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NewfoundPod Episode 3-01 St. John’s Storytelling Circle

Hi everyone. Long time no talk.

I hope wherever you are, you are doing well and staying safe. I’m hunkered down here at home, trying to get used to all of this.

The reason I’m back today is to tell you about an online event you can attend. It is called the St John’s Story Telling Circle. Normally, this story circle, an open mic for storytellers, is held at a pub. Since that isn’t possible now, they are holding them online via Zoom. Two weeks ago, I attended the first session and it was so much fun! On total there were 10 storytellers. Listeners checked in from around Newfoundland Labrador, the rest of Canada, the United States and even Australia! The administrator was Kailey, and they welcomed us all and introduced the host, Gary Green.

I’ll give you Gary’s bio from the organizers:

GARY GREEN is a storyteller and author who has performed both inside and outside the province for a variety of groups ranging from youth camps to international conferences. Among the groups for which he has performed are the Gros Morne Fall Fest, Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series, Battle Harbour Historic Trust, Canadian National Storytelling Conference, Admiralty House Museum, Labrador Creative Arts Festival, St. John’s Folk Festival and Trails, Tales and Tunes. Gary has performed on television as part of the series “Legends and Lore of the North Atlantic” and on several radio stations. He has performed in the international award winning productions “Inside Outside Battery” and “Foghorns and Heartbreak”. Gary has been a consultant for the use of storytelling in the interpretation of the Battle Harbour National Historic Site, the Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site and is very active in developing and delivering a story-based interpretation of The Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club National Historic Site. He has been a board member of the St. John’s Storytelling Festival, and a founding board member of the Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation. Gary teaches storytelling at the annual Vinland Music Camp.

The other storytellers were
Alex Mason,
Harry Ingram,
Gaurav Madan,
Jeanene Walsh,
Christie Keegan,
Karen Carroll,
Ken Parsons,
Dave Paddon,
and Sage Tyrtle.

There was such an incredible and unique collection of stories, there were costumes, it had everything but the cold beer. Next time I’ll be sure to sip on one to get the total experience.

Speaking of next time. They are holding their next session on May 13th at 8PM NT. Don’t be late as the doors are locked once the show begins. You can go to their website at www.storytellingstjohns.ca and sign up for their newsletter, and you will get a link to register for the next circle. Are you a storyteller yourself? You can let them know you’d be interested in sharing. If you are new to Zoom, you can download it for computer or mobile device at Zoom.US. If you get to the show early, there is a quick Zoom lesson for you. I will be there, and I hope to see you too!

That’s it for me this week, I will be back soon with a regular episode on a historic topic. If you have any suggestions, email me at newfoundpod@gmail.com

Thanks and take care of yourselves, and each other.

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Henry Ford Museum


The History of Bowring Park


With the weather finally warming up here on the Avalon, I decided to talk to you today about the history of Bowring Park.  





The History of NONIA in Newfoundland

There’s some construction going on in downtown St. John’s right now, but the store owners want you to know, they are open for business. This got me to thinking about the stores that have been downtown for quite a while, and one of those stores is NONIA. You may know NONIA as just a store  that sells beautiful handmade sweaters, but there’s actually a rich history behind it.   

Black and white photo of customers at the NONIA store in St. John's, Newfoundland

The Colonial Building Riots

This week, Newfoundlanders go to the polls in another provincial election. If you watch the news, have social media or just talk to people, there’s always something going on that makes people angry with whoever is in charge. Sometimes it’s justified, sometimes it’s not. Back in 1932, people had had enough and a demonstration turned into a riot that threatened the life of the Prime Minister.



Vice.com article by Drew Brown
Rowe, Frederick William. A History of Newfoundland and Labrador. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1980. Print.