Guest Blog #2!
Itâ€™s time for Guest Blog Post #2!
Since our last blog post, weâ€™ve been through Grand Falls-Windsor, Fogo Island, Grand Bank, and are now writing from our last stop on the tour, Clarenville.
We didnâ€™t have a show in Grand Falls-Windsor, but did have a full day off to explore. Evan sent out a Facebook call for recommended places to eat, and Kumarâ€™s was mentioned multiple times. Once we finally rolled out of bed (being that it was our first chance to really sleep in), we decided to breakfast-lunch-and-dinner at Kumarâ€™s, and we were certainly not disappointed. We were all craving some Indian food by this point so we ordered as much as we could: onion bahjia, vegetable pakora, garlic naan, butter naan, stuffed naan, chicken tikka, chicken masala, beef saagwala, chicken madras curry, and large amounts of rice with pretty pink bits.
It was the most delicious Indian food any of us have ever eaten, made fresh for us by the nicest chef, and we had enough to bring home for a large supper. We begged her to open a restaurant in St. Johnâ€™s, as is her wish. After lunch we headed over to the bowling alley to find that there was a massive bowling league there that afternoon, so we had to take a few hours off to digest and went back later to an empty bowling alley. We donned our Ninja Turtle alter egos and Raphael, after repeatedly dropping the ball, kicked our butts twice. We then accidentally found an arcade room, where Michelangelo won a bunch of gumballs and Donatello rocked the pinball machine. Leonardo was overcome by the $22 leggings sold at the bowling alley.
Fogo Island was our next endeavour. Wow.
Thatâ€™s almost all we can say about our time there.
First of all, itâ€™s gorgeous, the people are lovely, the school was great, and we got to stay in a really fantastic house.
AND, we picked up a new tour groupie â€“ Producer Kat! She joined us in Fogo Island with our school touring kit (lights & speakers, since we had been presenting in theatres until this point).
Since we were staying in a house, Mama Huckle Jr. cooked us our first home cooked meal of the tour â€“ spaghetti bolognaise on shell pasta, sans spaghetti. Our show was the next morning (Friday), followed by a lovely lunch in armchairs at Flat Earth Coffee. We booked reservations for supper the next day at the Fogo Island Inn, and enjoyed the rest of the day off. Saturday was an exploring adventure day, and Kat took us around the island to Joe Battâ€™s Arm and Tilting. We didnâ€™t see any seals (despite calling out to them), but the views almost made up for it.
That night, we enjoyed a fancy feast at the Fogo Island Inn. There arenâ€™t really words to describe, but weâ€™ll try.
It was all just amazing. Laura cried three times in sheer delight over every course and drink that appeared at our table. We were in awe as the chef came over to describe our meals, and weâ€™re nearly took Donny, the bartender, home (collectively, as a group), after playing a few rounds of â€œinvent that cocktailâ€ following our meal. We loved every second of it.
The next day (Sunday), we got back on the ferry, said goodbye to Fogo Island, and began the long, long trek to Grand Bank.
Our motel was in a state of mid-renovation, and while we enjoyed the comfy beds and new bathrooms, we were mildly surprised and entertained by the lack of molding around the bathroom doors. But, weâ€™ve spent enough time together on this tour that we were all pretty comfortable with each other by this point.
Everyone who has ever been to Grand Bank told us that we had to go to Sharonâ€™s Nook for cheesecake â€“ and so we did. Our first day there was a day off, so we drove over for breakfast, did a bit of exploring, and then returned for some of the best cheesecake weâ€™ve ever had (which, we discovered, could be baked or unbaked), and got our crossword puzzle game on for the afternoon. Weâ€™re basically crossword plebes pros.
Monday morning, we arrived at the school bright and early for our next show. We loaded in in record time, which gave us time to go back to Sharonâ€™s Nook for brunch before the show.
John Burke High School was a fantastic audience (as all of our audiences have been!) and we got a standing ovation following the show, which felt really great. Speaking with the students afterwards, it was so rewarding to see the positive impact we had on them. For the millionth time, we were reminded of how important this message has been to each town weâ€™ve visited.
We packed up (in record time again), and before driving to our last town of the tour, we stopped into Cashel’s Cove Crafts, a small store in Spanish Room owned and operated by the lovely Irene Hurley of the Burin Peninsula Arts Council (who brought us to Grand Bank!). We fell in love with all of her wares quite quickly and each of us left with a bag of goodies from her shop.
Now, weâ€™re in Clarenville, enjoying a day off before our last show tomorrow afternoon at the Eastlink Events Centre. Our time off has mostly been spent eating (a lot), sleeping in, playing cards, doing crosswords, watching Matilda, and swimming in the hotelâ€™s pool.
Weâ€™ll be sad to see the end of this tour. From traveling from town to town, and performing to over 2000 students and their teachers, itâ€™s clear how important this piece is. While weâ€™re all excited to get back home to our own beds, weâ€™ve left pieces of our hearts in Bay Roberts, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador City, Stephenville, Grand Falls-Windsor, Fogo Island, Grand Bank, and Clarenville (and everywhere we stopped along the way). Weâ€™ve met some truly amazing people and have had some wonderful times. But, weâ€™re sure that this isnâ€™t the last of Give Me Back, and canâ€™t wait to get our boxes back on the road again soon.
-Crystal, Evan, Laura (and Producer Kat)