New Harbour Days a huge success
On Sept. 14 and 15, members the New Harbour youth and recreation committee went above and beyond to bring community spirit alive in the town.
They chose a carnival theme, which spoke volumes for the time and effort these ladies devoted to make the weekend a huge success.
Saturday started with games-of-chance, popcorn, cotton candy, ring toss and all the fun that comes from being at a carnival. There were hotdogs, hamburgers and fries available throughout the day, all prepared by Violet Newhook and family.
Violet owned and operated the local takeout commonly known for years as Violet’s TakeOut. She operated this business for 30-plus years and finally decided it was time for her to enjoy retirement in 1996. At 83 years-of-age, it was no load on Violet to put the fries in a brown paper bag and serve them up the way she had for years. It brought back great childhood and teenage memories for the young and old alike.
She heard of the New Harbour Days a few months back and offered up her time and talent to bring back the days of snack packs with fries, dressing and gravy. Needless to say, the tickets didn’t last long and everyone that managed to get them was ecstatic to pick up the old time snacks and once again see Violet in action.
She spent the entire weekend at the festivities, including being on the dance floor at 2 a.m., kicking up her heels.
The other great excitement of the day was the popular dunk tank, and no one walked away dry. Among those getting dunked were Woodland Elementary principal Lorraine Harnum and Miss Newfoundland and Labrador, Chelsie Ash.
The atmosphere for the day was none other than a “carnival” with the crowds of people adorning the area and all the great smells of carnival food goodies, this fun carried on into the evening with an adult dance and around midnight there were great aromas of moose burgers filling the area.
On Sunday, there was a local musical talent with tea, dessert and bake sale. The day was put together by committee member Marina Bonnell, who’s wellknown in the town for her musical talent and this was quite evident in the number of people who spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon listening to the great local talent in our area.
The rain may have been coming down outside but inside it was rays of sunshine on the performers. Now, this was just the beginning of Sunday’s festivities.
The Plank Drop was also a crowd pleaser. We sold tickets on cash prizes for the first piece of wood to cross in the well- known “Train Trestle” area of New Harbour. With all the rain on Sunday, the tide on Monday proved to be a fast ride downstream for our planks, with local residents Rodney Higdon and Stanley Higdon braving the rapids in their hip waders with dip nets in hand. The lucky winners of our Plank Drop were are follows: Sydney Hillier, first place; Jerome Trainor, second place; and Janice Woodman, third place.
The Recreation Committee would like to thank all the businesses in the area for your local support as well and everyone that came out from the various communities to offer your support. We were happy to see the turnout and without our community and the local communities in the area supporting us this weekend would not have been as successful as it was. Thanks and we look forward to our next community event.
Members of the New Harbour youth and recreation committee. They include: Front (l-r) – Marina Bonnell, Christina Trainor, Susan Woodman, Wanda Lee Bowen, Denise Smith, Lisa Thorne and Annette Bishop-Higdon; back – Crystalynn Thorne, Michelle Hefford, Lori Hefford and Kathy Legge Higdon.
The adults who performed. Shown here are, Clarence Mollons, Kathy Smith, Sherry Wolfrey, Rendell Mercer and Rendell Whalen. Obscured in the background is Leila Brown.
A youth musical group known as The Trinity Shore Fiddlers provided some great entertainment. They are, from left, Dillon Brown, Kyle Pretty, Kaitlyn Bishop, Chelsea Wolfrey, Lilly Hefford, Abby Higdon, Shana Brown, Abigail Morgan, Kylie George and Paige White.
Rod Higdon (left) and Wanda-Lee Bowen are seen going over the results of the popular “Plank Drop” race.
Violet Newhook came out of retirement to serve up her famous french fries.