How Home Hard­ware saved Valen­tine’s Day


Staff at Home Hard­ware saved Valen­tine’s Day in Mid­dle­ton this year.

At least they helped make sure bou­quets could be made and de­liv­ered from Val­ley Rose flower shop on Com­mer­cial Street.

The flower shop’s Sab­rina Tapp faced a moun­tain of snow when she ar­rived at work the morn­ing of Feb. 14, one of the busiest days of the year for a florist. But some neigh­bours soon came to the res­cue from Home Hard­ware from across the street.

Anne Cal­lanan, Joan Penny, and Emily Shorey brought shov­els from the hard­ware store and helped clear an eight-foot path through the four-foot-deep snow to the flower shop’s door.

Not only that, the Home Hard­ware staff dug out some spray chalk and painted open signs, hearts, and flow­ers in the snow banks so peo­ple would know Mid­dle­ton stores were open for busi­ness af­ter the Feb. 13 bliz­zard that dumped tons of snow on the town.

Cus­tomers driv­ing by couldn’t tell if busi­nesses were open be­cause of the moun­tains of snow be­tween the side­walk and the street.

“I thought the idea of the snow signs was ge­nius,” said Jonathan Archibald at Blue Grif­fin Books, two shops down from Val­ley Rose. “I never would have thought of that. It’s a great way to let peo­ple driv­ing by know we’re open. I need to buy a box

Legally Blonde the Mu­si­cal

Run­ning from Feb. 22 through Feb. 26, there’s go­ing to be mu­si­cal theatre at West Kings High School.

The Ever­green Theatre and the Ever­green Youth Play­ers are pre­sent­ing Legally Blonde the Mu­si­cal in Auburn.

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion is $13 for adults and $10 for stu­dents. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

Reser­va­tions are en­cour­aged by call­ing or text at 902-8049997 or via email at wk­le­gally­

Port Ci­ties to re­lease al­bum in Wolfville

The trio called Port Ci­ties will offer an al­bum re­lease concert on March 2. The music will get un­der­way at 7:30 p.m.

Car­leton Stone, Breagh Mackin­non, and Dy­lan Guthro, be­gan writ­ing to­gether in 2011 on Cape Bre­ton Is­land.

They formed a strong mu­si­cal con­nec­tion as each of them were re­leas­ing award­win­ning al­bums and tour­ing with their solo ca­reers, but soon their cre­ative suc­cess started to de­mand more on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion.

The band will in­tro­duce their fans to music from their de­but al­bum, which will be avail­able for down­load and CDS at the show.

The concert is pre­sented by the Deep Roots Music Co­op­er­a­tive at the Al Whit­tle Theatre.

Reg­u­lar tick­ets are $20 and stu­dents are $15 plus fees and HST at Tick­et­ and Tick­et­pro lo­ca­tions through­out Nova Scotia. of that snow chalk stuff.”

Linda Mac­neil at Cin­na­mon Creek thought the open signs sprayed on the snow banks was a great idea – and peo­ple were stop­ping and tak­ing pic­tures of the signs.

Be­sides help­ing shovel the path to the flower shop, one Home Hard­ware em­ployee went in­side and helped staff with their Valen­tine’s Day flower orders as well, Tapp said.

“Snow’s not keep­ing us down,” Tapp said.

Cal­lanan and Penny went up and down Com­mer­cial Street with the spray chalk to make sure the snow banks were ad­e­quately dec­o­rated.

“See­ing the Home Hard­ware red shirts run­ning around help­ing shovel out fel­low busi­nesses and paint­ing the snow signs re­minded me of watch­ing a Blue Jays game and the Home Hard­ware cleanup crews that clean the bases in the fifth in­ning,” Archibald said.

Even town hall posted pic­tures of the signs on its Face­book page.

Home Hard­ware used an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly spray chalk call Bl­izz Art.

Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan on screen

Saint Joan by Ge­orge Bernard Shaw will be on stage via film on March 3 at the Al Whit­tle Theatre in Wolfville.

The screen­ing of the live work of theatre will run from 7-9:45 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

From the tor­ment of the Hun­dred Years’ War, the charis­matic Joan of Arc carved a vic­tory that de­fined France. Shaw’s clas­sic play de­picts a woman with all the in­stinct, zeal and trans­form­ing power of a revo­lu­tion­ary.

Tick­ets at $20 are only avail­able at the door.

Call all women for art day

On March 5, there will be a spe­cial com­mu­nity art day at the Ross Creek Cen­tre for the Arts en­ti­tled A Woman’s Work is Never Done.

There will be an ex­plo­ration of the art of women in the early years of the last cen­tury – both pro­fes­sional artists and those who per­fected tra­di­tional forms, in­clud­ing food. Make art in­spired by our grand­moth­ers, and have a late lunch and af­ter­noon tea at Ross Creek, with cu­cum­ber sand­wiches, soups and cakes. Ad­mis­sion is by do­na­tion.


Sab­rina Tapp of Val­ley Rose flower shop faced a moun­tain of snow when she ar­rived at work Feb. 14, one of the busiest days of the year for a florist. Neigh­bours soon came to the res­cue from Home Hard­ware across the street. Anne Cal­lanan, Joan Penny and Emily Shorey brought shov­els from the hard­ware store and helped clear an eight­foot path through the four-foot-deep snow to the flower shop’s door.

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