Wednesday, 27 June 2018
A Rave Review!
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Keith, our Tour Manager, received this email (below) from our Tour Guide in Digby. He is a member of the Trinity Anglican Church where we sang a full concert on Tues night in Digby. 

"The concert was amazing!  Such a talented group; must make your role a joy. It’s a wonderful thing you do, traveling and conveying your ministry through music. The concert sure gave our church a spiritual lift! Bless you all!

Greg Turner, 

GAEL Tours of Digby, NS"

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Posted on 06/27/2018 3:50 PM by Dr. John Semingson
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Tuesday, 5 June 2018
Postcards from Nova Scotia!
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Posted on 06/05/2018 4:28 PM by John Semingson
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Tuesday, 5 June 2018
June 5 - Maud Lewis, Point Prim and a Concert
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By Harrison Douglass

This morning, June 5th, was less than eventful since most of us missed breakfast for the sole purpose of sleeping in until 11:30. For the most part however, this day was filled with wind, rain, and Greg talking about the movie Maudie, in which Maud Lewis discovers her unique talent for painting and becomes a Nova Scotian celebrity after her death. If you haven't seen it, Greg could probably hook you up with a copy. Anyways, after breakfast we boarded the bus and took a quick trip to look around Trinity Anglican Church, which we would be performing at that night. After, we headed over to see Point Prim, a famous lighthouse and beautiful ocean view in Digby. Despite the fact that the view was absolutely breathtaking, the cold was unbearable and led to some extremely uncomfortable photo ops with most of us shivering and straining to smile for the camera. More than mildly wet and shaken from the wind, we stopped by a sight of the side of a highway (named after Maud Lewis herself) honoring Maud's life and work that showcased some of her paintings. Naturally, we were inclined to stay in the warm comfort of the heating system, but the sight was interesting nonetheless. By that point, it was time for lunch. And although hungry and a little sleepy, we were tasked with the responsibility of handing out a couple of flyers for the concert. The obvious spot for advertising was the Crow's Nest, the restaurant pretty much everyone ate at. And although the food was good, the wait wasn't too worthwhile since we sat for a  good 45-50 minutes for it. Right after, we rode over to Trinity Anglican Church again for a quick rehearsal before the concert. And I must say, not only did we sound pretty amazing (shoutout to Halle and Janet for the most perfect rendition of Pie Jesu that church had ever seen) John shared with us a few words about how important our message was to our audience. Even Greg came and supported us! If you're reading this Greg, I want you to know that you're a great tour guide and should definitely keep up the good work. Anyways, the day finished off with a delicious dinner, terrible lemon meringue pie, and cards before bed. An endeavor of a day if you ask me.

An impromptu concert at St. John Anglican!

A tour of the fishing village of Lunenburg.

The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

 

Flat Jesus at the Wooden Monkey restaurant.

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Posted on 06/05/2018 1:07 PM by Harrison Douglass
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Monday, 4 June 2018
Maine to Nova Scotia!
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by Halle Petrie

Yesterday was mainly a travel day. After singing in a church service at Mid Coast Presbyterian Church, we started our seven hour drive to Saint John, New Brunswick. We drove along the picturesque coast of Maine, stopped in a quaint town called Camden for lunch, and crossed the Canadian border! Two hours later, we came to the Delta Hotel, went out for dinner, and promptly went to bed (though some stayed up to play cards).

This morning, we had to be at the bus at 7:00am in order to arrive on time at the ferry. Though our alarms seemed to come too soon, waking up early was well worth it - our boat ride was beautiful! Going out on the back end of the ferry was pretty brisk (about 35 degrees!), but we experienced amazing views of the coast and clear sky, and, of course, the Canadian flag flying in the refreshing wind. Dismounting the ferry, we found ourselves in Digby, the second biggest town in Nova Scotia, and scallop capital of the world! We had ample time to explore the shops, restaurants, and docks, eating lunch in the open air. Then, Charlotte, Rachel, and I laid out and napped in the sun - and almost missed the bus!!

Picked up once again by the bus, we set off for the Digby Neck Peninsula. We took a ferry across a channel to Long Island to hike the Balancing Rock Trail, and after 235 stairs, most of us were pretty winded! Our guide pointed out plants and other features of the flora, the highlight for me was seeing two dogs (Nova and Indiana) who greeted us on the latter half of the hike!

We closed out the night with dinner at the Fundy Restaurant. Most of us ordered the much-awaited scallop and shrimp linguini which was delicious! While the adults sipped on their Canadian beers, the kids drank some classy Shirley Temples. For the grand finale, Charlotte and Harrison performed “Bop to the Top” from High School Musical Jr. 

Sunday morning at Mid-Coast Presbyterian in Topsham, Maine.

Digby, Nova Scotia coast

Anne Catherine Oeser, flat Jesus, and Latham Hall in Digby, scallop capital of the world!​

 

 

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Posted on 06/04/2018 10:30 AM by Halle Petrie
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Sunday, 3 June 2018
And Off They Go!
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The choir and Flat Jesus at the airport. Ready to go!

On the tour bus! Best driver in the USA, Micah, in the bottom right corner.

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Posted on 06/03/2018 4:33 PM by Dr. John Semingson
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Friday, 1 June 2018
Tour Concert Preview
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After a wonderful preview concert for the folks at home, the Laudate Youth Choir is ready to go! First stop: Topsham Maine, where they will sing in worship at Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church for Sunday worship on June 3!

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Posted on 06/01/2018 4:58 PM by Dr. John Semingson
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Sunday
Worship 8:30 AM
Sunday School 9:45 AM
Worship 11:00 AM