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This is Galilee (TIG) Newsletter, Issue #017 - About Rosh Pina and Prizes for Competition
August 16, 2012


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THE WELL (HA'BE'ER) If you have ever visited Rosh Pina or read my page about it, then you'll know that it's a very special place. We spent a great afternoon there last week and this time we visited "The Well Gallery of Arts & Flavours" in the historic Pioneers Settlement.

Sigal Eshet-Shafat runs the shop which sells a variety of delicious boutique sauces and confitures, spreads and liqueurs, which are all hand-made using traditional methods and contain only natural ingredients. It all started here in Rosh Pina when Sigal experimented with making pear confiture. Today, you can find these Galileean delicacies in some speciality food shops around the country under the label "HaBe'er".

Some of the more unusual flavours you can find include: "Orange vinaigrette", "Pear and wine jam" and "Eggplant and mint spread". Try the tasters in the shop and see what you think!

I'm happy to advertise anything that tastes that good and doesn't have added chemicals, so I'm happy to tell you that I will be giving away not only one ... but three gift certificates as prizes in my story writing competition! This now means that the winner and TWO runners up from the north of Israel will be getting bonus prizes!

Sigal is also an artist and as well as displaying some of her paintings in her shop, she has an exhibition of local artist's works in the entrance hall outside.

The Well Gallery of Arts & Flavours is open seven days a week from 10.30 to 15.30 or by appointment - you can contact Sigal directly on: 052-6930349 / 04-6930020.

Sigal told me about one of the artists who displays her work at the gallery - Aviva Sawicki - who has discovered a way to recycle plastic bags and use them in her artwork. We went to see an exhibition of her work in a nearby zimmer (country lodging), called Shulamit Yard. Aviva (or Vivi, as she's known) moved to Rosh Pina from Chile, and it's hard to believe that these colourful works of art were made from simple plastic bags from the supermarket - transforming rubbish to relevant - as it says in the printed explanation. Well worth a visit!

I was really impressed by the tasteful decor and collection of antiques where the exhibition was housed and I asked the owner, Shulamit, about the zimmer. The buildings and the land around it were originally given to the early settlers by Baron de Rothschild and Shulamit Yard once belonged to Shulamit's grandparents.

A few years back, she converted the stone farm buildings on the land into six stylish guest rooms. She has managed to keep as much of the original style as possible and turned this into a really special place to stay. Look out for more about this wonderful zimmer in the coming month!

I would like to thank everyone who has sent in entries for our summer Story Writing Competion - you can see them all at the bottom of the competition page.

I will be announcing the winner in the October TIG newsletter which goes out in the middle of the month. The closing date for new entries is 30th September, so there is still time to enter.

Whether you have written a story or not, I invite you to read the stories and vote and comment on your favourite/s. You are the ones who decide the winner, so it's up to you! I will accept all votes up until 15th October and will add my vote to my three favourite stories before counting up the votes.

As I mentioned above, as well as winning a luxury bar of Kidron soap, there will be prizes for the best three stories written by Northern Israel residents - gift certificates for one of the confitures, sauces or spreads at The Well Gallery of Arts & Flavours in Rosh Pina!

Just to recap ...
Closing date for new entries is 30th September, 2012
Closing date for voting/comments is 15th October, 2012

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