New Per­li­can her­itage day draws big­gest crowd ever

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

The des­ig­na­tion of An­der­son’s shed as a her­itage site was one of the high­lights of this year’s New Per­li­can Her­itage Day on July 9.

It was the fourth an­nual event in the town. Or­ga­niz­ers say it was the most suc­cess­ful to date, with well over 100 res­i­dents, for­mer res­i­dents and tourists in at­ten­dance.

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

An­der­son’s shed was built for Ge­orge Bur­rage in the late 1950s by Edgar Bur­rage, who lived in Vit­ter’s Cove, New Per­li­can.

It was built for a horse, with the loft be­ing used for hay stor­age. In 1982, Brid­get But­ler pur­chased the house on Path Road. But­ler’s daugh­ter, Joan, gave the shed’s his­tory.

The other her­itage sites are the Loyal Orange Water­loo Lodge, St. Matthew’s United south side ceme­tery, Sittin’ Rock, Bur­rage’s stage and Peter’s Fin­ger.

Awards were handed out to photo con­test win­ners, as fol­lows:

• “Old” photo con­test — Lor­raine LaFitte ( first and sec­ond place) and ( third place)

• “ New” photo con­test — Lor­raine LaFitte ( first place), Paul Stock­ham (sec­ond place) and Deb­bie Bown ( third place).

The con­test was judged by Joanne Snook-Hann, an artist with fam­ily roots in New Per­li­can.

A dis­play of pe­riod pho­tos that had been re­stored and dry­mounted was also un­veiled dur­ing the cer­e­mony at the Vet­eran’s

Marie

McDon­ald Me­mo­rial Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

For­mer pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Philip War­ren was the guest speaker.

War­ren re­ferred to the re­newed in­ter­est in New Per­li­can — its past, present and fu­ture.

He said the town re­sisted the urge to be neg­a­tive about ru­ral New­found­land and Labrador and be­gan to “ex­am­ine the past and look to the fu­ture with pride and op­ti­mism.”

Clif­ford Ge­orge, an artist from White­way, pre­sented to the Her­itage New Per­li­can com­mit­tee a sketch of a salt-box-type house in the town.

“ We had the most pho­tos and dis­plays ever,” said com­mit­tee chair Eileen Matthews. “ Some of them were done by fam­i­lies, whereas other years we did them our­selves.”

As part of the New Per­li­can Her­itage Day cel­e­bra­tion, the Bur­rage fam­ily mounted a dis­play about Edith May Bur­rage (1911-2006), a res­i­dent with a wealth of knowl­edge about the town. Sev­eral Bur­rage fam­ily mem­bers were in at­ten­dance in­clud­ing, from left, Anna Bai­ley, Ja­son Bai­ley, Rhoda Bai­ley (with Klara Bai­ley), Car­men Bai­ley, Ross Critch, Jessica Critch and Ge­orge Bur­rage.

The Her­itage New Per­li­can com­mit­tee, from left, Greg Twin­ing, Joan But­ler, Gail Snook, Brenda Wad­den, Eileen Matthews (chair), Lor­raine War­ren (trea­surer) and Max War­ren (town coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive). The back­drop is a wall mu­ral of the har­bour, painted in 1946 by W.C. Palmer. It was orig­i­nally part of the stage at the for­mer St. Au­gus­tine’s Anglican school, and was res­cued by the town af­ter the school was torn down and given to the com­mit­tee for preser­va­tion.

Or­ga­niz­ers say New Per­li­can Her­itage Day was the most suc­cess­ful to date, with well over 100 res­i­dents, for­mer res­i­dents and tourists in at­ten­dance.

This his­tor­i­cal ar­ti­fact stumped a lot of view­ers dur­ing New Per­li­can Her­itage Day on July 9, un­til Ros­alind Critch cor­rectly iden­ti­fied it as a vot­ing tool at Lodge meet­ings. A ball passed through the black hole in­di­cated re­jec­tion, while a white ball in­di­cated agree­ment.

White­way artist Clif­ford Ge­orge pre­sented the Her­itage New Per­li­can com­mit­tee with a sketch of a salt-box house.

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