Traditional Maritime Kitchen Party

And, finally, the moment Ian has been waiting patiently for, my review of a classic Maritime tradition – a housewarming party celebrated with traditional music in the kitchen!

So, hmm I guess a couple of weeks ago now, my friends Ian and David decided to have a housewarming party for their new place in the Hydrostone and planned to celebrate it with a traditional Maritime kitchen party.  For those that don’t know, a little help from Wikipedia…

The Maritime provinces, also called the Maritimes or the Canadian Maritimes, is a region of Eastern Canada consisting of three provinces, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

The traditional kitchen party apparently involves music and traditional songs and ends up with everyone hanging out in the kitchen for the night.  We had a great spread of food set out in the kitchen and did start the party there, but eventually dissolved into music in the living room where there were more seats (and where we had stored all the instruments) – still, as this was my first real kitchen party, it was enough in the kitchen for me.  And with everyone packed in the living room it was quite cozy, which to my understanding, is kind of the idea of the kitchen part of the party.

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For those of you who haven’t seen the BME banquet post yet, we have a very musically talented group of people in our department – I am definitely excluded from that generalization.  I actually think I am pretty decent at singing with certain types of songs but I am still very shy despite my attempts in recent years to be more outgoing (I was the kid hiding behind the teacher in my preschool class photo where all the other kids were on the edge of their seat or jumping over the chairs in front of them).  So I don’t sing in front of other people and really only rock out driving in the car by myself – yep, you can keep a look out for it, I assume it is probably pretty entertaining.  So for this party, I resigned myself to be a wonderful enjoy-er of the lovely music that was happening and a recorder of the excitement.

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One of the most loved parts of the night was a very traditional Halifax song.  I have heard this a couple times now since I have been here but did I hear something about stealing American gold????  I’m not sure if I can get down with this song…

But a tribute (with Ian on the cello), yes please…

And what party would be complete without a little Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

Two fellow BME ladies were nice enough to walk me to catch the “slow” bus back home at the end of the night, which was surprisingly packed (although it was the second to last one of the night) and I was one of only three people that rode it all the way to the end, as usual, and the only one who walked home from there – the others hopped in their cars and continued on to other locations in Sackville…

The kitties were happy to see me and appreciated that I got home in time to feed them (a fairly late but still…) dinner.

Happy housewarming Ian and David!  Can’t wait for the next party!

p.s. Loved the lights in the kitchen – very Maritime-y:

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