There was something in the air last night……….

I am sure most of you out there have a favorite ABBA song you like to hum or sing along with. ABBA’s music was and still is, infectious, in a good way I might ad. Although they are parted ways their music lives on, on the radio, tv, Broadway and for the lucky ones in Bay Roberts in the form of a tribute show. We had three days of ABBA in Bay Roberts and hats off to all involved! The ambiance was great, the food was nice and the show was amazing, here in. Robert Rowe, Rod and Joanne and their team have really found their niche, blending food, music and certainly the physical setting, it makes for a winning combination!

Janet Cull and Dana Parsons voices blended very well together!

Janet Cull and Dana Parsons voices blended very well together!


The performers…..
The music for the evening was as good as it gets, Dana Parsons, Janet Cull, Brian Way, Sandy Morris, and Heather Kao were outstanding. I will be keeping watch for the next time they return!
Steak was tasty , and what's great with steak? BACON!!

Steak was tasty , and what’s great with steak? BACON!!


The Food…..
I like good food, wine, music, and friends and of course family, the evening had it all. I was impressed with my steak, it was cooked as I requested and paired well with my wine.
Final thoughts….
In the tourism industry we spend a great deal of time planning for summer events, it is the high season. More effort should be made in rural NL to have and support more events during the off season like this tribute show. It was a top notch evening and certainly well worth the money. So I say, thank you for the music and giving it to me….

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

For most of us we have been celebrating March 17 St. Patrick’s Day for at least 3 days now, and for some over the past week. It is a wonderful celebration of Ireland, its music, food, scenery and friendly people. This day is known by a lot of names including St. Patrick’s, St. Paddy’s Day. St.Pat’s Day, St. Patty’s Day and to be honest with you I am not totally sure what is right (except for St. Patrick’s Day) , it is indeed up to you unless someone takes exception like Dublin Airport. Here is a pic of their advisory:

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St. Patrick’s Day in Bay Roberts

St. Patrick’s Day in my house is certainly a family event, most that come to our family party as just that, family, but we do have those who do drop in. We ensure it is a day filled with music, food, games, drink and did I mention food? Everyone who visits usually brings some type of grog bit for us all to sample and My wife Lisa makes sure the kids have plenty of games for young and old.

Our friend Ed Fradsham visited us during our preparations on Saturday (he was also out for his daily walk) it was great to see him have a drinkiepoo for St. Patrick's Day!!

Our friend Ed Fradsham visited us during our preparations on Saturday (he was also out for his daily walk) it was great to see him have a drinkiepoo for St. Patrick’s Day!!


Brother in law and Sister in law Lois and Tom Clarke were in good form during their visit!!

Brother in law and Sister in law Lois and Tom Clarke were in good form during their visit!!


Mom and Dad in Law, Albert and Bessie Noel always have their Irish on when they some for the party!

Mom and Dad in Law, Albert and Bessie Noel always have their Irish on when they some for the party!


The Spinach dip was awesome!! Thanks Lois!

The Spinach dip was awesome!! Thanks Lois!


Special Thanks to Jenna Bowering for playing the fiddle for us again this year!!

Special Thanks to Jenna Bowering for playing the fiddle for us again this year!!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone, here is a instagram from some of the gang out our 2014 party!!

Happy St. Patricks Day! @eracoae @walteryetman @ian_flynn @abbynnoel

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St. Patrick’s Day 2014 is quickly approaching!!!

For those of you who know me, you guys and gals know I love St. Patrick’s Day, it is a day (weekend or week for some) to celebrate Ireland in all its glory. Ireland has a rich past, of food, music, culture and of course turbulent history. They are survivors and passionate about most things. I am proud of my heritage and enjoy the opportunity to share it with my family and friends. I have been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for decades it is a fun thing to do, we ensure there is plenty of food, music, family and fellowship! My wife Lisa enjoys creating various games for all to take part in, and of course I like playing the largest Leprechaun in Bay Roberts (or Newfoundland and Labrador for that matter).
I posted a photo blog a few days back with a few pictures of my visit to the Emerald Isle with the Avalon North Wolverines. It was a life time experience with many opportunities to see things the ordinary visitor might not get the chance to see. I want to share some more pictures with you over the next few days and then invite you to my food blog (http://justafoodie.wordpress.com/ ) to explore some pictures of the food of Ireland and some recipes I have picked up along the way.
It’s my hope that in one way or another, you get your Irish on over the next few days and enjoy a wonderful culture that has helped form our wonderful province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Doolin, Ireland, an amazing little town that I will never forget.

Doolin, Ireland, an amazing little town that I will never forget.

An amazing discovery, after the fact

During our visit to Doolin we met some wonderful people, especially from their Coast Guard group. On a couple occasion’s we had the opportunity to sit and have a pint, during one of those times we sat with a man who was very spirited about search and rescue , he was indeed one of the boy’s. On his departure he shook hands with us and wished us well. I happened to mention what a nice guy he seemed to be, another from his SAR group commented…you did not recognize who he was did you? I have to admit I did not, I was so wrapped up in the atmosphere I suppose. He said, that’s Davy Spillane, I was floored, firstly I could not believe I did not recognize him, and secondly I did not get a chance to ask him some questions (well maybe that might of been a good thing LOL).
For most of you who do not know his work, well you do, at least most of you. If you have seen the movies Rob Roy, Michael Collins or if you were a fan of Riverdance then you know his work. It was actually nice to talk to the man without knowing he is a celebrated musician and producer, He is a gentleman and a dedicated volunteer. Maybe someday our paths my cross again, but for now, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day here is Davy playing Midnight Walker on his Uillean Pipe, it is simply amazing.