1821 Murray Manor

Transformation underway at Murray Manor in Yarmouth

Vera Saeme is a woman on a mission.

Actually, several missions.

Her    first    mission    is    the    transformation    of    the    historic Murray   Manor,   built   circa   1821,   from   a   bed   and   breakfast into the Murray Manor Art & Culture House. The   Yarmouth   landmark,   at   the   corner   of   Main   and   Forest streets,   will   open   to   the   public   early   in   June,   with   its   grand opening June 9, Yarmouth’s natal day. Along   with   beautifully   displayed   paintings   by   artists   from southwest   Nova   Scotia,   Murray   Manor   will   be   Yarmouth’s first    crêperie,    serving    a    variety    of    savoury    and    dessert crepes,   homemade   ice   cream   (both   prepared   by   talented local   cook   Wendy   Meuse),   espresso   and   specialty   coffees. As   much   as   possible,   the   ingredients   will   be   locally   sourced, Saeme says. “There   will   be   tables   outside,   so   our   guests   can   feel   the beauty of the place,” she says. Saeme   has   spent   the   past   year   and   a   half   restoring   the charming    residence,    since    buying    Murray    Manor    from    a listing     on     the     Internet.     Her     husband,     Mohammed,     a physician   and   entrepreneur,   had   travelled   to   Yarmouth   on impulse   a   couple   years   ago   after   a   chance   meeting   in   New York    with    a    Tusket    resident    who    raved    about    his    home county and invited him to visit. Mohammed    fell    in    love    with    the    Yarmouth    area    and decided    it    was    just    the    spot    for    the    busy,    cosmopolitan couple   to   scale   back,   Saeme   says.   Vera   Saeme   is   a   vivacious Brazilian,    who    has    lived    in    14    countries    and    speaks    six languages.    She    met    her    husband,    a    Moroccan    living    in Norway, on a cruise ship nearly 30 years ago.
They   lived   in   Norway   and   then   Monaco   and   run   a   number of   medical   clinics   around   the   world.   Their   two   children went   to   school   in   Rabat,   Morocco,   where   the   family   had   a large    home.    When    Saeme    turned    50,    she    followed    her passion   to   study   art   history   at   the   Florida   International University   in   Miami,   where   they   also   have   a   home,   and graduated magna cum laude. Now     this     well-travelled     whirlwind     is     taking     up     the challenge of Yarmouth’s future prosperity. “When    we    first    came    to    Yarmouth,    we    feared    we’d    be considered   foreigners,”   Saeme   says,   “but   we’ve   never   felt more welcomed. It’s refreshing, heart-warming. “Yarmouth is a place of opportunity,” she says, noting its assets include its welcoming, open-hearted people, it’s history and some wonderful architecture, and glorious scenery. She’s so inspired with the mission to revitalize the business community, she walked into the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce office and demanded to become a member, subscribing to the philosophy: “I can’t — we can.” It needs the determination and enthusiasm of the business community and local government working together too make this happen, Saeme stresses, and even some tax incentives. “It needs everyone pushing together to make Yarmouth a real destination,” she says.
Article and photo by: Linda Sutton Link to article in The Vanguard

Transformation underway at Murray Manor in

Yarmouth

1821 Murray Manor

Vera Saeme is a woman on a mission.

Actually, several missions.

Her   first   mission   is   the   transformation   of   the   historic   Murray   Manor,   built   circa   1821,   from   a   bed   and breakfast into the Murray Manor Art & Culture House. The   Yarmouth   landmark,   at   the   corner   of   Main   and   Forest   streets,   will   open   to   the   public   early   in   June,   with its grand opening June 9, Yarmouth’s natal day. Along   with   beautifully   displayed   paintings   by   artists   from   southwest   Nova   Scotia,   Murray   Manor   will   be Yarmouth’s    first    crêperie,    serving    a    variety    of    savoury    and    dessert    crepes,    homemade    ice    cream    (both prepared   by   talented   local   cook   Wendy   Meuse),   espresso   and   specialty   coffees.   As   much   as   possible,   the ingredients will be locally sourced, Saeme says. “There will be tables outside, so our guests can feel the beauty of the place,” she says. Saeme   has   spent   the   past   year   and   a   half   restoring   the   charming   residence,   since   buying   Murray   Manor   from a   listing   on   the   Internet.   Her   husband,   Mohammed,   a   physician   and   entrepreneur,   had   travelled   to   Yarmouth on   impulse   a   couple   years   ago   after   a   chance   meeting   in   New   York   with   a   Tusket   resident   who   raved   about his home county and invited him to visit. Mohammed   fell   in   love   with   the   Yarmouth   area   and   decided   it   was   just   the   spot   for   the   busy,   cosmopolitan couple   to   scale   back,   Saeme   says.   Vera   Saeme   is   a   vivacious   Brazilian,   who   has   lived   in   14   countries   and speaks   six   languages.   She   met   her   husband,   a   Moroccan   living   in   Norway,   on   a   cruise   ship   nearly   30   years ago.
They   lived   in   Norway   and   then   Monaco   and   run   a   number   of medical   clinics   around   the   world.   Their   two   children   went   to school    in    Rabat,    Morocco,    where    the    family    had    a    large home.   When   Saeme   turned   50,   she   followed   her   passion   to study   art   history   at   the   Florida   International   University   in Miami,   where   they   also   have   a   home,   and   graduated   magna cum laude. Now   this   well-travelled   whirlwind   is   taking   up   the   challenge of Yarmouth’s future prosperity. “When    we    first    came    to    Yarmouth,    we    feared    we’d    be considered    foreigners,”    Saeme    says,    “but    we’ve    never    felt more welcomed. It’s refreshing, heart-warming. “Yarmouth   is   a   place   of   opportunity,”   she   says,   noting   its assets     include     its     welcoming,     open-hearted     people,     it’s history     and     some     wonderful     architecture,     and     glorious scenery. She’s   so   inspired   with   the   mission   to   revitalize   the   business community,     she     walked     into     the     Yarmouth     and     Area Chamber   of   Commerce   office   and   demanded   to   become   a member,   subscribing   to   the   philosophy:   “I   can’t   —   we   can.”   It needs    the    determination    and    enthusiasm    of    the    business community    and    local    government    working    together    too make    this    happen,    Saeme    stresses,    and    even    some    tax incentives. “It   needs   everyone   pushing   together   to   make   Yarmouth   a real destination,” she says.
Article and photo by: Linda Sutton Link to article in The Vanguard
1821 Murray Manor

Transformation underway at

Murray Manor in Yarmouth

Vera Saeme is a woman on a mission.

Actually, several missions.

Her   first   mission   is   the   transformation   of   the   historic Murray    Manor,    built    circa    1821,    from    a    bed    and breakfast into the Murray Manor Art & Culture House. The   Yarmouth   landmark,   at   the   corner   of   Main   and Forest   streets,   will   open   to   the   public   early   in   June, with its grand opening June 9, Yarmouth’s natal day. Along   with   beautifully   displayed   paintings   by   artists from   southwest   Nova   Scotia,   Murray   Manor   will   be Yarmouth’s   first   crêperie,   serving   a   variety   of   savoury and    dessert    crepes,    homemade    ice    cream    (both prepared    by    talented    local    cook    Wendy    Meuse), espresso   and   specialty   coffees.   As   much   as   possible, the ingredients will be locally sourced, Saeme says. “There   will   be   tables   outside,   so   our   guests   can   feel the beauty of the place,” she says. Saeme   has   spent   the   past   year   and   a   half   restoring the   charming   residence,   since   buying   Murray   Manor from     a     listing     on     the     Internet.     Her     husband, Mohammed,     a     physician     and     entrepreneur,     had travelled   to   Yarmouth   on   impulse   a   couple   years   ago after   a   chance   meeting   in   New   York   with   a   Tusket resident    who    raved    about    his    home    county    and invited him to visit. Mohammed   fell   in   love   with   the   Yarmouth   area   and decided      it      was      just      the      spot      for      the      busy, cosmopolitan    couple    to    scale    back,    Saeme    says. Vera   Saeme   is   a   vivacious   Brazilian,   who   has   lived   in 14   countries   and   speaks   six   languages.   She   met   her husband,   a   Moroccan   living   in   Norway,   on   a   cruise ship nearly 30 years ago.
They   lived   in   Norway   and   then   Monaco   and   run   a number   of   medical   clinics   around   the   world.   Their two    children    went    to    school    in    Rabat,    Morocco, where   the   family   had   a   large   home.   When   Saeme turned    50,    she    followed    her    passion    to    study    art history    at    the    Florida    International    University    in Miami,      where      they      also      have      a      home,      and graduated magna cum laude. Now   this   well-travelled   whirlwind   is   taking   up   the challenge of Yarmouth’s future prosperity. “When   we   first   came   to   Yarmouth,   we   feared   we’d be   considered   foreigners,”   Saeme   says,   “but   we’ve never    felt    more    welcomed.    It’s    refreshing,    heart- warming. “Yarmouth    is    a    place    of    opportunity,”    she    says, noting     its     assets     include     its     welcoming,     open- hearted    people,    it’s    history    and    some    wonderful architecture, and glorious scenery. She’s                    so inspired         with the     mission     to revitalize          the b    u    s    i    n    e    s    s      community,   she walked   into   the Yarmouth       and Area       Chamber of         Commerce office                and demanded        to become                a m    e    m    b    e    r    ,      subscribing       to the    philosophy: “I     can’t     —     we can.”   It   needs   the   determination   and   enthusiasm   of the     business     community     and     local     government working    together    too    make    this    happen,    Saeme stresses, and even some tax incentives. “It     needs     everyone     pushing     together     to     make Yarmouth a real destination,” she says.
Article and photo by: Linda Sutton Link to article in The Vanguard