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Starlight festival shines Sept. 16-23 in South West Nova Scotia

Festival to feature stargazing, astro-photography, yoga, hikes and more


Published on September 12, 2017

The Sept. 16-23 Starlight Festival features events such as guided stargazing, astro-photography courses, food, music, museum exhibits and information.

©From Starlight Festival website

South West Nova Scotia - A celebration of the clear dark skies in southwestern Nova Scotia will take place Sept. 16-23 with the Starlight Festival.

The annual festival features events such as guided stargazing, astro-photography courses, food, music, museum exhibits and information.
This region of Nova Scotia is the first starlight tourist destination and starlight reserve in North America to be certified by the UNESCO-backed Starlight Foundation.
The effort is supported by the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, the municipalities of Yarmouth, Argyle, Clare and Acadia First Nation.
Following is the festival schedule:

SEPT. 16-23

• Lickety Splitz in Tusket will have star-shaped ice cream sandwiches.
• Solar observation using the Coronado 60-mm telescope is open to Trout Point Lodge guests. In the evening: learn about the major constellations and mythology. Trout Point Lodge received certification as the world’s first Starlight Hotel from the Starlight Foundation, the organizational arm of the international Starlight Initiative. 902-761-2142

SEPT. 16

• Oktoberfest in Tusket
Explore the sun with telescope (4-6 p.m.) and the sky (8-9 p.m.) with Tim Doucette of Deep Sky Eye Observatory
• Night Photography Lesson
Learn how to properly expose and take nighttime photographs of landscapes and night objects in Port Maitland with Bill Curry Photography. Early registration is advised as there is a limit of eight participants. All must pre-register. Fee is $90. For details and to register, contact through website.

SEPT. 17

• Yoga and Stargazing
Sunday, Sept. 17 – 6:30 p.m. Deep Sky Eye Observatory in Quinan. Click here to book.
902-648-2723. Approximately 3-4 hours.
Beginner-level yoga class at Deep Sky Eye Observatory. Class starts at 6:30 p.m. Bring a yoga mat and a refillable water bottle.
• Stargazing
8:30 p.m.: Start the experience in the observatory’s presentation room to learn about astronomy basics
Adults (Age 18+) – $50 (HST included)
• Nuit Stella Night Hike-Pubnico Point:
Evening hike with Paul Lalonde under the stars. This hike will last about an hour and a half and will take place on the beach using a limited amount of lights so that participants can explore the beach with their five senses. The coastal trail is an excellent place for stargazing and learning about constellation mythology. Wear comfortable clothing. Walk will be offered in French and English.
Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pubnico Point in Lower West Pubnico. Cost: $15 per adult, $10 per child 16 and under. Meeting place: Pubnico Point trailhead. For more information contact Paul Lalonde by email
Website
Phone: 902-778-2049
*Walk will be cancelled if it rains.

SEPT. 18

• Starlight Stargazing
Sept. 18-22 from 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Deep Sky Eye Observatory. Approximately two hours. $5 per person
• 8:30 p.m The observatory will be open for general stargazing evenings Sept. 17-23 (weather permitting). Bring a chair and pair of binoculars and sit under the night sky. Assistance provided to help you find your way around the cosmos. Observe some of the night sky through the observatory’s large telescope.
Dress warmly.
Register here
Email
Phone: 902-648-2723

SEPT. 19

• Starlight Stargazing
(Info earlier in schedule.)

SEPT. 20

• Legends and the sea
Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos, West Pubnico. 2 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of storytellers sharing their legends and fisher’s life display. For more information contact 902-762-3380
• Starlight Stargazing
(Info earlier in schedule.)
• Starry Trivia Night
With Charlene LeBlanc and Chris Frotten 7 p.m. at Ye Olde Argyler Lodge, Argyle. Book by calling 902-643-2500.

SEPT. 21

• Starlight themed craft, demo and sale
West Pubnico will be having a starlight-themed craft, demo and sale 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Free admission. Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos & Centre de recherche, West Pubnico. For more information 902-762-3380

SEPT. 22

• Nuit Stella Night Hike Mavilette Beach
7:30 p.m. Evening hike with Paul Lalonde under the stars. The hike will last about an hour and a half and will take place on the beach using a limited amount of lights so participants can explore the beach with their five senses. This beach is an excellent place for stargazing and learning about constellation mythology. Wear comfortable clothing. Walk will be offered in French and English. Cost is $15 per adult, $10 per child 16 and under.
Meeting place: At the first parking lot on John Doucette Road, near Cape St. Mary’s Road junction.
For more information contact email Paul Lalonde
website
Phone: 902-778-2049
*Walk will be cancelled if it rains.

SEPT. 23

• Night Photography Lesson
Learn how to properly expose and take nighttime photographs of landscapes and night objects in Port Maitland with Bill Curry Photography. Early registration advised. Limit of eight participants. All must pre-register. The fee is $90 for the lesson. To register and for more info go to website and click contact.
• Grand Opening of the Starlight Viewing Deck in Wedgeport
Ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. followed by authentic Atlantic Schooners Down East Kitchen Party at the Tuna Museum. Tickets for this event are $10 per person, and available at the Tuna Museum. 902-663-4345

Starlight Festival website