The Athenæum Society of Nova Scotia was founded in January 2007 by a small group of local residents who recognized the pool of knowledgeable and talented people living in the area and wanted to bring that talent to a larger audience in a friendly and social forum. The concept is based on that of the Athenæum Club in London, England which was founded in 1824 as a "Club for Literary and Scientific men and followers of the Fine Arts". Past members of that original club include, Joseph Conrad, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, W. Holman Hunt, Thomas Huxley, Rudyard Kipling and John Ruskin.
Based in the picturesque fishing village of Northwest Cove on the South Shore, the Society has proved very popular with the local and broader community, with membership currently standing at over 350 members. Membership dues are kept to an extremely reasonable $10 per annum; there is no charge for attendance (normally around 50) at our presentations.
How to Find Us
Meetings are usually held at the Ocean Swells Community Centre (2724 Highway 329 in Northwest Cove) starting at 2.30pm on the third Sunday of each month (with the exception of the months of July, August and December).
Until further notice the following protocols will be in place for all talks:
- Wearing of masks is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged. Remember, this is not just for self-protection but also the protection of others who may be more vulnerable than you.
- Social distancing will be available for some seating. If you wish to use this capability, we recommend that you arrive early so that you can be suitably seated.
- We will not be having our normal coffee, tea and cookies at the end of the meeting.
Notifications of postponement/cancellation due to weather
As a service to our members, the Athenæum Society of Nova Scotia will post on its website a notice of postponement or cancellation by 9am on the day of the presentation as well as sending the information direct via email. When a postponement is feasible, the new date will be posted. If you are in any doubt due to the vagaries of winter weather in Nova Scotia, please check before leaving home.