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"Weaving Baskets of Knowledge" Conference 2019
Field Trips - Thursday June 6th
Day Field Trip # 1: Lumbering – One Part of Our History
Cost $50.00 per person
Lumbering tradition runs deep in New Brunswick and we invite you to embrace the opportunity to become immersed in the stories, folksongs, lore and music of our woods. A 45-minute journey by bus will find us in the geographical center of our picture province and into the vibrant time of lumbering. The day trip is in English but we are planning to find ways to offer some French translation.
Ticket includes a return bus trip from the residence on the UNB campus, exclusive access to the museum and storytelling guides, a snack of the traditional cookie and black tea, a lunch of a hearty soup, sandwich, and light dessert with entertainment of unplugged music and stories.
In addition, but weather dependent, dip your toes in the waters of the famous Miramichi River and, for those brave souls with good balance, traverse the swinging Priceville Bridge.
NOTE: There are seasonal biting insects so please bring insect repellent, a long-sleeved shirt, and water.
Supper is on your own. You will be back in time to rest and organize yourselves for supper. For those who are still ready to go - why not join the others for trip # 3, the evening Haunted Hike Tour?
Day Field Trip #2: Fredericton’s Downtown Treasures
Cost $25 per personA bus will pick you up at the residence at 9:15 AM to take you to the first stop, Christ Church Cathedral. After two other stops, and a break in the middle for lunch on your own, the field trip will conclude around 3:00 PM downtown. Return to your accommodations is on your own by walking, city bus, or taxi. NOTE: Seasonal biting insects.
A. Christ Church Cathedral. 9:30 AM
We start with a guided tour of one of the most photographed buildings in Fredericton, Christ Church Cathedral, an Anglican diocesan church built in the Neo-Gothic style in the middle of the 19th century. The stained glass and the wooden interior are true works of art and countless stories are waiting to be told.
B. Beaverbrook Art Gallery 11:00 AM
We then cross the street to visit one of Canada's most vital art galleries and experience the wonder and magic of the visual arts. One-hour tours will be offered in English or French.
See The Santiago El Grande (Saint James the Great), a 13 foot painting by Salvador Dali and only one of the exquisite pieces of art waiting for you. Lie on the floor and look up!
Lunch is on your own. The Art Gallery Café is right there or try one of the downtown restaurants within walking distance.
C. Beaverbrook Art Gallery Specialty Tour. 1:30 PMReturn to the Gallery where Joan Meade in English, will guide a tour of The Frame-Up, a novel by local author Wendy McLeod MacKnight and which was inspired by the paintings that hang in the Gallery. The characters jump off the walls and get up to all sorts of shenanigans, which Joan will share in stories as you are introduced to each character’s painting. Since release in 2018, the book has frequently topped the best seller list in New Brunswick. The Frame -Up will be available for purchase at the end of the tour, and you will meet the author. The Art Gallery will also provide a ten percent discount on the book for participating storytellers!
Supper is on our own so why not stay downtown for supper and explore? Walk across the street to the Legislative Buildings; take the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge and cross the Wolastoq/St. John River; walk the trails along the river; or walk down Queen Street and get to know more of our city! Regardless of whether you return to your accommodations at the end of the Fredericton Downtown Treasures Tour for a rest, or stay downtown, we strongly suggest you take in the Haunted Hike!
Evening Field Trip # 3. The Haunted Hike
Cost: $25.00 per person
An evening of intrigue awaits everyone! Field Trip # 3, The Haunted Hike is for those who have been on the day trips # 1 or # 2 AND for those who are plan to arrive sometime on Thursday, What better way to end your day or be welcomed to Fredericton than through the ghosts of its past?
Calithumpians' signature ghost walks are the stuff of legend! The Haunted Hike features spine-tingling tales and rib-tickling gags. Costumed guides take you on a lantern-lit journey through Fredericton's ghostly past. A specialty of Calithumpians for over 20 years, these performance-based story-telling walking tours offer a unique take on a ghost walk and traditional heritage tour. Professional actors create a sense of realism with their first-person interpretation, which has an eerie appeal for even the most seasoned patrons. The tour features various types of ghosts and spirits and provides insights into the paranormal activity in the downtown area. As you explore the after-dark, lantern lit streets of downtown Fredericton's historic haunts, you'll encounter phantom thespians, and a few chilling surprises.The 1 ½ hour hike will start at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery Amphitheatre and is 1.5 miles of easy walking (wheelchair accessible). NOTE: Seasonal Biting insects.