A Little Good News: Area 506 Festival

This New Brunswick Day long weekend just got a little more New Brunswick-ey. Yesterday a new summer festival was announced, to take place July 29-31st in Saint John. The festival will focus on music, culture and goods and will allow New Brunswick to showcase all it has to offer.

Ray Gracewood, chair of Area 506, spoke on Information Morning Saint John, saying of the festival: “The idea being it’s a melting pot of everything New Brunswick has to offer and a celebration for the positive things going on in our province…each of these communities has a story to tell … whether that’s an event, a product, a celebrity, anything. It’s an opportunity for these towns to come together and show everybody what they’ve got”.

Musical performers will include NB’s own Matt Anderson, 1755 and the Bona Fide. Grace Potter, Big Sugar and July Talk are also scheduled to perform over the weekend.

While the festival will span across the city, the heart of it will take place on Long Wharf, in what promises to be a very unique venue: a shipping container village.

I’m really excited about this event.  I think it’s going to have a fresh, urban vibe to it, and I love that it will be a chance to celebrate NB.  Too often recently, we’ve been made to feel as if we’re a doomed province.  Most recently with Maclean’s magazine, who published a very unflattering article entitled, Can Anything Save New Brunswick.  Yes, you read that right. This festival will be a chance to respond in a big way.  It’s like saying: So you think we’re a dying province?  Well, we’re just going to throw a huge party celebrating how very wrong you are!

And it will be great for New Brunswickers to show off their NB pride, because I know there’s a lot of pride out there.  The festival will show us what is positive, and also what is possible.  Because if we don’t think that things are possible, they never will be.

You can buy earlybird weekend passes now for $59.  Once those run out, weekend passes will be $79 with single night tickets at $49.  Check out the event website here.  You can also follow them for updates on Twitter @area506fest and Facebook at Area 506.

So, let’s celebrate ourselves this New Brunswick Day weekend, my fellow NB’ers, and take pride in where we are and where we’re headed!

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As Good As It Gets

No, this post is not about a Jack Nicholson movie.

It’s about appreciating and enjoying the beautiful simplicity of life, so perfectly described in the above song by Colin Hay.  I recently rediscovered this song and am remembering just how much I love it and its message.  I encourage you to listen while you read.  I listened while I wrote.

“My, my, my, it’s a beautiful world” he sings, “I like swimming in the sea”.  Throughout the song he croons about all the simple things that make the world beautiful to him: making his own tea, driving in his car, sleeping with Marie and of course, swimming in the sea.

It’s a lesson I learned growing up in rural Nova Scotia.  That ambition is great and all, but one should never lose sight of the things that are really important in life: time spent with family and friends.  My parents, my family, they appreciate the simple life.  We never had much money, but we had all the things that were important and we had them in abundance.  Along the way I have also learned how important it is to connect with the environment we live in, to feel part of something bigger than yourself – and thus Maritime Love was born.

“Still this emptiness persists.  Perhaps this is as good as it gets”

Most of the time I think we make life a lot more complicated than it has to be.  We hurry through life, trying to accomplish as much as possible along the way but never really experiencing any of it.  There is so much joy to be had in the little things in life, if only we took the time to fully appreciate and be grateful for them.  I tend to think that this is where the true meaning of life is secretly tucked away: in the quiet moments we share with loved ones and the world around us.  When we slow down long enough to really taste the tea, to feel the wind in our hair and the water buoy us up.  Some might say that this is the space where God lives.  I don’t know about that, but I know that it’s a place where I aspire to live.

“I watch the sun as it comes up, I watch it as it sets.  Yeah, this is as good as it gets”

It sure is.

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