Heart’s Con­tent Ca­ble Sta­tion hosts events

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

The lay­ing of the first transat­lantic ca­ble on the ocean floor be­tween Europe and North Amer­ica in 1866 was more chal­leng­ing than any­one could have imag­ined.

From gi­ant squid, whales and sea­horses, to al­leged sight­ings of min­dread­ing mer­maids, the seas of New­found­land and Labrador have seen it all.

On Aug. 8, the Heart’s Con­tent Ca­ble Sta­tion hosted an evening of tales of crea­tures from the deep with mas­ter sto­ry­teller Dale Jarvis.

The event was held at Jack’s Old Shop, owned by Marko Bar­ron and lo­cated across the street from the sta­tion.

Site su­per­vi­sor Linda Soo­ley said, “for the last three years, we have part­nered with the Mizzen Her­itage So­ci­ety and Jack’s Old Shop for this sto­ry­telling event, and have de­cided we may make it an an­nual event, as it has be­come so pop­u­lar. We had a full house and the visi­tors loved it.”

A week later, the sta­tion al­tered its fo­cus from the sea and its riches to the role women played in ear­lier years.

What did the women who worked at the sta­tion do when they weren’t “man­ning the lines”?

Like many oth­ers with leisure time on their hands, they kept busy with quilt­ing, em­broi­dery, rug hook­ing, knitting and other crafts done for plea­sure and home dec­o­ra­tion.

Dur­ing Demon­stra­tion Week, Aug. 14-20, the sta­tion dis­played a va­ri­ety of crafts un­der the theme, “Women at the Sta­tion.”

On “Sen­sa­tional Sun­day,” sev­eral lo­cal women did live craft demon­stra­tions. Anne Thorne pro­vided New­found­land-Ir­ish mu­sic. Tea and fresh tou­tons were in big de­mand.

“ We had a very suc­cess­ful day,” Soo­ley con­cluded.

Stu­dent in­ter­preter Tara-Lee Reid demon­strats how to make tou­tons.

The Heart’s Con­tent Ca­ble Sta­tion’s evening of sto­ry­telling, “Crea­tures from the deep,” was held at Jack’s Old Shop, owned by Marko Bar­ron.

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