We will be at the RV show again this year at Exhibition Park.
I’ve been neglectful this year with the blog.
Well, I’m just a posting wizard this week. I have another post. It’s about Kejimkujik National Park.
Kejimkujik National Park in southwestern Nova Scotia is now officially a dark sky preserve where people will be able to observe the heavens without the nuisance of light pollution.
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada recently approved the park’s application — the first such designation in Nova Scotia.
David Chapman, with the Halifax chapter of the astronomical society, said the park didn’t have to do much to win the designation.
“In fact, the lighting situation in Keji was very close to ideal when we first visited the park just about a year ago. They just had to basically define a zone in the park that would be kept free of light,” he said.
“They’ve had to make some small adjustments to some of the lights around the park, but the camping experience is practically identical to the way it’s been all along.”
Traditional light fixtures will be replaced by ones that curb glare in that zone of the park.
According to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, a dark sky preserve is a site with “very dark skies and virtually no sky glow on the horizon.” There are at least 10 such designated sites in Canada, including two in New Brunswick.
Chapman said dark sky preserves must also be places where people are welcome to come and observe the night sky.
The designation won’t affect what people can do in the park, he said. Rather, it will enhance their nature experience while camping and canoeing.
“It’s important for a couple of reasons. One, it’s a way that we can educate people about the night sky and also the importance of proper lighting,” he said.
People want to ‘experience the sky’
“It’s also important because people do want to experience the sky, and they know that they need to get out of the city. This is going to be a welcoming place.”
This summer there will be public astronomy programming, light-pollution controls and an interpretation program that will explore the significance of the night sky in Mi’kmaq culture and history.
Chapman said observing the stars and the Milky Way against the inky blackness of the sky at Keji is an “indescribable, wonderful ” experience.
“We have now a place that is guaranteed in the future. Regardless of what happens in the cities, there is a place that you can go to see that,” he said.
The park will be the site of a party in early August to celebrate the designation.
New Germany is holding it’s annual Canada Day Parade. They will also have a breakfast, an Ox pull, a bean and salad supper at the Legion Hall and fireworks.
Lunenburg will be holding it’s Canada Day celebrations at the Community Centre.
Baker Settlement will be holding a Strawberry Supper.
I thought there was a big do in Bridgewater, but I can’t find a single speck of information on the net about it.
The weather is supposed to be awesome, no matter what you have planned so enjoy your day.
On Saturday night the campground will be holding a potluck supper. There’s some pretty good cooks in the campground so bring a dish and come and join us. Everyone is welcome.
There is an article in today’s Chronicle Herald about the Stitch and Bitch club. Thought I would post it for posterity. (The online articles go away after awhile)
LUNENBURG — Elmer Beck wants to know what’s going on.
He’s sitting in his wheelchair in the veterans unit of Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg waiting for a game of bowling to begin when he notices a couple of ladies chatting off to the side.
“We’ve brought afghans,” Ellen Hunt said as she walks over.
He thinks they’re attractive.
“My wife’s upstairs,” Beck
said, referring to the alternate level of care unit on the floor above where he lives.
He would like to pick an afghan out for his wife. It is a sweet gesture.
“This one here would be nice,” he said, lifting open a striped
pink, blue, white, green and burgundy afghan.
“What’s the price?” he asks.
But Hunt assures him there is no price and she will make sure his wife, Nita, gets the afghan.
The afghans are made by a group of women who get together at a local campground every Sunday morning. The LaHave River Campground Stitch and Bitch group has grown to 13 members in the two years since Verna Lowe started it.
Lowe, a 73-year-old widow, has always enjoyed crocheting and
knitting. There were times she had bits of yarn left over that weren’t enough to
be useful, so she started bringing them to the campground, where she has spent
her summer weekends for the past 10 years.
She had a close group of friends and asked the women if they could bring along some odds and ends, too, so that could pool their resources to make afghans for the sick and elderly in homes and hospitals.
Lowe all but blushes at the name the ladies picked for their club, saying she is almost too embarrassed to say it out loud.
“You know what gets done the most,” she giggles.
They “get together every Sunday morning at 10 o’clock” and natter about anything that comes to mind, except politics and religion, as they work away on their squares of yarn.
They’ve become so well known among their circle of friends and family that people drop off donations at the campground’s office.
So far, the group has distributed 97 afghans. The ladies, ranging in ages from their late 20s to 70s, have enough squares for another three afghans, so they’ll hit the 100 mark soon.
“We want people in the community to know not to throw their yarn out in the garbage but to give it to us; no matter how tiny the balls are we can use them,” Hunt
“They’re all so beautiful,” said Paul Falt, 89, a resident of the veterans unit.
Hunt gives him first pick of the afghans and tucks it around his lap. Moments later, they’re chatting about Falt’s home community of Petite Riviere, Lunenburg County.
Hunt promises she will be back to listen to memories of the people and places so sharp in his mind. He is looking forward to that, the thought warming him as much as the colourful blanket on his lap.
I’m quite a bit late with this post. We’ve been open for a month now. Compared to last year the weather has been incredible so far. Hopefully it is a portent of things to come. I definitely don’t want any hurricane forecasts for weekends this year. And certainly not two in a row.
We’ve made a few changes to the place as well since last year. The pond is gone. The buildings that were next to the pond are gone. We are in the process of turning that land into pull through sites. It’s going to look great when it’s all done. I’ll post some pictures once I pick out some good ones.
The seasonals got together and decided on their entertainment for the year. Here’s the line up.
June 19th – Crib Tournament
June 26th – Dance – Shane’s Mix it Up DJ
July 3rd – Pot Luck Supper
July 10th – Wawhooie tournament
July 17th – Washer Toss tournament
– Dance – Southern Comfort Band
July 24th – Yard Sale
July 31st – Christmas in July
August 7th – Auction 45 tournament
August 14th – Mardi Gras Parade
– Dance – Crazy Craig Martin Band
August 21st – Pot luck Breakfast
August 28th – Karaoke
September 4th – Variety Show
– Miss Lahave River Pageant
September 5th – Horseshoe Tournament
– Childrens events
– BBQ hot dogs
September 11th – Kettle boil
September 18th – Karaoke
October 9th – Closing Supper
There will also be a corn boil during the first or second week of September depending on when corn is available.
And don’t forget there is Bingo every Saturday afternoon.