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October 13

Out & About Site Tour Oct 10/12

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on October 13th, 2012

It’s amazing how quickly things are coming together. Daily the progress is fast and progressive. Here are a series of Pictures taken on Oct. 10/12 at noon….by end of week the fireplace in the Lounge was complete, the kitchen nearly installed, the pool deck finished, and so much more – our new main lodge is a Nova Scotia Masterpiece – made by and of Nova Scotia!

We’ll be welcoming guests of Nova Scotia Music Week starting Nov. 7/12, and White Pointers back to the beach thereafter, it will be GR8!

October 13

Stitching together our Stories

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on October 13th, 2012

by Janice Landry

Residing in 1928 Main Lodge and lost in the fire, this quilt was made in 1990 by the Mill Village Ladies Guild.

There is a familiar old saying which urges us to see, “the forest for the trees.” It is a reminder to occasionally step back and gain a better perspective, to look at things differently, or, take time to live in the here and now.

63 year old Bev Crouse is the veteran Nova Scotia quilter behind the “White Point Quilt – Stitching White Pointers Together” project. Every stitch in the special quilt being created for the new Main Lodge is kind of like every tree in that proverbial forest: each is special and tells its own story, but, when viewed in its entirety, together forms a life-affirming and sustainable masterpiece that will exist for generations.

“It is by far, the most exciting, the most emotional and most gratifying project ever. This is the one. It is part of me,” says Crouse, with a huge smile. Once you hear her amazing back story, you will understand why it is so impactful for her.

The original White Point Beach Resort quilt was among the many beautiful and significant pieces of art formerly displayed in the Main Lodge and which were subsequently all destroyed. Crouse says she first heard about what happened while watching television the day after the November 12, 2011 fire. She had two immediate, albeit, fleeting thoughts which crossed her mind: firstly, because she is a third generation, master quilter, with 50 years sewing experience, she says she worried about what had happened to the White Point quilt, and, secondly, she thought, if a second one was ever to be created, she could clearly picture it with the resort’s signature beach stone fireplace sewn in its centre.

Crouse admits she, like many, has had a hard time accepting what she saw on the t-v screen, in her Moose Harbour home. She didn’t want to believe it was true. Reflecting back, almost a year later, she now realizes the impetus for her reaction stems from the deeply emotional and draining personal drama she had just experienced with her beloved husband, Wayne Crouse.

The day before the fire, the couple had just returned from a Halifax hospital where Wayne had undergone extensive open-heart surgery, a valve replacement and had part of his aorta replaced after suffering from an aneurism.  Crouse says her father had the exact same surgery, except for the aneurism, but he had died on the operating table.

It was, and is, a lot to bear.

She believes she was unable to process the fire, initially, because the previous 6 days spent with Wayne in hospital, post- surgery, were both emotionally and physically exhausting. At the same time, she knew healing could and would begin if she did something to help.

That opportunity came from Donna Hatt, White Point’s Marketing and Product Development Manager, who approached Crouse about creating a new quilt for the rebuilt Main Lodge. Crouse did not hesitate one iota and agreed to come on board.

Main Lodge block for the quilt, one of 13, depicts the 1928 Lodge in her glory.

Crouse spearheads the project and has committed about 20 hours per week to it since February 2012. It’s evolved into a “part-time job;” done out of love for her community, the art of quilting and White Point itself.

The quilt’s progression and design can be viewed on the White Point Beach Resort website. It is rich in colour and texture and deep in story.  It is approximately 5 by 7 feet in diameter and each of 13 panels has been expertly handcrafted by Crouse. They depict favorite White Point scenes; every one is a special memory described, especially for the project, by loyal guests.

One dozen of the blocks are placed around the perimeter of the 13th- which is the centre and largest one. Appropriately, that place of honor is reserved for a panel showcasing the famous beach stone fireplace Crouse imagined should be sewn there when she first heard about, and reacted to, the fire.

While Crouse is the solo creator of the scenes, she is thrilled, and eager to explain, that people from all over the world, including her husband Wayne, one of her daughters and several of her in-laws, have helped stitch the main, fireplace panel. She has also taken the quilt to public events locally, in Toronto, Halifax and elsewhere to allow as many supporters as possible to place individual stitches in the quilt, “There is even someone from as far away as China! People say to me, ‘When I come to White Point, I’m going to look at the fireplace block and I think I can remember where I put my stitch!’”

When you get a chance to view the magnificent quilt, you should be aware that Crouse’s favorite panel is located on the bottom, right-hand corner and depicts the scene of a bonfire on the beach at White Point, “To me, it’s soothing because of the sky. I love the sky. I grew up in Prince Edward Island looking up at the night skies. I totally adore doing that. That’s why this one speaks to me,” Crouse says.

Another important panel for the quilter is located on the design’s top, middle. It’s a lovely scene showing people sitting on White Point beach looking at lobster boats at sunrise.  Crouse worked from pictures to get the larger of the two boats stitched just right. She used many old and current photographs for her research of most of the panels, like the historical one showcasing the original hunting lodge from 1928.

The fishing boat panel is extra special because, of the two boats in it, she says she struggled to get the second, tinier boat on the horizon to have the proper shape and perspective. She asked her husband Wayne for help. He is originally from Lunenburg and is knowledgeable about vessels. Wayne drew her a small, green fishing boat and that is the exact one you see in the lobster boat panel.

Appropriately, both literally, and figuratively, there is a part of both the husband and wife, who have been through so much together, in the White Point quilt, “It definitely relates to Wayne’s (health) issues and the healing part,” she thoughtfully says.

On Oct. 10/12 Lynn Hupman joined Bev to 'frame' and 'sandwich' the new WP Quilt, in the original frame used for the 1990 quilt.

In another twist of significance, Crouse says it will be she and well-known quilter, Lynn Hupman, of Mill Village, the creator of the original White Point quilt, who will work together to “sandwich” the new quilt before its’ final quilting and unveiling.

The term “sandwich” means the two veteran artisans will place the work in quilt bars in preparation for its quilting.  The bottom layer of the sandwich is called the backing. The next layer is the batting and the top layer is the actual quilt. The two women will also have help from numerous sewers, quilters and artisans who are passionate about the project during a series of quilting bees being offered by White Point.

Crouse says the whole creative process has been very humbling. She literally tears up explaining what it means to her. She also physically gets goose bumps from, and is especially touched by, people’s varied reactions to the quilt’s individual panels as they choose a personal favorite.

After a year of both community and personal lows and highs, Crouse is both deeply moved and inspired by so many caring people who have lent a helping hand in creating the artistic legacy she has helped spearhead. When it is hung in the new Main Lodge in January 2013, the White Point Beach Resort quilt will become a constant reminder that, in the face of difficulty and challenges, people can and will come together to  create something that is beautiful, lasting and impactful.

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Follow the Quilt journey, see videos, pictures and more online at White Point’s Beach Blog
Follow Bev Crouse and share her passion for handmade quilts, visit her project, The Quilters Net

About the author: Janice Landry is a Halifax based author, director, strategic communicator, and instructor, Department of Communiations, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, *Nominated for MSVU’s Alumnae Award for Teaching Excellence 2010.

 

October 6

Up on the rooftop…2 fireplace chimney’s rise on the Main Lodge!

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on October 6th, 2012

On October 3, 2012, our Main Lodge received her fireplace chimney frames. The two structures where assembled in the driveway, then hoisted by crane up and over the peak, and installed in their permanent home on our roof. Each weighing 2000 lbs it was a sight to see! The Main Lodge now looks so natural and family here onsite – check out the last picture below from the driveway! It was a Great Day to see them go in, soon they will welcome crackling fires. See you in November!  The pictures below were screen shots from our Nova Scotia Webcams – Construction Webcam 1 and 2 http://www.novascotiawebcams.com/south-shore/white-point-construction-2.html

 

October 2

Come ‘Quilt’ with Us!

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on October 2nd, 2012

Member of Quilting Guild? Just have an interest in quiting?
We’ve been stitching up a storm preparing the 13 panels of our new White Point Quilt – Stitching White Pointers Together. Now it’s time to put it all together, and actually ‘QUILT’ our quilt and we invite you to help.

Join local quilt creator Bev Crouse and White Point at White Point for a series of “Quilting B’s”. Check out the Quilt Guild Dates and Drop-in Dates below, and RSVP today!

September 23

White Point Construction Walk About Sept 21/12 – opening in November!

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on September 23rd, 2012

Transformation. Everyday it is amazing to see the transformation of our Main Lodge. The site is a constant buzz of activity as crews from various teams chip away at their respective areas of responsibility. On Friday Sept. 21st, we headed into the site to capture some pics to share with White Pointers to compliment what you are seeing from the Webcams on the outside. On track for our re-opening in November as we prepare to welcome Nova Scotia Music Week Nov. 8th-11 to our community, and to the beach! Shall we take a look around inside…come on, it’s going to be GR8!

September 16

Destination White Point, Book Reviews, Readings and more this September!

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on September 16th, 2012

They say timing is everything and we tend to agree. Think about it.

If Frances Jewel Dickson had not approached us here at White Point two years ago with the idea of doing a retrospective on White Point, we would not have had such a rich, authentic and detailed voice for White Point.

If Frances had not already filed her final manuscript just days before our fire on November 12/11, the retrospective would likely have been told so differently.

This month, as we continue on our journey back to opening this November, in our 10th month since the fire, we definitly believe in fate and that certain things happen at just the right time, when they should and involve those that need to be, should be, involved.

Frances Jewel Dickson was meant to capture our retrospective, making us stronger for having reflected, recounted and reconnect with our past, as we grow stronger, as Frances says, “as a legion of White Pointers anxiously await the re-opening so we can again witness living history”.

Today, in the Sept. 16th edition of The Nova Scotian, Destination White Point was reviewed: http://thechronicleherald.ca/books/136386-white-point-history-includes-epilogue-on-devastating-fire

On September 23, from 2:00-2:30pm, Frances will be reading from and discussing her book as a featured Author at Halifax’s Word or the Street: http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/halifax/author/frances-jewel-dickson

Of course you can meet Frances in person in the Book Trailer we launched earlier this summer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVaIV1jNHwo&list=UUuiTDQxeYmgl_9Uq2osF55w&index=3&feature=plcp

Although we have not set a date, we are planning to welcome home Destination White Point, at a Homecoming Event after we re-open, stay tuned!

 

September 16

Re-Opening in November 2012 Means New Menus!

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on September 16th, 2012

by White Point’s Executive Chef Alan Crosby

The time has finally come, with only 7 weeks ‘til we re-open, it is menu time.

It’s been difficult sweating through a fantastic sunny summer, trying to plan for November menus.  Now that the days are shorter and it’s cooling off a little, I can see my way planning for cozy winter meals.

With a preliminary draft in hand, then next step was to try and test some of our new items…but we haven’t got a kitchen. 
So what do you do?  Enlist a few friends, a willing spouse, open some wine and cook at home.

Last Friday night was spent with my wife Jacqueline, our good friend/camping buddy Kelly and Ocean Spa therapist/travelling masseuse Christine. 
With a request for honest feedback we set out to try four new items which may or may not make the final cut. 

“Creamed Lobster on Toast” most agreed apples and apple brandy trumped double smoked bacon and lobster mushrooms as add ins. 

 Grilled salmon with savoy cabbage, double smoked bacon, sherry and thyme … perfect as written. 

Rigatoni with preserved lemon, roast chicken and charred cherry tomatoes.  All liked the addition of pesto and Kelley noted that the tomatoes were too “squirty” so those are getting cut (literally) and oven dried. 

Ricards dark chocolate cake with espresso ganache wasn’t dense enough so that one is going back to the drawing board.

We’ll start all over again this week.  Roast chicken and rosemary mac and cheese, “Pot Roast”, crab crusted haddock …  I can’t till the new pizza oven is in.   I just need to find some more friends! 

 

September 12

White Point lodge rebuild on track – Article published in the Queens County Advance, Sept 10, 2012

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on September 12th, 2012

By Nick Moase, Editor

Published Sept. 10, 20112
Here is a link to the story as it appeared in the Advance:
http://www.theadvance.ca/Business/Tourism/2012-09-11/article-3071486/White-Point-lodge-rebuild-on-track/1
Here is a link to the photo tour for the story:
http://www.theadvance.ca/Slideshow/7149/Inside-the-White-Point-rebuild/1

The Article copy as it appears in the Queens County Advance:

It can be hard to believe less than a year ago the lodge at White Point Beach Resort was lost to fire. However out of that tragedy came a promise to rebuild by owner Robert Risley.

Now the new lodge has risen from the ground, and is on track for opening the end of October.

Risley says he very pleased with how things are going so far. Though a bit chaotic because of the large number of workers compared to the size of the building, around 70 on site last week, everyone is managing to work around each other.

“Everybody is driving towards a common goal,” says Risley.

Risley himself is on site at least once a week to meet with the contractor heads to go through progress and troubleshoot any problems. Like any construction project there have been challenges.

“A steel frame building is very unforgiving. You can’t just run a pipe through a steel beam,” he says.

However he says they haven’t encountered anything major that has hindered progress.

Risley keeps an eye on the project through the webcams set up on site as well, and stays very involved with all aspects.

“Any project I’ve ever been involved with I get involved down to the most minute detail.”

And there are a lot of little details that go into the build. Risley spent the Labour Day weekend figuring out what the washroom facilities would look like and the best hand dryer for their needs.

“We want to make sure we pick the very best and most efficient one from an energy and operational point of view,” he says.

A lot of thought went into making things more efficient for the staff, with easier access to supplies, as well as what the patrons will see when they come through the doors.

The old lodge had low ceilings, while in this lodge some will be as high as 20 feet.

“It will give a much different feeling when you walk through the front. You not only will be able to see to straight through to the ocean, but also all the way up as well,” says Risley.

The lodge will be fully accessible, something that couldn’t be done in the past because of the age of the structure, and two accessible guest rooms.

While the resort has been mostly shut down, it has also been a time to update other aspects of the lodgings. The cottages are getting upgrades such as new flooring and carpets, bathrooms, linens and televisions.

The build is using as much local trade as they can find to do the job as well.

The windows, doors and exterior siding is being installed by Wayne Wentzell’s company South Shore Home Construction. Chris Primrose from Primrose Computers is doing the data wiring for the building.

“It’s nice when you can deal with smaller sub-trades, because more often than not you are dealing with the owner of the company. You can get very fast decisions made.”

A little further afield Amos Wood in Blockhouse is providing the siding and interior furniture.

“We’re trying to source as much of our wood and routine building supplies as locally as possible,” says Risley.

Using local companies also gave some of the students with the Options and Opportunities program at the high school a chance to work on a large-scale building.

Many finer details going into the lodge will have a local touch as well. A new quilt is in the process of being made by Bev Crouse, and Joe Winters is carving out a new group of folk art figures to replace the ones lost in the fire.

The furniture for the dining room is being built by Lake City Woodworkers out of Halifax, a company that employs adults with challenges.

And yes, even the famous White Point bunnies are taken into consideration. When a bunny decided to make a nest near the construction site, the workers decided to move to a different area until the mother and babies had moved on. 

August 27

Main Lodge Construction – Aug 24/12 Update!

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on August 27th, 2012

We’ve come a long way in just 4 months!
Indeed it was April 11, 2012 when we broke ground to begin the construction of our new Lodge. We headed out to take some pictures so we could invite you to take a Picture Tour with us!
These offer a bit more up close perspective than our webcams, but White Pointers continue to keep an eye on our progress daily – on our 3 webcams on Nova Scotia Webcams and on our Facebook Page.

We’re on track for opening Nov. 8, 2012 to welcome Nova Scotia Music Week….let’s take a look around at what it looks like as of Aug 24/12, hope you like it!

 

August 23

White Point Materpiece, Check-out our ‘SandLodge’

Posted by White Point Beach Resort Team on August 23rd, 2012

Seems our Main Lodge Archetict, Joe Zareski, and his children found a fabulous way to enjoy a recent visit to White Point and gifted to us this masterpiece.
Our Facebook family enjoyed this picture tremendously, we had to share here on our Blog as well!
What a work of art….