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S: Molly's Memories of Sackville

FC: Molly's Memories of Sackville and a Merry Un-Birthday Celebration July, 2010

1: Lovingly dedicated to Mom on the occasion of her 85th birthday which we observed with a trip to Sackville, New Brunswick

2: On an un-birthday celebration in July (Mom's birthday is actually in September), we head out on Route 6 to Amherst and on through the Tantramar Marsh. | Spence is at the wheel | as we listen to Mom's stories of the Hindenberg and its silent passage over the marsh. | Mom says she waved at the passengers on the ship, but no one waved back.

3: Once in Sackville, we stop to visit Mathew and his girlfriend in Matt's new house. | Seeing Matt's very cool retro turntable, we reminisce about the hi-fi Dad made from a kit, and all the pieces he had left over when he was finished.

4: Then it's on to Mel's, where Mount A girls set their caps for unsuspecting Mount A boys (but Mom was too busy in the art gallery to be bothered with this foolishness). | The seats at Mel's soda fountain are still the same (and we wonder, upon hearing that Mel's has been sold, whether they'll survive the new management).

5: We enjoy a tasty clam chowder as memories of Mount Alison and Nova Scotia are shared around the table. | Who can forget summers at Northport with Nanni and Gampy?

6: No electricity, an outhouse, a wood stove, a limitless supply of comics, a hammock under the crab apple trees - the Old Cottage had its charms.

7: And surprise visits from Auntie Jeanne were always a treat.

8: After lunch, a visit to Mount A is in order | with a lazy saunter past the pond. | Then it's over the bridge and up the steps to the Owens Art Gallery.

9: While the Owens Gallery has changed, Alex Colville's exhibition is an immediate reminder of Mom's time in the Fine Arts programme. She graduated in 1948 with Honours.

11: Contemporary exhibitions and artifacts of the gallery's past make for a fascinating afternoon.

12: A visit to Sackville with Mom wouldn't be complete without a meal at Marshlands Inn. Mom and Dad honeymooned there after their marriage on December 30, 1948 and, we learned, spent a lot of time in the movie theatre in Moncton, sometimes seeing two or three movies in one day.

13: There's an elegance to the Marshlands Inn | that Mom says remains unchanged more than 50 years later.

14: While we try hard not to talk politics, (although it proves too irresistible with Spence at the table), we enjoy a delicious meal topped off with Snow Pudding, prompting a flood of childhood memories. This dessert was a specialty of Nanni Simmons.

15: And at the end of this special un-birthday celebration, Mom makes a wish and blows out the candle atop her Snow Pudding. I wonder what she wished for?

16: The handsome young Bermudian who caught Mom's eye

17: December 30, 1948

18: The Critchley Brood

19: Molly's Memories

20: Molly's Memories

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