During a recent walkabout of the property, manager Roger D’Entremont talked about how grateful he is to residents for the success of the operation.
“We have about 150 names that we can call at any time for anything,” he said.
“It could be to come clean dishes. We had volunteers that came and sewed a quilt for us here this summer; they’d come in the afternoon and have a little quilting party. We sold that quilt for the society for $1,100 in two hours.
“Isn’t that community support? It doesn’t get any better than that.”
Four festivals are held annually in addition to other events at the village: rhubarb in June, strawberry in July, blueberry in August and harvest on Sept. 21.
Local volunteers bake all of the dishes for these occasions in addition to many others.
“The harvest festival draws between 150-200. It’s for the community as well as the visitors. It brings the community together,” said d’Entremont.
“We here are a community centre as well as a tourist attraction. We take pride in that.”
A wine tasting and food pairing event on Oct. 6 is sold out. The popular Haunted Village happens Oct. 20 and 21 – with sets and costumes created by volunteers and actors – you guessed it – from the community.
This year a summer camp for children was held for the first time. Youth aged 9-12 spent a week speaking French, were dressed in period costume and learned what life was like in the early 1800s for children.
A coordinator supervised the five-day camp and activities were held each day – including gathering wood for the fire and washing clothes. The camp was held for eight weeks.
“It was such an incredible success. The board has already said we have to continue that next year,” said d’Entremont.
“Children were saying they had fun the whole time and never thought about using their phone all day.”
Although the Haunted Village completes the scheduled lineup of events, sledding parties for the children are sometimes held in the winter when the weather cooperates.
More about Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse
• Open to Sept. 29
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (daily)
Seniors (65 & over) $6
Students (student ID) $6
Students (6 to 17 yrs.) $3
Group Rate (per person) $4
Children (5 yrs.& under) Free
• Sept. 21 Harvest Festival Cranberries, apples, pumpkins, and more - all classic fall dessert ingredients in this buffet. Live music. 1:30pm to 3:00-pm - admission is $6.
• SOLD OUT Oct. 6, 2017 Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Evening features fine wine and local food. 7 p.m. Tickets $40
• Oct. 20-21: Haunted Village Guided tour of the Village at its spookiest. (7p.m.) Call the Village in advance to reserve. Tickets are $10 per adult and $8 for village members.
• Nov. 3-4: Apple Pie Sale. Fresh pies, heaping with apples ready for cooking or freezing. $6.50 per pie or Splenda pies also available for $7 each. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.