Sailing, Cycling and The Ex

Old Friends at The Dakota: Terry Wilkins, Scott B., Jaymz Bee and Gord Cummings.

Old Friends at The Dakota: Terry Wilkins, Scott B., Jaymz Bee and Gord Cummings.

I dropped by The Dakota on Monday for a concert/tribute/wake to the late, great James Gray. James played in a ton of bands including Blue Rodeo for a bunch of years…most recently grooving with Chris Bottomley’s Brainfudge. 993333_10151521394196036_114542525_nI didn’t know him well but he had a great sense of humour and smiled a lot and based on the turnout, he was one well-loved musician! I enjoyed hanging out front a while, reminiscing with old friends and remembering James.

Hey Jef with one F, that is not your cocktail!

Hey Jef with one F, that is not your cocktail!

Then a quick pit stop to see Jef Vegas, who hosts an open mic night every Monday at The Painted Lady.

Theatre with "the Don"

Theatre with “the Don”

Tuesday I went back to see “Anything Goes” for a second time. I bought extra tickets for friends and everybody loved it as much as I did. Don Francks had done the show before and had seen it countless times. He said this was the best production by far. It was well-cast, fast-paced (for the most part) and brilliantly directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall. Rachel York and Fred Applegate alone were worth the price of admission.

Juliana was at one of my loft parties and is a new part-time Captain for some sunny sailin!

Juliana was at one of my loft parties and is a new part-time Captain for some sunny sailin!

Zoey puts the Fun in FUNd Drive! (I put the Duh)

Zoey puts the Fun in FUNd Drive! (I put the Duh)

I got some much needed sailing in after a quick two and a half day fund drive at JAZZ.FM91.

Sunset sailing...perfect.

Sunset sailing…perfect.

Talking for four hours at a stretch can be draining, but this campaign flew by and in no time I was out on the lake with a bevy of friends over a few days.

I had a great afternoon with my pal Gil on his mega Yacht. Cheers!

I had a great afternoon with my pal Gil on his mega Yacht. Cheers!

A perfect day.

A perfect day.

First stop: Peninsula Ridge. Yum.

First stop: Peninsula Ridge. Yum.

Sunday I cycled through wine country with Barbra Lica and A-Phil. IMG_8552There were more hills than I’d expected and we sure were thirsty by the time we hit Peninsula Ridge in Beamsville.

Danny kept the "store" open for us - and boy are we glad he did!

Danny kept the “store” open for us – and boy are we glad he did!

After a few wee samples and a very large cheese tray, we made our way up a long hill to Thirty Bench and finally to see my old friend Daniel Lenko and buy some of his best wine.

Breakfast from our gracious hosts!

Breakfast from our gracious hosts!

We kept our samples to a  minimum and cycled to St. Catherine’s where we finally grabbed a bite and made it to our destination just as the sun set. Peter Shea and Juliet Dunn just moved into a beautiful new home and we celebrated with a whack o’ wine from our adventures.

Barbie and I are serious about cycling!

Barbie and I are serious about cycling!

While strolling through a beautiful nature trail the following afternoon, we got caught in a crazy storm and returned to their home soaked. Once the rain let up we bee-lined to the Go Station, put our bikes in a rack and made our way home.

Coming up this week:

Sebastian and I excited for The Ex!

Sebastian and I always get excited for The Ex!

I’ll hit The Ex again. It’s $5 after 5 Tues-Thurs…and it only seems fair to pay a low cover since I’m going to drop money on everything once I walk in the door.

 

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One Response to Sailing, Cycling and The Ex

  1. Evelyn says:

    I have decided that in my next life I want to come back as Jaymz Bee. Whenever I’m having a bad day, I do a “Walter Mitty” and I imagine being you for a day and somehow it gets me through!!

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