Celebrating half a century
There aren’t many events that have occurred annually for five decades, but a group in Wolfville will achieve that milestone this spring when the Canadian Federation of University Women chapter holds its 50th annual book sale.
The sale started in 1968 at Van Wart’s store and, over the next 50 years, has moved to various sites in Wolfville. According to Winnie Horton, the Lions’ Hall on Elm Avenue has been home to the sale since 2002.
The anniversary sale will be held March 31 between 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We will have our usual great collection of Canadiana, Nova Scotiana, collectors’ and other special books,” Horton said.
There will be classics, biographies, history, military, paperbacks and mysteries, religion and philosophy, cookbooks, gardening books, lifestyle, children’s books, music and magazines, as well.
CDS DVDS, LPS, jigsaw puzzles, games and a large collection of photography books, art books, coffee table books and gift books will also be on hand, Horton said.
Proceeds from the annual sale last spring, which raised just over $22,000, supported many local organizations, including the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Annapolis Valley Science Fair, the Flower Cart, the Annapolis Valley Music Festival, the S.M.I.L.E. Program at Acadia, the Kings Kikima Grammies, Valley Hospice Foundation and the Wolfville Food Bank.
Some of the proceeds from the sale also provided a $2,000 CFUW Award in Women and Gender Studies at Acadia and $500 for the Grace Macleod Rogers Prize for the graduating female closest to the Governor General Medalist.
“In the past, we have also donated go online Find out more about the sale at cfuwwolfville.com
to such organizations and charities as International Women’s Day, Bina Roy Partners in Development, Ecole Polytechnique, Camp Brigadoon, Camp Odonata, Chysalis House, a number of library capital campaigns, Grow with Art, L’arche, Landmark East, and the Valley Community Learning Association,” Horton said. “Over the last 13 years, we have donated $206,373 to local and international groups.”
Through the generosity of Acadia University, Horton said, the CFUW members have had a site on campus for book drop off and marking since 2004.
In its early beginnings, members’ homes were used for dropoff and, from 1989 to 2003, Helen Buckler hosted a depository for books and also as a marking site.
The club has undertaken several special projects on campus in thanks.
“In 2014, we sponsored a garden on the south side of University Hall and, in 2015, a park bench next to Perkin Way,” Horton said. “Acadia University has also provided us with personnel from Physical Plant to assist with deposing of discards and moving books. We are very appreciative of all the help we receive from Acadia.”
Horton says the club hopes the public will help celebrate its 50th annual book sale by dropping by to browse and buy.