OKAY! I am a little biased here, but October was theee best month of 2011 for our group. A fraction of us went out to Liverpool, Nova Scotia to attend the 4th International Ukulele Ceilidh (pronouned, kay-lee). Peter Shebib travelled with his daughter Lisa and her hubby and 2 kids, and I went with Lydia Harrison and Lynn Post, all on the same West Jet flight to Halifax on October 20th. We stayed at the White Point Beach Resort in one of the cabins, walked on the beach every day and attended ukulele workshops. My goal was to learn some new techniques and then try to teach them to our group when we got back, but the most valuable thing I learned was what they called “Ukulele Attitude” and the “Big Finish”. Big Finish is where you hold your uke up on the last note of the song, step forward and twist it in your hands. The Ukulele Attitude was the open mouthed smile that goes with it – I kid you not!!
In all honesty it was impossible to take a bad picture during our stay at White Point Beach. The weather was also uber-co-operative, being an unseasonable 18 to 20 C. I could go on and on about our picturesque time there (really, I took over 500 pictures in 3 days) but I would have to devote an entire web-site to it to be fair!
We also made a few new friends. Both Friday and Saturday night featured a concert by all of the workshop instructors who are also recording artists. Below is Hank Mumps of the Halifax Ukulele Gang (HUG), and a “photo op” with Lil’ Rev held right after he concluded a workshop.
This is Lisa, Lydia, Lil’ Rev, Lynn, Cat, and Our Fearless Leader, Peter, in front.