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Cumberland County Museum’s guided nature walk on Saturday

Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor
Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor

All are invited to Catch the Spirit and Share the Celebration as Amherst marks National Aboriginal Day on Wednesday, June 21.  

Some of eastern Canada's top Aboriginal dancers, drummers and singers will be attending in what promises to be one of the region's largest National Aboriginal Day festivities beginning at 11 a.m. and running until 4 p.m.
It's a chance to get together to share and learn about Aboriginal history and culture.
Here in Atlantic Canada, we celebrate the Indigenous culture that has helped shape our country. There is something for everyone and all activities are free of charge.
Activities begin at 11 a.m. in front on Four Fathers Library on Acadia Street, followed by a community parade through the streets to Victoria Square where an afternoon of Aboriginal entertainment awaits.
This evening Duncan's Pub is featuring Brendette Boland and Grant from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. followed by three hours of Take Two beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Dinners at Bella's Cafe will be bathed in the sounds of Tony and Susan Robichaud.
There are a few opportunities to get outside in nature this weekend. The Nature Conservancy of Canada will plant 2,500 trees tomorrow as part of a forest restoration and wildlife habitat enhancement project.
NCC staff and volunteers, along with Canadian Forest International, will be planting native tree species near the New Brunswick-Nova Scotia border, in an old agricultural field that was donated to the land trust.
The goal of the project is to help restore the Acadian forest and to encourage wildlife, especially moose, to migrate from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia.
The Nature Conservancy needs 10 to 12 more volunteers for this three-hour tree planting project.
To volunteer go to or call 1-877-231-4400.
The Cumberland County Museums Annual Guided Nature Walk is Saturday starting at 9 a.m. from the Cumberland County Museum. Anyone interested in going on the guided walk can meet at the museum and then travel to the Amherst Point Bird Sanctuary.
For more information contact the museum located at 150 Church St. by dropping in or calling 902-667-2561.
Cumberland Public Libraries is holding a fundraiser and tea with Maritime author, Lesley Crewe, whose books include Relative Happiness.
It is this upcoming Tuesday from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Four Fathers Memorial Library.
Tickets are $50, but only 25 are available. To buy yours, call Denise at 902-667-2135 or email
Tuesday evening the library will host an author reading with Lesley Crewe as she reads from her latest book Mary, Mary. It goes for an hour beginning at 7 p.m.
Admission is free but donations are accepted and the whole evening is sponsored by Libraries 150.
The Rise N'Shine Book Club meets on Thursday from 9 until 10 a.m. to discuss The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy.
This will be the last time the group meets before going on summer hiatus.
This weekend 37 top plein air artists are coming to Parrsboro from Maine, Ontario, Quebec, the Atlantic Provinces, New Jersey, Ohio and Massachusetts, for the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival.
Plein air, painting in the open air, is the hottest art movement in North America.
They will compete for $6,000 in cash awards, and you can see them painting the spectacular Bay of Fundy/Parrsboro Shore from Bass River to Advocate.
The festival will include a social on Friday evening, a Collectors Gala on Saturday and a Giant Art Sale Sunday.
For more information go to
Then on June 19 and 20 there will be an inspiring workshop painting the sea and landscapes on the Parrsboro Shore along the stunning Bay of Fundy.
Workshop leader Roger Savage has decades of experience as an artist. Not only is he a master at the art of watercolour, he is also a master at helping people to capture the spontaneity, freshness, and immediacy of Plein Air Painting.
The workshop is presented by Artlab Studios and Gallery. For more information call 902-254-2972, email: or go to

Andrew MacGregor’s column appears weekly in the Amherst News.

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