Gros Morne Fall Fest returns to Cow Head September 29 – October 2

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Dancing at Fall Fest! Photo: Dru Kennedy

After the busy summer season has calmed down, you might think that festival season is done for another year in Gros Morne. Not so! The Gros Morne Fall Fest takes place in Cow Head every year in late-September/early-October, featuring music, food, and more.

This year the Gros Morne Fall Fest hits Cow Head September 29 through October 2.

Here’s the full schedule for Gros Morne Fall Fest 2016:

Thursday, September 29:

12:00 pm: Lunch and Music at Shallow Bay Motel -sponsored by CBDC Nortip.-$6.00 soup, sandwich, dessert, tea or coffee.

7:00 pm: Official Opening and Kitchen Party at Shallow Bay Motel with Lomond Sound – musicians, dancers and storytellers dedicated to preserving and promoting the traditional music, dance and storytelling of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Silent Auction begins.  Shallow Bay Motel.

Friday, September 30:

9:00am – 2:30am: All-day workshop at Long Range Academy. Concert followed by concurrent workshops.  Daniel Payne (accordion), Dave Panting (mandolin), Jean Hewson (singing), Christina Smith (fiddle), Jane Rutherford (dance) and Eric West (guitar/ukulele).  Hugh Scott -songwriting workshop for the high school students.

10:00am: Thrummed knitting workshop: St. Mary’s Church Hall. – $10 per person.-Includes supplies. (Bring your own double point needles.) – Register at Museum. 243-2023

12 noon: Silent Auction continues at Shallow Bay Motel.

12 noon: Lunch and Music at Shallow Bay Motel.

12 noon: Lunch and music at Back Cove Café (Daniel & friends)

1:00pm: Storytelling and Rug Hooking at Dr. Henry N. Payne Museum (Gary and Ruth Green.) Entry by donation.

3:00pm: Scarecrow-Making Workshop: sponsored by New Horizons & Long Range Mustangs Intergenerational Team. Long Range Academy. Entry by donation – Register at Museum.

5:00pm: Moose Dinner, side dishes & music at Church Hall.- Sponsored by St. Mary’s Anglican Church Women. $10

Jessica Mitton, Holistic Nutritionist will introduce and discuss the benefits of gluten-free flours and local Newfoundland berries. Taste a sampler of a gluten-free berry baked goodie!

Potato Growing Contest: winners to be announced.

6:30pm: Traditional dance workshop: Jane Rutherford, Daniel Payne, Gerry Strong and Dave Panting.

5:00 pm: Shallow Bay Motel and Back Cove Café – evening specials

8:30pm: Concert by Ramblin’ Rovers: Shallow Bay Motel. – ‘Limited numbers – book early to avoid disappointment!’ $15

10:30pm: Open Mic and Karaoke at Shallow Bay Motel.

Saturday, October 1:

9:00 – 11:00am: Breakfast- Beans, bologna and all the fixins’ sponsored by War Memorial Committee-St. Mary’s Church Hall – $7

10:00 am: Cycling the Scenic Run-approximately 30 kms. Beginning at old road to St. Paul’s to Broom Point- Weather permitting – Meet at Museum $10

10:00am: Storytelling and Mat Hooking at Dr Henry N. Payne Museum (Gary and Ruth Green.) Entry by donation.

10:00 am: Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Travelling Exhibition & Interpretation-St. Mary’s Church Hall.

10:00am – 4:30pm: Skin slipper workshop (2 day) begins-Warehouse Theatre-Call 243-2023 to register.

11:00am: Children’s Concert at Cow Head Public Library (Eric West, Christina Smith & Daniel Payne.) Entry  $5  – Purchase your ticket at the Library 243-2467.

11:00am: Crazy Quilt Workshop- Admission by donation – sponsored by New Horizons and Long Range Mustangs Intergenerational Team. – Shallow Bay Motel. Bring along a sewing needle and scissors.

12:00pm: Silent Auction continues at Shallow Bay Motel.

12:00pm: Lunch & Music at Back Cove Cafe (Dave Panting and Hugh Scott).

1:00pm: Rattle Making Workshop-Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band. – St. Mary’s Church Hall. Call Museum 243-2023 to register.

1:00pm: Traditional Music and Song at Dr. Henry Payne Museum Gerry Strong, Christina Smith and Jean Hewson.)-Entry by donation.

2:00pm: Heritage/Nature Photography Workshop with Mandy Keeping. (Meet at Amphitheatre parking lot. SLR camera required). Register at Museum.

3:00pm: Traditional Medicine Walk with Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band. (Meet in Amphitheatre parking lot.)

3:00 pm: ‘Sprockids’ Session. Teaching kids to ride a bike, with safety tips, games and more! (Meet at hockey rink.)

4:00 pm: Songwriting workshop at Shallow Bay Motel (Hugh Scott).-By donation.

4:00 pm: Accordion workshop (learn to play and make your own) at Cow Head Public Library. (Daniel Payne.) By donation.

4:00 pm: Fiddle workshop at Dr. Henry N. Payne Community Museum. (Christina Smith) By donation.

5:00 pm: Back Cove Café – evening specials

6:00 pm: Dining Fine at Shallow Bay Motel with Chef Jake Meade-Book your reservation early-243-2471

9:00 pm: Musical Soiree – Warehouse Theatre. Music by Lomond Sound.-Limited numbers- book early to avoid disappointment! $15

10:30 pm: Open Mic and Karaoke at Shallow Bay Motel.

Sunday, October 2:

10:00 am: Craft Fair & Craft demonstrations –Shallow Bay Motel

10:00 am: Kids Korner at Shallow Bay Motel.

Silent Auction continues.

9:30 am – 4:00 pm: Skin slipper making continues at Warehouse Theatre.

Photographer Mandy Keeping on site at Shallow Bay Motel.

10:00 am: – Traditional Medicine Walk with Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nations Band. (Meet in Amphitheatre parking lot.)

12:00 noon: Lunch and Music at Back Cove Cafe (Eric and friends)

1:00 pm: Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Travelling Exhibition and Interpretation. St. Mary’s Church Hall.

1:30 pm: Make your own ugly stick workshop. (Bring your own boot!) With Gary Green –  Town Hall. Register at Museum 243-2023.

2:00 pm:  Jam session at Neddy’s Pub & Eatery. (Daniel Payne, Dave, Gerry Strong, Jean & Hugh.)

2:30 pm: Storytelling at Dr. Henry Payne Museum. (Gary and others)-Entry by donation.

3:00 pm: Silent auction ends.

3:00pm: Rattling Making Workshop – Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nations Band- St. Mary’s Church Hall. Register at Museum 243-2023.

7:00pm: Gospel Concert at St Mary’s Church. Entry by donation.

For more information, keep your eyes on the Gros Morne Fall Fest Facebook Page.