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Just in case you couldn’t figure it out from all of the tweets, Google+ posts and YouTube notifications that were generated earlier today, I finally uploaded the videos I took during my trip to the Canadian Maritimes back in August. There are 2 videos from the Digby Scallop Days festival in Nova Scotia and 4 from the bagpipe and Celtic/Highland dancing show (Highland Thunder) that we went to at the College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in PEI.

Take a moment to check them out here and if you haven’t seen my photos from that trip, those are available too. Also, if you’ve never considered a trip to the Canadian Maritimes, I highly recommend it.

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Christmas Light Display set to Wizards in Winter
I'm not usually a huge fan of Christmas lights programmed to dance/move/animate to music. Most of the time, they tend to be a bit cheesy and headache inducing. However, we stumbled upon a guy in Mount Laurel, NJ named Dave Harker who takes it to a whole other level. With 900 channels and some light features that could only be loosely defined as "Christmas lights," his show (yes, it really qualifies as a show!) is awe inspiring.

We planned to stop for 5 minutes, but 40 minutes later we finally peeled ourselves away from it. During that time, we did not see a single part of the show repeat! I can only imagine how long it takes him to program all of it.

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Christmas Light Display set to Deck the Halls
I'm not usually a huge fan of Christmas lights programmed to dance/move/animate to music. Most of the time, they tend to be a bit cheesy and headache inducing. However, we stumbled upon a guy in Mount Laurel, NJ named Dave Harker who takes it to a whole other level. With 900 channels and some light features that could only be loosely defined as "Christmas lights," his show (yes, it really qualifies as a show!) is awe inspiring.

We planned to stop for 5 minutes, but 40 minutes later we finally peeled ourselves away from it. During that time, we did not see a single part of the show repeat! I can only imagine how long it takes him to program all of it.

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Ferry mv Confederation Time Lapse
A short time lapse taken aboard the mv Confederation as closes up as it pulls away from the Woods Islands ferry terminal in Prince Edward Island. We're on our way away from PEI to cross the Northumberland Strait to Carribou, Nova Scotia. 

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Highland Storm Highland Dancers & Drums
Highland Storm is a fantastic annual show put on by the students and staff of the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside, PEI. Besides bagpiping and drumming, the school also teaches Celtic and Highland dance. Here the Highland dancers show off their skills. The video doesn't do it justice. Seeing it in person is even more impressive!

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Highland Storm is a fantastic annual show put on by the students and staff of the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside, PEI. James McHattie, the school's principal, plays the bagpipes like no one I've ever seen before. His talent is incredible. He's accompanied here by Trevor Profit on fiddle. Seeing it in person is even more impressive!

(Even though I have a copy of the program, I don't know exactly which song this is. Please feel free to let me know in the comments.)

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Highland Storm Bagpipes
Highland Storm is a fantastic annual show put on by the students and staff of the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside, PEI. Here the bagpipers play one of many captivating songs. The video doesn't do it justice. Seeing it in person is much more impressive!

(Even though I have a copy of the program, I don't know exactly which song this is. Please feel free to let me know in the comments.)

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Highland Storm Bagpipes & Drums
Highland Storm is a fantastic annual show put on by the students and staff of the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside, PEI. Here they show off their bagpiping and drumming skills. The video doesn't do it justice. Seeing it in person is much more impressive!

(Even though I have a copy of the program, I don't know exactly which song this is. Please feel free to let me know in the comments.)

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Scallop Shucking Competition at Digby Scallop Days
Four competitors compete for the title of fastest scallop shucker at the Digby Scallop Days festival in Digby, Nova Scotia. Many time world champion Paul Gidney shucked along with them, shucking twice as many scallops as the winner! As you can hear, I sat next to the daughter of one of the competitors. She was VERY excited! LOL.

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Scallop Shucking Demonstration at Digby Scallop Days
Scallop shucking legend Paul Gidney demonstrates proper scallop shucking techniques while showing off his incredible speed and skill. You can bet I ran right up when he offered the change to try a Digby scallop fresh and raw right from the shell. It was delicious! It was a highlight of the Scallop Days festival in Digby, Nova Scotia.
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