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Deck the halls, houses and flowerbeds

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What's Up Rec with Chelsea Baird

The festive season has officially been kicked off in Amherst!

The Holiday Light-Up has taken place, Santa has visited us on his parade float, the Tree for Boston has come and gone and Amherst is merry and bright this holiday season.

Now is the time to deck the halls with boughs of holly, fir, and pine! Fa la la!

Whatever your choice may be to decorate your homes with, did you know that evergreen boughs also add valuable winter protection to your flower beds? Not only do they help to protect your plants from over exposure to road salt, they also provide a nice blanket for the plants underneath to help limit the amount of freezing and thawing that your garden may see over the winter months.

Protecting your beds over the winter months can help to improve the quality of your beds come spring time.

If you happen to have extra boughs, why not use them to spruce up the outside of your home. Try placing them along a railing, or stuff them into your winter hardy pots or planters with some berries to provide seasonal interest outside throughout the winter months.

It’s amazing what a little bit of greenery can do to boost your holiday décor.

Did you know that holiday lighting is said to increase your serotonin levels?

As you may have noticed over the past couple of years the Town of Amherst has worked hard to redesign and improve our winter décor for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.

We welcome you and your families to come and enjoy the lights and let the brightness of our new lights boost your day. There are so many beautiful holiday displays at homes and businesses throughout the town this season, we encourage you to take an evening stroll to take them all in and feel that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Amherst this holiday season!

Beat the Holiday Stress by walking

When the weather gets dreary, please come and enjoy the indoor walking track at Amherst Stadium or take a stroll along the Big Block Walk downtown to help reduce the stress of the holidays. The Stadium also offers free recreational skating as part of our goal to become the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia. See Amherst.ca for full holiday recreational skating schedule.

Exciting upcoming events happening in Amherst:

2019 Amherst Cookie Crawl – Dec. 6-7

Looking for a fun way to spend some time and get some delicious treats? Why not join in the 2019 Amherst Cookie Crawl, happening on Friday, Dec. 6th & Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets can be purchased at www.2019amherstcookiecrawl.eventbrite.ca

Buy your ticket now and then bring it to Town Hall on Friday, Dec. 6 between noon and 4:30 p.m. to pick up your tin and map of participating Amherst businesses. On Friday evening and all-day Saturday, visit each of the locations to fill your tin with delicious Christmas cookies!

Victorian Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 14 – Make holiday shopping a joy with the sounds, sights, and scents of a traditional Christmas. Costumed carollers, horse-drawn wagon tours, and a Victorian photo booth will help you make wonderful memories with friends and family.

Town of Amherst Volunteer Nominations

Volunteers are the backbone of any community; without them many events and opportunities could simply not take place. We need your help Amherst to recognize those who do so much for their community and help to keep Amherst a great place to live, work, and play. Nomination forms can be found at Town Hall, Stadium and at www.amherst.ca.

Provincial Nominations are also being excepted for three categories: Representative Volunteer, Youth Volunteer and Family Volunteer.

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting amherst.ca for our free community events listing and follow us on Facebook and twitter. If you have questions, community events and information to share, email amherstrecreation@amherst.ca or call 902-667-6500.

Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst:

Friday, Nov. 29 7p.m., Christmas Carol Sing, Trinity, St. Stephen’s United Church

Saturday, Nov. 30- 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Christmas Bazaar and Soup Luncheon, Christ Church Parish Hall

Friday, Dec. 6 10 a.m.-5 p.m.- Annual Giant Book Sale, Four Fathers Memorial Library

Saturday, Dec. 7 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Deck the Halls 2019 Christmas House Tour- Tickets available at First Baptist Church

Chelsea Baird is the horticulturalist for the Town of Amherst.

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