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New Minas celebration to showcase local authors Sept. 1

Annapolis Royal author and playwright Brenda Thompson is one of nine local authors participating in New Minas Celebration Days.
Annapolis Royal author and playwright Brenda Thompson is one of nine local authors participating in New Minas Celebration Days. - Contributed

‘Motherlode of local history’

NEW MINAS, N.S. - There will soon be a chance to get some face time with well-known local authors.

The Village of New Minas turns fifty Sept. 1, and part of the birthday celebrations is a planned meet and greet showcasing local authors and their works about the history of the Valley, the province and the region.

"We are moving the annual celebration days from mid-August to Sept. 1, which is the actual birthday of the village," John Ansara, the Director of Recreation and Community Development for New Minas said in an interview.

The meet and greet will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lockhart & Ryan Park, during an afternoon and evening of family activities, live music and food. The event will end with a bang, with a fireworks show scheduled to close out the day at dusk.

"We like the fact that we have authors, writing about Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia heritage, helping us celebrate our 50th birthday," Ansara said.

The village partnered with Coles Book Store, in New Minas, to involve the community and local business, and to support local authors while promoting reading for people of all ages.

That idea intrigued Pamela Davison, the general manager of Coles.

"When I heard that the theme was 50 Years of History, I felt that it was a great opportunity to help foster a penchant for reading, and for local history, and to increase knowledge and an awareness of our heritage," she said in an interview.

 "Local authors give a province a unique flavour and we want to ensure that that uniqueness is preserved and celebrated as part of our community."

Brenda Thompson is an author and playwright in Annapolis Royal. She is one of the nine writers who will be on hand to meet the public on Saturday.

 "I love the idea of showcasing local authors," she said.  "Too often people think that 'experts' are from away. We are here as well. We are the motherlode of local history going back thousands of years."

Well-known Lawrencetown author, Dave Whitman, will also be on hand.

"New Minas is relatively new but is attached to Wolfville and attached to Kentville, which have history. Maybe some of the people in New Minas or the area want to know something about the Valley they live in. And if there are people from away they might be coming across some of the writers and books for the first time," Whitman said, adding that preserving our heritage bodes well for the future.

"I find there are more and more young people who are interested in the history of where they live, and the province and the country they live in."

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