Cel­e­brat­ing half a cen­tury

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY WENDY EL­LIOTT KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA WOLFVILLE

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.

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