As I take a break from packing for my next adventures (Tacoma, Olympic National Park, Seattle) I figured it was time to finally update the last week. I was in Maine with Donna Dufresne, her husband, their friend Stuart, and his daughter Julia. They were renting a house two doors down from the town’s post office / border control station. It was a great spot to sit on the porch and watch the traffic to and from Campobello island, Canada! This former fishing town had a bustling smokehouse industry. However, now most of the smokehouses are shuttered and slowly rotting into the sea. I’m sure the 20′ tides from the Bay of Fundy are helping. There are also tons of houses for sale, property for sale, abandoned houses…you get the idea.
The one thing this town seems to have going for it is the Summer Keys festival. Musicians will come up for a week, or multiple weeks, of study and practice, and recitals. Another friend from Connecticut, Jim Bump, did that for years, fell in love with the area, bought a house, and now comes up every summer! He was playing viola in the quartet Michael was playing in, though they are not officially connected with the summer keys.
Some highlights: Monica’s Chocolates, biking to Quoddy Head, working on 2 new songs with Donna, recording Mozart’s “Dissonant” Quartet, and lots of good food! I’ve been working on the photos from the trip and they are mostly below!
The shots you have all been waiting for, with a few more to come!
I’ve been in Lubec, ME, for four days now, and I’m leaving tomorrow! I haven’t had cell phone service, which has been great, though the internet has been great! I forgot my camera reader so I haven’t been able to get any of the great pictures I have been taking off my camera. It has also been too nice to spend too much time writing about the trip…plus full days have sent me to bed at reasonable hours for a change. Today I finally mailed out some post cards! This afternoon I will be recording Michael’s string quartet. And right now I am getting ready to track a demo of a new song with Donna! We have converted the dining room into a little studio, complete with mics, a keyboard, and some Schnauzers. I managed to get a few pictures off my phone and they’re included here.
Noon. We are full of diner food. Gearing up to go to the beach. And nap.
Last night was fun, exploring downtown Moncton. We started out by visiting the new casino on the outskirts of town. It was much smaller than Foxwoods, etc. There was a house band playing…country…the bass player was slaying it, as in he thought he was playing in a punk rock band. The keyboard player looked like he wanted to kill himself. We played nickel roulette, but left pretty quickly. No one really wanted to stay long. And we needed to check out the local watering hole, the Chris Rock. It was a pretty low key bar. We played shuffle board, and Zach ran into a bunch if people from university.
Afterwards we walked to a club: the Vie. Here is where it became apparent that I underestimated the cost of this trip and didn’t bring enough money. I forgot to turn on international travel on my debit card and couldn’t take more money out if the ATM. So we’ve switched over to credit card. In any case, we went to an after party down town when the clubs closed. Just chillin with some friends. Finally we got cabs back around 4:30 am. The cabs and the casino were also part if the reason why the trip was expensive.
flowers @ kevin’s
But back to today. We started out getting up fairly early, around 9:30 am…especially considering we didn’t get home until 4:30! Kevin’s girlfriend Robin came with us to the diner for breakfast, and it was fun chatting and getting to know her, as she spent most of the weekend away and hanging out with her friends (though we did run into them at Vie). We spent the day at the beach, swimming, sunning, tossing a disc. The wearer was perfect, and the water was incredible. Apparently they are know for the warmest water north of North Carolina, and I’d believe it. It was way nicer than most if the places I’ve been in Maine. After the beach, it was back to the house for barbecuing steaks and twice baked potatoes and sausages. And later, well, that update will have to wait until tomorrow