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Heart of the west beats in fun and feisty folk

Dave White
Dave White

The posters and flyers are up and out and about, have been a while, and, with pending new arrivals splashed in social media, live accounts found on radio and television, and witnessed in the hard copy of public record, your local newspaper, it surely must be winter carnival time around beautiful Bay of Islands, NL.

Indeed, through the valleys, up the harbours, down the shores and out the bays of western Newfoundland and Labrador, this is when the collective heart of the west bites the frosts back and conquers the snows.  

Yep, it is!

It seems Mother Nature may finally be putting the old man in his place, too. There’s always something to bring one out.

Besides, there’s enough snow now for most things, except maybe for household waterlines left exposed on frostbitten open grounds along our windswept western Newfoundland shores. Open grounds can occasion an open fire remedy, where there’s no snow covering. There’s at least one place in hometown McIvers like that.

On into the Ides of March even just beyond, the good and lighthearted, as well as the light-headed, enjoy passing the rest of what’s left of the cold season among people of like-mindedness.

Or, for having the will for just getting out and taking a chance at trying something completely different, like joining some wise card-thumping community elders for a few hands of 45s at the senior citizens’ club.

Maybe playing some mixed darts for a change. Taking a stab at bingo. Or, better yet, stepping up at the local talent show. There are bridges to buy, too, if you pay attention.

Do be careful. It’s winter and slippery out there. And, beware, I can’t sing like I once could, either. And, I ain’t no old Hank Willams on guitar.

The McIvers talent show is on March 4 this year, capping a three-day calendar highlighted that Saturday, which begins with a community hall Big Breakfast comprising ham, hash-browned potatoes, toast, sausage, eggs, pancakes, tea, coffee and juice, getting folk energized for a morning of children’s fun and games in the run-up to the ever-popular music jam of performers, entertainers and patrons in the 35th annual showcase of local and area talent. 

A decades-young tradition in the great Humber-Bay of Islands region spent promoting that side of winter best accented in the food, fun and soulful togetherness found in the ascent unto growing daylight and official springtime, the end-of-winter festivals continue almost a half-century on in Corner Brook and rural Bay of Islands, ever spurred by volunteers and supported by corporate sponsors and the community at large. Quite an undertaking. Kudos, all!

The modest Gillams Winterfest calendar, also with its own talent show this Saturday night at the community hall, closes there Sunday with judging of community snow sculptures and a Winterfest colouring contest for children, concluding with the reveal of bids from carnival’s two-day silent auction come 4:30 p.m.

The Gillams Winterfest hands off to the granddaddy carnival in Corner Brook this weekend, a 10-day extravaganza that runs through Feb. 26.

There’s lot to do and see out there. Any difference is all the same. Have fun!

Indeed, through the valleys, up the harbours, down the shores and out the bays of western Newfoundland and Labrador, this is when the collective heart of the west bites the frosts back and conquers the snows.  

Yep, it is!

It seems Mother Nature may finally be putting the old man in his place, too. There’s always something to bring one out.

Besides, there’s enough snow now for most things, except maybe for household waterlines left exposed on frostbitten open grounds along our windswept western Newfoundland shores. Open grounds can occasion an open fire remedy, where there’s no snow covering. There’s at least one place in hometown McIvers like that.

On into the Ides of March even just beyond, the good and lighthearted, as well as the light-headed, enjoy passing the rest of what’s left of the cold season among people of like-mindedness.

Or, for having the will for just getting out and taking a chance at trying something completely different, like joining some wise card-thumping community elders for a few hands of 45s at the senior citizens’ club.

Maybe playing some mixed darts for a change. Taking a stab at bingo. Or, better yet, stepping up at the local talent show. There are bridges to buy, too, if you pay attention.

Do be careful. It’s winter and slippery out there. And, beware, I can’t sing like I once could, either. And, I ain’t no old Hank Willams on guitar.

The McIvers talent show is on March 4 this year, capping a three-day calendar highlighted that Saturday, which begins with a community hall Big Breakfast comprising ham, hash-browned potatoes, toast, sausage, eggs, pancakes, tea, coffee and juice, getting folk energized for a morning of children’s fun and games in the run-up to the ever-popular music jam of performers, entertainers and patrons in the 35th annual showcase of local and area talent. 

A decades-young tradition in the great Humber-Bay of Islands region spent promoting that side of winter best accented in the food, fun and soulful togetherness found in the ascent unto growing daylight and official springtime, the end-of-winter festivals continue almost a half-century on in Corner Brook and rural Bay of Islands, ever spurred by volunteers and supported by corporate sponsors and the community at large. Quite an undertaking. Kudos, all!

The modest Gillams Winterfest calendar, also with its own talent show this Saturday night at the community hall, closes there Sunday with judging of community snow sculptures and a Winterfest colouring contest for children, concluding with the reveal of bids from carnival’s two-day silent auction come 4:30 p.m.

The Gillams Winterfest hands off to the granddaddy carnival in Corner Brook this weekend, a 10-day extravaganza that runs through Feb. 26.

There’s lot to do and see out there. Any difference is all the same. Have fun!

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