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The official opening is at a church service at Salem United Church (11am) followed by lunch. Food is a major component of the week put on by different groups. There are many food related events throughout the week: Strawberry Tea, soup luncheon, barbeque on the beach, Warden's Tea, pie sale, and the Saturday lobster dinner.
You won't go hungry in River John!
Music is on display every evening with Music on the Veranda, featuring our local musicians.
There are activities for those who like the outdoors: the Fun Run, Scrabble Walk, Crate Run, a visit to the Lismore Sheep Farm & Store, softball and bed races. The week's events are concluded on Saturday with a street parade, fireworks and adult dance.
There are many daily activities for adults and children at the River John Library.
The year, 1841. The original, prepared by Deputy Surveyor John Gauld and drawn on cotton with ox gall ink, shows the area from Seafoam to Tatamagouche indicating land grants and their owners. The Plan of the Settlement of River John and Vicinity, much like a map, has an interesting story to tell and is now able to share it with others as the community of River John welcomed this important piece of history to the Janice Murray Gill Memorial Library.
Of interest to genealogists, local historians, and anyone interested in the early settlement of River John and area, The Plan of the Settlement of River John and Vicinity was originally in possession of Clifford Carruthers until his passing, then put up for auction in the 1980’s. Worried this rare piece of Nova Scotian history would end its days in a private collection, community member Janice Murray Gill quickly contacted nine others in the local area, who pooled their funds and purchased the piece for over $1,500.
After being housed for several years in the local community museum, it was given to the River John Community Access Program (CAP) Society for safekeeping. Working with the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, and with River John CAP funds, the Plan was sent to Zwickers Art Gallery in Halifax to be reframed to museum standards. While in Halifax, the Public Archives of Nova Scotia made a digital scan for the library as well.
The Plan of the Settlement of River John and Vicinity is now back home and will be permanently displayed in the public library in River John. The River John CAP Society hosted an unveiling on Friday March 24th,2017.
Reproductions of the Plan are available for purchase at the River John Library.
Cost of the prints are:
River John has a long and interesting history. Agriculture and fishing are strong in River John and surrounding area but there was a time when it was home to a booming shipbuilding industry. Read about this fascinating part of River John's past at the Wooden Ships of River John website. We have also created a website about the American Lobster where you can find out about this creature and the fishing industry which is an important aspect of life in River John.
Rev. Christine Johnson moved to River John from Walton, Hants County, where she spent three years in ministry with the folks of the Walton Pastoral Charge - a small four point charge on the shores of the Minas Basin.
Rev.Johnson was born and grew up in Pictou, and can trace many of the "loves" of her life back to her early years at Pictou United Church– her love of art, music, and pastoral theology were nurtured during her time at Pictou United.
Upon graduation from high school Rev. Johnson attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) and graduated four years later with a Bachelor of Fine Art.
After NSCAD she worked in the arts for a number of years, working with Hector Exhibit Centre and McColloch House Museum as curator for a season. She also worked with a local art studio and taught introductory classes in painting, drawing printmaking, and pottery to children and adults of all ages. Her last official "arts" position, before beginning her studies at the Atlantic School of Theology, was with the art department at Mermaid Theatre in Windsor, NS - where she worked as a part of a small crew painting puppets and backdrops for the international touring puppet theatre company.
In the fall of 2004, Rev. Johnson began her studies at the Atlantic School of Theology, formerly Pine Hill Divinity Hall, in the south end of Halifax. She graduated with a Master of Divinity (honours) with a concentration in Pastoral Theology in 2009, and was the first student to take home the "Maritime Conference Prize" for significant contributions in Systematic Theology courses, along with the "Hazel May Frazer Award" given to the top two M. Div students with the highest overall.
The book Salem United Church River John, Nova Scotia An Historical Account of the Congregation 1808-1990 written by Dr. Ella (Watt) Sangster has also been digitized and is available to read online at NovaStory.
Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library have several items in their collection relating to River John and it's history. Visit here to see a list of resources.