Archive for September, 2011

South Shore Parades and Festivals

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Recently I went to a “Newcomers” evening in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.  Although living here now well over a decade, and being a first generation Canadian, I’m forever a Come From Away… but that’s OK, as I arrived on the South Shore by choice and not just birth luck!  Check out this professional video of the original landowners before me

So as I was saying, this is my chosen Homeland.  Such is also the case of the talented videographers above, who I met that evening in Liverpool.  My children have the advantage of already being born here.  However, learning how to be a Maritimer is still required!

“Just ’cause a cat has kittens in the oven, doesn’t make them Biscuits”

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Lions Club train made from barrels

Attending community events, working in service clubs, and volunteering to keep this rural place special are things that seem worth passing on to our youth.

south shore parade

4H tug-of-war team

…My daughter was the youngest “puller” at the local Exhibition, and didn’t weigh-in enough for the final team. ( The perseverance and patience of trying, was a success regardless of the winning or losing).  This is the culture of the South Shore and one worth moving here for.

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Lobster and Lighthouses,  Flags and Foghorns


“Come for the Experience,  Stay for the People”

Ocean-centric activities aren’t the only aspect to Lunenburg/ Queens that deserves mentioning.  Farms that feed our future and lakes that supply our fresh water are amazing assets.  Small businesses have become large over time.

Bridgewater parade
In addition to our resources is the Lifestyle, and one of the most interesting indicators for measuring the South Shore:  how is the level of Humour?  Folks here love a turn of phrase and jovial fun.  Where else would you see a quilt cover for a car body  to advertise a festival

Pine View Farms had to park last year’s car float with petunias growing out of its body.  This year another entry had  a tanker truck painted pink!

Bettina Grunwald

Rounded truck for Breast Cancer Awareness

Yes, we’re an ‘understated’ parade of neighbours and lots of firetrucks — not just pom poms and loud music floats.   And then there’s the final parade entry (and no, it’s not Santa).

Lueneburg County oxen

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Bridgewater parade float

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