“Shaun has been the same way forever,” said Bartlett. “He was like it growing up, and I think that’s why everyone in the community wants to help out.”
Not only do both ladies clean up after the crowds, but they also invite them to stay with them during the festival.
“I have a few tents pitched on my lawn right now,” she said with a laugh.
Singer songwriter Steve Poltz was one of Friday night’s musical guests.
Poltz incorporated a few of his personal experiences in Newfoundland into his performance on Friday night.
“I love to engage with my audiences,” said Poltz. “The best way to get them to warm up to you is by relating with them.”
Poltz told The Telegram that recently while he was visiting Newfoundland, someone approached him and said, “Who the frig knit you by?” He was so confused he decided to write a song about it.
“Once they warm up to you, they’ll do things for you that they might not normally do,” said Poltz.
Poltz’s final song was a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young,” when he unplugged and made his way down into the crowd.
Strangers swayed arm and arm, and sang along together.
“I’m getting teary-eyed again just talking about it,” said Poltz.
Saturday afternoon consisted of perhaps the most traditional Newfoundland event — a shed party.
Rex Goudie joined with other musicians and led the crowd around Burlington, where locals invited them in for a scoff and a scruff.
The Gathering closed out Saturday night with music from Sherman Downey, The Once, and headlined by Joel and Bill Plaskett.
The relaxed atmosphere, culinary delights, and world class musicians all coming together in a town with a population of 315 people is truly a unique experience.
The Gathering is an adventure worth taking.
Audrey Bartlett (left) and Pauline Young (right) are housekeepers for the ‘OmeSweetOme’ tents.
Musicians perform at Saturday afternoon’s shed crawl.