fortunes were further bolstered with the 1929 completion of the Mersey Paper Company in Brooklyn and a new era dawned in the town.

Today Liverpool is a tranquil community surrounded by quiet, unspoiled white sand beaches and protected wilderness areas. Queens Place new recreation centre will soon be open for the enjoyment of the physically active.  Liverpool makes a great year round hub for travellers looking for good food, culture, nature activities and a feel for stepping back in time.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

New In Town

Attracted by the beauty of Nova Scotia, I moved from Ontario opting for retirement living by the ocean far from the maddening crowd. Seven years later, the bustle and convenience of community life started to have its appeal. After years of consideration, Liverpool became my community of choice with its old world charm and conveniences. As an artist and musician, the landscape and musicality of the community  are major assets I enjoy. I'm ever so glad that I made the move to this friendly and well situated community.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Sand In Your Shoes

There is nothing like getting sand in your shoes when you take a relaxing stroll on one of Queens County's numerous pristine white sand beaches, all within minutes of Liverpool.
  • Beach Meadows Municipal Beach is a favourite of local families. Changing rooms, picnic tables, washroom facilities and a playground make this a great place to spent a lazy day on the water. Located in Beach Meadows east of Liverpool on Hwy 3. Wheelchair accessible.
  • Eagle Head Beach, Hwy 3 east of Liverpool. White sand beach, no facilities - perfect for those looking for a quiet experience.
  • Hunts Point Beach, Hwy 3 west of Liverpool. Unsupervised swimming, no facilities. Public access and wheelchair accessible. Perfect for evening strolls.
  • Summerville Beach Provincial Park, Hwy 3 west of Liverpool, is a beautiful kilometre long white-sand beach. Unsupervised swimming, picnic area, washrooms, and changing rooms available. Wheelchair accessible.
  • White Point Beach, Hwy 3 west of Liverpool. Half mile white sand beach, accessible with White Point Beach Resort Day Pass which can be purchased from the Resort. Walker's and surfer's paradise. Surf board rental facilities available at the Resort.



Queens Place

Queens Place Recreation and Community Centre is set to open in January 2012, Queens Place will offer a wide variety of year-round recreation and fitness options for all ages, levels and abilities and will also serve as a venue for events and activities such as trade shows and concerts.


Friday, 1 April 2011

Clubs & Socials

Liverpool offers a wide variety of community clubs and socials for one to choose from.

Queens Chamber of Commerce  http://www.southqueenschamber.com is open to new members with a calendar of activities planned. 
Facing the Mersey River is the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #38, serving home cooked meals every Friday evening.
High upon the hill, on the corner of Gorham and Church Street, the Lions Club http://liverpoolns.lionwap.org/ meets twice monthly.
Liverpool's Kinsmen & Kinette Club http://kinsmen.w3.ca/ meet twice monthly from September through June and once monthly from June through to September.
Bird Watching is a popular hobby in Queens region http://maybank.tripod.com/BSNS/Queens.htm .
Region of Queens Volunteer Organization  http://volunteer.queens.ca/ is committed to working with the people of Queens to achieve active lifestyles and vibrant communities.
Be sure to check out Liverpool's Tennis Club, Milton Canoe and Camera Club, located in Liverpool, Liverpool Bowling Centre and the Big Brother and Big Sister Association.
The Liverpool Kiwanis Club has been active for 80 years and meets each Tuesday, at noon, at the Golden Pond Restaurant.
Something for everyone.... the socially active and the physically active.

Liverpool offers inexpensive, seaside, retirement living.