I would like to say a few words about the progress of the vacation rental Reno.
We are working hard to have the sanctuary ready by mid May for vacationers wanting to rent a high end suite for a few nights, a week or longer. We had initially set the fees on the Airbnb site but are considering reducing them for the initial start up to help boost reservations after the Covid 19 has run it's course and people feel safe to travel again. More on those changes at a later date.
We can accommodate a party of up to six people. Please understand, due to the many "breakable" features of this church, IE. stained glass windows, collectable glassware and figurines, music gear , instruments and stage gear, etc., etc., we will not be encouraging families with young rambunctious children. Families with older, mature, responsible children will be welcome. Groups of adult friends, groups of Artists and Musicians.
Pipe organists and RCCO members who may wish to spend a few days with us and hold recitals or work shops for local school aged musicians on our 1902 Casavant Opus 163 pipe organ. Eventually some of the unique structural features of the vintage Casavant, now hidden behind or under wooden floors and walls, will be visible through clear Lexan panels. We are maintaining it in it's original form. Many thanks to our pipe organ tech, Colin Walsh, at Terrance Bay.
For the vacationers, feel free to to stay in and chill out and get away from it all in the beautiful Sanctuary space, occassionly stepping out to explore our town and meet the town folk. Visit our Jubilee Park where there is an area to launch a kayak onto the Annapolis river. Clergy on study leave may find our Sanctuary to be a great place to stay to reflect and contemplate, away from their Charge.
For the vacationers of the exploring type, you could use our Sanctuary as your home base while you travel around the Valley for winery or micro brewery tours. Go whale watching at Brier Island, visit historical Annapolis Royal, the birth place of Canada (thats right we are the birth place of Canada, not Quebec) and the Habitation Fortress at Port Royal. We have a few provincial parks as well, including the famous Kejimkujik Park with it's fabulous walking trails, rivers and lake for swimming, canoeing or fishing. There are many other lakes and streams for the fishing enthusiast. Maybe you would like to travel to the south shore to Lunenburg or Mahone Bay to take in the art culture and festivals. It is less than a two hour drive. We will even deduct $150 from the cost of your stay with us, weekly or longer rental packages only, if you decide you want to spend the night down there, or any where for that matter, because you just could not take it all in in one day or maybe there is an event happening the next day that you just have to see but don't want to make the trip two days in a row. We hope this will help offset the cost of accommodations away from us and enable you to fully enjoy our beautiful province and people.
For the Artists, we can recommend and help you get to areas of interest where you may wish to paint. The beautiful Bay of Fundy shore or our own look off at the Provincial park on top of the mountain, overlooking the Annapolis River. Pack a lunch and make a day of it. Perhaps by weeks end you could arrange an exhibit for the locals and maybe sell your work. Rental fees are based on length of time stayed. A group could split the cost between them and stay for a week.
For the Musicians, we have 50 guitars (many of them vintage electric including a one owner 1963 Fender P bass and one of only 341 Martin E-18 electric guitars, built in 1979 when Martin was attempting to break into the electric guitar scene), drums, a baby grand piano and Roland electric keyboard, four early 60's Fender tube amps, stage monitors, PreSonus StudioLive 16.2.0 mixing console. A Roland VS-840GX and Zoom HD16 for those who like to dabble with the older gear. We have stage lighting as well. Maybe you can put on a show for the locals. I am NOT a sound engineer by any stretch of the imagination but we do pretty well at the Tues. open mic and band rehearsals on Wednesdays. The acoustics are awesome in the Sanctuary, making it easy to create beautiful music without a-lot of gear or experience needed.
We are a small informal venue with seating capacity for 90. If you like to perform in a casual house concert type atmosphere we will all have a great time! There is more than one professional sound engineer in the area that could be hired as well. By all means bring your own sound engineer, and gear if you wish. I will be posting pics of our gear at a later date. Come and jam in a beautiful and relaxing setting or record a live set/video of that new song you just wrote. The acoustics are magnificent! With 17 ft walls and the ceiling peaking out at 35ft, there is lots of room for a professional drone handler to shoot the scene. Accent on PROFESSIONAL!! Lol
We are listed with Airbnb for May 1st start date. I think I will have to bump it up a bit as we may not be ready. I suspect with the Covid 19 virus the tourist season will be delayed anyway. We will attempt to list in more traditional tourist information publications as well.
We will be offering a fully equipped, some what eclectic arts and crafts meets tranquil, living space with two queen sized beds in two different sleeping quarters plus a queen size sofa bed in the living room. The master bedroom, behind the Casavant pipe organ will have a large ensuite with cathedral ceiling finished in stained, worm hole pine in a board and batt style. The secondary sleeping area in the choir loft, overlooking the sanctuary, will have a two piece ensuite, large closet, small library with writing desk/work station for you workaholics who tend to take your work with you. Of course you will have access to our internet service for unlimited data usage. There will be a fully outfitted kitchen, complete with Royal Dalton dinner ware and a dining area for six.
The living room has lots of comfy seating with the L shaped sofa bed and a red Italian leather couch. The entertainment centre will include record player, with all types of music on vinyl, CD, DVD with a couple hundred movies, Yamaha AV tuner with internet radio and a 55" flat screen TV, all with surround sound playing through the Yamaha.
Our large deck with bar-b-q is a great place to sit and chill in the evening when the sun is setting.
And lots of Dawn's art and giftware to purchase or just admire.
All of the instruments are at your disposal as well. We are wheel chair accessible with sleeping quarters in the sofa bed and accessible washroom. But our accessible shower stall will not be complete at initial opening. Our apologies about that, but we will get it done ASAP!
If there is a concert booked while you are staying here, you will have free admission! Of course if you prefer your privacy let us know and we can make sure you are booked when there are no concerts happening.
I will post more pics of the Sanctuary area when it begins to look more like a home away from home and less like an open concert hall . Here are a few pics from before we started the vacation Reno.
Will chat soon. Take care and stay safe.
Dawn and Scott
Set up for a concert. Imagine a living room at the far left, a kitchen at the far right, where you see the vintage wood cook range, and a dining area at near right. The centre area will be open for setting up chairs when there is a concert. We are not building walls, the furniture will define the space.
Set up for a wedding reception. The left side of the Sanctuary has had stairs added for access to the balcony and the living room area in the far left has had work done to house the entertainment system. We will soon be installing kitchen cabinets and food preparation island with dish washer and stove.