Bucks for the brigade
Ochre Pit Cove group raises funds for North Shore Fire Department
Volunteer firefighters from Kingston to Job’s Cove are a little closer to getting some new equipment thanks to an evening of entertainment Aug. 26 at the Ochre Pit Cove Studio.
More than a dozen performers stepped up to the microphone at the former United Church to share their talents and raise $3,000 during the third annual fundraiser for the North Shore Volunteer Fire Department.
“ We really appreciate all the work that has gone into this,” said Fire Chief Roger Gillingham. “It has been an amazing night.”
Lisa Porter and Paul Pope organized the event, which has become an August highlight on the North Shore.
“ The Volunteer Fire Department is an exceptional organization that provides an essential service to a big area,” said Pope.
“ This was a perfect opportunity to recognize this contribution. People were very generous. They brought cakes and snacks and lots of things for prizes. We had framed art, books, crafts, gift certificates and all sorts of beautiful gifts.”
CBC’s On The Go host Ted Blades hosted the evening, led by the firefighters’ own musical duo, Roger Pike and Paul Fahey, who were later joined by Gillingham.
The youngest performers were soloists Dustin Johnson and Kenny Noonan.
Broad Cove resident and town councillor Wanda Crocker played some fiddle tunes with Peg Norman on the bodhran.
Crocker said she was particularly happy to come out and support the department, having had her own brush with catastrophe earlier this year.
“I got a call at four in the morning that a house I own was on fire. I couldn’t believe how fast they came and how efficiently they put out the fire without destroying the whole house. They are the best.”
Brent and Lisa Clark of Freshwater sang some Gospel songs.
“ It seems appropriate,” said Clark, “to be singing Gospel in this building.”
Wildlife biologist Holly Hogan sang, accompanied by her husband, writer Michael Crummey. Last year, Hogan said she was weather-bound on Baccalieu Island, where she studies seabirds.
“I got back just in time,” she said. “I wouldn’t miss it.”
Filmmaker and Ochre Pit Cove summer resident John W. Doyle ( Regarding Our Father) did a recitation from the repertoire of his late father, well-known Newfoundland businessman and folk song collector Gerald S. Doyle.
Other performers included Tommy Oliver, Russell Wangersky and Charis Cotter and Sue Rose..