Doryman Tavern provided our evening's entertainment. Accomplished fiddler, Colin Grant, accompanied by Maybelle Chisholm McQueen on the keyboard, had the crowd stamping their feet and clapping along to the fast-paced Celtic tunes. An elderly gentleman from the audience joined them playing spoons, for a jig that went on for about 10 minutes---his hands were flying. Colin and Maybelle are both on You Tube--you can get an appreciation for the energy involved in the performances.
Next, we moved on to Margaree Forks specifically to go to The Barn. Another Celtic concert but this one was to be followed by Celtic square dancing . Another incredible program---there are so many talented musicians in this area---must have something to do with the long cold winters. Brenda Stubbert, Howie MacDonald and Douglas Cameron (only 16) were the fiddlers. (All available on You Tube.) After the concert, the chairs were cleared from the floor and the dancing began. Square dancing Celtic style is similar to square dancing in the State but we were told that in Nova Scotia, the calls vary from village to village. There was a pervasive family atmosphere at this event. Young teenagers to grandparents tapping their feet on the sidelines or getting out on the floor and swinging their partners.
We bypassed Halifax on our way to Peggy's Cove. This cove and lighthouse, named after the lone survivor of a schooner wreck in 1811, is covered with unusual rock formations created by glaciers of the past. The lighthouse is reputed to be one of the most photographed in North America. We enjoyed breakfast at the nearby, Sou'Wester, where I ate a traditional morning meal of beans with molasses, fish hash, and tomato chow, right up my alley.
Finding some kayaks for rent in Tantallon, we took out two singles for a 3-hour paddle around St. Margaret's Bay. Typically, the wind which had been against us on the way out turned against us on the way in, but with temperatures in the 70's, the cool water and clear skies made for a perfect day out. The longer, skinnier kayaks made them a bit more tipsy but we made it back to shore without having to complete the Eskimo roll.