Lecture Series

Lifelong Learning Lectures are presentations on topics of general interest, such as public policy, philosophy, religion, history, science, culture, the arts, and literature. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend. There is no fee but donations are gratefully accepted. Suggested donation: $5.

(In the event of inclement weather, call the Mahone Bay Centre 902 624 0890 after 11:00am on the day of the talk to find out about postponement or cancellation.)


The Mysteries of the French Bakery
Didier Julien, Laura Mulrooney
April 25, Wednesday, 2:00pm


Nova Scotians have demonstrated significant changes in their tastes for fine foods, breads and pastries over the past 30 years. In parallel, the “French Bakery” has become a reality. Lunenburg county is fortunate in having several artistic bakeries in our area. Julien’s French Bakery has been a fixture in our area for almost 30 years. What does such an enterprise bring to our area. Who are its proponents and How was the journey? Didier Julien and his partner Laura Mulrooney are the dynamic duo behind this success story. Trained as a baker and a patissier (unusual in France even today) Didier is a passionate advocate for quality and innovations as evidenced over the years. He came to Nova Scotia in 1984 and in 1989 he and Laura began their commercial journey in Bridgewater, never to really look back as they developed what is arguably the dominant and trail blazing French bakery in Nova Scotia.
Laura, who sees herself as the “mouth piece and educator “of the duo, will overview how tastes have changed over the past 3 decades. How does a French bakery meet the challenges of gluten and carbohydrate free choices? What about the future? A Q&A session promises to be most interesting as does the demonstration of products that Laura will bring to the session.


Wind energy development in Nova Scotia
Aaron Long
May 23, Wednesday, 2:00pm

wind powerThis presentation will cover the typical topics associated with wind
energy project development and the obstacles faced by the small Nova Scotia municipalities that made this journey. Audience members are encouraged to create an interactive session by bringing technical, business and societal questions to ask during
the presentation.

Aaron Long is the Director of Business Services for the Alternative Resource Energy Authority* and has been associated with the Ellershouse Wind Farm since the beginning. Aaron has both technical and business training that he puts to use helping Nova Scotia municipalities create new sources of revenue from clean energy projects.
* The Alternative Resource Energy Authority (AREA) is a partnership between the Towns of Antigonish, Berwick and Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. AREA was created by the towns to reduce energy costs, expand green mandates and develop new revenue streams for the
municipalities. The towns all operate electric utilities and distribute power to customers within their service areas A site visit to the wind farm June, date to be decided at the May meeting A site visit to the wind farm will be organized. Details and sign-up at the May lecture