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Oak Island Treasure Party in Halifax

Postby Jo on Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:17 pm

This year, I'm planning to spend a couple of days in Halifax before Explore Oak Island Days and it's been suggested by a couple of people from our Facebook group that we get together and celebrate the starts of Explore Oak Island Days. Despite this year being my forth visit to Oak Island, I have never actually ventured into Halifax so it seems long overdue that I see what your city has to offer!

So, on the evening of Wednesday 17th June I'd like to invite you all to come along to theorise our favourite mystery over a beer. The location has yet to be confirmed as I'm waiting for suggestions from locals. Please feel free to mention a venue if you know of one with suitable levels of piracy and cold beer!

Hopefully see you there :)
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Re: Oak Island Treasure Party in Halifax

Postby Tank04 on Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:30 pm

Jo,

Fabulous idea, and If I may make a suggestion for a great watering hole with some ambiance, I would offer the Victory Arms Pub at the Lord Nelson Hotel. I'll not curl up into a fetal position and sulk if someone more local than I suggests a better spot, but it is an idea to mull over. Me and Mrs. Tank will go anywhere in the city that is chosen.

http://www.rcr.ca/restaurants/victory-arms-pub/

You absolutely must take in the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic while in Halifax to see their wonderful displays and bear in mind, this is the museum that EOID sceptical side debater Dan Conlin works in and is a huge part of it's success.

http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mma/index.html

A walk along the water front is always entertaining, lots of shops and buskers, and you must go to Citadel Hill and see the fortifications and displays. This is where Charlotte Adams of Oak Island ghost story fame, mother of Peggy, saw the uniforms Peggy described to her.

http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ns/halifax/index_E.asp

Many like to see the Titanic burial grounds and you can actually see the grave of Jack Dawson, lover, female heart throb and hero from the movie Titanic. Well, actually, it’s not the same guy (duh) but his name is there on a stone.

A ride on the ferry that connects Halifax to Dartmouth across the harbour from each other is a great and inexpensive tour, only $5 as it is part of the Metro Transit service. There are other tours that cost a bit more, but you get a tour guide and commentary. One of my favourites it this one, http://www.murphysonthewater.com/harbourhopper/ Can you say ribbit, ribbit? You will after the tour.

One more place I love is the Brewery Market where you can take a highly entertaining tour of old time Halifax with animated actors and singers, very well done and I’m critical of corporate do dahs. Of ocurse, this is where my favourite beer was brewed at one time, slurp!!.

http://www.keiths.ca/k_brewery/k_brewery_index.htm

Tons of funky shops here and there like the Black Market and Taz Records, with any luck, a Haligonian will escort you and show you the highs and lows.
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Re: Oak Island Treasure Party in Halifax

Postby D'Arcy on Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:02 pm

Jo:
Miranda and I will be in Halifax either just before or just after EOID. If it turns out to be on the Wednesday before, we'll definitely try to make it to your selected watering hole.

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Re: Oak Island Treasure Party in Halifax

Postby Jo on Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:29 am

Wow Danny! Thanks for all those insiders tips. I'll be sure to check them out. I'm especially interested in the Keith's Brewery tour - I did something similar in Dublin at the Guinness Brewery and that was great fun (helped along by the tasing). I'm looking forwardt o exploring Halifax as I've heard so much about it, and there's obviously lots to see.

D'Arcy, it will be great to see you and Miranda if you're in the vicinity for a pre-EOID warm up :)
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Re: Oak Island Treasure Party in Halifax

Postby Tank04 on Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:26 pm

Jo,

I'm looking forwardt o exploring Halifax as I've heard so much about it, and there's obviously lots to see.


I'm no city boy, but as cities go, Halifax is a pretty good one in humble opinion. For me it is the connection to the sea, a fascinating colonial past and they love beer, copious quantities of beer.
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Re: Oak Island Treasure Party in Halifax

Postby Jo on Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:22 pm

Here's an update for you - after further recommendations and we will be meeting at The Henry House in Halifax.

For directions and more info about the venue, please visit: http://www.henryhouse.ca/

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Re: Oak Island Treasure Party in Halifax

Postby GrailKnight7 on Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:52 pm

Ojo wrote: after further recommendations and we will be meeting at The Henry House in Halifax.

An excellent choice Jo! William A. Henry, who lived in this house was one of Canada's "Fathers of Confederation", along with McCully, Tupper & my great uncle Archibald (hmmm, why do those names sound familiar?) :wink:

Knowing of your interest in all things spooky, I'm sure your choice had nothing to do with the fact that the Henry House is allegedly haunted by Mr. Henry himself either, right? http://www.lonepinepublishing.com/cat/9781551055985

It also happens to be right up the street from the Masonic Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia so what more could you ask for?! Oh yeah, I hear the beer's pretty good there too! :D

I might just have to make an appearance.

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Re: Oak Island Treasure Party in Halifax

Postby Jo on Fri May 01, 2009 1:45 pm

Here's a bit of an update on the planned dalliance on 17th June at The Henry House in Halifax. Assuming the pig flu hasn't closed the borders and I'm stuck in Ol' Blighty, I'll probably be there from 6pm. If you fancy dropping by after work to meet the Oak Island Glitterati (that's you) then please do! (I'll be the jet lagged one with a funny accent.)

Anyway, here's a bit of background on the building, if you're interested.

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The Henry House is located in the original home of William Alexander Henry, one of Canada's Fathers on Confederation. The house was constructed in 1834 and Henry called it home while was serving as Mayor of this great city in 1870. Read the beer menu closely and you'll notice that it's close to what is being served at the Granite.

The thing is Granite brews all the beer that is served at the Henry House. The unpasturized top fermented ales go along great with the atmosphere of the pub. There are three levels to the Henry House, but drinkers will be most interested in the basement that plays host to the pub. The downstairs lighting has been dimmed giving it an English style edge and is furnished with old train booths and old furniture. Rustic wood, original brick, and a fireplace embedded in the wall encompasses the interior while rafters and beams have been left exposed for all to see.

Like any well presented pub, The Henry House has a small display of beer bottles encased from around the country along with postcards that past guesses have since sent back. The Henry House is a great destination for drinkers to go to waste the hours away with a good book or a friendly chat with the bartender while enjoying craft brew that even old Willy Henry would have loved.
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Re: Oak Island Treasure Party in Halifax

Postby Tank04 on Fri May 01, 2009 6:09 pm

Jo,

We will be there, flu, accidents, fires, locust and disasters permitting.
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Re: Oak Island Treasure Party in Halifax

Postby Jo on Fri May 01, 2009 7:05 pm

Excellent :D
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