Our last full day here in St. John’s as we head home in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow. Today was all about fun and celebrity spotting. Spoiler alert...if you’re not into curling, or East Coast television, none of this will mean ANYTHING to you.
After checking out the local farmer’s market this morning, we had an opportunity for a bit of a tour around the houses of some of St. John’s better known celebrities. We passed by the homes owned by Republic of Doyle’s Allan Hawco, then Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle, and lastly This Hour Has 22 Minutes’ Mark Critch. They all live close to downtown with Hawco and Doyle living close to one another in large mansions. Critch lives right on Gower Street in a modest looking row house. Our sources tell us that Doyle and Critch can often be found in the summer months sitting out in front of Doyle’s home sipping a bevie.
On the curling front, we met Jamie Korab, 2006 Olympic Gold Medalist from the Gushue Team. He was at the hotel and we had time to talk wth him. Later on when walking on Water Street, we almost bumped into Mark Nichols who was walking with his son. It’s true that people look bigger on television, cause he’s quite short in real life. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to speak with him or get a photo.
And then it was off to the curling rink for the final. It was a nail biter between Saskatchewan and BC with BC coming out on top, much to Ellen’s pleasure. The game was followed by all the pomp and circumstance of the formal closing ceremony, which was then followed by the much more relaxed Closing Stone Dinner.
It’s been a gruelling week, full of highs and lows, and lots and lots of curling. Our final result, though, exceeded my expectation, so for that reason I can call it a great success.
It’ll be time to get up in a few short hours, so it’s off to bed I go.
Till next time!