We were fortunate with these two destinations. Both had multiple performances, so if we missed one, we could reschedule. We weren’t so lucky with Canadian Open Fiddle Championships in Shelburne! Even tough the weatherman suggested that there was a possibility of showers, we decided to make the trip to Shelburne. It was an event we really didn’t want to miss! So we packed our car, picked up our 4 year old granddaughter and started off on our 3 hour plus trip. The weather was sunny and bright when we started off. However, as we progress towards our destination the skies grew cloudy and then dark! We were three quarters of the way there, so we were committed. Besides, I am the perpetual optimist. The weather was sure to clear up? When we arrive the rain was coming down in buckets! Undaunted the three of up climb out of our car, bundled up and walked to the main street. Other brave souls we lined up on the street, so we joined them! After a short while, the parade started and it, of course, was a long one! The rain was still pouring down! By the end of the parade we all looked like drowned rats! The rain was letting up a little, but it hadn’t stopped. We headed back to our car. We looked for the other planned activities but could find them. Our guess, since they were outdoor activities, that they were cancelled. Even with all the rain, the parade was great and our granddaughter loved it. There were many puddles to jump in and lots of thrown candy to pick up! It was disappointing to travel that far and not to see the whole event! Oh well, “the best laid plans”!
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Judi and I schedule our festival visits a month or two in advance. We try to visit as many Ontario festivals and events as possible! It is sometimes difficult to keep up our schedule. Rain and thunderstorms are the main cause of cancellations. Once we planned to visit the Peterborough and three times we had to cancel. The first due to illness and the other two due to rain and thunderstorms! The first planned visit was successful and we had a great “rockin’” time! Perseverance, as they say, pays off! Then there was our planned visit to
We made arrangements to visit their famous Tattoo performance. In Cobourg, it
was the worst storm of the last 10 years. Record amounts of water fell that
day. It was hard to justify a 3-hour trip (there and back) when the
chances of the event being cancelled were very high, so we cancelled. It took two
attempts to finally visit the Fort. On the second attempt the weather was
fantastic as was the Sunset Ceremony that we were privileged to
enjoy! Fort Henry
To be continued in Part 2...
To be continued in Part 2...
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
With the high price of gas these days, it’s hard for the “Festival Nomad” to travel inexpensively. Unfortunately, unlike my desert namesakes, I don’t ride (drive) a camel that can go forever on a tank of “water”! Although my vehicle (so the manufacturer says) is fairly gas efficient, it’s not perfect and neither is my driving. I’m like many people, I want to get there yesterday! I usually push the envelop by driving 20 km above the highway speed limit. That is, I did this until a while weeks ago. Judi and I had scheduled a visit to Morrisburg and
U pper Canada Village.
Taking the 401 Highway, it’s about a 6 hour trip. For this trip I decided to experiment with my speed. As
soon as we got in to the highway, I set the cruise control for 103 kms. It was
weird being passed by so many people, especially the big 18 wheelers! Yes, it
did take us a little longer, but our gas mileage was terrific! I couldn’t
believe we had gone so far on so little gas! We did the same on the way back,
only this time I opened the windows and turned off the air conditioning. I
continue driving at the lower speeds until my gas tank was almost empty. I had
increased my mileage per tank by about 40% or in my case by 250 kms. I couldn’t
believe the final results! I mentioned my experiment to a car expert friend and
he said he wasn’t surprised by the results, although he didn’t think turning
off the air conditioner and opening the windows was that helpful. He felt that the
air drag caused by open window would offset any cost savings. I continued the
experiment on all subsequent travels with similar results! My experiment has
now turned into a way of life (driving that is)! So if you are still driving
fast, “honk” as you pass me!
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Now, having a camera is one thing, using it properly is another! I am still a big amateur in this area, especially when trying to take video shots. A few months ago I had the great idea to include video clips in my Ontario Festivals Visited (www.ontariofestivalsvisited.ca) articles. I thought that this would add a new dimension to my depiction of the festivals and events Judi and I visit. The problem is. I still haven’t mastered keeping my hands still as I am videoing. To make matters worse, my zooming in and out isn’t consistent and I’m having problems focusing long distance shots! I know I will improve over time, but it is frustrating because I want everything to be perfect! My other camera “Challenges” include forgetting to take the camera lens cap off before shooting, forgetting to change the shooting modes from still to movie and my favourite, trying not to tip over when videoing fast moving aerobatic airplanes at an air show, especially when they are traveling at Mach 3!
This happened at the Canadian Aviation Expo during their air show. I was videoing three- time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion, Patty Wagstaff. I was doing fine until Patty came over us at full speed. I was so caught up in videoing her I almost toppled over. If my son-in-law hadn’t been there to catch me, I would have fallen straight on to my behind! I did get some great shots though! Photographing can be a dangerous business!
So, if you see someone fiddling with their camera at a festival, it’s probably me! If you know anything about cameras, stop and say hello and then HELP ME!
Thursday, January 2, 2020
The worst thing that could happen to the “Festival Nomad” is to forget his camera! Now I know that you are probably saying “Boy, what a big baby!” Perhaps that’s true, but my camera is my crutch! I use it as my ears and my memory. Since I write most of my articles a few weeks after Judi and I visit an event, I use the photos to “jog” my memory of what I saw and heard. Without my camera, I would be lost or. At least, severely hampered.
I always pack my “festival kit” the night before. It includes business cards, notes about the festival or event we are visiting, a festival evaluation sheet and my camera, with batteries (can’t run the camera without batteries – 4). By the way, never give any of your spare batteries to anyone without replacing them. I gave my daughter two batteries and then forgot to replace them. At the next event I went to I needed four new batteries and I only had two. Fortunately it was near the end of the event some I didn’t need to take many more photos. If it had have been early, It could have been a disaster!
To Be Continued ~ Part 2