City Guides » Fall Arts Preview

Fall arts preview: June 2007

With the hot, hot heat beckoning, our panel of summer-loving specialists wades through all the season’s happenings, to bring you the best arts, concerts, festivals, events, diversions and outdoor activities, this season, in your backyard and beyond.

comment

ARTS

Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson

Really, what is there to say about Mags? The grand dame of CanLit comes to town with partner Graeme Gibson, an accomplished author in his own right—hobbyist ornithologists will recognize his gorgeous The Bedside Book of Birds. At the Literacy Nova Scotia fundraiser with a $50 premium ticket, you can hobnob with the duo, but be sure to bring your own writing device for autographs; no word yet on whether she’s bringing her long-distance pen invention to Halifax. (SCF) June 28. 7pm. $10-$50. McInnis Room, Dalhousie University. 429-3318/423-8271/423-0419

Shakespeare by the Sea

“Action is eloquence,” Shakespeare wrote, and local theatre company Shakespeare by the Sea is saying a lot by forging on into a new season. Founded in 1994, the company faced challenges posed by the devastation of Point Pleasant Park during Hurricane Juan and the loss of co-founder and visionary Patrick Christopher Carter last year. In this year of transition, the troupe will mount only two shows: the comedy Much Ado About Nothing and the family show The Wizard of Oz, which promises to be as entertaining as 2005’s Robin Hood.

Coming on board to share artistic directing duties with Elizabeth Murphy is local actress Jennie Raymond. Raymond graduated from Dalhousie with a degree in drama, was a member of Shakespeare by the Sea in its early days and went on to major roles in television. Another change this year is the deal forged with Actors’ Equity that allows unionized performers to join the SBTS cast. Murphy stresses that there are still 12 non-Equity performers as well as seven unionized actors, fulfilling the company’s mandate to provide aspiring actors an opportunity to develop performance skills. With shows running from Tuesday to Sunday, there’s no excuse to miss this fine summer entertainment. (KW) June 28-August 31. $10 suggested donation. Cambridge Battery, Point Pleasant Park. 422-0295. shakespearebythesea.ca

Ship’s Company Theatre

Whether you’re hunting for fossils or for some outstanding Atlantic Canadian theatre, Parrsboro is the place to be this summer. The Ship’s Company Theatre is offering three Mainstage productions. Daniel Lillford’s The Mystery of Maddy Heisler (June 28-July 23) is the story of a mystery-writing hack who is called upon to explore an unsolved disappearance from his past. It’s billed as “a mystery, a search for identity and a love story. In fact, many love stories.” Next is Lillibet (August 2-September 3), written and directed by Glenda Stirling. This play promises to be both funny and touching, as it explores the ways people, young and old, struggle to find their way in life. Last in the series is Sheldon Currie’s Lauchie, Liza and Rory (September 14-24), a comedy set in 1940s Cape Breton where identical (yet oh-so-different) twin brothers fall for the same woman. (KW) June 28-September 24. $25. Ship’s Company Theatre, 18 Lower Main Street, Parrsboro. 1-800-565-7469. shipscompany.com

Skateboard Auction at Argyle Fine Art

In conjunction with the Halifax Skatepark Coalition and Pro Skates, Argyle Fine Art hosts another exhibition and fundraising auction of artful decks. “This year there will be some repeat offenders and an array of new artists who heard about the event last year and wanted to get involved,” says Argyle owner Adriana Afford.

Yo Rodeo’s Paul Hammond, Seth Smith and Heather Morton, among others, are returning. Painter Luke Naylor and well-known photographer Sherman Hines join in the fun for the first time. All the artists have had a year to come up with exciting and imaginative works on boards. “It is a fun, unusual surface to work on, and allows the artists to be as creative as they wish,” Afford says.

Called “All the Young Dudes,” Naylor painted three skaters standing in the foreground, coolly sizing you up. The park awaits behind the trio. Naylor presents the space in great depth, as a panoramic vista.

Ten works will be auctioned off on Friday night, with a silent auction running until Sunday. Proceeds go to the “continual upkeep” of the downtown skatepark. (SF) June 23. Opening at 6pm, Live auction at 7pm. Silent auction and exhibition until June 25. Argyle Fine Art, 1869 Upper Water. 425-9456

To a Watery Grave at Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery

The ocean’s a big mirror that we use to reflect on ourselves. In books, movies and art, the sea can look silvery blue and gently rolling or deep, violent black-green with waves crashing—and so much in between, depending on who’s looking at it.

“Even in this highly advanced technological age, the ocean retains its ability to overwhelm,” writes Andrew Hunter, curator of To a Watery Grave, in an email from his home in Dundas, Ontario.

The ocean overwhelms many with outright fear—just when they thought it was safe to go back into the water. Hunter relates. “I haven’t really confronted or resolved it, but it isn’t really a debilitating fear. I mean, I will go in a boat and go swimming, etc.,” he writes. “It is more of a lingering anxiety about particular situations around water.”

To a Watery Grave explores how sea stories, fables and narratives have developed over time. Hunter combines historical material with contemporary works by large-format colour photographer Edward Burtynsky, painter Paterson Ewen, painter/drawer Gerald Ferguson and multimedia artist Gu Xiong, among others. He links artifacts and documents with the art.

Hunter pulls work from the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown (a visit to PEI inspired the show), the AGNS, the National Archives, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and other sites—a big mirror for us to gaze into this summer. (SF) June 17-July 30. Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery. 420-5445

BIG TICKET

Immaculate Machine w/The Maynards, Hotshotrobot at Hell’s Kitchen

Once in a while, planets align for a band. Some people might call it sheer luck—for every band that gets signed to a label, there are three more deserving groups toiling in obscurity. Immaculate Machine, however, deserves the attention.

You don’t have to tell that to AC Newman of the New Pornographers, who asked the group to open for them on a recent US tour. And you don’t need to say anything to Mint Records, the shit-hot indie label that signed the three-piece and released last year’s fantastic Ones and Zeroes. Even better, the band isn’t cocky about their luck, which makes their brand of upbeat indie-rock even better.

“It’s nice to be home to where we can pay our bills,” guitarist/vocalist Brooke Gallupe says, taking advantage of a short break after tours in North America and Europe. “It feels good to write down on bank and passport applications that you’re a musician. We’re definitely not rich—I live in a hovel—but it’s cool to be doing this for a living.” (JF) June 29. 10pm. $6. Hell’s Kitchen, 2037 Gottingen.

Pilate w/Wintersleep, People in Planes at the Marquee

A killer combination! Local heroes Wintersleep have already proven they are well past being “dependent” on other groups to help pack the Marquee Club. Likewise, Toronto headliners Pilate—touring in support of their new, critically acclaimed release Sell Control for Life’s Speed—have a similar track record at the Gottingen Street concert venue. Packaged with People in Planes, from Cardiff, Wales, you have one of the strongest bills to hit the city in the month of June—a combination no doubt intended to expose admirers of each group to each other’s exceptional live performances. The night is sure to be as close to a festival atmosphere as one can get in a club environment. Tickets can be picked up at CD Plus or online at yourticketzone.com. Just don’t assume you’ll be able to track them down that day. (CM) June 23. 10pm. $20-$25. Marquee, 2037 Gottingen.

Stanfest at Canso

It’s been a decade since the Stan Rogers Folk Festival was inaugurated to pay tribute to the Nova Scotian musician. Since its modest beginnings, the concert and camping weekend has become a celebrated annual tradition in Guysborough County, the Hamilton-born legend’s adopted home turf. Performer Meaghan Smith, who also came from Ontario and embraced Nova Scotia as home, reflects on Rogers as an icon.

“He paved the way for many other folk singers and put a lot of smaller places on the map,” she says. “He strikes me as having been very large, loud and lively, yet intellectual, introspective and artistic at the same time.”

In addition to Smith, this year’s festival boasts an exponential increase in renown, with a line-up that includes Valdy, Luke Doucet, Matt Andersen, Ron Hynes, Ember Swift, Kelly Joe Phelps and Rogers’ very own flesh and blood—his brother Garnet Rogers.

”I can’t say that there is any act in particular that I’m more partial to seeing,” says Smith. “I do know that there are a few bands coming from away—Zar, they’re Danish, and the Audreys from Australia,” says Smith. “I’m also looking forward to seeing this one guy, Sean Rooney, who is a balloon performer, of all things. And then of course there are my friends Dave Gunning, Charlie A’court and Rose Cousins, to name a few.” (CM) June 30-July 2. $34.50-$80.50. Canso. 1-888-554-7826. www.stanfest.com

DIVERSIONS

Buy nothing everyday

Summer is the easiest time to deal with an empty wallet. Parks are free, people watching costs nothing and day-dreaming requires no fancy-pants equipment.

If you’re looking for a little more for a little less, take an afternoon to tour the local art galleries—from Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery in the south end, passing through the gallery-laden downtown to Eyelevel Gallery on Gottingen—it’s a great way to cover the city, support the arts and never stick a finger in your change purse, unless you decide to put a little something in the donation box, which is a good thing to do.

Every Tuesday night, Blue Moon Bistro at 2215 Gottingen opens its doors to The Film Cathedral, essentially the city’s only free rep cinema. Forget Tom Cruise; look for underground classics such as previous screenings of The Warriors and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. Keep an eye on the Coast’s movie listings for these and other free movies that tend to pop up across the city. Some even serve popcorn.

When those little pockets of buttery goodness won’t do, partake in a little food sampling. If you find the thought embarrassing, pretend they’re tapas; a bite-size smorgasbord of organic cheese and pickles, starfruit and homemade salsa (examples of recent sampling ventures) awaits in markets and grocery stores across the city. If you’re really lucky, wash it down with a sample of Chardonnay from your local NSLC store.

While that scent of pina colada Coppertone might send you into a dull stupor, summer is also a good time to broaden intellectually. Get a library card, good at any Halifax Public Library location around town. It’s free, people, and if you really need one sad, pathetic reason, the place is air-conditioned. If reading makes your eyes hurt, the library has a great schedule of summer programs, and a grand collection of CDs and DVDs, including some new releases, that you can order online at halifaxpubliclibraries.ca. Sometimes you have to wait but hey, that’s the price you pay for free. (SCF)

Costume party at Nova Scotia Museum

I have a fantasy (no, not a funky one), about hoopskirts, bonnets and crinolines, fine china and tea, which probably stems from a childhood diet of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Bronte sisters. Whenever I need to get my fix of days from yore, I find a historic site and hang with the costumed workers (who prefer to be called historic interpreters, I found out). The Uniacke Estate Museum Park (Mount Uniacke, off route 1) consists of attorney-general Richard John Uniacke’s stunning 1815 neo-classical country home, dressed with most of the original furnishings, a tea room located in the old basement kitchen, and 930 hectares of walking trails and gardens. In Jeddore Oyster Pond, you’ll find the modest Fisherman’s Life Museum (58 Navy Pool Loop, route 7). Prepare to be amazed that Erwin and Ethelda Myers shared that small home with 13 daughters, a pump organ and several hooked rugs. If you slept through history class, you can still fill your gullet at the rhubarb pie contest, on until June 17. (SCF) www.museum.gov.ns.ca

Dartmouth dreaming

Look, no offense Halifax. It’s not that I don’t think you’re great—you are. It’s just when the weather turns warm you get a little…how shall I put this…obnoxious. That can be a bit much to take, especially when one is hot and cranky and in need of some sort of iced treat.

Those are the days I’m glad I live in Dartmouth. Yes Halifax’s waterfront has all those great restaurants and shops, and downtown Halifax is chockablock with festivals throughout the summer and fall. I love them all, it’s true. But sometimes I want to walk around outside without being shoved aside by cruise ship crowds, pointed at by the Harbour Hopper passengers or deafened by the roar of greybeards on motorcycles. Sometimes a gal needs a little peace and quiet.

Dartmouth’s waterfront? It features a Peace Pavilion. And a library. Shhhh. Need I say more?

This doesn’t mean it’s boring. In fact, Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing is the place for hot concerts this summer, with appearances by Wilco, Bo Diddley and NOFX. The best seats in town for the annual Canada Day (or whenever it isn’t foggy, sometime eventually in July, if they’re not cancelled altogether) fireworks are along the Dartmouth waterfront. Your view includes the pyrotechnics, the bridge lit up all fancy-like and the Halifax skyline at night. Pretty! Bring your parents—The Stampeders are on stage that night.

If it’s drinking you want, try the Celtic Corner Public House (69 Alderney), which opened last spring. When out-of-town guests are clamouring for something more “traditional”—classy AND boozy—this is the place. The pub is right across the street from the ferry and the 80-seat rooftop patio overlooks the harbour. Make that classy, boozy and breezy.

Still on the waterfront, further down the shore, you have Captain Red Beard (the guy with the red beard and white rubber boots, AKA Mike Tilley) ready to take you from Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage to McNab’s Island, Lawlor Island and Devils Island in the Halifax Harbour. Fare is cheaper on this side of the harbour too. Visit mcnabsisland.com or call 465-4563 for schedules.

What if you want to paddle your own boat? Then get a team of 20—plus a drummer to help keep time—together in time for the Manulife Dragon Boat Festival on Lake Banook, July 8. Get your entry fee (it’s $1000) sponsored by your corporate slave drivers and start raising pledges (it’s for charity). You can find the details online at sportnovascotia.com/dragonboat.

Don’t forget about the good old fair by the Macdonald Bridge—nothing brings back memories of youth like stepping into a puke-filled Tilt-a-Whirl car.

You could also spend a morning at Value Village (42 Canal), stop at Starr’s Bakery (55 Portland) for a grilled panini and a latte, go for a massage or hit the waterslides at the Sportsplex (110 Wyse), and then grab your sweetie and head up the hill in Leighton Dillman Park (off Alderney) in time to watch the sun set…or the fog roll in.

Trust me, it all looks better from this side of the harbour. (TLW)

Social Scavenging Night at One World Cafe

The Halifax Scavenger Society might just be your cup of tea if you’ve ever walked down the street and found, for instance, a slide projection screen. After which, for the rest of your life, you’ll be telling people that you once found a slide projection screen on the side of the road. Someone was just throwing it away! Can you imagine?

Dennis Hale and Adam Kelly, both members of the society, like to imagine a world where people don’t just discard useful items with the trash, or, if they absolutely must, that there will at least be a pack of resourceful people coming along shortly to claim it. People who are having fun, chatting with each other, connecting with and exploring their community—not to mention furnishing their apartments for as cheap as free. One of the HSS’s main goals is to “reclaim, reuse, repurpose and redistribute discarded objects.” They see the activity of scavenging as both “art and activism.”

The HSS has been around since September 2005 and holding regular meetings since last January. Meeting in a public place like One World Cafe has raised the profile of the group, and Kelly says it has “tied the community together and made the practice of scavenging a fun social activity.” Another of the society’s goals is to “reconnect contemporary scavenging to the old traditions of community gleaning,” which these meetings seem to be doing especially well. It probably goes without saying that there are times of the year that are better for this activity than others. Summer just happens to be one of those times. Think of it as hitting up all the yard sales, but without the haggling.

Sometimes the group bikes, sometimes they walk, sometimes they’re able to fill homemade trailers with the evening’s finds. But it’s certainly not every scavenger for themselves. Hale says, “when you look at old paintings of people gleaning wheat in the field, they’re always in groups. Urban scavenging has become more of an individual activity, but scavenging in groups means that everyone usually finds something.” (SJ)

Social Scavenging every second Monday. 8pm. Bring a bicycle, backpack and a flashlight to One World Cafe, 2412 Agricola. halifaxscavengersociety.wikispaces.com

EVENTS & FESTIVALS

The Coast’s 13th birthday party

Where in Halifax can you find a prize table groaning under the weight of such wonderful gifts as vibrators shaped like wizards, pina colada-flavoured lube, comic books, restaurant gift certificates, DVDs, CDs and much more? I’ll tell you: The Coast birthday party. You know it, you love it, you’ve gotten your party on at it. And oh my god, it’s back again. Line your stomach with some petite but plentiful hors d’oeuvres and get in the drink line-up, because you and I both know that if you aren’t spinning the prize wheel, dancing to DJ Double A or DJ Anderoc, wading through the sea of righteous loot-bags or chatting it up with hundreds of your alt-weekly loving fellows, you aren’t doing much that night. (SJ) June 23. 8pm. Free with ticket, available at HMV, Biscuit and The Coast. Niche, 1505 Barrington. 422-6278

DIY Auction

Iris Porter cuts her own hair because she owns scissors, because small talk with hair dressers makes her uncomfortable, because her money could be better spent, because hair will always grow back. She writes this in the introduction to DIYinPDX, a submission-based scrapbook of DIY (do-it-yourself) culture in her former home in Portland, Oregon, which includes essays on everything from sewing your own zipper-fly pants to building a public computer centre.

After moving to Halifax for the MFA program at NSCAD, Porter wasted no time in uniting like-minded organizations and individuals for DIYinHFX, which will include essays on homemade tattoos, building milk-crate bike racks and developing Super8 film. To help pay for the publishing costs, there’s a semi-formal DIY auction where you can dress up in your finest (hey, maybe you designed it, superstar), drink beer and bid on a bunch of cool stuff like a cursive typewriter (fight me for it), Super8 equipment, arts, crafts and more. (SCF) June 22. 7pm. Eyelevel Gallery, 2128 Gottingen. tincansound.com

Multifest

Indulge in international music, dance and cuisine without leaving town at the 22nd Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival, taking place from June 16 to 18 at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth. A vibrant festival celebrating cultural diversity, this year’s incarnation of Multifest—the biggest yet—will feature over 700 amateur and professional performers. In fact, the festival’s organizers say they have so many performers participating this year, they’re renting extra transportation just to haul around the instruments, costumes and props. Catch Vancouver’s Tandava and their unique blend of eastern and western classical music or Folklorico Filipino Canada, a modern folk dance troupe from Toronto who will be sure to get you moving. Don’t miss performances by locals like El Viento Flamenco, the Mary’s Islanders Dance Troupe or the Dragon Dance by the Chinese Society of Nova Scotia youth group.

One of the highlights of Multifest is the food tent, where you can sample culinary treats from 28 different countries. Try spicy jerk chicken, gobi aloo or Sri Lankan paradise rolls. (Hey, that sounds like a holiday in itself!) A cultural pavilion featuring more than 40 exhibits will give Multifest visitors a chance to learn about Nova Scotia’s different cultural groups and organizations. Linger over displays of painting, sculpture and photography, as well as videos and ethnic clothing. And what’s a summer event without shopping? With lots of stuff for sale, Multifest is the perfect opportunity to pick up the Chinese tea, Tibetan jewellery or the Islamic books you’ve been looking for.

Organized by the Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia, the festival’s ultimate goal is to provide a venue for “intercultural exploration and understanding.” Mmmmmm. Samosas and folk dancing. (MD) June 16-18. $6-$15; discounted advance tickets available at select RBC branches. Alderney Landing. 423-6534. multifest.ca

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

McNab’s Island

Standing on the waterfront boardwalk and gazing into the harbour, you look at the distant islands and you wonder, “What is that place? Could I ever get there?” The answers: McNab’s Island, and yes. A half-hour boat ride, available from Halifax Harbour or from Fisherman’s Cove, Eastern Passage, will convey you safely to McNab’s, a provincial park and a perfect destination for hiking, sunning, picnicking and generally communing with nature. Camping on the island is currently on hold, but that doesn’t mean the fun is; just be sure to be environmentally responsible and take everything you brought with you off the island again when you go. Oh, and be careful on the beach during low tide; McNab’s is also a perfect reminder of just how far the harbour cleanup has yet to go. (AG) www.mcnabsisland.ca

Sea kayaking

If you’re looking to make waves this summer, don’t bother with the Harbour Hopper. Instead, take a quick trip down Highway 333, take a left on Terence Bay Road, and head for an afternoon (or day, or weekend) of adventure in a sea kayak. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced paddler, whether you’re looking for a way to meet new people or have fun with old friends, sea kayaking on Terence Bay allows you to make the most of your time in the boat. Close enough to the city (with handy pick-ups and drop-offs) to be convenient, but far enough out of town to feel like you’re actually getting some distance from the hustle and bustle, Terence Bay is a great place to get out on the water (not raw sewage) and commune with nature. And your upper arms. (AG) Call Sea Sun Kayaking at 850-7732 or visit paddlenovascotia.com. More kayaking awaits with Coastal Adventures at 1-877-404-2774 or coastaladventures.com; ECO at 852-2567 or www.eastcoastoutfitters.com

Swimming without cars

There are just not enough days in a Halifax summer to take advantage of all the various swimming opportunities riddled through the municipality. However, getting to a beach or lake can be difficult without a car.

HRM’s transit routes and schedules are built for commuters with backpacks and briefcases, not would-be dippers sporting flip flops and towels slung over their shoulders. Even so, there are a few fantastic swimming holes accessible by Metro Transit. The incredibly popular (and often overrun) Chocolate Lake is just beyond the Armdale Rotary, on routes 14, 15, 20 and 32. If you’re willing to stay on the bus a little longer, catch the number 15 out Herring Cove Road towards Williams Lake. Just ring the bell when you start to see lines of cars parked on the shoulders (a sure sign of swimming nearby) and head into the woods.

In Dartmouth (the reigning City of Lakes) there’s busy Lake Banook, just off Crighton Avenue (routes 54 and 55). Or you can take routes 66 or 72 to get to the supervised beach at Albro Lake. If a bigger lake is more your style and you don’t need supervision, try a dip in Lake MicMac. Take route 55 out Braemar Drive, get off at Maple Street (just past the highway interchange) and head down the stairs to the water.

If juggling bus schedules is getting you down, remember that all of these spots are a reasonable bike ride away. To get out to the ocean, however, you’ll need a little more commitment. Rainbow Haven Beach is the easiest to reach because cyclists can leave from the Portland Hills Terminal. (Take the MetroLink, they have bike racks!) From the terminal, head carefully out Cole Harbour Road to Bisset Road. Take a right and follow it to the beach.

Still, the easiest way for the car-free to get to the water is in someone else’s car. Rule number one for this method: be easy. Reliable, enthusiastic swimming buddies (the kind that always say yes, will leave work an hour early on hot days and don’t mind changing into their suits in the backseat) are like gold for would-be swimmers with cars. They need a swimming buddy, you need a ride. It can be a perfect relationship. But remember, driving in the summer sucks, so make sure you buy your chauffeur the occasional ice cream as a reward. (EB)

Women on water

“Even if you get totally tossed around, I can guarantee that you’ll come out happy, salty and totally addicted,” says Caralee Murphy. She’s a co-owner of One Life Surf School, Canada’s first women-owned and -operated surfing school, and she’s talking about the do-it-again feeling that so many novice surfers have after their first experience riding the waves. If you’re a woman who loves to surf—or who thinks she’d love to surf—you might want to give the women at One Life a call. For just $50 (for an individual lesson, group lessons ring in at $25/person) plus equipment rentals (about $35), you can spend three hours with a qualified, experienced female surfing instructor. They’ll teach you about equipment, technique and surfing etiquette, and then hang out with you in the water while you get the “hang ten” of it. You can go pretty well anytime—just call about 24 hours ahead—and as many times as you want; after all, says Murphy, “It’s not something you can pick up in one afternoon. Surfing is really a life-long learning process.”

However, if you like your suits dry and your boards bent and nailed in the shape of a boat, you might be more interested in the Armdale Yacht Club’s upcoming Women’s Sailing School. The club is offering a five-week, no-experience-required course that will teach you everything from terminology to hands-on sailing skills, and give you endless chances to say things like, “I like the cut of your jib!” and “I think that’s a really tacky move!” in a place where they’re not completely out of context, just really punny. In addition to a brand new vocabulary and a set of mad yachting skills, you’ll also earn yourself the right to go zooming around the race course every Thursday night throughout the summer and fall. Sure, it might be hard work, but think how pretty your boat will look to the landlubbers on shore. (AG)

Call One Life Surf School at 880-SURF. Reach the Women’s Sailing School at 455-4144 or 477-4617.

Walk, don’t wheel

Without a car, it’s easy to feel confined to the city, but there are excellent trails accessible by other wheels.

Pick up the 21 bus at Mumford Terminal and take it to Lakeside Industrial Park. Get off at Lakeside Drive and hang a right toward the Coca-Cola plant. Behind it begins the Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea Trail.

The 19-km (return) gravel path starts with wooded Blue Jay Walk and takes you past Governor Lake, over Nine Mile River and all the way out to Cranberry Lake, where you can swim, at almost the halfway point.

Or, breathe in the coastal ocean air at Duncan’s Cove. If you have three or four in a group, a $35-$40 cab ride (try Armdale Taxi at 455-1525) will take you out the Armdale Rotary to Herring Cove Road, just past Portuguese Cove. Watch for the tiny sign on your left. Duncan’s Cove Road takes you in to the trail. The trail starts at the foot of a private driveway and then quickly transforms into a stony hike over bluffs, through woods and on to peaks affording vistas—and views of container ships and sailboats—like you wouldn’t believe. (SF)

Written by Erica Butler, Sue Carter Flinn, Meredith Dault, Johnston Farrow, Victoria Foley, Sean Flinn, Austen Gilliland, Stephanie Johns, Carsten Knox, Chris Mccluskey, Brent Sedo, Kate Watson, Megan Wennberg and Tara Lee Wittchen.

Add a comment

Remember, it's entirely possible to disagree without spiralling into a thread of negativity and personal attacks. We have the right to remove (and you have the right to report) any comments that go against our policy.