Starlight Festival launches Sept. 24

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Published on September 17, 2014

Photographer Bill Curry will be hosting a night photography and astro-photography workshop at his gallery and studio in Port Maitland on Sept. 26/27 as part of the Starlight Festival.
BILL CURRY PHOTO

The second annual Starlight Festival, organized by Nova Scotia's Société Touristique Bon Temps d'Argyle, will kick off Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Inaugurated to celebrate the clear and dark skies of the sparsely populated region of southwestern Nova Scotia, the festival will feature guided star gazing events, an astro-photography course, food, music, museum exhibits and information.

The Bon Temps Society has spearheaded a project to have the local region certified as a Starlight tourism destination and Starlight Reserve by the UNESCO-backed Starlight Foundation, headquartered at the Canaries Astrophysics Institute in Spain. That certification is currently in its final stages. Named Acadian Skies & Mi'kmaq Lands, the effort is supported by the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, the municipalities of Yarmouth, Argyle, Clare and Acadia First Nation.

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, the Harvest Festival will coincide with the Harvest Moon at Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Fall desserts made with cranberries, apples, pumpkins and more will be served up 1:30 – 3 p.m. for $6 with musical entertainment accompanying.

Just down the road at the Acadian museum, a guide will tell Legends of the Pombcoup during a tour of the property, starting at 7 p.m. To book a group call 902-762-3380. Cost is $5 per person.

On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26/27, photographer Bill Curry will host a night-photography and astro-photography workshop at his gallery and studio at 3455 Highway #1, Port Maitland. Cost for the two-night, three-hour nightly workshop is $90.

On Saturday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 28, a Starlight Soiree is already fully booked at Trout Point Lodge, in the heart of Bon Temps' dark zone. The event includes live music, a four-course supper, Mi'kmaq astrology and an introduction to the new star gazing platform.

On Saturday, Sept. 27, there will be a moonlight swing band 7-9 p.m. at Ye Olde Argyler Lodge with a telescope on hand to view the skies. Visitors can order off the menu.

On Thursday, Sept. 25, 5-8 p.m., there will be a talk on astronomy at the Argyle Court House and Jail. There will also be a telescope available to view the skies.

The Tusket Farmers Market takes place 3 to 6 p.m., with Starlight theme decorations and special items for sale.

On Friday, Sept. 26, 7 - 10 p.m., CRE8 Arts Centre presents Harbour Skies, from the edge of Pubnico Harbour  (1043 Rte. 335).

Participants should bring their own chair. Local talent will entertain and donations are accepted

For more information about the Starlight Festival visit the website.