The annual March Getaway consumed the March 24-26 weekend at the Four Seasons Retreat in Economy, NS. More than a dozen members occupied cabins nestled in the fir, spruce and birch woods overlooking the Cobequid Bay, with roaring fireplaces in each. As in the past, there was no shortage of laughs, eats and events to keep us occupied. Pot luck was the fare with enough to feed us all for a week if we had gotten snowed in. Among the culinary concoctions, not a single dessert was found at a meal, worthy of mention in Ripley's Believe It or Not. We were led in a spiritual morning exercise session on a balcony at the edge of the Bay. Enriching the experience was the bongo solo by our leader, both auditory and visual. A trip to the Dutchman's Cheese Farm is always memorable, with a selection of Goudas, Dragon's Breath and Old Growler to be had. Peacocks and turkeys greeted us and put on quite a spectacular show. Next stop was the Dominion Chair Company and General Store in Bass River. Since 1860, this has been a landmark in the area and some of us left with much lighter wallets. Back at the retreat, low tide was excellent for walking the shore, gazing afar and looking for treasured rocks and pebbles. A new event of the weekend was the puzzle contest. Team 1 was the winner, but they did have a 500 piece puzzle while team 2 had a 550 piece puzzle. A team 1 member suggested removing 50 pieces from the larger puzzle, to make them equal. HUH?!!?? Last, but not least, arm wrestling is the new way to break ties.
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