Events: The Up and Coming

Check in here for the list of the events that are up and coming in the community! Want something listed?  Let us know at and we’ll  be happy to post it! 

Join everyone at the OAKDENE CENTER, 1913 Clementsvale Rd. in BEAR RIVER on Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
for the
20th ANNIVERSARY Fundraising event ‘GRILLED MUSIC’
for the Barbecue, music hosted by David Chamberland, face painting and movies for kids, silent auction, sample wine.

Experience the holiday spirit in downtown
 Bear River, Saturday Nov. 29th
there is sure to be something for everyone, throughout the day and evening, too!
The day will begin at theBear River Legion Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar
starting at 9:00 am til 2:00 pm offering lots of handmade crafts and baked goods for gifts
or just browse & socialize until lunch is served at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. You can choose
from Seafood Chowder/ roll, Lasagna/ garlic bread or hot dogs, all are lovingly made by
the Bear River Legion Ladies Auxiliary. $1.00 admission with a chance to win the door prize!
Also visit theRebekah Hall for the Holiday Spirit CraftShow at 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
You will experience one of a kind crafts made by exceptional talents from throughout Southwest
Nova. There will be a hot lunch concession on site. $2.00 admission at the door!
While in the village don’t miss theNew Horizon’s Annual Pre-Christmas Tea and Sale.
Starting at 2:00 pm, you will be graciously served a delicious selection of sandwiches and sweets
until 4:00 pm. for just $5.00. There will also be a good selection of baking and crafts for purchase.
No charge just to browse!
Then of course, there’s theBear River Firemen’s Pre-Christmas Turkey Supper
with all the fixin’s. Serving will commence at 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Adults-$12.00,
Small children -$6.00.
Then, cap off the day with somedancing at the Bear River Legion. Music will be
provided by“One night Only” from 10:00 pm – 1:00 am.  $10.00 admission for members and guests!Note:On Saturday December 6th the day will begin with theBear River Firemen’s Breakfast
from 7:30 – 10:00 am  & end with theChristmas tree lightingat 7:00 pm. Children of all ages can
enjoy Santa’s company while having some cookies and hot chocolate. These are Bear River Fire
Department events you don’t want to miss!
So much fun in a small community!

Cherry Carnival Weekend…Lots to see and do!

Native Workshops Saturday

Young Guns

Kejimkujik Storytelling Festival – July 19, 2014

Kejimkujik Storytelling Festival
Saturday, July 19 – Parks Day

Celebrate the traditions of storytelling with Kejimkujik. On Parks Day, join in the Kejimkujik Storytelling Festival for a day of activities with storytellers and writers.

10:00 – 11:00 am at Merrymakedge P1
Petroglyph Tour – stories carved in stone.
Sign up at the Visitor Centre -25 spaces.

1:00 – 2:00 pm at Merrymakedge Beach under the old Canteen Shelter
A fun, enlightening, interactive reading of the book “Mother Nature Knows…” withchildren’s book author/illustrator Kelly Foxton.

2:00 – 4:00 pm Merrymakedge Beach under the old Canteen Shelter
Make your own storytelling flag!

6:00 – 7:30 pm Campfire Circle P2 in Jeremy’s Bay Campground.
Writer’s Campfire – join Gaspereau Press authors who will be reading from
their works – inspired by nature. Lemon loaf and tea will be served!
Official launch of the Kejimkujik Expropriation Pass!

Soren Bondrup-Nielsen
Born in Denmark and immigrated to Canada at the age of 13, Soren is a
professor of Ecology and Conservation Biology at Acadia University and author of
Winter on Diamond, Winter Nature and his most recent, Merging: Contemplations
on Farming and Ecology from Horseback.

Shalan Joudry
A writer, performance artist, and storyteller, Shalan works as a
cultural interpreter and community ecologist at Bear River First
Nation, Nova Scotia. “Generations Re-merging” is her first book

Basma Kavanagh
Basma is a painter, poet, and letterpress printer who originally
from Nova Scotia. Distillō is her debut poetry collection.

8:00 – 9:00 pm Amphitheatre P2 in Jeremy’s Bay Campground
In the tradition of old-time storytelling, Mike Parker, author of “Guides of
the North Woods” and “Wood Chips & Beans”, will recount stories about life
in the lumber camps and on the trail of moose and trout in the land of the
Tent Dwellers.

9:30 – 11:30 pm Sky Circle P1 in Jeremy’s Bay Campground.
Drumming under the stars! Let the beat of All Nations Drummers call down the
stories from the stars. Jennie will be on hand to help you observe the stars!

Regular admission fees apply. For more information, call (902) 682-3263.

121st Bear River Cherry Carnival July 19th, 2014

The Bear River Cherry Carnival is an exciting day sponsored by the Bear River Volunteer Fire Dept. and is held each year in mid-July. The activities each year may vary but the regular schedule of events are sure to include the sale of cherries.DSC00256-2The day kicks off with the boot drive as an opportunity to give a donation to the great firefighters who safeguard our community and district. The first event not to be missed is the street parade which begins on Riverview Road and crosses town and travels around the river to disband at the Fire Hall.P1350511Come to the Fire Hall for a delicious home-cooked dinner. Water sports take up much of the afternoon with the special feature of “walking the greased pole”. If you have never tried it, be sure to watch it as it is truly a feat of agility and skill. Many older people judge themselves on how far out the pole they have managed in their younger years. In late afternoon, there is another home-cooked meal but don’t forget that the Fire Dept. is also operating a canteen continuously and food will not be a problem for anyone to find.P1350547History of the Cherry Carnival It was discovered in 1780 that cherry trees would grow well in this area. In 1893, George Brooks used the cherry tree as a focus of a celebration. His thought was to say thank you to the hard-working men and women of the village after the main summer activity of haying was completed. This celebration was hosted by several organizations throughout the years but for the last fifty plus years, it has become the annual Fund-Raiser for the Fire Dept. and a meeting time for those far away who like to come home for Carnival each year and feel they will be sure to meet up with relatives and friends for this day. Cherry Carnival Day comes to an end with a bang! Our trained “Pyro Experts” put on a show of fireworks that is sure to please everyone. We hope you enjoy your visit in Bear River and come back again.P1350646

Firefighters’ Canteen — All Day
Children’s Parade — 9:30 am
Grand Street Parade – 10:00 am
Firefighters Challenge – 11:30 am
Hosted by Bear River Fire Department
Children’s Games – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bingo – 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Live Music at the Gazebo
Soup & Sandwich – Dining Hall — $ 7.00 — 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Greased Pole — 5:30 pm
Canoe Races –5:00 pm
Pig Roast – Dining Hall — $ 12.00 — 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cherry Pit Spitting Contest — 3:00 pm
Pie Eating Contest – 4:00 pm
Ticket Draws – 8:00pm
Duck Race – 9:00 pm
Fireworks Display – -10:00 pm (Dusk)
(Launched from behind the Fire Hall)Please keep your eyes open for the Firefighters Boot Drive on your way into town, and prior to the fireworks. Bear River Cherry Carnival is the Fire Departments major annual fundraiser.

Saturday, June 14th: benefit for BREDS


Here’s a message from Joe Kubinec, acupuncturist;

Josef Kubinec’s Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in Clementsport.  To better serve my patients I am pleased to announce the expansion of my Clementsport office to 3 days a week and the closure of my Bear River Clinic.

 Winter hours are:
 Mondays 12 till 8pm
 Tuesdays 10am till 8pm
 Wednesdays 12 till 5pm.
 I am covered by most major medical plans. For those without a plan who are retired or low income I have a sliding scale from $20 to suit your budget.  Patients under going cancer treatments are free. Acupuncture is proven effective for pain relief, immune boosting, menopausal problems, headaches and many other conditions. Great time of year to get treatment to reduce seasonal allergies. If you have any questions or would like an appointment please email me or call 638-3495

Brrr River Fun Run

Winter Carnival Valentine Dance - Feb 15, 2014

Bear River Winter Carnival  Feb 14-16


Anytime till 3 pm Saturday.  Build a snow sculpture and enter the big prize contest.
 Anyone can enter and build along the Bear River waterfront or at your home (to build at your home you must be in the Bear River area.) Free! Enter at Cherry Brook Grocery Store Main St. Bear River.  All welcome to enter!  Contact Sue Comeau 467-3258 or Bonnie MacLeod 467-0390

4:00 pm till end of winter Rink Opens.  Free skating behind Bear River Legion.

5:00 until the end of the Carnival (evening of the 16th.)  Crazy Carpet Castle Opens.  Free sledding on crazy carpets or snowsuits only.  Crazy carpets provided.  Behind Bear River Legion.  Contact Bonnie MacLeod  467-0390

5:00 -5:30 pm  Lighting of the Ice Candles and Ice Candle Contest.  Free.  Behind the Bear River Legion. All entries welcome.  Enter to win and help by putting your ice candles around the rink or town. Prize presentation @ 5:30pm.  Contact Sue Comeau 467-3258

6:00 – 8:00 pm “Fables and Fairy Tales” Show Opening. A multi media group art show at The Oakdene Centre in Bear River. Show continues Feb 15 and 16th, (ten am to four pm). Free. Contact: Ken Flett

 7:00 -9:00 pm Myrtle & Rosies Dinner and Live Music. Reservations: 467-0176. Filet Mignon, Caeser Salad, Chocolate Raspberry Triffle. Downtown Main St. Bear River

8:00 pm “Acres & Acres” concert. A Licensed event at the Rebekah Hall. Tickets $12.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door. Tickets @ Magoos, Bear River Bargains and Books, Sissiboo Coffee at the Annapolis Winter Saturday Market.


Anytime till 3 pm.  Build a snow sculpture and enter the big prize contest.   All along the waterfront. Free! Enter at Cherry Brook Grocery Store Main St. Bear River. Open to all!

9:00 am – 3:00 pm  Childrens’ snow sculpting. All welcome! Free! By rink along Bear River Waterfront. Create a snow creature and get a prize!  Contact:  467-0390

9:00 am – 11:00 am Club 400 Winter Active team.  Free.  @ Bear River Waterfront Park by rink.  Kick sledding, Nordic walking, and snowshoeing. Contact: Brian Orde

10:00 am  – 4:00 pm “Fables and Fairy Tales”  A multi media group art show at The Oakdene Centre in Bear River. Show continues Feb 15 and 16th, (ten am to four pm). Free. Contact: Ken Flett

10:00-11:00 am  Cross Country Ski Clinic.  Ski’s poles and boots provided.  Free.  Behind the rink along the Bear River Waterfront.  Contact Sue Comeau 467-3258

12:00 – 4:00 pm “Hearts and Flowers” A show of watercolour paintings from Flora Doehler @ the Rebekah. Hot Sissiboo coffee and cookies. Contact Flora 467-0553

12:00 – 4:00 pm Cross Country Ski Trip For Beginners. Free.  Meet at Bear River Fire Hall, 12pm. Contact Robbie Bays 467-3151 or Sue Comeau 467-3258

1:00 – 3:00 pm  Maple Syrup Snow Sucker Stand.  Free. (Other Maple products available.) Contact Peter and Anna Burrell 467-3340.

7:00 pm Hot chocolate and cookies supplied by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Bear River Legion.

7:30 pm FIREWORKS All along the Bear River Waterfront.   (Rain Date Sunday @ 7:30) Contact:  Glen Rice 467-3023 or  Sue Comeau 467-3258

9:00 pm – 1:00 am Winter Carnival Dance. “One Night Only” @ Bear River Legion Branch #22.  $10.00 at door.  Contact Sue Long 467-3705 or 467-3881. All welcome!


8:00 am – 4:00 pm A Gentle Cross Country Ski Over 7 Lakes. Trip 10.75 miles or 17.3 Km Bring your own lunch and water.  Meet at Bear River Fire Hall at 8am.  Contact: Sue Comeau  467-3258

9:30 am – 5:00 pm ATV/Snowmobile Follow Me Run.  Meet at the Power House in Bear River. Contact:  Cindy Bowers 467-3154

10:00 am  – 4:00 pm “Fables and Fairy Tales”  A multi media group art show at The Oakdene Centre in Bear River. Show continues Feb 15 and 16th, (ten am to four pm). Free. Contact: Ken Flett

12:00 – 4:00 pm “Hearts and Flowers” A show of watercolour paintings from Flora Doehler @ the Rebekah. Hot Sissiboo coffee and cookies. Contact Flora 467-0553

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Maple Syrup Snow Sucker Stand.  Free. (Other Maple products available.) Contact Peter and Anna Burrell 467-3340.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Awards Ceremony. Awards handed out for snow and ice sculptures. At the Bear River Waterfront Park to left of rink.  Contact Sue Comeau 467-3258  or Kerry Simmons 467-3300

Pot Luck Supper and dance: Dec. 14th

legion party

Nov. 11…….Remembrance Day: Lest We Forget

This year’s Remembrance Day service will be held at the Baptist Church at 9:45, followed by the laying of the wreaths at the cenotaph.  A supper will be held at the Legion at 5 pm, veterans are free and all others just $5.00.

Nov. 30……The Big Day for Christmas Shopping!

Mingle with the crowds on November 30th, when the RC Legion Ladies’ Aux. sponsors their annual Christmas Bazaar from 9:30 to 2:30, with a great selection of handcrafted items for your loved ones,and  their yummy luncheon menu.  Also the Rebekah Hall Christmas Craft event just across the street!

Board of Trade News

OCTOBER 12, 2013

An Event worth waiting for!

Those who have been patiently waiting for the release of   A Far Away Place, Bear River, by Mary Marvin McLeod, will be pleased to know that the official book launching will be held at the Bear River Millyard, River Rd., Bear River, at 4 pm on Oct. 12.  John McLeod, son of the author and editor of the book will be present to speak about it and sign copies. Light refreshments will be served.
A Far Away Place, Bear  River are the childhood memoirs of Mary Marvin McLeod who was born in Bear River in 1920 and participated vigorously in community life until the family’s departure when she was 12.  Growing up on Maple Grove Farm in Kniffen’s Hollow at a time when Bear River was at “the sunset of its golden years” the author captures the essence of the childhood experience with vivid details of the place and the people.  A woman gifted with an exceptional memory, Mary Marvin McLeod weaves the stories of a child’s adventures on the farm with her interaction with the characters of the village and the richness of the community.
Written in a beautiful literary style,   A Far Away Place, Bear River takes the reader on a journey to a time and place that will never exist again.  While the names and details are of Bear River, it is a universal story that could have taken place in any rural community in the years between the two World Wars. It is a glimpse into a way of life that will never be replaced or recaptured.
For those who’s parents grew up during the 30’s in Bear River,  A Far Away Place, Bear River,  is a fascinating glimpse into a childhood of those years. From an homage of outhouses, and the rituals of the task of the hay harvest, the school years at Oakdene Academy and the richness of the social life, this book presents the way of life in vivid, living color.
From the back cover:   After suffering head wound  in WW1, Daniel Marvin, a career naval officer from Newport News Virginia, brings his bride, Mary McGregor of Helensburgh, Scotland, to a lonely, long deserted farm near Bear River Nova Scotia, a village he visited once as a boy. His wounds soon force him into a military hospital in Montreal where he supports the farm by making brass work and selling it to Canada’s best jewellery stores.  Mary MacGregor is an unusually gifted singer, but Maple Grove farm is the stage on which her stars have plunged her and she is too often alone running the farm and raising a family that will grow to ten.
The eldest daughter Mary tells the story of her parent’s fate and the years on the farm in an exquisite voice of the wisdom of an adult and the delight and innocence of a child.
This is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the history of Bear River, or the years between the two World Wars.
An excerpt from the book will give you a taste of the delightful read:
In Bear River, winters were never as bad as they used to be, because at the drop of a snowflake, old timers around the pot bellied stove at the Trading company would revive ‘The Great Blockade’, a benchmark on the misery index, always recalled like a happy memory.  It sounded like on of Dad’s exaggerated tales, but no, it was all true; snow everyday for a solid month, passenger trains stranded and then buried under the drifts, the Bear River frozen solid, trapping the little Packet mid-stream; the whole Annapolis Valley, people and animals, a few snowy inches from starvation.  Everyone shovelled for their lives, digging their way out of the house and over to the barn, then along the road to the rail lines to get the trains moving again. 
A limited number of books will be available for purchase at the time of the book launch.
For further information, contact Bob Benson, 467-3549
book cover

Mi’kmaq History Month!!!
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
2:00 pm
Oakdene Centre in downtown Bear River

Traditional Drumming, singing, dancing, Mi’kmaq demonstrations, Traditional foods, smudging, Give-away-blanket, Mi’kmaq history presentation.

Bring along a musical instrument, a drum, guitar, etc,  a voice, a friend, or just yourself!

Enjoy some traditional food
Everyone is welcome
No Drugs…No Alcohol…No Charge…everything is free!

For more information, call Wanda @ (902) 467-0356


Dec 1:

The Bear River Fire Department is at it again with the annual Christmas Tree lighting event at 7 pm.  Hot chocolate and cookies and a really good time.  Get into the Xmas spirit!

And don’t forget the  Fireman’s breakfast on Dec. 1…. 7 to 10 am for all the yumminess you can eat.

Dec. 4th:  The outreach services of the Annapolis Valley Library will be at Oakdene with a car full of Lego for a Lego event.  This is for kids of all ages and is FREE.  The only condition is that you DO NOT bring your own Lego.  Repeat: do not bring your own Lego!  The hours are from 3 until 7.


Regular Events:      Fun stuff

Myrtle and Rosie are doing it again: the Friday evening music fest, jam session is starting up on October 19 for another season! Music starts at 7.  Dinner is served by reservation only at 5:30.  

Nine Ball pool tournaments at the Bear River Legion, starting at 8 pm. Members and guests welcome.     Also : Seniors Pool Thursday afternoons, and regular pool Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Tuesday evenings is Ladies night 9 ball   and Monday nights at the Legion it’s card party time in the Ladies’s lounge starting at 7.  Darts on Thursday evening at 7:30.

Drop in for tea and conversation every Tuesday at the New Horizons. Everyone is welcome.

And at the Oakdene Center:

Mondays 10:30 am  (free) Chair Yoga, call Julie 467-3151

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11 am  Zumba, Call Debra 245-3158

Tuesdays 3 p.m. – 7,  Annapolis Regional Library : , Nov. 13 and Dec. 4.

Wednesday  7 pm – Insight Meditation, Call Pamela 467-0619

Thursday evenings Yoga with Julie 467-3151

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