We spent a lovely few days at Summerside on PEI. There was a great marina - the Silver Fox Marina and Curling Club: boats in the summer and curling (throwing heavy "rocks" down an icy lane) in the winter. We were there with two other cruising boats, Ke 'Ola Kai and Tanglewood II, and their crews whom we have seen before at other ports and it was great to see them again.
Summerside is famous for its College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts. You can't get a degree there, but you can learn to play the Highland bagpipes or Scottish snare drum or learn Highland dancing or Island step dancing. We attended an afternoon mini concert with talented and earnest teachers at the college, which was great fun and later we attended their evening extravaganza, "Highland Storm," with lots of pipes and drums and jumping dancers.
The next day we rented a huge van (it was that or a small convertible that no one could in the back seat) and invited Dave and Lisa from Ke 'Ola Kai to join Tom, Mary Margaret, Jeff and I on a tour of the island.
We saw lots of beautiful farms, red soil, potato plants, sandy shores and made a pilgrimage to the north shore and the provincial park of Green Gables, fictional home of Anne Shirley. The author of "Anne of Green Gables" spent summers with an aunt and uncle and based Anne's home on their house. It is quite the place - full of tourists, many from Japan where the movies were very popular and there was even an animated show based on the characters. It was great to be there with one of my "kindred spirits," Mary Margaret. We've both been reading the books by Lucy Maud Montgomery and were full of Anne lore.