That’s right, Nova Scotians, have a long weekend in honour of our past! It’s Heritage Day! But wait, there’s more… create with stained glass and bike parts, party like an Olympian, and get your Snow Days on in Sackville. And here’s what makes this weekend such a winner: so much of this fabulous fun is free!
- A lot of places, such as schools, government offices, and many business, are closed this Monday for Heritage Day; however, Halifax museums are not only open, but some are free! The Museum of Natural History will feature a special Mi’kmaw Scavenger Hunt, and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is hosting a citizenship ceremony for a new Canadian at 11:30.
This year our province is honouring Mona Parsons, who was born in Middleton, lived an incredibly interesting life as an actress, nurse and member of a Dutch resistance network during Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and spent her final years in Wolfville. Both Annapolis Valley towns are celebrating Mona. Oh my, what a great excuse for a roadtrip to the Valley!
On Saturday, the Women of Wolfville and Wolfville Historical Society are getting together at the Farmer’s Market for a Mona Parsons Birthday Celebration and you are invited. Festivities are from 8:30-1 followed by laying of tulips at her sculpture at the Wolfville Post Office at 2:30.
On Monday at the MacDonald Museum in Middleton, you’re invited to join the community for a Mona Parsons celebration! Andria Hill-Lehr, the author of Mona’s biography, will be giving a presentation. The event starts at 2 and admission is free.
To help you plan your Heritage Day weekend, we’ve highlighted all Heritage Day events on the Urban Parent Calendar in tulip-like Yellow and Red.
- A fusion of beauty and brawn, GPI Atlantic in Glen Haven presents a Stained Glass with Recycled Bike Parts Workshop from 2-5 on Saturday. Think about sustainable transportation in our local communities while creating something functional and beautiful… a coaster, a wind chime, jewellery, or whatever you like! Registration is not required for this FREE workshop, it’s open to all, though kids under 12 must come with an adult. The gears and glass get together upstairs at Paul’s Hall at 12286 Peggy’s Cove Road. If you are super interested but can’t make this Saturday’s session, they are putting things together one last time on February 24.
- If Olympics fever is the question, Olympics Party is the answer! Throw on your best cheering outfit, get down to St. Luke’s United Church in St. Margaret’s Bay, and root for your favourite country. (GO CANADA GO!) There will be Olympic activities for the kids, potluck snacks, and a big screen TV with all the action from PyeongChang Friday evening from 6-8. There is no cost to attend but it would be swell if you could bring a dish to share.
- A seemingly infinite amount of frozen and heartwarming events are going on this long weekend for Sackville’s annual Snow Days. There will be free skates and swims, a chance to go snowshoeing, parties, crafts and more, a parade on Monday, and a scavenger hunt. For all the times and details of Snow Days events head on over to the Urban Parent Calendar where we have highlighted them in Navy Blue for you. To participate in the Snow Days Scavenger Hunt, pick up your clues at the Sackville Public Library any time after Friday at 10AM for a chance to win a VIP Freeman’s Pizza Party!