A random Friday in late May brought a cool and semi foggy morning with the promise of afternoon sunshine. I had some suncatchers to drop off at CraftologySJ so Monica and I decided to go together and enjoy a walk in the city. Then home to enjoy the back yard for the rest of the day… including a surprise visit from Monica’s brother and his wife.
The highlights, in cronological order, are as follows:
- Visit to the Saint John Jewish historical museum – I wanted to go for the stained glass windows but walked away with much more. The very knowledgeable Catherine gave us a guided tour through the museum and the lives of the early Jewish families in SJ. This beautiful building was formerly a senator’s residence (1897) and then a funeral home for many years before the Jewish Society aquired it. It now houses the synagogue after the original church was closed in 2007 due to low membership.
- Photo stroll with Monica through Queen’s Square to the harbour front
- Stop off at CraftologySJ to deliver suncatchers
- Visit to Cobalt Gallery on Prince William St. where somebody may have just laid away a certain sculpture by Inuit artist Mikisiti Saila for somebody’s birthday ☺
- Lunch at Ta-ke Sushi (double salmon roll…!!!)
- Stroll up King’s St., through the city market and through King’s Square
- Visit to a decommissioned church on Germain St., now a Children’s Interaction Theater Company. The stained glass is abandoned and some of it badly cacked… but I saw lovely fragments including a square glass “dome”.
- Wine, munchies and conversation with Stuart and Darlene on the back deck.
Here are wth photo highlights of A Day in late May
It was Monica’s idea! I’m so glad she thought of it on this clear, cold and spectacular Friday morning Jan 26th. Lunch at our favorite sushi restaurant, Ta-ke Sushi on King Street. They have the best lunch specials for around 10 bucks. We left very full and happy.
This summer, the city of Saint John initiated a fantastic public art project to commemorate Canada 150 plus our province’s natural resources and foster a spirit of neighborly friendship and collaboration. Ten fiberglass salmon sculptures each standing over six feet tall and brightly decorated in various river and Provincial themes.
The sculptures are all within easy walking distance in the uptown core and will remain on display until the end of 2017. At that time, they will be auctioned off and the proceeds split between the artists and the Saint John Interaction School of the Performing Arts. Excellent! Both Ryan and Sarah grew up with and enjoyed this wonderful local theater company.
Here is a photo gallery showing the walking map and the 10 sculptures in the order they appear on the map.
As a pre-father’s day celebration, Monica and I were treated today by our daughter, Sarah, to lunch uptown at Cask ‘n Kettle. Then the three of us enjoyed a round the block Gallery Hop to seven fine arts shops all within easy walking.
I am very spoiled and so fortunate and happy to be so.
Monica and I took a walk this morning around the Saint John uptown area. As luck would have it, we found the doors open to St. John’s (Stone Church) at the top of Germain Street. Build in 1824, it is one of the oldest Anglican churches in Canada and is so named for the gothic stone tracery. Inside is filled with stunningly beautiful stained glass on two levels; angels in the upper level windows and biblical stories in the lower level windows.
Here is the photo gallery of Stone Church (Taken with my phone camera so there is a bit of wash-out in some shots).
On this very cold late March morning (-12C) the sun shone brightly into our living room and through the Schiffer Panel at an angle. The birds twinkled as if they were alive. It was lovely and worth sharing.
We (Monica, Sarah, Matt and I) feasted today in honor of St. Patrick; born 385 AD in England, captured as a teen and taken to Ireland as a slave, escaped to the mainland as a man, converted to Christianity at a time when it was outlawed, returned to Ireland to spread the word, created his first church in Armagh (Mon and I were there), and has been ever since the Patron Saint of Ireland. Plus, it’s Matt’s birthday today… double the celebrations!! I ended the day with sushi from Superstore. What a wonderful family food day.