More than fish

Green’s Har­bour her­itage group rais­ing money to pay for Orange Lodge

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYDANETTE DOOLEY

While we of­ten fo­cus at­ten­tion on the fish­ery, a mem­ber of the Green’s Har­bour Her­itage So­ci­ety likes to re­mind us not all New­found­lan­ders fished for a liv­ing. There was a lot more to our her­itage than fish­ing, and they are try­ing to keep it alive.

The Green’s Har­bour Her­itage So­ci­ety has been in ex­is­tence for less than a year. How­ever, its pres­i­dent Nancy Brace says she and other mem­bers of the so­ci­ety have a wish list of projects they’d like to ac­com­plish.

Their num­ber one pri­or­ity is pay­ing for the pur­chase of the Green’s Har­bour Orange Lodge.

The so­ci­ety bought the build­ing, built in the 1890s, for $17,500.

A mem­ber of the com­mu­nity do­nated $5,000 to­ward the cost while an­other com­mu­nity mem­ber put up a loan to cover the re­main­ing amount.

Fundrais­ing ef­forts con­tinue to re­pay the $12,500 bal­ance Brace says.

While a re­cent din­ner and dance in St. John’s in aid of the project had to be can­celled when enough tick­ets weren’t sold, Brace says, lo­cal busi­ness own­ers and other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have been very sup­port­ive of the so­ci­ety’s ef­forts.

“Greg Crocker owns CJ’s Res­tau­rant. He do­nated the labour and the chicken for our take­out din­ner, and for a small op­er­a­tion, that was huge,” she says.

As well, she says, Todd War­ren and Dale Cameron, owner/op­er­a­tors of Inn by the Bay, Ge­orge House B and B and the Dildo Trad­ing Post are ready to of­fer what­ever as­sis­tance they can.

“ They con­tacted me right out of the blue about help­ing us with our fundrais­ing. They’ve given us a print to put on tick­ets and they’ve given us a room at the B and B. They’ve got one of our coin cans at the Dildo Trad­ing Post plus they’re giv­ing us a per­cent­age of their rooms for May, June and July.”

The of­fer is not only a gen­er­ous one but it’s also one that shows their in­ter­est in New­found­land his­toric build­ings,” Brace says.

Wayne Ge­orge has given a paint­ing, which is cur­rently up on tick­ets.

Many lo­cal busi­nesses have agreed to place coin cans in their es­tab­lish­ments.

“ Sev­eral other peo­ple who have his­toric con­nec­tions to the com­mu­nity or the Orange Lodge have of­fered arte­facts and cash to help get things rolling,” Brace says.

Fundrais­ing ef­forts planned for the fu­ture in­clude Golf Tour­na­ments in White­way and St. John’s and a good old New­found­land con­cert in Green’s Har­bour.

Once the lodge is paid for and re­stored, Brace says it will be much more than a mu­seum.

The so­ci­ety has tossed around nu­mer­ous sug­ges­tions about what the lodge can be used for.

The build­ing has a me­mo­rial to World War I vet­er­ans. Build­ing upon that project is one of the ideas that the com­mit­tee work­ing to re­store the lodge has talked about.

The space could be used to tell a broader story about life in Green’s Har­bour and in­for­ma­tion about res­i­dents who fought in any war as well as those who stayed home to keep things to­gether. That would be in ad­di­tion to the in­for­ma­tion about the Orange Lodge, Brace says.

“ We very of­ten only fo­cus on the fish­ery... but not ev­ery­one was a fish­er­man. There were peo­ple who went to war; there were peo­ple who made cas­kets; there were peo­ple who made shin­gles; there were peo­ple who farmed; there were peo­ple who were in­volved in Orange Lodges.”

Brace re­it­er­ates the mu­seum idea is just that, at this point in time.

While pay­ing for the lodge may be the so­ci­ety’s most chal­leng­ing, length­i­est and costly project, other ini­tia­tives that will see im­me­di­ate re­sults are mov­ing full steam ahead.

Thanks to a grant, a stu­dent will spend the sum­mer clean­ing out the com­mu­nity’s old United Ceme­tery.

Tree trunks that need to be up­rooted have al­ready been sprayed with green paint and a hand­ful of men have vol­un­teered to do the cut­ting.

What­ever projects the so­ci­ety un­der­takes, will be a com­mu­nity ef­fort, Brace says.

“Our goal is to work with the var­i­ous church and com­mu­nity groups, as well as the Lo­cal Ser­vice District to im­prove the en­tire com­mu­nity, so that ours is an his­toric man­date with an eye to the fu­ture.”

Photo sub­mit­ted

TEXAS MICKY - Sa­man­tha White­way and Clark March draw for a Texas Mickey in May. Crys­tal Reid of Dildo won the bot­tle of Lambs Palm Breeze rum. The draw was among the many fundrais­ers un­der­taken to help pay for the his­toric Orange Lodge (Heart and Hand LOL No. 9) seen in back­ground.

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