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Lysistrata, Temptress of the South

16 Jul
The set-up for Lysistrata

We weren’t able to take photos during the show, so I can’t show you the amazing period costumes…more reason to check it out for yourself!

In the event that you are the kind of person who skims articles, or only reads the 3-line Facebook summary, I am going to put the important stuff upfront. Go see Lysistrata.  If you like good theatre at all, or even if you have only a passing interest in theatre, or if you have anything akin to a sense of humour, you will love this play.

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Spirit Spa

24 Jul

While some may not agree with me (the male half of the local traveler included), I think that spas are a critical part of traveling and travel review. How often do travelers gush with excitement from their beachside couples massage, or the secluded little spa they found in ___(insert_exotic_local_here)___.

Many vacations have the goal of relaxation, and a good spa can do just that, whether locally or in Mexico. The other great thing about spa-travels is that each spa is so unique, that a visit can often mimic that exciting ‘new place’ feeling.

This weekend, I tried out Spirit Spa. Spirit is located on Hollis, attached to the Harbourview Marriott. For a downtown spa, Spirit does a good job making you feel as though you have taken a retreat from the city. Their two waiting areas are both equipped with iced cucumber water, herbal tea’s and sometimes a sweet treat. There is also a rooftop balcony, pool and two private steam showers. The steam showers are what sold me on Spirit. I arrived for my treatments 30 minutes early, and one of the staff showed me to the steam room. She brought me to my  locker, equipped with a fresh robe and flip-flops and proceeded to explain how the steam showers worked. She made it seem very straight forward, but somehow I still managed to get mixed up a bit with the settings and put the steam on way too low, leaving me with closer to a glorified shower than a steam. Still, the experience was heavenly. The area was also equipped with towels, shampoo and conditioner and a tropical scented body wash.

Spa-day Ready Locker at Spirit Spa

I opted to try the Organic Facial and a massage. The description said it was their most popular facial, and given my limited knowledge of spa services I thought it would be a safe bet. To be honest, I didn’t love the facial. Not because the treatment itself was bad, but because of the person performing it. She had made a comment a few moments in that the organic facial wouldn’t be strong enough to help my problem skin. She said we will do this facial today but for future visits I should look into a clinical one instead. It is completely possible that this was a justified comment, but in the moment it felt offensive – and made me question spending over $100 for a treatment that, according to her, wouldn’t help me. It made me very uncomfortable, and obliged to ask for further advice rather than sit in offended silence. With that said, I DO think that the facial helped my skin. I just wish that she had waited until after my treatments to gently discuss future treatments so that I wouldn’t have spent the full hour embarrassed and uncomfortable.

My second treatment was their knot again Massage. Leanne, my massage therapist, was great. She did a brief initial consult and then went straight to work, kneeding every knot and tension from my body.

Despite my somewhat negative experience at spirit, I would go there again. The atmosphere, pool, steam showers and location are a convenient get-away. That said, I probably won’t go back for any future skin services. There is a way to handle good advice, and in my opinion, that was not the right way to do it.

The Dock

20 Jul

Located in downtown New Glasgow, The Dock is a popular local restaurant and bar perfect for a not-too-formal, not-too-fancy family get together. I say popular based on an educated guess – it is not always easy to get a table at peak meal times, and even in the lower hours the place is rarely empty.

On our most recent trip, we tried out the chowder with some summer refreshments – Garrison nut brown for him and the house white for me. It was my first time at The Dock since I learned I couldn’t eat Gluten, and I was a bit disappointed with the lack of options, despite our waitress’s superb effort to find something I could eat. In the end, I settled for just the wine.

While I couldn’t have the chowder, it received top reviews from my counterpart. It was rich and creamy with generous amounts of seafood, and the nut brown was a perfect complement. A great choice for a cool summer day like we had on Saturday.

Prices:

Appetizers: $3.95 – $11.95

Mains: $10.95 – $19.95

Drinks: $4.50 +

We recommend: The sweet potato fries, chowder and the blackened spiced Cajun chicken penne (although not necessarily together)