Posted by KiwiKaboodle on 5 July 2011
Man. So, Lunenburg is a pretty quiet town, right? That’s something I truly love about it. I love walking into a grocery store and having Bryan say “Hey, Trudi – we’ve got more cucumbers for Mitchell” or when I go to the library “Trudi! Shani’s books are here”. Or how about randomly on the street “You’re Trudi-Jacqui-With-The-Awesome-Hair’s-Mum, right?”. It rocks. I don’t want to be invisible, and I’m not here. Cool. But this weekend? This weekend is jam packed with stuff.
First is the Lunenburg Festival of Crafts. There are incredible artists all there .. in the community centre .. selling all their beautiful wares. An amazing selection of whatever it happens to be that you’r e interested in. You really can’t go and not spend some money .. or at least mourne over the fact that you can’t spend money (that’s kind of where I’m sitting at the moment).
Pardon me? Artsy craftsy really isn’t your style? First, let me say you have NO idea what you’re saying. But then allow me to delve further into Lunenburg’s goings on this upcoming weekend (yup – there’s just enough time for you to plan a trip down – bus it, hitchhike it, shuttle it, bike it .. cyclists get 10% off at Kip & Kaboodle, did you know that? S’truth. Our hostel rocks).
There is also, this very weekend, the Lunenburg Street Festival. Jenna Barry – oooooh, a voice like Irish Cream on a cold winter’s night. And she’s just ONE of the many performers. Slow Cooking Cover, String Fever, Pat Watson, Eilidh & Paul … the list goes on and on. Buskers too, of course. Food, music, art … bargains galore.
Ah … I love where I live. Why don’t you come and get a little taste of it? It’ll melt in your mouth.
Posted by KiwiKaboodle on 11 June 2011
So we have a Pirate Festival in Mahone Bay every year. It was once the Wooden Boat Festival, then the Classic Boat Festival and finally the Pirate Festival… I think it will stay Piratey. It’s awesome – pirates wandering through town always happy to pose for a photo, and a plethora of activites for everyone, young and old: crafts, storytellers, lots & lots of live music, boating, races, crafters, face painting, oh my heavens this list just won’t end. It’s awesome and I highly recommend it.
Why Pirates, you might find yourself asking. Well, it’s kinda cool. This part of Nova Scotia was once a thriving pirate port! Struth! Rum runners galore, of course, but pirates too. Nice, deep, hidden harbours. Surely you’ve heard of Oak Island? ’nuff said. So, in June of 1917 a pirate ship called The Teazer was being chased down by the ‘good guys’ (five shipsfull of British ‘good guys’) and, well, to make a long story short, it ended up exploding most spectacularly. The ship’s first Lieutenant had apparnetly set fire to her to prevent her from being captured, but the fire had reached the powder magazine before the crew could escape. Only eight of the ship’s 36-man crew survived, and most were horribly maimed. Some of the men who died were buried in St. Stephen’s cemetery in Chester. When the moon is nearly full and a fog blows in from offshore, many residents maintain that a ghostly Teaser replays her last voyage across Mahone Bay…. and certainly on the last night of the Pirate Festival, two ships venture out onto the Bay and replay the scene .. ending with a spectacular display of fireworks.
Posted by KiwiKaboodle on 2 June 2011
Wow – this morning’s chat is later than usual … so was my morning coffee. Last night we had the most rip-snortingest thunder storm ever! Seriously!! We watched it slowly come to us from the NorthWest, with the sky lighting up like fireworks – still no sound, just the lights. Then, ever-so-slowly, it made it’s way to us and kaPOW, man, that was seriously a serious lightning storm! Outrageous. And the power went out for hours & hours, which is why this chat is so late.
My youngest son’s best buddy’s dad runs the local grocery store, and they invited my 3 kids to come and play hide-and-go-seek in the pitch dark grocery store with flashlights — how cool is that??? Save Easy Lunenburg – thank you so much, my kids had a blast!
Afterward we went to the Lunenburg Farmer’s Market and listened to some live music, drooled over all the yummy food and Anne Shupe’s pottery (I know: I already told you how much I love her work… but it’s worth repeating).
So now I can finally enjoy my morning cup of coffee and get on with my day … why not come down to Lunenburg for a few days and enjoy this gorgeous weather!!