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lessons learned Blair McDonald


his summer I had the wonderful opportunity to visit some places that one is never quite sure they are going to see in their lifetime. I had the pleasure of visiting Spain, Italy, as well as parts of Serbia and Montenegro. While it wasn’t my first time to Europe, it was my first time to Barcelona (Spain) and Rome and Florence (Italy), and while they are very different cultures, one couldn’t help but come away with a different perspective on, quite simply, other people live. Let’s start with Spain. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who says anything bad about Barcelona (and usually that is a sign that there is something about the city that connects with travelers from all walks of life). Whether it’s the beach or the architectural marvels of Antonio Gaudi’s numerous unfinished works, the small plate menus known as tapas, Barcelona has a pace of living that cannot be imitated. Elsewhere in Spain, we visited the resting place and museum of 20th century art provocateur Salvador Dali as well as take in some world-famous ice cream in Girona (created by the legendary Roca brothers). This little fortress town is also home to many famous scenes from the latest season of Game of Thrones, which had many in our tour group ensuring that no bridge would go unphotographed.

From there, we headed east to Florence, most famous for its extensive Italian Renaissance art collection, gelato, the tombs of Machiavelli and Galileo, the arch bridge known as the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo Tower. Now, if you are not big on Italian history or art history for that matter, Florence may not be the city for you. As I discovered, it turns out that museum fatigue is a real thing, especially when every day the weather is in the mid-30s. From Florence, we headed to Rome – which is the equivalent of going from Ottawa to New York City. Beforehand, I wasn’t sure what to expect, given the concerns with traffic, street people, and the sheer volume of tourists that flow through that city daily. Nonetheless, Rome is a remarkable city full of remarkable contradictions – a living monument to the past that still feels exciting and alive like no other. I had the pleasure of having one of the best tour guides ever on our afternoon in the Vatican and even sent some postcards to family in the Tamworth area (note: you can only send Vatican mail from within the Vatican city limits). Trying to get a photo at some of the other famous stops in Rome, including the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish steps, required selfie stick weaving-and-bobbing – but hey, that is half the fun of the adventure. Looking back, I can’t say if there was one thing that was the true highlight. For me, there is nothing when it comes to food, fashion, and architecture that the Italians don’t do well. Nonetheless, as I was reminded the other day, I still like my pizza spot in Kamloops (shout out to Bold Pizzeria) over those street slices in Rome any day.

Celebrating 25 Years of lennox Community Theatre Lillian Bufton

2018-2019 Playbill

ennox Community Theatre is celebrating its 25th Anniversary at their current location in Selby. It was September of 1993 when this not-for-profit hit the stage of the Village Theatre and warmed the hearts of many in L&A County.

Love Letters by A.R. Gurney, directed by Lorraine Ross (Drama-Comedy) Playdates are September 14, 15, 16, 20 ,21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29


With the help of countless volunteers over 130 productions have been performed in this quaint and intimate, 80 seat theatre. This community gem gives people an opportunity to experience and support the arts in their own community, either on stage, backstage, or in the audience.

Miracle on South Division Street by Tom Dubzick, directed by Nicole Butler (Drama-Comedy) Playdates are November 23, 24, 25, 29, 30 and December 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 only ought to be in Pictures by Neil Simon (Comedy) Playdates are February 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16

The board of directors of the theatre believes in the “support local” initiative, so artists from the surrounding areas are on display in the Theatre’s art gallery for the patrons to view during intermissions.

Babe Ruth comes to Pickle Lake by Nelles Van Loon, directed by Richard Linley (Comedy) Playdates are March 29, 30, 31 and April 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13

Come out and support your community theatre and be a part of this wonderful experience.

Belongings by Daniel Fenton, directed by Tami Montpetit (Comedy) Playdates are May 31, and June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15

If you are interested in acting, stage managing, lighting, directing, producing, set design, or membership, please contact the theatre via email at info@ lennoxtheatre.ca. Tickets can be purchased online at www. lennoxtheatre.ca/tickets.php or at the door. Doors open one hour before the show starts.

The Lennox Community Theatre is approximately 4 km north of Hwy 401, on County Rd 41, north of Napanee. The address is 2219 County Rd 11, just east of Pleasant Drive. There is ample parking and the theatre entrance is at the rear of the building. Travel time from Kingston is approximately 30 minutes and from Belleville is approximately 40 minutes.

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Any questions about my travels, send me an email at: bmcdonald@tru.ca or find me on Twitter @bmcdnld. Until next time.

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