Rita's Tea Room, originally a one-room schoolhouse in the 1930s, was the first home of late Canadian singer-songwriter Rita MacNeil. Converted into a tea room in the early 80s, and nestled snugly alongside Highway 4 in Rita's hometown of Big Pond, Rita's Tea Room offered delicious homemade lunches and desserts, unique career retrospective displays and memorabilia showcases, and of course a must-stop gift shop. And every Sunday in July and August, the Songs on Sunday music and dinner series. The Tea Room in Big Pond is now permanently closed, but you can see some of the memorabilia and purchase unique Rita products - even have a cup of tea! - at 300 Charlotte st., Sydney, open year-round.
'Traveling On' is the name of the compilation recording that incorporates songs from all of Rita MacNeil's studio albums; from her very first, 1975's 'Born a Woman', to her very last, 2012's 'Saving Grace'. A must-have for collectors, or the perfect choice for those just discovering the music!