Book Club is Back in the Burg October 15 2015
Two weeks ago, a couple of dozen Bozzy Book Clubbers and their fabulous parents met at the Fisheries Museum for a whole lot of fun with fish.
We gathered in Gallery 3, a newly renovated beautiful, warm, rustic room planked with pine and reclaimed wood from floor to ceiling. Families in Lunenburg love the Fisheries Museum and it is a must see for visitors. It's a remarkable structure that is depicted in paintings and on postcards with its distinctive red shingled facade perfectly situated on the waterfront, backdropped by the rolling hills of the golf course on the harbour's opposite side. This is the stuff that makes grown ups love it, but the kids love the aquarium, the tidal touch tank, the boats, and the exhibits and demonstrations that cater to them, not to mention the gift shop's salt water taffy!
As the children awaited the kickstart of book club for the year, they crafted their our own sailboats from mussel shells (scanvenged from the beaches of nearby Oak Island).
Judy wrangled the kids into a cozy reading circle to listen to The Snail and The Whale, by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler - one of today's greatest children's book power duo. A Donaldson/Scheffler book is a guaranteed hit for pretty much every kid I know.
We followed this up with another fishy story, Down By Jim Long's Stage by Al Pittman. This book is one of my favourite children's books, remember! It was also a hit in Judy's house and her son took the spotlight for the reading. Great Job Zachary and the rest of the gang who helped him out with this Newfoundland classic.
We were also joined by one of the Bozzy dads (aka The Winter Beard's Mon Mari) for an exciting rendition of Three Little Fishies with our very own Kate Lum-Potvin. Look out Bryan, your lovely wife is quite the rock star!
Devyn Kaizer from the fisheries museum not only helped organize this event but also read A Whale of a Tale to the kids. She captivated the kid's attention effortlessly. Thank you Devyn! The kids loved you.
And to top it off, the museum opened the tidal touch tank area to the children. I was a smidge worried about someone ending up in the tank, but Ryan from the museum was ever so patient, relaxed and engaging with the kids.
Thank you to Devyn, Ryan, and all of the staff at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic for creating a memorable afternoon for the Bozzy Book Club.
Book Club will be meeting again next Wednesday, October 21 for a ghoulish fall session at the Lunenburg Heritage Bandstand, unless we are spooked out by the weather, in which case we will cross the street and meet at the Boscawen Inn which is really spooky!