Cartwright Her­itage Fes­ti­val re­turns

New Septem­ber date and myr­iad events bring out crowds de­spite weather

The Labradorian - - Editorial - BY THOM BARKER Mail: Christ­mas Cook­book / The Tele­gram 36 Austin Street, St. John’s, NL, A1B 3T7 Email: [email protected]­gram.com

The Cartwright Her­itage Fes­ti­val back.

The fes­ti­val, which cel­e­brates the south­ern Labrador com­mu­nity’s fish­ing and fur-trad­ing past, took a bit of a hia­tus over the past cou­ple of years, at least in part be­cause the tim­ing of pre­vi­ous events in July was not ideal.

Sharon Hol­well, the event’s lead or­ga­nizer, ex­plained that in the sum­mer many peo­ple are just too busy, ei­ther work­ing at the fish plant, or off at their cab­ins. And, of course, the flies in July and Au­gust can put a damper on just about any­thing.

How­ever, this past week­end, Sept. 21-23, wall-to-wall events started with a meet-and-greet Fri­day evening at the school gym.

“It was a re­ally, re­ally fun week­end,” said Hol­well, not­ing its suc­cess was due to the work of a “re­ally, re­ally strong com­mit­tee” with Mar­garet Hol­well, Bar­bara Hol­well, San­dra Dyson, Ola Gate­house and Priscilla Clark.

“There were lots of peo­ple on the go and we made a nice bit of money. We had re­ally strong winds and rain show­ers, but it didn’t stop peo­ple from com­ing out.”

The meet-and-greet, which had a great turnout, fea­tured a tra­di­tional bak­ing com­pe­ti­tion, skits, singing, raf­fles and a her­itage pre­sen­ta­tion by school chil­dren. Fol­low­ing that, North Side Pub hosted a kitchen party.

On Sat­ur­day, the old United Church, which is be­ing con­verted to a mu­seum, held a “Them Days” walk through. The day was filled with games, com­pe­ti­tions, raf­fles and con­ces­sion stands – cul­mi­nat­ing at 4 p.m. with a tra­di­tional jigg’s din­ner at the parish hall.

The evening was for danc­ing with a kid’s dance start­ing at 6 p.m., fol­lowed by an adult dance at 10 p.m. The whole thing wrapped up Sun­day with a com­mu­nity is church ser­vice.

The var­i­ous events raised over $7,000. One of the main fundrais­ers was a fish net of re­mem­brance. The net was dec­o­rated with Christ­mas lights and set up on town coun­cil grounds. Peo­ple bought lam­i­nated pa­per fish on which they wrote the name of a loved one who has passed on, thus in­clud­ing for­mer com­mu­nity mem­bers in the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Af­ter ex­penses, Hol­well said money raised from the fish net and raf­fles will be used to en­hance com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties. One pri­or­ity is a new sound sys­tem, which she noted the town will be able to buy with the pro­ceeds.

Hol­well gave credit for the suc­cess of this year’s fes­ti­val to a “re­ally, re­ally strong” com­mit­tee.

“I can­not thank the com­mit­tee mem­bers enough, they went above and be­yond for this,” she said.

Hol­well said there will be an­other fes­ti­val in 2019. It will be up to town coun­cil to de­cide if it will also be in Septem­ber, but she added it’s likely, given the suc­cess this year’s fes­ti­val.

“I’m sure they will,” she said. “Ev­ery­one seemed to think that it was a re­ally good time to have it.”

She thinks next year’s fes­ti­val will be even big­ger and bet­ter.

“I do ex­pect more next year when word of mouth gets out that we had such a re­ally good time,” she said.

“It was a re­ally, re­ally fun week­end.” – Sharon Hol­well

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Mar­garet To­mashie (left) and Phoebe Davis fry tou­tons dur­ing a Them Days walk-through of the old Cartwright United Church, dur­ing the Cartwright Her­itage Fes­ti­val on Sept. 22.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Gla­dys Hill (left), Mar­garet To­mashie and Phoebe Davis en­joy a cup of tea dur­ing the walk-through of the old Cartwright United Church.

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