Salute to Sable Island - Making the Connection

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White Point Beach Resort

75 White Point Beach Resort Road

Hunts Point, NS B0T 1G0


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For many of us, Sable Island holds a special, even magical, place in our mind and heart. Intrigued by the sandbar in the Atlantic, this weekend join us as we bring Sable Island National Park Reserve - Canada's 43rd Park - to life through a series of very special guest speakers and experiences.

As a part of our 90th Anniversary Festivities, we've created this fantastic weekend in partnership with our friends from Parks Canada and the Sable Island Institute (evolved from the Green Horse Society). We'll spend a couple days here at White Point delving into Sable Island - who she has welcomed, her ecology and of course, the wild horses.

3 OPTIONS to explore Sable Island with us:
1) Overnight Package that includes all sessions, Benefit Dinner, accommodations and breakfast.
2) Benefit Dinner with Zoe Lucas: $125 (150 seats avaialble)
3) Attend the Presestions as a guest: FREE, limited seats avaialble, 50 which are avaialble here.

Building on the legacy of our very successful event last year, this very special weekend will include hosting a Sable Island Green Horse Society Benefit Dinner on Saturday Jan. 20, 2018 from 7 - 9:30pm. We are thrilled to welcome and introduce guests to our special guest, Zoe Lucas, Founder of the Green Horse Society/Sable Island Institute. This 3-course, Nova Scotia inspired wine-paired dinner will see proceeds presented to Zoe and the Society. Our 2017 Dinner raised more than $7000 for the Society. Zoe indicated it would be used to fund bee research - we'll get an update on this project at our 2018 event!

Get up close and personal with Sable Island, join us for a series of special presentations and meet the folks that spend their days caring and monitoring this very special and unique island off the coast of Nova Scotia in the Atlantic Ocean.

Join us as we celebrate Atlantic Canada’s 43rd National Park and get to know her a bit better.

Salute to Sable Island Weekend Itinerary
(Please note this weekend is hosted at White Point, not ON Sable Island.)

SATURDAY January 20
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Setting the Stage:
Special thank-you is extended to fabric artist Suzanne Gunn and photographer Damien Lidgard for lending us a collection of their work for display throughout the weekend, bringing the beauty of Sable Island from their perspective for us to enjoy.

1:45pm: Sable Island Management Plan: Connecting Canadians to Sable Island
Sable Island National Park Reserve Manager, Alannah Phillips, has a passion for Sable Island. Since November of 2016 she has been working with a team guiding the development of the Management Plan and finding meaningful opportunities for Canadians to connect with Sable Island. She'll share an update about the status of the Management Plan and the next steps, and how you can get involved.

2:00pm: Ecology of Sable Island: It's a web of connections!
After assisting the establishment of the national ecological integrity monitoring program for Parks Canada, Parks Canada Ecologist Dan Kehler turned his attention to Sable Island. Since the fall of 2016, he has been studying and monitoring the ecology of Sable Island. Dan will give you a peek into the ecology of the Island, it's integrity and it's future.

2:45pm: Footsteps in the Sand: Archaeology of Sable
Charles Burke is the Senior Archaeologist with the Archaeology and History Branch of Park Canada. Over the past year he has spent 7 months in the field conducting 20 archaeological digs in a variety of provinces, but Sable Island is at the top of his list of favourites. He's unearthed new finds on Sable and is looking forward to sharing them with us.

Parks Canada completed its initial archaeological survey of Sable Island National Park Reserve in 2015. Although not as well documented as Sable’s natural history and marine heritage, the evidence of human occupation, from settlement efforts in the 16th through 18th centuries, the establishment of life-saving stations and lighthouses in the 19th century, and the impact of hundreds of shipwreck and survivor activities are all events that normally leave archaeological traces in the Island’s sand. During the survey, the team located structural evidence of houses, barns, outbuildings, fences, light house features, and other building remnants. Generally, these were observed in areas where wind action has exposed the features. We also recorded hundreds of artifacts associated with these living areas. Of particular research interest was the discovery of an undocumented mid-to-late 18th century site found within the remains of a later life-saving station.

3:30pm: They Kept the Light: Lightkeepers of Sable Island
Having earned the reputation as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, the role of Lighthouses on Sable Island for seafarers cannot be understated. The Islands two lights, Sable Island West End established in 1872 and Sable Island East End established in 1873 are now both inactive, but have a storied past. Efforts of the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society keeps their legacy alive and honours Keepers and the lights themselves. Society President Joanne McCormick and Past-President and historian Barry MacDonald will introduce you to some of these colourful Keepers.

4:15-6:00pm: Free Time & Hands On!
Check-in and take a stroll on the beach but be sure to come back to get a bit more 'hands-on' with Sable! We'll have a Sable Island Touch Table with a variety of artifacts from the Island. Parks Canada is also promising to bring along their Sable Island 'Green Screen' so we can take 'virtual' photos on Sable Island in the Lounge.

6:00- 7:00pm: Meet & Mingle in the Founder's Lounge
Meet and mingle with all our guest speakers and guests attending our Salute to Sable.

7:00 - 9:30pm: Benefit Dinner in support of the Sable Island Institute, with Guest Speaker Zoe Lucas Connections: People and Sable Island
Sable Island has been the focus of human interest and activities for over three centuries. Mapmakers, settlers, fishermen, mariners, shipwreck victims, lifesavers, naturalists and scientists, prospectors, educators, artists, journalists and visitors have explored, survived, studied, and otherwise experienced Sable Island. For many, their fleeting or long-term encounter with the island was memorable-joyous, tragic, perplexing, inspirational. And through all these people and their work, adventures and misadventures, connections with the island extend beyond them and into the lives and communities of individuals who have never set foot on Sable Island. Sometimes through generations. Zoe will share a few stories highlighting some of these relationships and their role in the cultural legacy of Sable Island.

9:30-11:00pm: Live entertainment in the Lounge

SUNDAY January 21
9:30am: Sable Island Institute: An Introduction
After years in development, learn about The Sable Island Institute, a new multidisciplinary organization that will promote and preserve the natural and cultural legacy of Sable Island through research, conservation, and education. As one of the founding members of the Institute, ornithologist Andy Horn, Adjunct Research Associate, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, will explain the role of the Green Horse Society in establishing the Institute, and provide an overview of the Institute's current and future programs on - and off - the Island, including public outreach and citizen science projects that will enable everyone - individuals and communities - to connect through the Sable Island experience.

9:45am: Genetics of the Horses of Sable Island: Who's Your Daddy?
Geneticist Tim Fraser, the Forensic Sciences Program Coordinator within the Department of Biology at Saint Mary's University, has been studying genetics and how they impact animals in their choice of mate, reproductive success, heath and population of animals. He's intimate with the horses of Sable Island and has worked with Zoe Lucas to gain insight and understanding into the dynamics affecting sustainability of the horses and other wildlife.

10:30am: Inspired by Sable: An Artists Perspective (Panel Discussion)
Susan Tooke, Illustrator
Drawing from her experiences with Sable Island, Susan Tooke, an awarding winning illustrator, will share how her relationship with Sable Island has influenced her art and interest in environmental preservation in this illustrated presentation from her book 'Free as the Wind'.
Janet Barkhouse, Author and Poet
Inspired by her fascination with Sable and stories her mother shared with her, Janet has published a number of books relating to her experiences with the Island including her most recent work, Sable Island Fieldnotes featuring photographs by Zoe Lucas.
Susan Crowe, Musician
A Canadian folk singer-songwriter, Susan has drawn on her experiences on Sable Island, and has used its imagery in her song writing in a manner that brings the Island and its energy to life.

11:30am: Special Screening of: Stronghold of Resistance: Sable Island & Her Legendary Horses,
by Drew Doggett

Touched, inspired and moved by his experience on Sable Island and encounter with Zoe Lucas, his visit affected him profoundly both personally and professionally, this extended edition of his short film is evidence of that. Blending ethnography and fashion photography, Drew's work weaves together the extraordinary stories of the most unique people, places and cultures. In his absence, we are delighted to have Drew's permission and support in presenting this extraordinary extended edition of his Short Film.

11:45am: Closing Remarks

Salute to Sable Island Weekend PACKAGE
Saturday January 20 & Sunday January 21, 2018
RESERVE now by calling 1-800-565-5068 ext 1
For 2 people sharing accommodations:
1 night from $200* per person based on double occupancy ($400*/couple) plus tax and gratuities

For 1 person, single accommodations:
1 night from $295* includes gratuities, plus tax
*based on White Point Room. Cottage rates available upon request

Overnight Package Includes:

  • Presentations as outlined on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning
  • Saturday evening Meet & Greet
  • 2 tickets to our Sable Island Institute Benefit Dinner ($200 value). For single person package, 1 Benefit Dinner ticket is included.
  • Live entertainment on Saturday evening in the Lounge following Dinner
  • Breakfast for 2 people (For Single person package 1 breakfast is included)
  • Overnight accommodations in a White Point Room (Lakeside rooms and cottage rates available)
  • Access to all recreation facilities
  • Wi-Fi & Parking

DAY PASSES for Presentations ONLY
A limited number of seats (50) are available for Salute to Sable Island for those interested in attending the presentations only.
CLAIM your seat here now.

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