[Sust-mar] Harrison Lewis Centre News
Harrison Lewis Centre
HLC at eastlink.ca
Wed Jan 13 14:31:55 EST 2016
*News, views, and plans for 2016*
*The Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre*
While much of the Maritimes is getting hammered by snow it is a dark and
dismal day on the Harrison Lewis hill. Such is frequently the case on
this western end of the South Shore. Cold, wind, and rain. But we are
dry, and warm by a fire in the kitchen range, and it is a perfect
afternoon to at last put digits to keyboard in an effort to bring
everyone up to date on what has been happening and what the Harrison
Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre Society has planned for the coming season
that gets underway in May.
First of all, a long overdue message of thanks to long-standing members
of the board who stepped aside as of our annual meeting in August. Jane
Cook, whose summer home is across the bay in Port Joli, has been with us
from the beginning, providing support and encouragement, as was the case
with Peter Carver, past chair and as well, a summer resident with a home
three doors over from the Centre. Ian Dingwall, great grandson of
Harrison Lewis, stepped up filling the seat prematurely left vacant when
his father, founding director and chair Lewis (Lew) Dingwall suffered a
fatal heart attack.
New additions to the board are Doug van Hemessen, Atlantic stewardship
coordinator with the Nature Conservancy of Canada; Sarah Gutowsky, a PhD
candidate at Dalhousie University; and Michael Greenlaw, summer
neighbour and student at Kings. Sarah, a biologist, has participated as
student, teaching assistant, and lead instructor with the University’s
Seaside Summer program bringing ornithology students to the Harrison
As far as activities this past year, in addition to four Seaside Summer
programs, Anne Gray serving as manager brought together weekend
workshops. There was Roger Savage (plein air painting); mushroom culture
with David Boyle assisted by John Crabtree; scything with instructor
Peter Redden; chainsaw workshops with Patrick Allan; and nature writing
with Soren Bondrup Nielsen.
Plein air students and instructor alike made the most of views from the
back deck of the main building. An example is Roger’s painting
reproduced here that the artist has generously donated to the Society.
As soon as we’ve permission in place we will be offering chances on the
painting for a draw sometime this summer. Board member Susan Hoover has
fond memories of Soren’s nature writing workshop in which she took part.
"There were four of us, all with different interests and levels of
skill. Soren was a good facilitator. We spent a great deal of time
looking at moss and other tiny plants. A real eye opener. I really
enjoyed this workshop."
What now? Plans for the coming year. Dalhousie Seaside has booked four
programs, we expect the Biology Grad students to return for a social
weekend in September, and a committee headed by Doug van Hemessen is
charged with scheduling a variety of workshops and programs, including
new to us bird-by-ear courses. We welcome suggestions for ways to put
this Centre to work with workshops, retreats, or events of various sorts
with the desired focus being natural history and skills relating to home
and farmstead life.
We look forward to hearing from anyone and everyone with a history with
or interest in the future of the Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre.
Best regards, Dirk van Loon
On behalf of the HLC Society Board of Directors
Peter Rogers, chair
Stephanie Carver, secretary
Susan Hoover, treasurer
Willem van Loon
Doug van Hemessen
The Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre
is a registered charity (#859077810)
and can issue tax receipts for donations.
Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre
339 Sandy Bay Road
RR 1 Port Joli NS B0T 1S0
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