Sunshine, crowds mark opening of Tails, Trails and Tunes Festival

Jamie Bennett
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John Gosse of By Rote gets in a few licks on his fiddle during his group's performance at the Cat Stop in Norris Point on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

With warm sunshine and a bustling waterfront, it was easy to see Sunday that the summer season has officially begun in Norris Point.

Visitors and locals alike flocked to the area over the weekend after the eighth annual Tales, Trails and Tunes Festival kicked off Friday.

After a number of events Friday and Saturday that included live music, a Celebrate the Sea Day and a heritage walk at Burnt Hill, Sunday saw another busy day in the Gros Morne National Park community.

The day started with  yoga and a 75-kilometre Bike the Bonne Bay Loop event. Other Sunday activities included, a make your own lantern session, storytelling and concerts featuring the Folk of the Bay Quartet Lion’s and Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case.

Shirley Montague, artistic director of the festival, said in the eight years the festival has been running, she gets the sense from local business owners and visitors that this event is considered the unofficial start of summer in the area.

“Everyone gets geared up and running for this date and the rest of the season kind of falls into place,” Montague said

After a long, hard winter, she said there’s little doubt participants and visitors were happy to bask in the balmy conditions over the weekend.

“This was one heck of a winter ... so everyone was ready to break out and they just went for it,” she said.

The festival will run until Sunday.

Geographic location: Burnt Hill, Gros Morne National Park

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