Uncle Milt’s party had been a great success. Accompanied by Cousin Sharon on guitar, Laetitia had performed Eleanor Rigby, Not. After that, she was joined by Cousins Luciano and Bryn and accompanied by Cousin Alicia on piano for two other songs: A Toast to Tom Lehrer and The Ballad of Mae West. For the former, she set the lyrics to an eighteenth century Halifax tune, The Unfortunate Miss Bailey. For the latter, she chose Dvořák’s Humoresque No. 7 in G-Flat Major, inspired by her tour group’s rendition of Passengers Will Please Refrain a few days earlier at Narrows West.
The Mind’s Eye group began the day by driving the short distance from Swan River to Manitoba’s Duck Mountain Provincial Park for some wildlife viewing. The park is home to a variety of large mammals, including moose, elk, black bear, gray wolf, and lynx. Historically, the grizzly bear range extended into the park, but the bears are no longer seen here. Then the group headed west, crossing the border to Saskatchewan’s Provincial Park, where they went canoeing. Afterward, they moved on west to Kamsack, a picturesque town located at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Whitesand Rivers. The day’s gossip overheard by Laetitia during her happy hour sojourn was about a female fitness freak whose talk to the local women’s club about creative ways to stay in shape raised a few eyebrows. It became Laetitia’s limerick of the day.
The women’s group thought it obscene
When that athletic woman named Jean
Who lived in Kamsack
Said she loved bouncing back
When she made love on the trampoline.