Gath­er­ing Fes­ti­val

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“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.

BETH PEN­NEY/THE TELE­GRAM

Au­drey Bartlett (left) and Pauline Young (right) are house­keep­ers for the ‘OmeSweet­Ome’ tents.

BETH PEN­NEY/THE TELE­GRAM

Mu­si­cians per­form at Satur­day af­ter­noon’s shed crawl.

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