Sue's List

Sue's List

Today, we'll dive into the surprising power of Ivory soap, get a sneak peek at Disney's enchanting new neighborhood, Asteria, and discover which city has the most Airbnbs. So, grab your Mickey ears and get ready for a soapy, magical, and fun read!



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Nova Scotia's Elmwood Hotel: A Sudsy Soapy Saga of Architectural Resilience

In a quirky twist of architectural fate, a former hotel in Nova Scotia has embarked on a soapy adventure of its own! The Elmwood building, which boasts a history dating back to 1826 and a stint as the Victorian Elmwood Hotel in 1896, narrowly escaped demolition in 2018. Thanks to Galaxy Properties, it found itself on the move, literally.

This 220-ton historical heavyweight wasn't about to budge on its own, though. Enter the fearless crew from S. Rushton Construction, armed with a plan that's equal parts innovative and, well, bubbly. They didn't opt for the usual rollers or high-tech gadgetry. No, they chose something far more unconventional – 700 bars of Ivory soap!

Yes, you heard it right, Ivory soap. Apparently, this crew of moving maestros decided that the secret to a smooth transition was good ol' soap. Sheldon Rushton, the mastermind behind this sudsy endeavor, revealed that Ivory soap's softness played a pivotal role in making this building glide across the steel frame like a seasoned figure skater on ice.

The end result? A time-lapse video shared on Facebook showcasing the Elmwood building's soapy shuffle, performed under the watchful eyes of two mighty excavators and a trusty tow truck. It's not every day you see a piece of history hitching a ride on a cloud of soap bubbles!

But the adventure doesn't end here. Once its new foundation is ready, the Elmwood will embark on yet another journey. So, stay tuned, because this building has clearly embraced the motto: "Why walk when you can slide on soap?" Nova Scotia's architectural marvel, you've certainly left your mark on the annals of clean, creative construction!



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Disney's Enchanting Neighborhood: Asteria in North Carolina - Where Dreams Come Home!

Well, it seems Disney is expanding its magical kingdom into the realm of real estate with the announcement of "Asteria" in Pittsboro, North Carolina. This 1,500-acre neighborhood is set to be the stuff of fairy tales. Picture this: You wake up in your charming Disney-themed cottage, sip your morning coffee in the shadow of Cinderella's Castle, and then head off to work in your glass slipper factory (okay, maybe not that last part). Yes, you read it right; Asteria will be hosting Disney-themed activities and events right in your backyard. Who needs a trip to Disneyland when you can live in it, right?

Now, let's talk about the accommodations. With 4,000 units ranging from single-family homes to apartments, it's clear that Disney is aiming to be the belle of the housing ball. And for those of you who've always wondered what it's like to live inside a fairy tale, this might just be your chance.

But wait, there's more! Asteria isn't just about Disney décor; it's about community. There's a gym to help you stay in Prince Charming shape, a restaurant for enchanting dining experiences, swimming pools to cool off after a long day of dreaming, and even a community garden where you can grow your very own magic beans (or, you know, some organic kale).

And speaking of ageless magic, a portion of the homes is reserved for those over 55 years old. Because let's face it, Disney enchantment knows no age limit.

But don't rush to pack your bags just yet. You'll have to wait until 2027 to get your hands on these fairy tale homes, as that's when home sales are expected to begin.

In the grand scheme of things, this marks Disney's foray into a new line of business: residential communities. After their debut in Rancho Mirage, California, they're clearly on a mission to sprinkle a bit of Disney magic wherever they go. Who knew the Happiest Place on Earth would one day become the Happiest Neighborhood on Earth? It's a small world, after all!



For small peeps

Rising Stars Performing Arts Presents: Elf The Musical Jr!

It's a heartwarming story about Buddy, a young orphan, who accidentally ends up at the North Pole in Santa's gift bag. Raised by elves, he grows up unaware that he's actually a human, until his size and toy-making skills reveal the truth. With Santa's blessing, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, who is on the naughty list, and reconnect with his half-brother, who doesn't believe in Santa. The story revolves around Buddy's determination to win over his new family and help New York rediscover the true spirit of Christmas. This modern holiday classic is bound to inspire audiences of all ages to embrace their "inner elf."

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Starts on Sunday, December 17 · 3pm EST

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635 Frogtown Road

New Canaan, CT 06840


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See you next week

- Sue

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