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Maitland Launch Day festival pays tribute to local folk lore


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Despite the occasional downpour, the Shubenacadie Canal Commission presented the 2013 Trail Shop Canoe to the Sea on July 1. The paddlers left Shubenacadie mid-morning and were in Maitland at the Wharf several hours later.

There were remarks in the Dawson Dowell Park by Allan Billard of the Shubenacadie Canal Commission and prizes presented. The dates, times and route taken for the Canoe to the Sea vary from year to year due to the tides of the Shubenacadie River and Cobequid Bay.

Also on hand to greet the canoeists in the park were several craftspeople at the Beyond the Wharf Artisans right in Dawson Dowell Park. This quaint little space offers the wares of a small group of local crafters and is open Wednesdays to Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Maitland Launch Day Festival is scheduled for Aug. 22 to 25 and on June 29 Studio Glass hosted a free workshop for people interested in building their very own ‘sea creature’ to enter in the non-motorized procession that winds it way through the village.

About a dozen participants, both children and adults, showed up to gain knowledge from the workshop leader, Greg Laska, and his technical and creative support team of Ken McLeod and Albert (Ab) Annand, all from Maitland.

Laska pointed out that the three of them offered two centuries worth of creative experience.

Netta Burry of the CHArt Society was on hand to explain the requirements for inclusion in the parade, the sea creatures must be able to be pulled, pushed, carried or wheeled and accompanied by their creator or an appointed capable person in period attire. The sea serpents and creatures could win cash prizes and local fame. The concept is based on folklore and visual sightings that suggest there may be plenty of life in the Cobequid Bay that is a bit unusual.

There are several events Launch Day weekend including a car show and free admission to Lawrence House Museum on August 25.

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Gallery 215 in Selma played host on June 12 to the entire Maitland District Elementary School. The student body of 27 students from Primary to Grade 6 arrived by bus on a rainy afternoon to view the artwork of Nova Scotia artists on display at Gallery 215.

Glenda Anthony, acting principal, explained that the school wanted to show students how visual artists in their community can earn income and express their creativity to the public. Many of the young people were especially interested in some of the three-dimensional work in the gallery by Jim Tracey, Ian Stainwright, Stuart Taylor and Lois Golfman. They also watched a short acrylic painting demonstration and asked many very good questions.  

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Gallery 215 is hosting a feature show during July focusing on ‘The Little Art Room’ with work by 24 of the gallery artists. On July 14, there is a Sunday luncheon, a fundraising project of the gallery and there will be a decadent chocolate dessert offering along with the main course.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. August brings the show ‘Gallery 215 Guests’ and an opening reception with complimentary refreshments is set for Aug. 11 at 2 to 4 p.m. Gallery 215 is at 8247 Hwy 215 in Selma, Hants County and open Tuesdays to Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Bing’s Eatery in Maitland has expanded its hours for July and they are now open Wednesdays to Sundays, noon until 8 p.m.

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Recently my own household had cause to visit the Colchester SPCA on Industrial Avenue in Truro to choose a furry new member of our family. There are many more beautiful cats and dogs waiting for their own families so remember the SPCA when considering about a new family pet.

Susan Sweet is a visual artist and small business owner, inspired by the Cobequid Bay and Shubenacadie River and living on the edge of Maitland/Selma. Email: animalart@ns.sympatico.ca.

Despite the occasional downpour, the Shubenacadie Canal Commission presented the 2013 Trail Shop Canoe to the Sea on July 1. The paddlers left Shubenacadie mid-morning and were in Maitland at the Wharf several hours later.

There were remarks in the Dawson Dowell Park by Allan Billard of the Shubenacadie Canal Commission and prizes presented. The dates, times and route taken for the Canoe to the Sea vary from year to year due to the tides of the Shubenacadie River and Cobequid Bay.

Also on hand to greet the canoeists in the park were several craftspeople at the Beyond the Wharf Artisans right in Dawson Dowell Park. This quaint little space offers the wares of a small group of local crafters and is open Wednesdays to Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Maitland Launch Day Festival is scheduled for Aug. 22 to 25 and on June 29 Studio Glass hosted a free workshop for people interested in building their very own ‘sea creature’ to enter in the non-motorized procession that winds it way through the village.

About a dozen participants, both children and adults, showed up to gain knowledge from the workshop leader, Greg Laska, and his technical and creative support team of Ken McLeod and Albert (Ab) Annand, all from Maitland.

Laska pointed out that the three of them offered two centuries worth of creative experience.

Netta Burry of the CHArt Society was on hand to explain the requirements for inclusion in the parade, the sea creatures must be able to be pulled, pushed, carried or wheeled and accompanied by their creator or an appointed capable person in period attire. The sea serpents and creatures could win cash prizes and local fame. The concept is based on folklore and visual sightings that suggest there may be plenty of life in the Cobequid Bay that is a bit unusual.

There are several events Launch Day weekend including a car show and free admission to Lawrence House Museum on August 25.

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Gallery 215 in Selma played host on June 12 to the entire Maitland District Elementary School. The student body of 27 students from Primary to Grade 6 arrived by bus on a rainy afternoon to view the artwork of Nova Scotia artists on display at Gallery 215.

Glenda Anthony, acting principal, explained that the school wanted to show students how visual artists in their community can earn income and express their creativity to the public. Many of the young people were especially interested in some of the three-dimensional work in the gallery by Jim Tracey, Ian Stainwright, Stuart Taylor and Lois Golfman. They also watched a short acrylic painting demonstration and asked many very good questions.  

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Gallery 215 is hosting a feature show during July focusing on ‘The Little Art Room’ with work by 24 of the gallery artists. On July 14, there is a Sunday luncheon, a fundraising project of the gallery and there will be a decadent chocolate dessert offering along with the main course.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. August brings the show ‘Gallery 215 Guests’ and an opening reception with complimentary refreshments is set for Aug. 11 at 2 to 4 p.m. Gallery 215 is at 8247 Hwy 215 in Selma, Hants County and open Tuesdays to Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Bing’s Eatery in Maitland has expanded its hours for July and they are now open Wednesdays to Sundays, noon until 8 p.m.

**********

Recently my own household had cause to visit the Colchester SPCA on Industrial Avenue in Truro to choose a furry new member of our family. There are many more beautiful cats and dogs waiting for their own families so remember the SPCA when considering about a new family pet.

Susan Sweet is a visual artist and small business owner, inspired by the Cobequid Bay and Shubenacadie River and living on the edge of Maitland/Selma. Email: animalart@ns.sympatico.ca.

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