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Episode 20 – The Royal St. John’s Regatta #RSJR200

Episode 20 of Newfoundpod covers the Royal St. John’s Regatta. I talked history, my personal stories, some other stories and the plans for the current year’s races.


Official Regatta site
Old official Regatta site with more history
The Regatta on Twitter and Facebook

Jack Fitzgerald books on Amazon.


Check me out on Twitter @NewfoundPod and Facebook /NewfoundPod where I’ll be adding more photos over the next few days.

Episode 19


Look who is finally back with a new episode! It’s ME!

Today’s episode deals with the future of the podcast. I also talk about Anthony Bourdain, Cortney Lake and read an entry from someone who loved their trip to Newfoundland.


Anthony Bourdain Passes Away
Article on Cortney from the Newfoundland Herald
Cortney’s family’s FB group

Newfoundland Reddit

The Salt Meat Party

Episode 18 – Parts Unknown

Hi everyone! As I promised on the Facebook page, here’s my recap and thoughts on yesterday’s episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – Newfoundland.

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Anthony Bordain’s blog about the trip.

All the blogs and videos from Newfoundland on the Parts Unknown site.

A list of all the food he ate, where he ate it, and who he dined with.

Bourdain Bump: Tourism industry has high hopes for Parts Unknown episode

Chef Jeremy Charles, who I may have fallen in love with over the course of this episode.

I’s Da Bye

Episode 17 – Lovely Mummers

Crazy week here, but I got this episode finished….I did forget my intro though!

Here is the link to the “Lovely Mummers” Indigogo page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lovely-mummers-horror#/

A horror home invasion short film blending Newfoundland folklore with the tradition of Mummering.

Please support if you can! I really want to see this movie get made!

Tune in to SoundsFromTheEdge.fm

There are so many natural instruments that contribute to the soundscape of Newfoundland and Labrador: from the clamouring waves, to the whistling winds, to the friendly lilt of a voice being carried gently across a bay.

Now, you can experience that soundscape for yourself.

Tune in, turn up your volume, and start exploring at


Episode 16 – Ireland and Newfoundland

This weekend is St. Patrick’s Day, and that got me thinking about how closely related Newfoundland and Ireland are. Our flags, our music, our accents, our looks, our beliefs, even the look of the land are so similar, that Irish author Tim Pat Coogan has said “Newfoundland is the most Irish place in the world outside of Ireland. Today I’m going to talk about those similarities and the effect of our Irish ancestors on our province.

Here are the photos and videos I mentioned on the episode: (more…)

Episode 15: Vera Perlin, An Extraordinary Newfoundlander

Episode 15: Vera Perlin, An Extraordinary Newfoundlander


A classroom from 1950 on Patrick Street.
Vera Perlin receives the Order of Canada
Vera Perlin Society
1960 article about Mrs. Perlin
Letter to Mrs Perlin explaining why this lady worked hard to make sure funding went to the school.

Articles and photos come from the Vera Perlin Society website, listed below.

Sources and Links

(Note: The language regarding special needs children reflects the language at the time, and may offend you, so proceed with caution. None of the language is used in an insulting way, it was just the language used at the time.)

Vera Perlin Society
Tripod Bio
The Button Shop
Louise Beck, fired for being married (!) becomes a teacher at Vera Perlin

Episode 14 – The Giant Squid of Newfoundland

Newfoundland holds a few Guinness World Records: the first trans-Atlantic flight, the first European settlers in North America, the earliest record of animal tracks (from 565 million years ago) and the world’s largest squid. This episode is about those devil fish, those Kraken, those giant squid. Squids?



Sizable squid in Glovers Harbour, N.L





http://collections.mun.ca/cdm/ref/collection/quarterly/id/34801 The Newfoundland Quarterly, volume 65, no. 3 (Summer 1967)

Fitzgerald, Jack. “Newfoundland Adventures: in Air, on Land, at Sea.” Newfoundland Adventures: in Air, on Land, at Sea, Creative Publishers, 2006, pp. 50–71.

PT Barnum was a monster.

New Newfoundland Tourism Commercial

Newfoundpod Episodes 12 & 13: My Christmas Traditions, Newfoundland Traditions

I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday. Today, I’m going to tell you about my own Christmas traditions and some Newfoundland Christmas traditions, some that have stuck around and most that have gone away.

ARCHIVAL MOMENTS: Tippling on Tibb’s Eve
Christmas in Black & White


Encyclopedia of Newfoundland
Divination by Melting Lead
Rock Recipes – Cold Plate
The Wren
Mummers Festival
Five Festive Celebrations in Newfoundland and Labrador