I was pretty happy
when I first saw the spectacular accommodation that the Excalibur Learning Resource Centre had laid at our feet. What a marvelous base from which to explore Kingston and cover the Writers Festival. Many thanks to its generous proprietors.
I know Kingston pretty well; studied at Queen’s University some (cough) 25 years ago. Between Festival events I had a chance to visit my two favorite
Berry & Peterson on King
The Wayfarer on Princess
bookstores; cop a tasty lunch
at Pan Chancho Cafe, and ride the ferry over to Wolfe Island, where you can feel the breeze off 45-odd
monster whirligig wind turbines. They spin enough energy to fire up the entire ‘Limestone’ city …although apparently it’s not used up here; sold to the States.
Wolfe Island is home to Grant Allen
Canada’s first crime writer, an annual crime writers festival, the whirligigs, a few cottages, a beer store
and this pretty little
lighthouse. The trip back afforded this panaramic view of the city
(most of the Festival events took place at the Holiday Inn to your right). No wonder this year’s event was a major sucess. Kingston is a killer destination (flawless programming didn’t hurt either).