The Joy of Reading (and Christmas too) December 03 2014
This past weekend was very busy for families and businesses in Lunenburg. The town was buzzing with Christmas events that included tree and schooner lightings, craft fairs, carolling, local shop sales and celebrations, the annual Santa Claus parade and a pervasive yuletide feeling throughout the streets. There was so much happening that it was a challenge to fit it all in – a great feeling for a small community.
We were honoured to play a small part in this weekend when we were asked by the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic (http://fisheriesmuseum.novascotia.ca) to give a reading and signing of our Oak Island children’s book. The fisheries museum plays an integral role in our family’s calendar of fun. We visit dozens of times a year and often find ourselves in the museum’s aquarium or at the Tidal Touch Tank on what-do-we-do-today? days. If you are in Lunenburg, the Fisheries Museum is a must see for the young and old.
Our evening began with friends and sweet children snuggled around us as we read in the museum’s kids corner. It was a treat to read to this adorable and attentive group of children and interesting to observe them as they arrived and scooped up books to read to themselves.
From there we stepped outside of the museum with our hot cider to join in a countdown to the lighting of the fishing vessels. We then danced to live music on the wharf and even tried roasted chestnuts, provided by the Grand Banker Bar and Grill (www.grandbanker.com), for the very first time. It was a fantastic way to begin the season.
Thank you to the fisheries museum, to those who joined us at the museum on this very chilly night and to our good friend and talented local photographer Madeleine Kendall for photographing the event (www.madeleinekendall.com).