One of the fun things about sailing with an international crew is celebrating holidays from different countries. It’s the same in Bosun School, with students of a number of different nationalities. We celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving back in October, and are celebrating American Thanksgiving today.
Niko is busy cooking up a big delicious dinner and we’ve put the usual projects aside for the day in order to focus on festive projects. This upcoming weekend kicks off the holiday season in Lunenburg and we’re participating fully. Today we are rigging up Christmas lights on Picton Castle’s masts, decorating a tree at the Fisheries Museum, and decorating our float for the Santa Claus parade.
On Friday evening, the vessels on Lunenburg’s waterfront will be lit up for the season. The museum’s fleet along with the fishing fleet at Adams & Knickle usually participate, and we’ll be joining in the illumination as well. The vessel lighting event begins at 6pm outdoors at the Fisheries Museum with warm foods and drinks from local restaurants, along with music and caroling. At 6:30pm the vessels will be lit, along with the decorated trees at the museum, and at 7:30pm there will be fireworks over the harbour.
On Saturday, there are a number of markets and events happening throughout the town. At 3pm it’s time for the Santa Claus parade. Apparently there will be over 50 floats in the parade, including ours. Keep an eye out for our brightly painted dory, Sea Never Dry! We’ll take photos and post them for anyone who can’t join us in person.
So, the Bosun School is celebrating Thanksgiving by temporarily becoming a North Pole workshop, followed by a wonderful meal together. We have a lot to be thankful for here.