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Welcome to Hopetown.

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What do we do all day, you may ask?

Of course, there are beaches.  This one is on the ocean side of Elbow Cay, a short walk through town:

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Stunning, right?  We love to walk on the beach.

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We also try to engage with the local community.  Information about events travels via word-of-mouth and is announced on the morning net each day.  We try to take advantage of them.

Friday night was a gathering of SOTs at the Wine Down Sip Sip, a wine bar.   I love their sign:

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(It says:  “I love to cook with wine; sometimes I add it to the food.  Keep Calm & Wine On!”)  The wine bar is a homey place with comfortable furniture, a nice porch and lovely (mostly older) folks who are extremely friendly.

Goldwin and I are now official SOTs, which is not an acronym, but really means a chronic drunkard, the old English definition.  Actually, it’s a great group of Hopetown boaters, islanders and cottagers who, for a small fee, get a card that entitles them to a modest discount at certain restaurants and wine stores.  We were assured that our membership cards could be used as valid photo IDs.   TSA???

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Saturday afternoon was the gala art show at the gorgeous, newly renovated and re-decorated  Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre.  My friend Kathy’s husband was a leading, featured artist.  He is truly gifted:  Arnie Casavant.

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Sunday was a double feature, with a softball game – players aged 5 to 65 – and everyone had fun.

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We ate hotdogs, coleslaw, mac and cheese, and brownies.

Then we walked to the harbor entrance, sat in our favorite chairs there, and watched the dinghy races.

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While there, we met some interesting cruisers from Toronto who had just been on the hook for a few days down at Tahiti Beach and were happy to be in Hopetown harbor and have someone, besides themselves, to talk with.  Fun.

So here’s a puzzler:  You’re at Cap’n Jack’s having a Goombay Punch and watching the sun set.  It’s not the most magnificent sunset you’ve ever seen, but you don’t really care because by now you’re on your second Goombay.

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You have to use the restroom and are directed to these two keys on the wall.  Which do you choose if you are Nancy?

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I finally choose Fifi’s  – which turned out to be the women’s restroom.  Not sure it really mattered, though.  And then, notwithstanding that the Ravens/Broncos game was just in the first quarter, we called the marina shuttle to pick us up and left.  Although if we had stayed for the whole game/double overtimes – innumerable Goombay Punches later – we certainly would have been quite literally notwithstanding(ability).

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5 thoughts on “Lots to Do in Hopetown

  1. Being a retired sot sounds like a wonderful life. I would have chosen the fifi’s too, but sounds like neither of us might be wrong. Waiting to hear about the next adventure.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend your day! I’d sure like to sign up. New low last nite: -17!!! we are setting records all over the place and not fun ones. I would have slected FiFi as well because we don’t have doodahs! do we?? :^) And the game was a heart breaker; wish I had been drinking Goonbay Punch to soften the blow.
    PS>Mom traveling home today; weather clear.

  3. Goombay Punch, ahhhh. Now that we are back in Boston and the real world, just the mention of Captain Jack’s makes me smile.
    I am in seach of a Kalik tonight.

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