Tomorrow night, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is hosting a free concert. The press release follows. The second annual …
Little PleasuresBy Nicole Trask | Sep 19, 2012
I was reminded of this when I attended the latest installment of the Black Street Party in the North End on Sunday. From Fuller Terrace to Northwood Terrace, one block of Black Street was closed off for party goers to enjoy local music, food and beverages. The festivities lasted the better part of the day and carried on right until 11 that night. My friend and I meandered over in the afternoon and were in a lazy mood that was perfectly suited to drifting through familiar faces and sampling some sweet corn on the cob and watermelon. Local musician Becky Siamon was crooning whilst a bubble machine did its work creating a magical backdrop for hula hooping kids and dancing adults alike.
There were opportunities to make small purchases of local treats and beverages (mostly by donation). We met Laura and Dave, the good folks behind Maya Tea Canada. They were providing free cups of tea for those who brought their own mugs and happy tea drinkers were enjoying the likes of raspberry black, zesty lemon green and kiwi strawberry herbal.
Essentially, the Black Street party provides an idyllic atmosphere that is both welcoming and fun for all ages. Party goers can stay all day or come and go as they please. There were games and adventure challenges for kids and a plethora of music and entertainment for young and old. I left feeling calm and proud of my spirited neighbourhood.
Earlier this month, I ventured outside the city and paid a visit to Dakeyne Farm in Hantsport. I was lured there by tales of a sunflower maze and wasn’t disappointed. As we rounded the bend, a massive field of literally thousands of sunflowers beckoned. The sunflowers were all facing in one direction hypnotized by the warmth of the sun. It’s a majestic sight to behold, and the owners have created a huge maze that is shaped into the petals, stems and leaves of a sunflower. We wandered amongst the healthy stalks that loomed over our heads and I suddenly felt like a tiny speck in the world. There’s a small admission fee and you can purchase as many flowers as your heart desires. The maze is only open for the month of September but it’s well worth the short trip to get lost in this field of gold.
I’m sure I’ll be back to shopping soon enough but once in a while it’s reassuring to rediscover that some of the best things in life are (almost) free…