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Consentual consensuality

Dave White
Dave White

Were I be expected to solve the problems of the world, I may. But, I can't.

No. Can't is cowardly. As I might, I surely would. If I only could.

I'd rather be a hammer than a nail. It's just so that there is so much more to solve these days, despite newer tools of the trades.

I can only offer suggestions.

What would you pay for world peace? 

For now, I'll be but a narrator of wildlife, still life and humane lifestyles by the shorelines of Bay of Islands, here delivering my own imaginings of our rural communities 20 years from hence based on the good news of the days I'd live in and the good memories of back in the days prior, when it seemed to have all started simply, circa 1960-something — a time which was not that undifferent.

Actually, 1959 seems the earliest memory I can prove from recorded history. That was the year the electric lights came to McIvers. On Dec. 23, records show. Santa Claus tied his Chistmas gifts for me to the kitchen lightbulb rosette that year. I was 3.1 years old. Born in the fall. The ceiling light was different from the table lamp.

There's more to come of my life, I pray. Like me, like you, not all understood or welcomed, we press on. I still wish I were 18 again.

By some estimations, outport Bay of Islands and the north Humber lands backcountry remains the valuable real estate of the ages, a place of natural history, a legacy left to protect, behold, develop and grow. Time will tell as folk here do what it takes.

Expatriates are returning to Newfoundland to settle in retirement, like I'd wanted to do only I never left, and newer folk desire sharing that which they'd only heard of prior. Peaceful and quiet coves and valleys, hills that talk back, and a willingness to understand the read of the land, sea, air and a life of safe and sane consentual consensuality. Here already. We welcome more.

Home.

Doing what we can

For now, we might also just talk about the stuff that really happens here, like BayFest '17 on the go this weekend in Benoit’s Cove, Humber Arm South.

Ever a treat, billed as 'The Biggest Little Festival' anywhere, it remains a staple of the summer entertainment season with continuing high-end acts that this year includes renowned American country music artist Lorrie Morgan and special guest Jesse Keith Whitley.

BayFest is three days of outdoor music concerts following its country theme with this year's headliners and the provincial flavours The Fables, Lloyd Snow, The Mixed Tapes, Newfound Frequency and Jesse Hackett shared in the presence of Culture Shocked, the locally-favoured stage improv troope making a name for itself.

Helpful local volunteers with Humber Arm South Recreation will be out to kick off the weekend of festivity with BayFest's Fun Day At The Park on 103 Hillview Road in Benoit's Cove on Friday. The town's new splash pad and water slide is expected to get good use as a family barbecue and canteen service add to share of food, fun and frolic of the annual celebration.

Don't forget the total eclipse on Monday. Another fun'raiser!

Dave White welcomes your Bay of Islands news and events information at 660-5712, or email at: bayofislands2008@gmail.com.

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