To begin with, Dad & Mom have been driving out to the beautiful town of Napanee for years, stopping in to purchase a bag of their favourite flavoured coffee, eat some after-church breakfast or have a sandwich followed by a dreamy dessert. The place, The Chit Chat Cafe & Country Market.
I think that Andy makes the best Eggs Benedict anywhere. I have sampled this style of eggs in many places over the years, but these are the pinnacle of what Eggs Benedict need to be.
The first evening concert and buffet that Dad and I attended was for performer Spencer Evans. The guy never stopped moving (the reason I wasn’t able to collect one focused photograph!)…his music took Dad and I on a journey of well-loved tunes. Parts of the evening were so nostalgic that they were painfully beautiful. Mom was in the forefront of our thoughts as we experienced a whole collection of swing tunes. I remember my parents dancing to these tunes and others and would give anything if my daughter Cayley could have seen them and their joy of music and dance.
Included in the program that night…
Selected section from Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite followed by Del Shannon’s Runaround Sue and The Wanderer
Louis Armstrong’s Mack the Knife
Cab Calloway’s 1934 Hi De Ho
Written by Louis Prima and performed by Bennie Goodman, Sing Sing Sing.
Fat’s Domino’s Blueberry Hill
Ray Charles and Georgia on My Mind
“Spencer Evans was born in Picton, grew up around the Quinte area, and graduated from B.C.I.
Spencer plays piano, clarinet, accordion, sings, dances, prances and has been a professional musician for the past 15 years. He has played Bermuda to Bosnia, New Orleans to the North Pole, and has recorded and toured with The Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer and Pat Temple, and has performed with Jeff Healey, Dan Aykroyd, Willie P. Bennett, Jack Mahieu, Alex Pangman, Maria Muldaur, and Toronto’s Swing Gang, among countless others.
Spencer has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBC Radio’s The Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean, MUCHmusic and CMT.
A resident of Kingston for several years, Spencer keeps busy playing with numerous local bands such as Bloom, Pico de Gallo, Ghetto Xpress, The River Cats and various jazzy combos.”
Paired with an excellent buffet, I treasured sharing music with Dad. I will not forget our table conversations or anything about the experience.