Summer Treasure Hunt

Hello everyone, Hope all your summer plans are in place and you have lots of time for photography!!!!   Seems the weather is not cooperating yet, but that will soon change !

We want to invite you to take part in the annual ‘PGNS Summer Treasure Hunt’ …..

Start looking for the following 12 items and make a folder of images to share with us in the fall…Lots of fun ! You can get 1 or 2 or 6 or all 12….Your choice !


From this email you can save the jpg file to your photos and use as a screen saver on your smart phone as a reminder….works for me!  Or you can print a copy to keep in your car, or your purse etc….

Viki, on behalf of the PGNS Executive


Member Survey

Several days ago Dean Hirtle sent everyone an email with a survey about the upcoming Guild program. The PGNS executive is going to have to make some important and difficult decisions that will effect the direction the Guild takes in the coming years. This survey is your way to to tell the executive what you like, what you don’t like, what needs to change and what needs to stay the same. Everyone has an equal voice. However, if you do not answer the survey then you will have no voice. Please answer the survey and email it back to Dean. The survey email is repeated here:

Hello everyone,

Our Executive is planning our Program for next year. To assist us in this task, we are seeking members’ comments/input on four things:
1) The Program changes made for the 15/16 season. (See attached list.) Although you may wish to comment on all the changes, please don’t feel compelled to do so. We are particularly interested in knowing the changes you thought were most positive and those you thought least favourable.

2) Comments, suggestions and ideas on how to improve our Program.

3) From your point of view, please rank the following aspects of our club activities on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being not important and 5 being very important adding comments if you wish:
– Field trips
– “How to” seminars
– Presentation seminars e g photos on a theme, location etc
– Competitions – Guild
– Competitions – CAPA
– Competitions – PSA
– Competitions – Silent Image
– Competitions – Sight and Sound
– Social events – wine and cheese, Xmas party etc
– Guild Goodies
– Website
– Photo evaluations – small groups at homes
– Photo evaluations – as part of regular Guild meetings
– Photo evaluations – on our website
– Newsletter
– Show and Tell opportunities
– Summer Treasure Hunt
– Honour and Merit Awards
– Annual Spring Show
– Awards Banquet

4) Please consider contributing to our Program by presenting a seminar on a new topic or leading a field trip to a new location.

We are not expecting everyone to respond to all parts of this survey. Input on any item is welcome. Please forward replies to me and our Executive Committee (those copied in this email) by no later than July 20th. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you.


Valley Excursion Field Trip

This year’s excursion will include three venues: Oaklawn Farm Zoo, the Kentville Ravine trail and Planters Ridge Winery. Details are set out below.

We will meet in the Zoo parking lot at 9.45 am. Please bring a waiver form which can be obtained at this link on our website. Please remember to bring cash for zoo admission, winery tour/tasting, etc.

Sunscreen, insect repellant and good hiking footwear would be good to have in tow.

Please let me know if you plan to attend. If have any questions, please contact me.

I hope you can join us.



1) Oaklawn Farm Zoo – 997 Ward Road in Aylesford – 10 am
We will meet in the zoo parking lot at 9.45 a m. Admission is $8.00 ($5.00 for seniors.) If we have a group of at least 10 there is a discount.
To get there from Halifax take Highway 101 to Exit 16 and then follow the blue “Zoo” signs. Essentially, when you come off the 101 at Exit 16 you turn left (onto Victoria Road) and keep going straight until you turn right onto Ward Road. This about a 90 minute drive from Halifax. The Zoo canteen opens at 11 a m.
Please note, the dangerous animals (e g big cats, bear) are in large, totally enclosed cages – some with two cage layers. Some of the outer cages have a few openings that a camera lens can fit through. Zebras, llamas, etc are in areas where unobstructed views can be obtained and/or fence mesh is big enough for a lens to fit.
Zoo website.

Lunch options include the Zoo canteen or other establishments on the way to the Ravine if you prefer. If you bring your own lunch, there are picnic tables at both the zoo and at the trail head for the Ravine. It is about a 30 minute drive from the zoo to the Ravine Trail so we will leave the zoo after lunch by 1 p m at the latest.

2) Kentville Ravine Trail – upper parking lot is accessed via the Kentville Agricultural Centre property – 32 Main Street in Kentville – 1.30 pm
The trail features old growth hemlock, a small waterfall and a meandering brook with four bridges. Although most of the trail in the ravine is fairly level, please note the trail descending into the ravine is quite steep and there is a fair climb adjacent to the waterfall.
Trail website.

It is about a 15 minute drive from the Ravine Trail to the winery. We will leave the Trail at 3.45 pm.

3) Planter’s Ridge Winery – 1441 Church St – Port Williams – 4 pm
The winery is housed in a 150 year old heritage barn overlooking a pastoral scene. A tasting costs $5.00. A tour (which includes access to production areas, etc ) with a tasting is 45 minutes and with less than 5 persons costs $15.00 each ; 5 or more persons costs $10.00 each.
Winery website.