Potatoes and tern at TattieFest this weekend

Dave White
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It is potatoes and tern at the tickle festival in hometown McIvers. TattieFest, for now, really a long story, short and sweet, is both traditional and contemporary. Three centuries in the making. Nothing strange. Just good times. Home town. Music. Laughter. Good cause. Good company.  

Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case, along with a parade of well-loved local area entertainers and impromptu young opening acts destined to be showcase artists in years to come, will grace the stage at the old potato grounds in older McIvers this weekend, 200 years on.

This Friday evening and through the day and the night Saturday, some of the best musicians on this part of western Newfoundland shore and nearby parts of the rest of Canada join in lively reverence with the warmth and beauty of the Bay of Islands summertime. And, to coming Canada Day, of course.

Morgans, Lovells, Parks, Parsonses, Whites, dare I forget any founders, bless them all from hometown McIvers. Three centuries welcoming, family here carries on. Legacy prevails. We mind. Fun times matter. More than once a year.

Favourable forecast

The TattieFest family garden party and open air music concert where people will share, complete with a favourable forecast for good weather this weekend, more of the joy born of the hope and lasting happiness found among all who live here, by those from elsewhere who come hearing about the rural Newfoundland and Labrador lifestyle and the many more who already know of it and have chosen to return each time they can.  I’d expect my grandchildren will enjoy it for many years more. It’s surely a pretty place, McIvers. Fine folk, too! And, did I mention the stearns?

Through three successful years, TattieFest (a.k.a. the Tattie, Tern and Tickle Fest, tentatively) has proven its place as the welcomed Bay of Islands summer festival season opener. Fun in the sun! And, in the wind and the frost, the rain and the sunshowers and not necessarily in that order.

Good folk and bluegrass music mixing with green themes that share place in the beautiful backdrop of the snowcapped Blow-Me-Down Mountains of late June, the survival instinct discovered around the McIvers Island tickle, and the joy of social wellness each year found in the outdoor garden party concert next door make the end of June worth living.

Without benefit of a known publicist, the headline act for this year’s hometown volunteer firefighting brigade fundraiser stands an ambiguous case, except as winner of that nationwide CBC best new Canadian artists competition in 2013. I’d volunteer to be their yes man, but, no one has asked, yet.

On a serious note, hometown McIvers, pop. 546 circa 2011, has doubled and tripled its numbers over the three previous years at TattieFest, the town volunteer fire brigade’s primary fundraiser.

See you there! Friday night kicks it off and Sunday morning bids adieu. Have fun, all!

Dave White welcomes your Bay of Islands news and events information at  688-2003, or email at:


Organizations: CBC

Geographic location: Bay of Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Morgans

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