BOSTON, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Don't be surprised if you hear the distinct Nova Scotia accent around Boston in May. From a 28' Nova Scotia Lighthouse to culinary demonstrations from Alain Bosse, Nova Scotia's famous Kilted Chef, Bostonians will have the chance to experience the culture of Nova Scotia on May 17-18, 2014 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The historic location will be transformed, offering a glimpse into the historic, beautifully scenic Canadian province that's just a short trip away by plane, cruise liner, ferry or even by car.
A life-size, working replica of Nova Scotia's historic Peggy's Cove lighthouse will stand in Faneuil Hall Marketplace throughout the weekend. Dubbed The Nova Scotia Light, it will beckon Bostonians to stop by and sample what Nova Scotia has to offer. The weekend will also feature some of Nova Scotia's top music talents, impressive culinary demonstrations by the Kilted Chef and an appearance by some Boston Red Sox legends and the World Series Trophies. The public will have the chance to win several prizes as well, including the opportunity to throw out the first pitch and tickets to Nova Scotia Day at Fenway Park on Sunday, May 18.
A friendship between Nova Scotia and Boston dates back to the founding of Halifax in 1749, when both were engaged in shipping and fishing trades. In 1917, Boston officials quickly sprang into action following the Halifax Explosion, when a cargo ship with wartime explosives was involved in a collision with another vessel and exploded, killing thousands and destroying much of the city. Boston sent a train to help survivors and distribute food, water and medical supplies. In 1918, Halifax sent a Christmas tree to the city of Boston as symbol of their appreciation. This became an annual tradition and today, the gifted tree stands lit every year, throughout the holiday season, on the Boston Common.
Musical Highlights of the weekend will include:
- Musical performances from Old Man Luedecke, a two-time JUNO Award-winning singer/songwriter and banjo player from Chester, Nova Scotia.
- The precision drumming group Squid, bringing their high-energy and visually stunning performance to Faneuil Hall. Founded in 2000 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Squid is well known around the region and beyond for its amazing performances.
- Halifax native R&B Recording Artist JRDN who recently won the a prestigious Canadian JUNO award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year 2014; and is just coming off a Canadian tour with Hedley. Before breaking into his successful music career, JRDN was a professional basketball player travelling worldwide.
- The 78th Highlanders, a non-profit organization dating back to the 1930s that performs and instructs others in the Highland bagpipe, snare drum and other similar instruments. The band's home is at the Halifax Citadel, where they participate in reenactments of the period between 1869 and 1871 when the British Army's 78th Highlanders—a military regiment—was stationed at the citadel.
Food is an important part of any destination – and Nova Scotia has a lot to offer. Throughout the weekend, Nova Scotia's famous Kilted Chef, Alain Bosse, will be holding cooking demonstrations. Famous for his many dishes incorporating local Nova Scotian lobsters, mussels, apples, wild blueberries and more, The Kilted Chef will give audiences a true sense of what Nova Scotian cuisine is all about.
Nova Scotians also share a love of baseball and specifically, the Red Sox. Babe Ruth, who was first signed to the Red Sox in 1914, was raised by a Nova Scotian priest by the name of Brother Mathias, who introduced him to the game at 7 years of age. He often referred to him as the greatest man he ever knew. Their fan group – The BlueNose BoSox Brotherhood, follows every game and will make the trip to Boston, taking in Nova Scotia Day at Fenway Park on Sunday, May 18.
To celebrate this connection, Red Sox legends will join Nova Scotia at Faneuil Hall over the weekend, speaking with fans and signing autographs. Throughout the weekend, individuals will have the chance to win tickets to Nova Scotia Day at Fenway Park on May 18 and throw out the first pitch at the Red Sox game during Sunday night's Nova Scotia Night at Fenway Park.
Today, it is easier than ever to get from Boston to Nova Scotia: daily cruise service is once again beginning from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada via the newly re-launched Nova Star Cruises. Daily direct flights are also available, connecting Boston to Halifax.
Nova Scotia Tourism brings Nova Scotia Weekend at Faneuil Hall Marketplace to Boston May 17-18, 2014 from 10 am – 6 pm. For more information about Nova Scotia Weekend in Boston, including Nova Scotia day at Fenway Park, please visit www.novascotia.com/Sox.
SOURCE Nova Scotia Tourism