Un & Folk Festival!!!

Trip Start Jul 11, 2012
Trip End Aug 06, 2012

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FIsh, Fun & Folk Festival 2012

Flag of Canada  , Newfoundland and Labrador,
Monday, July 23, 2012

8am...Went downstairs for our first breakfast with Ruth and Eric. Ham and Eggs was great, but the real winner was the homemade thick toast and partridgeberry jam. Y-U-M. We are buying a jar, yes. :) We met another couple on their honeymoon, Cindy & Matt, and got a chance to chat a bit. Always nice to see who you find in the B&B's.

10am...After showering and getting set, we headed out to Long Point Lighthouse in the hamlet of Crow Head. Twillingate is actually made up from a couple islands and a peninsula. Crow head is one of them. The lighthouse was nice, but we quickly moved on to the 6 Mile hiking trail loop. It was one of the most spectacular hikes I have ever done. Dad would have loved it! Mostly along the coast up and down to new vistas....past a seabird colony and an old copper mine, where we saw our first Capelin, which are what the Cod (And Newfoundlanders) eat. A man had a bucket he was taking home to salt and dry....we made it out to Lower Head, which is the furthest point of the trail, and you can look back all the way to the lighthouse. On the return hike, we got to see our first Newfoundland root cellar. Apparently they are a sight. Tomorrow, we are going to the root cellar capital of Newfoundland, in Elliston. We'll keep you all posted. This root cellar was very cute, situated like a Hobbit-hole in the side of the hill surrounded by wildflowers. I found the old door and peeked under it looking for a snake....all I found was two REALLY fast fire ants protecting their colony biting my hand! Ouch. Sound familiar to anyone who knows me? "Brian...don't go looking under EVERY stone"! LOL. We finished off the hike with the unfortunate massive staircase up the mountainside, and now we hate stairs. Haha. It was grueling, especially after a day rafting and then a 3 mile hike out. 

1pm...Grabbed a quick lunch at a little cafe/souvenir shop. I had a Moose burger! It was fantastic. Kelly had chowder that was just OK. Off to shopping!

2pm...stopped in a few shops along the way, and had some partridgeberry ice cream as we walked along the water through the town. 

3pm...Walked into Twillingate gallery and crafts....and the story gets crazy!!! We started peering around this quaint shop with colorful artwork, when Kelly spied a poster with signatures on the wall from the old PBS kids TV show "Today's Special"! Kelly said "Today's Special! No Way!" to which from around the corner a little voice said "Yes Way!" and this wonderful lady walked over and introduced herself as Nina, the shop owner and one of the puppeteers from the show! She played Muffy the cute little mouse in the store. Kelly and I were so excited, and she got to hold the original Muffy for a picture with Nina. After fauning over Nina and talking about how she was in Mister Dress Up and Polkadot Door (Oh Yeah!), Kelly perused the gallery and I chatted with her husband John, who is a gifted photographer and learned about a new chest harness for his camera! Nobody was in the gallery but us, and we all kept chatting about life and stuff, when Kelly mentioned I play a mean piano. They invited me into their house to play. I did a little jazz, and we talked a bit....I was playing, and glanced to my right, where there was a little picture frame on the piano with none other than the legendary Oscar Peterson looking back at me. As I kept playing, I casually asked if they liked Oscar, since he is my favorite pianist, and she casually replied that she had known him, and he played this actual piano right here!!!! OMG, I immediately froze and stopped playing. Oscar Peterson and I had played on the same piano. Oscar Peterson and I had played the same piano. I raised my hands in the air like a surgeon. I was intimidated and awestruck. I'm never washing my hands again! It is a surreal experience when you meet those few wonderful people in your life, that are genuine and influence you. She and John had wonderful stories, and we finally had to tear ourselves away. But we will stay in contact hopefully and hear some more. 

 (Kelly takes over for tag-team blog typing) Looked around in a few more shops and then headed back to the B&B.  Did a load of laundry, which we hung out on the line to dry.  (That's one of the beautiful things I've noticed about Twillingate, especially: everyone has long lines of brightly-colored clothes flying in the breeze overlooking the ocean.)  The excitement from the rafting and rubbing elbows with local celebrities caught up with us...Brian and I fell asleep for about an hour.

8pm - Decided we should go find some dinner.  The sidewalks of these cozy towns roll up fairly early, so many of the cafes were already closed for the evening.  (Today was also the start of the local "Fish, Fun & Folk Festival...with fireworks and the "lighting of the sign" high up on the hill).  We drove into Crow Head, which is less than 5 minutes along the "main road".  Stopped at the Crow's Nest Cafe.  LOVED IT!!  They are a small couple-owned cafe with a single case filled with muffins, date bars, and other snacks (many of which we found out were gluten-free and DELICIOUS).  We ordered the cod chowder and chatted with the owners and an older local couple.  Our chowder was mushroom-based, with big chunks of vegetables and the freshest pieces of cod.  Very, very good.  Had some dessert and got our coffees to go.

9:30pm - We drove back to the harbor area in town and parked facing the BIG SIGN.  Lots of people gathered for some live music and then the fireworks started high up on the hill, building up to the 32nd annual lighting of the sign.  The fireworks stopped and the sign lit up...well, HALF the sign lit up...reading "UN & FOLK FESTIVAL".  They eventually got the rest of the sign lit and we headed back to the B&B.  What an exciting day!
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Just Dave on

Freaking awesome entry, what a thrill to play where one of the greats played!

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