Cel­e­brat­ing Our Peo­ple

25th an­nual Gar­nish Bakeap­ple Fes­ti­val gets un­der­way Aug. 5

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - Al­lan Stood­ley Down Me­mory Lane AR­CHIVES GAR­NISH, NL Al­lan Stood­ley is a long time res­i­dent of Grand Bank. He wel­comes com­ments on this or any other ar­ti­cle he has writ­ten. He can be reached at am­stood­ley @ hot­mail .com

Over the past 25 years the an­nual Bakeap­ple Fes­ti­val in Gar­nish has proven to be an out­stand­ing suc­cess and no doubt the 2017 edi­tion will con­tinue that tra­di­tion.

This year’s Fes­ti­val which runs from Satur­day, Aug.5 to Sun­day, Aug. 13, has a full sched­ule of events slated for the en­tire fam­ily and geared to all ages, from the very young right up to and in­clud­ing the town’s se­nior cit­i­zens.

In ad­di­tion, this year’s pro­gram will take a trip down me­mory lane to in­clude an evening of en­ter­tain­ment at the town’s Com­mu­nity Cen­tre en­ti­tled “Cel­e­brat­ing Our Peo­ple”. Em­pha­sis will be placed on the rich history and cul­ture of Gar­nish with the high­light of the evening be­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of a play en­ti­tled “Stephen Leonard Grandy – Dory Builder”.

Ship­build­ing was a ma­jor em­ployer in Gar­nish from the late 1800s right up to the 1940s with dozens of car­pen­ters and la­bor­ers be­ing em­ployed. From cut­ting the tim­bers to op­er­at­ing the sawmills and then the ac­tual build­ing of the dif­fer­ent size bank­ing schooners, the ship­builders of Gar­nish earned an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion.

Stephen Leonard Grandy was born in 1884 at Gar­nish and at a very young age honed his car­pen­try skills. While still a young man he moved to Grand Bank to be em­ployed with G. & A. Buf­fett Ltd, a com­pany sell­ing dories lo­cally and also along the south coast of the is­land.

It wasn’t long be­fore his quick mind started to study the struc­ture of the dif­fer­ent type dories and then he de­signed a boat which he felt bet­ter suited the New­found­land fish­ery, weather and ocean con­di­tions.

His en­trepreneur­ship then took over and he struck out on his own along with his three sons — Max, Roy and Leonard — to es­tab­lish their own work­shop build­ing and sell­ing his ver­sion of the Grandy Dory. In the 1940s and 1950s the high de­mand for dories kept the Grandy work­shop busy. They built more than 300 of them over the years.

Ho­ra­tio Cluett is the brain­child in writ­ing and pro­duc­ing the play for this year’s Bakeap­ple Fes­ti­val. In ad­di­tion he is also one of the ac­tors.

In his words, “the play recre­ates the life jour­ney of Stephen Leonard along the path to be­com­ing a fa­mous do­ry­builder.” It is fic­tional but is en­tirely based on ac­tual his­tor­i­cal events both in Gar­nish and in his later life at Grand Bank.

The 100 peo­ple who will be at­tend­ing the “Stephen Leonard Grandy – Dory Builder” play on Aug. 11will also be treated to a re­cep­tion that will in­clude lots of Gar­nish food treats, a dis­play of his­toric ar­ti­facts and a chance to in­ter­act with some of the de­scen­dants of Stephen Leonard. It will be an op­por­tu­nity for those present to mix with oth­ers and talk about the history and cul­ture of Gar­nish.

Stephen Leonard Grandy’s dory gained na­tional promi­nence in 1992 when it was cho­sen and ap­peared on one of the Cana­dian Quar­ters; a fit­ting tribute to one of Gar­nish’s most fa­mous sons.


Grand Bank Seafoods be­gan pro­cess­ing clams again in mid-July - a lit­tle less than a month af­ter a ma­jor fire at the fa­cil­ity. How­ever, it will likely take at least an­other two months to fully re­store the plant.


Ho­ra­tio Cluett wrote the play for this year’s Bakeap­ple Fes­ti­val en­ti­tled “Stephen Leonard Grandy – Dory Builder”

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