30 Good Things Before 30: #23 – Waterfalls of New Brunswick map

So it’s 11 p.m. on a Tuesday. That officially makes this the latest I’ve ever sat down to write a blog.

Why so late?

Well, because I spent the evening taking in Bard in the Barracks’ performance of Romeo and Juliet. After bad weather cancelled several shows, Mother Nature finally cooperated and offered up a mild, clear evening that made a perfect setting for this tale of star-crossed lovers.

An awesome night out in a beautiful setting, and, as expected, the company did not disappoint. There is one final showing of Romeo and Juliet happening on Thursday, July 2.

Not to mention several more shows of Hamlet in Odell Park, which I’ll be seeing this weekend. When I purchased my tickets at Westminster Books, the sales clerk raved about it. Can’t wait to see for myself. Full details for both of the shows here.

(Wondering what Bard in the Barracks is all about? It was #18 on my 30 Good Things Before 30. Learn why here.)

30-good-things-before-30Anyhow, because it’s getting close to an ungodly hour, I have no clever segue. I’m just gonna go ahead and get to my good thing for today.

It was inspired by a coffee table book at my aunt’s house. #23 on my list of 30 Good Things Before 30 is:

Waterfalls of New Brunswick map

Since moving back to my home province from BC, my husband and I have been collecting NB waterfalls. We saw a lot of natural beauty across the country, and it really inspired us to want to explore more of what lies in our own backyards.

This included frozen waterfalls…

Frozen Hays Falls

Frozen Hays Falls

That would later become running waterfalls…

Hays Falls in the summer

Hays Falls in the summer

As well as falls in well-traveled national parks…

Dickson Falls in Fundy National Park

Dickson Falls in Fundy National Park

And falls in lesser known rural areas…

Midland Ice Caves

Midland Ice Caves

We’d come across these usually by word-of-mouth. An acquaintaince would ask if we’d ever been to such-and-such falls. They’d give us some directions and we’d spent a Sunday hunting it down.

While staying at my aunt’s this weekend, I browsed her copy of Nicholas Guitard’s Waterfalls of New Brunswick. His collection of stunning photos made me realize how few of the waterfalls I’d actually visited. And how long it would take to find them all relying on recommendations from people we meet.

And then, lo and behold, via the miracle of Facebook, someone shared a link to this map of New Brunswick’s waterfalls. It’s incomplete, say the creators, but it looks pretty darn comprehensive to me.

Exploring NB’s hidden treasures just got easier.

Which means we’ve got a summer full of exploring to get to. Can’t wait! 🙂


30 Good Things Before 30: #18 – Bard in the Barracks

Is your summer shaping up to be as busy as mine?

Between meeting up with my running group three times a week, getting in two more weekly solo runs on top of that, attempting to establish the veggie gardens, and the celebrations that are quickly booking up our weekends, I’m already panicking about the summer getting away from me.

30-good-things-before-30It seems like fall will be here before we know it if we don’t reach out, grab a hold of something fun, and force time to slow down a little bit so we can just sit back and enjoy it.

Which brings me to #18 on my list of 30 Good Things Before 30:

Bard in the Barracks

Bard in the Barracks is a non-profit theatre company based in Fredericton. It was founded in 2006 with a mandate to  “produce innovative and entertaining site-specific outdoor productions of the plays of William Shakespeare.”11149683_799923410092040_8330965087357849064_o

Simply put, they make Shakespeare interesting.

They derive the “barracks” part of their name from the fact that they got their start in downtown Fredericton’s Barracks Square. From 2006 to 2008, they staged their plays in this little national historic site named for the 3.5-storey structure it houses. The barracks, built by the British Army in 1827, once accommodated more than 200 soldiers. (Yep, I Googled that.)

In 2009, they (the company, not the soldiers) moved to Odell Park — the crowning jewel in my city’s parklands — where they stepped up the innovation big-time. Scenes were staged in different areas of the wooded park and the audience walked from scene to scene.

In 2010, I saw their production of Macbeth and became the company’s biggest fan. I will never, ever forget the trio of witches lurking in the woods, scaring the bejesus out of the audience as we navigated the trails.

I’ve been attending every year since (with the exception of last year when Tropical Storm Arthur brought Fredericton to its knees and cut short the company’s run of Hamlet). It’s a summer tradition. An evening out that the husband and I look forward to.

Now, I’m not a Shakespeare buff. Not by a long shot.

I studied a few of his plays in high school and university. Turns out I was much more enchanted with the idea of reading Shakespeare than with the stuff the guy actually wrote.

However, Bard in the Barracks always manages to capture my interest with their unique costume and staging concepts and talented cast members that infuse every line with way more meaning than I could ever hope to get off the page.

This year, to celebrate their 10th anniversary, Bard in the Barracks is staging two plays: a return to their roots with Romeo and Juliet in the barracks and another shot at Hamlet in Odell Park. You can find full show details on their site over here.

Their advertsiing is also totally on-point. This was waiting for me on the sidewalk outside the Running Room after my 6k tempo run tonight.

Their advertising is also totally on-point. This was waiting for me on the sidewalk outside the Running Room after my 6k tempo run tonight.

We’re picking up tickets for both shows tomorrow. Summer is busy, sure, but Bard in the Barracks is worth slowing down for.