New Per­li­can her­itage day draws crowd

Peter’s Fin­ger re­ceives des­ig­na­tion as her­itage site

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

The des­ig­na­tion of Peter’s Fin­ger as a her­itage site was one of the high­lights of this year’s New Per­li­can Her­itage Day on July 10.

It was the third an­nual event in the com­mu­nity, and or­ga­niz­ers say it was the most suc­cess­ful to date. Many res­i­dents, for­mer res­i­dents and tourists were in at­ten­dance.

It was the fifth such des­ig­na­tion by the Her­itage New Per­li­can com­mit­tee, and was done in con­junc­tion with the town coun­cil.

Peter’s Fin­ger is an area of much mys­tery and leg­end, and is lo­cated in Vit­ter’s Cove, New Per­li­can.

It is said to be the look­out of pirate Peter Eas­ton dur­ing his reign in Trin­ity Bay, leg­end has it that if a goat fell in through the cliffs at Peter’s Fin­ger, it would come out in the har­bour.

The many holes in the cliff are also said to con­tain pirate’s trea­sure.

The four other her­itage sites in­clude: the Loyal Orange Water­loo Lodge, St. Matthews United south side ceme­tery, the Sit­tin’ Rock and Bur­rage’s Stage.

There were a num­ber of awards handed out. Some of them in­clude the fol­low­ing:

• Photo con­test win­ners - Deb­bie Smith ( first place), Jerry Bel­bin (sec­ond place) and Sue Critch ( third place). The con­test was judged by New­found­land artist and New Per­li­can na­tive Paula Bryant.

• Root cel­lar con­test - won by Frank and Rose­mary Bar­ring­ton. The con­test is meant to en­cour­age the preser­va­tion of his­toric root cel­lars in the com­mu­nity.

A dis­play of pe­riod pho­tos that had been re­stored and dry-mounted was also un­veiled dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the Vet­eran’s Me­mo­rial Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Ar­chae­ol­o­gist Bill Gil­bert was the guest speaker. Gil­bert dis­cov­ered the Hef­ford plan­ta­tion in New Per­li­can, which is thought to be the old­est plan­ta­tion in Canada still oc­cu­pied by de­scen­dants of the orig­i­nal fam­ily.

Gil­bert gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on digs on the Bac­calieu Trail, in­clud­ing the Hef­ford Plan­ta­tion.

It was also fit­ting that a wall mu­ral of the har­bour, painted in 1946 by W. C. Palmer, was fea­tured. The mu­ral was orig­i­nally the back drop for the stage at the for­mer St. Au­gus­tine’s school, and was res­cued by the town af­ter the school was torn down and given to the com­mit­tee for preser­va­tion.

Max War­ren, a lo­cal vol­un­teer, made a re­tractable sys­tem so the mu­ral can be dis­played on spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

A photo and in­for­ma­tion about Palmer, which was com­piled by Ted Rowe of Heart’s Con­tent, was also on dis­play.

Par­tic­i­pants were also treated to some her­itage projects that were done by stu­dents at Perl­win Ele­men­tary this past school year.

Mayor Linda Moyles, Bertha Con­way, Marie McDon­ald and Ches Ped­dle take a look at items on dis­play dur­ing the July 10 Her­itage Day in New Per­li­can.

Deb­bie Smith was the first place win­ner in the New Per­li­can Her­itage Day photo con­test. The award was ac­cepted by Susie Smith (cen­tre), Deb­bie’s mother-in­law. Mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion was Eileen Matthews and Greg Twin­ing.

Eileen Matthews (left) and Greg Twin­ing present New Per­li­can Mayor Linda Moyles with a plague on the des­ig­na­tion of Peter’s Fin­ger as a her­itage site.

This root cel­lar owned by Frank and Rose­mary Bar­ring­ton took top prize in the root cel­lar con­test dur­ing the Her­itage Day in New Per­li­can July 10.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.