Our whirlwind tour of Nova Scotia has taken us from Pictou in the north, to Liverpool in the south, then on to Dartmouth and beautiful Mahone Bay, where we are currently ensconced in the lap of maritime hospitality at Ama Maxwell’s splendid Three Thistles Bed and Breakfast. I write this from the former, having just consumed the latter: fresh scones with cherry jam and marmalade; stewed fruit salad with yogurt; baked brioche French toast with blueberries, pecans, and maple syrup; and home-smoked Nova Scotia bacon, all washed down with fresh squeezed orange juice and the best coffee I’ve ever had. Thanks Ama!
The Pictou crowd was a lively bunch! We had such a great time there and were treated like kings by the DeCoste Centre’s Troy and Jenny Greencorn and their great audio tech, Al. It’s always such a treat to greet the audience (at the merch table:) and hear their comments. We are loving what we’re doing and it’s nice to hear that we’re connecting with them. In the audience that night was the family of our friend and colleague, Kylee Evans, who was born and raised in Pictou county. Lucky girl!
After a post show Dewar’s at The Highlander pub (thanks for the Pictou lowdown, bartender Ian Gallant) and a restful night at the Lionstone Inn, we set out for Liverpool on the Mersey – Nova Scotia style. After stops to clamber about the rocky shoals at Peggy’s Cove, and to pay our respects at the memorial to the victims of Swissair 111, Chris Ball greeted us at The Astor Theatre, and provided us with another terrific audience. We had a great show there and a great stay at the beautifully renovated Lane’s Privateer Inn. Man, they had some great chowder – and a pretty good IPA to boot!
Next, off to Halifax for an afternoon of visiting with family and old friends, all of whom attended our concert that evening in Dartmouth. The Dartmouth Community Concert Association, now in their 58th season, pulled a huge crowd into the Woodlawn United Church, and we had a fun-filled evening, sharing stories, music, and a lot of laughs. It was another amazing night, after a great day in good old Halifax.
Around midnight, Ama welcomed us into her home, where we all headed for our quarters without delay, reconvening this morning at the aforementioned breakfast table. It’s a spectacular day here in Mahone Bay. Tonight will be a special one, as we close out this first official tour with an intimate house concert for a capacity crowd of 60 at Barbara Butler’s Cecilia’s Retreat. Then it’ll be back to Halifax for an evening with friends at The Shoe before starting our trek back home tomorrow.
What a tour! Thanks New Brunswick. Thanks Nova Scotia. Fare thee well!