Goodbye to Canadian Acadia
As I take my morning walk on the beach here in Lamèque, New Brunswick I spot them in the sky. The red, yellow and white kites are visible on the other side of the bay at Petite-Lamèque. Attached to each of those kites is a surfer and I know I have to go over and get a closer look. But by the time I drive the five minute route they are all sitting on the beach and the kites are down. Not enough wind apparently.
|William in action at Club Wind and Kite|
I'm here to make a film about the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival and I'm keen to film the kiteboarders in action. No problem. William, a young surfer with bare chest, long blond hair and sunscreen on his nose, tells me he will text me when the wind is up. It seems like a plan. When the text comes it makes me laugh. "We are going to ride," it says, with two exclamation marks, so I pack my camera in the car and head to the beach. (Well I THINK he's talking about surfing).
|My text from a surfer|
|Kitesurfing capital of Canada|
|Our chalet on Pointe Alexandre|
At lunch our wine seems to echo the morning's activites: Pair with full sails and brisk winds, it advises. The Acadian island of Lamèque is not just famous for the kiteboarding and seafood. For the last 39 years it has hosted a Baroque Music Festival. Having already spent several summers at Glimmerglass, Tanglewood and Lanaudière this is altogether different. You seem to arrive at the Candy Church with wind in your hair and sand still between your toes. The musicians and singers are led by conductor and Festival artistic director Mathieu Lussier.
|Mathieu Lussier conducts the choir in the Candy Church|
|Pointe Alexandre near the beach|
So we say goodbye to beach walks, kitesurfers, sopranos and seafood. It's s long drive back to Montreal (11 hours) but I know that for a while, when I wake up in the morning, I will be wondering if those kites are in the sky.
|Goodbye to our daily beach walk.|
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