5 Fredericton spots you can’t miss during Harvest Jazz & Blues

Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, FrederictonFredericton’s biggest event of the year, the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, is right around the corner. We’ve lived here for a little less than a year, which means I’ve never been to Harvest and I can’t offer any tips for the festival itself (yet!).

If you’re coming to Fredericton from out of town, though, there’s so much to do in the downtown area where Harvest takes place! Here are my top 5 spots you can’t miss while you’re in Freddy Beach: Continue reading

New Brunswick Highland Games Festival

New Brunswick Highland Games at Old Government House, in FrederictonIt’s difficult to imagine a better setting for the provincial New Brunswick Highland Games Festival.  Government House in Fredericton, with its imposing building, sweeping lawns, and centuries-old trees soaring overhead, is at once awe-inspiring and relaxing.

Highland games are a celebration of Scottish culture, and they’re held throughout the world. The New Brunswick Highland Games is a comprehensive affair with competitions in bagpiping, drumming, heavy events (more on this later), and highland dancing alongside a Scottish festival featuring entertainment, clan booths, and a variety of workshops (Gaelic for beginners, a beer-tasting workshop, and a heavy events workshop where you could try your hand at turning a caber were among this year’s highlights). Throw in some food vendors and a kid’s corner, and you’ve got something for everyone. Continue reading

2014 Fredericton Marathon: My first 5k

This Mother's Day, I completed my first 5 k raceI’m not sure that I’ve ever been genuinely proud of myself. Pleased, sure; satisfied, sometimes; disappointed, often. Like a lot of people, the voices in my head that judge success aren’t especially kind or helpful.

But today, I am proud of what I’ve done. Continue reading