Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Arrrr, Me Hearty....

I spent the whole day yesterday on a bus trip with about 50 other people.... and it was great fun!

The destination was Stratford.... no, not the famous town of Stratford in England with its Shakespearian theatres and the River Thames and swans.... we went to the famous town of Stratford in Ontario, Canada, with its own Shakespearian theatres and River Thames and swans. Yes, Canada's answer to Shakespeare in the Colonies!
A yummy soup'n'sandwich lunch was prepared by the local United Church Ladies, and then we had about 90 minutes to do some exploring before the theatre. My friend and I found a great little discount clothing shop... and we both indulged in a little retail therapy. Well, that's what tourists do, right?
Then it was time for the show.
The Pirates Of Penzance..... Gilbert and Sullivan of course!

The Stratford Festival celebrates 60 years this year. It started with performing only Shakespeare's plays, but now offers a varied assortment of modern and classical productions. Pirates was great! Fantastic voices, colorful costumes, swashbuckling pirates, demure maidens, and of course, a thrilling (and very funny) fight scene.
And don't forget "I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General".... how did he remember all those words?
Then a stop at a chocolate shop to satisfy all the chocoholics on board the bus, and then back to the United Church for a roast beef dinner, followed by a choice of lemon meringue pie or pumpkin pie.... oh, divine!
Then home...... a movie on the bus made the 2 hour drive fly by...... what a great day out.


  1. I stayed away from Pirates for years, but caught it on TV last Christmas and loved it!

    Sounds like a grand day - maybe you can make it to the REAL Stratford one day?

  2. I hear "2-hour bus ride" and my eyes glaze over. I'm glad you had a great time, though.

  3. It sounds like a Perfect Day, my dear! Always loved Gilbert & Sullivan---ALL the shows!
    This is the kind of day that builds wonderful memory's!

  4. Sounds like the perfect day out Shammickite. Glad you had fun. OK about comments in your previous blog. - Dave

  5. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog. I love "Pirates" and I'd love to see it again. I have a friend/neighbor who is from Canada, but I can't remember if she's from Ontario or where. Well I'm off to check out the rest of your blog.

  6. At first I thought you meant you'd visited our ( English) Stratford which is a beautiful place. I'm sure yours is too!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  7. What a fun and delicious tour! I love “Pirates”. I’ll have lemon meringue pie, please. I also had a bus tour with community members of which fee is half covered by the residents’ association.


  8. What fun Shammie!
    Tell me, are you inspired to mount a production of
    The song is amazing, and while I'm familiar with it, I have to confess I've never seen it.

  9. That sounds exactly like something I'd want to do, Sham. Next time invite me/us! :)

  10. We saw this one a number of years ago. I guess I would have preferred Shakespeare, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.


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