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Theodore Tugboat…

Well I’ve had a wonderful sunny weekend so far.

Friday I told stories on Theodore Tugboat. That’s him, right above me – and the picture links directly to the Theodore Tugboat website – if you want to check it out for further details.

I left the Halifax shoreline at 11:30am with 50 other people – the maximum the tugboat was allowed to carry. There were a lot of kids so I had a blast telling them a Raven story, an Anansi story, and a ghost story. We reached the Dartmouth shoreline and picked up another loadful of passengers and tugboated our way back to Halifax – while I told two or three more stories.

Then, we picked up another boatload, made the trip back to Dartmouth and picked up the fourth boatload. We got back to Halifax and my shift was done.

I had a great time. At first, I felt a little silly, trying to match my gum-gas against the absolutely gorgeous scenery of the harbour. I know on most days it looks like nothing but a big old pile of water and seagulls to most of you – but on a bright sunny day with the roll of the waves and the horizon bedecked with speedboats and sailboats and tour boats and tall ships of all shapes and sizes it is a sight to behold.

Still, the audience was very appreciative. The kids seemed to enjoy my storytelling – and for those who didn’t want to hear me flapping my gums they could always retreat to their other side of the tugboat.

Only I wish I’d thought of sunscreen. I had long sleeves and a good straw hat but the backs of my hands were charred ochre by the end of the storytelling.

On Saturday I was booked for two more runs – with sunscreen. Now I’m done with tugboating. Today I have a two hour storytelling session on the main stage of the CBC tent, at the foot of Prince Street, directly beside the Maritime Museum. They have a fine shady tent and a open-air restaurant – (Q’s Smokehouse) – and a cash bar – so I am hoping for a good turnout. I get done with that then I have to hotfoot it to work for a night shift of telephone talking. I expect by Monday my tonsils will be in desperate need of a long rest.

Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

TALL SHIPS 2012 – my part in it…

For all of you folks in the Halifax area I want to start by telling you about the upgraded service that Metro Transit will be providing for the buses and the ferry service for this weekend’s kickoff to the Tall Ships.

Public Service Announcement


Transit service to Tall Ships 2012®

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 (Halifax, NS) – Metro Transit is extending its bus and ferry services during Tall Ships 2012®, beginning tomorrow, July 19 until Monday, July 23.

Extended Bus Service:

Thursday, July 19 & Friday, July 20 
#159 Portland Hills Link – Regular weekday service, with extended hourly service until 12 a.m.
#185 Sackville Link – Regular weekday service, with extended hourly service until 12 a.m.

Saturday, July 21 & Sunday, July 22 
#84 Tall Ships Special
-30 minute inbound service, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Sackville to Barrington/Duke at MetroLink stop)
-30 minute outbound service, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. (Barrington/Duke at MetroLink stop to Sackville)

Monday, July 23 
#159 Portland Hills Link – 30 minute service until 12:00 p.m.
#185 Sackville Link – 30 minute service until 12:00 p.m.

Supplemental bus service on other routes will be provided as needed.

Alderney Ferry Service:

Thursday, July 19 – Extended weekday service until 1 a.m. (last trip from Halifax departs at 12:45 a.m.)
Friday, July 20 – Extended weekday service until 1 a.m. (last trip from Halifax departs at 12:45 a.m.)
Saturday, July 21 – Extended Saturday service until 1 a.m. (last trip from Halifax departs 12:45 a.m.)
Sunday, July 22 – 30 minute all day service from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m. (last trip from Halifax departs at 12:45 a.m.)
Monday, July 23 – Regular weekday service

The Woodside Ferry will operate on its regular weekday schedule only.

Regular fares apply to all bus and ferry services; exact change required for cash fares. A list of retails outlets selling Metro Transit tickets and passes is available online at www.halifax.ca/metrotransit/retail_outlets.html.

For more information on Metro Transit bus and ferry services to the Halifax waterfront visit www.halifax.ca/metrotransit, follow @hfxtransit on Twitter, or call 490-4000.


Okay, so I hear you out there asking “Right, Steve – so what does this have to do with you?”

Let me tell you about it.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday exciting live storytellers will be taking part in specially organized Theodore Tugboat tours – and I am going to be one of them. They may have to fit out a gigantic storyteller-sized life jacket for this old dude but I am really looking forward to taking part this year.



Here is the schedule.

Theodore Tugboat Authors
Thursday, July 19 Friday July 20  Saturday July 21 Sunday July 22
11:30 leaves halifax Frances Wolfe Steve Vernon Jessica Scott Kerrin Alison DeLory
12:15 leaves Dartmouth
1:00 leaves halifax Carrie Muller Steve Vernon Steve Vernon Lindsey Carmichael

I am twice as excited because I have never ridden on Theodore before. It’s going to great to meet the little Tugboat. I wonder if it would be good form to ask a tugboat for an autograph?

If you want more information on Theodore Tugboat check out his website.


And, hey – if you really want to be cool you can follow Theodore’s Tweets over at Twitter.


Now who’d have thought that a tugboat can tweet???


But that is not all.

On Sunday, July 22nd I will be telling stories at the CBC  Tent from 1pm to 3pm. I’m looking forward to spinning tales about monsters and harbour history and maybe even a little something on Halifax’s part in the War of 1812.

Here’s a link to the CBC stage.


Anyone in the Halifax area might want to spread the word on this event. There is so much going on down there this weekend that I might get lost in the big wild whirl that is TALL SHIPS 2012.

See you there.

Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon