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 offers 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 operates seasonally from May 28 to mid-October, and is open seven days a week, 10 am - 5 pm.
This music and dinner series runs every Sunday afternoon in July and August. Beginning at 1:00 pm, patrons are treated to the musical stylings of Cape Breton legend Flo Sampson on piano, while a full turkey dinner meal is served. As dessert is rolled out, acclaimed singer-songwriter and musical genius Kim Dunn sets the tone for the afternoon's entertainment. Kim, a former long-time member of Rita's band, regales the crowd with tales from the road, favorite Rita songs, and of course his own inspiring compositions. He also introduces the special guest to the series, which changes with each Sunday performance. An incredible afternoon of food and music, in the intimate setting of Rita's Tea Room! Reservations recommended.
'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!