The Order of Good Cheer celebrated at Annapolis Royal. With its motto to offer “Fellowship and Good Cheer,” the event included an outdoor theatrical performance written by Marc Lescarbot, a lawyer who had arrived in July. He called his play Le Theatre de Neptune en la Nouvelle-France. The play told the story of sailors travelling to the New World, only to encounter Neptune, God of the Sea and his Tritons. The play included a series of welcoming speeches by Mi’kmaq chiefs. Lescarbot later returned to France in 1607 and wrote about his travels, publishing Histoire de la Nouvelle-France in 1609. Neptune Theatre in Halifax is named after Lescarbot’s play. (Photo: Order of Good Cheer — L’Ordre de Bon Temps, 1606, as envisaged by illustrator C.W. Jefferys in 1942. cwjefferys.ca.)