What a place! We loved our time at Tall Sips on Stilts in Bear River. I have never been to this little community, but boy I'm so glad we came out here.
The venue itself is perched up on stilts just like Aunt Josephine's house from the movie (and books) 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'. If you remember that house it precariously stood on stilts at a bit of a crazy angle and ended up partially in the ocean. Our venue wasn't quite that precarious... was surrounded by Bear River with a tide that rises every 6 hours affording spectacular views around 3/4ths of the place...amazing.
We met the owner of the place and our host Tara and immediately felt a connection with her. A woman of so many talents, she took amazing care of us and made us feel like Bear River was our new home. Then we met Jack, who worked the bar (another lovely lovely guy) recently moved to the area from the UK and found a great new life for himself.
We set up (well mostly David did....) and then went for pizza with Tara and a few others. When we returned to play, it looked a little sparse for people and we wondered what sort of night it would be (yeah, there was literally no one at the beginning...). Then a dear friend showed up, having travelled all the way from Halifax, so we were mighty glad to see him.... Then, undaunted, we started playing. Few by few, more and more people trickled in. Because it was more of an intimate evening, we had the luxury of getting to know each and every one of the people that came out.
And what a lovely bunch. Artists, bloggers, all sorts of folks that make Bear River their home listened with friendly faces. We played, we laughed, we shared hurricane horror stories, and by the end of the evening we had made some really beautiful connections.
It was hard to drag ourselves out of there in the end! So much fun. Oh Bear River, we will be back I feel certain. Thanks for opening up your community and hearts.