New Har­bour Days a huge suc­cess

The Compass - - EDUCATION - Sub­mit­ted by An­nette Bishop-Hig­don

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.

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