The Nova Scotian Diet

Enough about me – we’ve had some other awards around this house lately. Sarah had her highland dance medal tests last week and earned a “Highly Commended” in both the pre-bronze and bronze categories; the highest level awarded. All four children came home with medals or trophies at the curling banquet; we were especially proud when Evan won a main award for participation, co-operations and sportsmanship. Last month, Sarah, Alex & Olivia had successful performances in the Truro Music Festival, participating in piano, voice & trumpet categories, earning a number of red and blue ribbons. Alex was asked to sing his folk song, “The Nova Scotian Diet” in the final concert and after his performance presented his music teacher, Chella Henderson, with flowers as she was acknowledged for her many years of teaching in the Truro area. (She was my music teacher growing up too!)

Enjoy the performance, videotaped by Sarah. 🙂

Belgravia Bed & Breakfast


We had a chance to get to Halifax on Saturday for a performance of DRUM! I am having a hard time putting into words just how much we enjoyed it! The show is explained in the program by the following:

“Before the Tall Ships came, there were the drums of the Mi’Kmaq, the rhythm of the rugged, beautiful lands of Nova Scotia.  For thousands of years, their songs and those of the other ancient native peoples were the only music accompanying Nova Scotia’s crashing waves.

Then came the others, displaced people all, carrying their faith and their music as precious reminders of the homes they had left behind.

First the French, who settled and farmed, transforming the ways of the old country into a new culture – the Acadian culture – as vital and rich as the new land they ploughed.

Then the Celts, the Scots and the Irish, who coloured the landscape, so like that of their homeland, with swirling tartan and the airs of the pipes, the harp and fiddle.

And north from the Thirteen Colonies and the Caribbean, the black settlers, twice dispossessed, the weavers of rhythms rooted in their African heritage and fired by hard times.

Each nation born of a timeless culture, dancing to their own rhythm, their own unique beat.

DRUM! is a gathering of all these rhythms.  It is the musical heartbeat of Nova Scotia.  A spectacle of sounds, styles and traditions, ultimately coming together in a world beat grand finale.

DRUM! communicates a message to the world:  we can hold on to who we are and still share a song, a stage, a country, a world.”

The show especially captured the imaginations of our own drummer, performer, and highland dancer.

The show is over for this year, but we highly recommend for anyone planning a trip to Nova Scotia at this time next year that you try to get tickets!!  We’ll definitely go again!

Afterwards, we went to the Henry House for dinner.  The Henry House was formerly the home of the Granite Brewery, where D’Arcy & I first met while working there together.  The menu and the beer remain mainly the same, and we were happy to see Mel, who is still working there on Saturday nights after all these years!

It was a fun night out, as Halifax is such an easy trip from here for the day.  We will definitely put up a reminder for guests when DRUM! comes to town next year!

The Marigold Cultural Centre

The Town of Truro is fortunate to have an arts and cultural centre to host various live performances and arts education programs and, as a bonus, it is located just a ten minute (if that) walk from us.

The Marigold Centre houses a 206 seat theatre, a small art gallery, a work shop for arts in education programs, a sports heritage hall, and a large open concession and meeting area.  With the strong support of the Cobequid Arts Council, the town, and many community minded individuals, the Marigold Centre provides a wide variety of cultural programming.

The Marigold Centre theatre provides a first rate venue to accommodate a broad spectrum of live entertainment featuring local and touring artists and performers.  The phenomenal acoustics and size of the theatre offer an up close, intimate setting to enjoy each presentation.

We encourage visitors staying at the Belgravia should check the schedule of events at the Marigold Centre.  Perhaps there may be a jazz concert, play or other live performance that would be of interest for an evening’s entertainment.

The Marigold Student Theatre Company (MSTC) is a newly formed group comprised entirely of talented students aged 16-20 who share a vision of the theatre as a Lab in which to practice and learn the art of performance. All aspects of the company, including the Cast, Pit Band, Director and Production team, are made up of students with a desire to learn and a passion for performance. For their first production, they will present  the delightfully wicked musical comedy “Little Shop of Horrors”. The show will run at the Marigold for three nights; August 4th,5th and 6th, and without a doubt will prove to be an amazing show.

We’ve got our tickets!