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June 2016

Wedding Feature: Play Photography

June 22, 2016 

Having recently shot a beautiful wedding at Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa, it only made sense to introduce everyone to Play Photography

Owned and operated by Nicole Druken, who originates from Newfoundland, Play Photography features wedding & engagement shoots, graduation photos, family portraits, newborns and much more. 

Splitting her time between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, Nicole loves how each environment refereshes her portfolio. She loves the lush orchards, farmer’s fields and Bay of Fundy red sands in the Annapolis Valley; but she also loves the Newfoundland landscape of craggy cliffs, rocky shores and mossy flatlands. 

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We got the chance to ask Nicole what inspires her, motivates her and what she enjoys in her spare time. 

What is your favourite person/place/thing to photograph?

I am definitely a people photographer, inspired by nature. As much as I love a breath-taking natural backdrop, it’s never complete for me without a personality or two shining from it.

I adore weddings. It’s like doing all the little types of sessions that I enjoy rolled into one. There’s the intimate boudoir-like getting ready portion, the love-filled family portraits, the fun and lively bridal party shots, the romantic and sweet couples photos and the photojournalistic event coverage for the ceremony and reception time. And the kids. Most weddings come with adorable kids to chase around.

What is your hobbies/past time?

I am a constant traveller, an avid yoga and meditation teacher and student, a lover of all things family and I appreciate spending time in my garden and kitchen!

Do you have availability for 2017 weddings?

I do still have a handful of dates up for grabs for next year. I have booked weddings two years in advance and 3 mos in advance…it’s so fun to see all the different bride personalities that come my way. I have loved every couple I’ve ever worked with, as wildly different as they are. That makes me feel like the luckiest person in the world.

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Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens Preferred Passes

June 15, 2016 

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Winner of the 2015 Canadian Garden of the Year, the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens are open for the season. As one of our many partners, the Historic Gardens is offering preferred passes to all of our guests this season! Passes are $10 taxes in and gives you full access to all of the beauty. 

Areas throughout the gardens are historically themed to tell the story of Nova Scotia, how it came to be settled, its rich agricultural history. All of this displayed through hisotrical gardening methods and represents 400 years of history! 

This season Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens has put together some incredible events! 

Friday, July 8: An Evening of Wine and Roses 
Imagine roaming among acres and acres of stunning beauty, wine glass in hand and the sweet aroma of roses in the air, while you listen to the sultry sounds of jazz

Tickets are $15 each and the event goes from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Saturday, July 9: House & Garden Tour 
The event will include a visit to several private properties in Annapolis Royal and Granville Ferry where residents have made use of unique designs and materials to create wonderful gardens and landscapes. 

House & Garden Tour Tickets are $30. (Historic Gardens members can buy at a reduced rate of $25). Event runs from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Sunday, July 10: Rejuvenation of a Community 
2016 marks the 35th anniversary of a number of important development projects in Annapolis Royal. Sunday’s activities will highlight the rejuvenation of the early eighties and bring attention to important new developments for the future.

Local Focus: Upper Clements Park

June 13, 2016 

Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa work with a vast amount of local partners. From vineyards to whale watching, amusement parks to historical properties, we love it all. Our 'Local Focus' lets us spotlight our incredible partners. 

We're proud to offer support to local businesses and work in partnership with them. Check out all of the partners we work with here. We also offer experience packages with our partners, which you can check out here. 

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Opened for over 25 years, Upper Clements Park is part of every Nova Scotia childhood. As a huge supporter of our local community, Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa is proud to offer partner packages with them. 

The park opens on June 15 for the season and it is going to be a huge year for Upper Clements Park. They have multiple updates, changes and upgrades! 

 Upper Clements Park amphitheatre and the surrounding buildings have been turned into a Pirate Village! The village includes a rope bridge, and slide for children to climb into, through, over and under.

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The picnic park is now home to a beautiful concert venue. Upper Clements Park is open to any entertainment suggestions to use their new concert venue! 

Finally they will be hosting a Mudd, Sweat & Tears event on September 10th with participants coming from all across Nova Scotia and other Maritime provinces!  

It is going to be an 8km obstacle course mud run throughout the entire 1,000 acres of Upper Clements Park. Afterwards, there will be live music and activities for all ages. 

So grab the family (the dog too!) and book a package to Upper Clements Park with Digby PInes Golf Resort and Spa. 

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Play Golf All Day (PGA Day) For Prostate Cancer

June 9, 2016 

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On June 28, Fletcher Hicks is going to attempt to play 6 rounds of golf to raise $1,200 dollars for the Prostate Cancer Society of Canada - Atlantic Region

Fletcher is an Assitant Golf Professional here at Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa. We're proud to support Mr. Hicks and his goal of $1,200 for Prostate Cancer research. 

1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in their life; every dollar that goes towards research helps. If you want to support Fletcher Hicks in his goal, you can sponsor an amount per hole played or you can donate in one lump sum! 

Fletcher Hicks

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It's Your Birthday, Every Day!

June 6, 2016 

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We like to celebrate, but most of all, we like to celebrate YOU! 

Save big and book your birth rate between June 6 to June 12, for stays from Sunday to Thursday, almost all season long! 

Your first night: Rates starting from $199. Your second and thid night: Rates equal to your birth year. For example, born in 1968? Your rate = $68 

It's that easy!  Click here to book today! 

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The Phases of the Moon

June 1, 2016

Moon and stargazing is back at Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa and it is open to both guests and members of the community. 

On July 9 and August 10 the Moon will be in two different phases and we want to share our beautiful universre with our guests and friends. 

We will have a telescope along with amatuer astrologers Melody and Bruce Hamilton. They will be joined by the Royal Astronomical Centre of Canada Halifax Chapter. 

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On July 9th, the moon will be a waxing crescent moon (pictured above) to view. The position of the sunrise terminator will help us observe seas and craters on the moon’s surface. Also in the sky will be Jupiter, Mars and Saturn! 

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The moon on August 10th will be a first quarter moon. The sunrise terminator has advanced further across the face of the moon revealing other magnificent features of the moon. Again Mars and Saturn will be in a good position as well.