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Pirates and the like…

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.

Awesome, no?

Music, Music, Music

So you already know all about what a lovely scenic part of Nova Scotia this is, but what about music? Somehow Cape Breton has cornered the market on musical prowess — and I don’t intend to take anything away from Cape Breton’s unique, footstomping musical good times: surely the only place you can find something similar is in the backcountry of Scotland or Ireland. It’s truly magic. But Lunenburg County has it’s own world-famous musical talents floating around too … for instance, you never know when you’ll be able to hear Old Man Luedecke playing. There are all kinds of internationally famous musicians who call our county their home, and they often perform around here – sometimes even free concerts! What more could you ask for!! I found an interesting event which might captivate some of you musical enthusiasts which runs for the duration of the summer: the South Shore Bluegrass Association is having an Acoustic Music Jam every Thursday starting June 2nd, 7:00pm-10:00pm at the Bluegrass park in New Canada. Admission is only $2 and canteen snacks are available. Everyone is welcome – jammers or listeners alike.

And this isn’t the only ongoing musical event – the bandstands in Mahone Bay and Lunenburg often have live free performances throughout the summer … and then there’s Mahone Bay’s Pirate Festival and Lunenburg’s Folkharbour Festival … but let’s save that for another day .. too much wow in one day might scare you off…