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‘All kinds of benefits’: Woodfire oven project aims to foster community in Wolfville

Ebata holds a mockup of what the oven and its shelter will look like within the park.
A fundraising event for the Front Street Community Oven will be held from 5 p.m. tp 9 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Noodle Guy in Port Williams, where Mark Riley and the High Tide Shuffle will entertain the crowd with live music. - Sara Ericsson

Construction on the Front Street Community Oven slated for spring

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – A music event for a community oven project in Wolfville will raise funds and spread the word about the project aiming to build a space all town residents can make use of.

Duncan Ebata and Adam Barnett are the minds behind the Front Street Community Oven project planning to build a woodfire oven for public use in the town.

Ebata says he and Barnett were inspired to pursue the project because they feel it will foster a renewed sense of community and lead to “all kinds of benefits” for Wolfville.

“Projects like this create another hub, like a farmers’ market, where community impact is enabled in many different ways,” says Ebata.

The Pizza & Jazz fundraising event will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Noodle Guy in Port Williams, and will feature live music performed by Mark Riley and the High Tide Shuffle.

Ebata says plans are “coming along great” with financial partnerships, meaning project building costs are remaining reachable. He says “amazing generosity” and in-kind and financial donations from community groups have helped “things move up quickly.”

“Builders, carpenters and engineers have come forward and volunteered their time and skills to this project. They are bringing it to life for us,” says Ebata.

The project has a zoning agreement with the Town of Wolfville for building and is currently finalizing its design plans. It aims to start building “as soon as the ground is ready,” says Ebata.

When completed, Ebata hopes the site “encourages deeper connections between people and projects” as the community gathers to enjoy good company and good food.

He says there are “so many reasons” this project is worth supporting, and that the biggest is that the benefits it spawns are free and accessible for all.

“Getting together cuts social isolation, which is a key health indicator,” says Ebata.

“This will be a fun, accessible base for people to cook and be playful. Public wellness too often costs money, but this is free,” he says.

Online tickets are available  for the fundraising event. For more information, contact project organizers at hello@wolfvilleoven.com or 902-692-9421.

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