Heart’s Content Cable Station hosts events
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.