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Trails, Tales and Tunes is a sign of summer for folks in the Norris Point area

The annual Trails, Tales and Tunes festival gets underway in Norris Point and area this weekend.
The annual Trails, Tales and Tunes festival gets underway in Norris Point and area this weekend. - FILE

There are three words that begin with T that mark the start of summer in Norris Point.

Trails, Tales and Tunes are the words that get people in Norris Point excited about getting a break from the harsh winters experienced in Newfoundland and Labrador.

People from the local community come out in droves and people from all over the world flock to this picturesque place tucked away in Gros Morne to enjoy the sights and sounds of the annual Trails, Tales and Tunes festival.

Wayne Parsons is one of the happy faces you will run into during an action-packed week that got underway in Norris Point Friday, with a blue sky welcoming all hands.

Parsons, a resident of Norris Point since 1978, is an interpreter with BonTours in Rocky Harbour and Norris Point and the frontman for the group Anchors Aweigh, looks forward to hearing world-class music and fantastic storytelling every year at the festival.

The festival is the fuel that jumpstarts the tourism and business season for establishments in Norris Point and surrounding communities so it’s an exciting time of year.

“It’s a sign that summer is here. That’s so simply put, but that’s the way it is,” Parsons said Friday afternoon.

He was out and about Friday on the opening day and saw a lot of strangers walking around so he knew what time of year it was. He also saw a lot of the local folks walking the streets or filling up the local cafes and restaurants anxious to check out everything the festival has to offer.

“People are happy after being barred in all winter,” he said. “They are in a great mood, even if the weather is crappy. Last year we had a terrible weekend with snow and everybody was still in a good mood because people are so glad to get and take in some world-class music and check out the guided trails.”

Parsons believes the festival brings people together for a good time and he’s confident everybody will find something to make them smile when they arrive in the town over the next week.

Here is a look at some of the interesting events being held during the 2018 Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival being held this week in Norris Point:

Trails

May 19

Burnt Hill

Local guides and local lore

10-11 a.m.

May 20

Lobster Cove Head-Tidal Pools

Local guides and local lore

Meet at the Lighthouse Parking Lot

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

May 21

James Humber Heritage Walk at James Humber Trail

Local guides and local lore

Meet at J. A. Walsh Centre

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

May 22

Coastal Walk-Green Point

Meet at the Green Point Campground

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

May 24

Hike to the Base of Gros Morne Mountain — Mattie Mitchell Tribute Walk

Meet at the Gros Morne Mountain Hiking Trail parking lot

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May 25

Cow Head Lighthouse

Meet at the amphitheatre

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

May 26

Baker’s Brook Falls (Little Pond Loop)

Meet at Berry Hill Parking Lot

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

May 27

Trails and Tails Bird Walk at Gros Morne/Norris Point KOA

With Darroch Whitaker

Meet at the KOA Campground

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tales

May 19

Tales and Tunes Concert at Norris Point Town Hall

Entertainers include Richard Perso, Rex Brown, Emma Peckford, Bernard and Robert Felix, Rube and Rake

May 20

Tales and Tunes Concert at Norris Point Town Hall

Entertainment: Folk of the Bay

8 -10 p.m.

May 22

Marine Night at the Bonne Bay Marine Station

Stories, film and songs of the sea

Featuring Allison Eaton, 1967 film “Children of Fogo”, Shirley Montague, Jeff Anderson, Wayne Parsons and Anita Best

May 23

Woody Point Photo Hunt

Water taxi leaves Norris Point waterfront 10 a.m. and returns 1:30 p.m.

Meet at The Cat Stop

May 27

Tales and Tunes Closing Concert at Norris Point Town Hall

Entertainment: Bud Davidge, Dave Penny, Mena Lodge, Charlie Payne and Darren Vincent

8-10 p.m.

Tunes

May 19

A Time at the Lions Club

Entertainment: The Misfits

10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

May 20

A Time at The Cat Stop

Entertainment: The Catch

10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

May 21

Young Performers Showcase at Norris Point Town Hall

Entertainers include Nicole Higgins, Zoey Corbin Dwyer, Elizabeth Clarke, Danielle Duffy, Jillian Wight, Kaylee Gerrow, Dawson Greene, Kingston Hinks, Olivia Ayre and Braden Parsons

3-5 p.m.

May 22

A Time at The Cat Stop

Entertainment: Angus Stewart

9:30-11:30 p.m.

May 23

Sharecroppers 30th Anniversary Concert at Norris Point Town Hall

8-10 p.m.

May 24

Youth Open Mic at The Old Store Café

An open stage for young musicians

7-9 p.m.

May 25

A Time at The Cat Stop

Entertainment: Mark Bragg Band (Mark Bragg, Neil Targett, Ford Burden and Paul Lockyear)

10 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

May 26

“Bridging the Gulf” at The Cat Stop

Students from Riverview High School in Sydney, N. S. take to the stage

3-4 p.m.

May 27

Closing Party at the Lions Club

Entertainment: Off the Cuff

10 p.m. to 12 midnight

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