This week in Georgestown: August 21st

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This week in Georgestown:
1. Meet and Greet with the candidates for Ward Two city councillor
2. Update about Century Park.
3. 2017 Georgestown Neighbourhood Association annual general meeting
4. What’s on at The Rooms.
Special programming:
a. The Rooms Book Club: Bridget Canning — The Greatest Hits of Wanda Janes.
Weekly programming:
a. The Culture Rooms.
b. The Hungry Month of March.
c. Guided tour of the Gerald Squires exhibit.
d. Guided tour of the First World War exhibit.
e. Guided tour of Newfoundland art.
f. Guided tour of “Cod.”
g. Great Recitations.
h. We play for you.
i. Weekly Spotlight.
j. Gerald Squires (film)
k. Movie night.
l. Art with a view.
m. One-Room School House.
n. Learn to play 120s.
5. What’s on at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist.
a. Fleming: the play.
6. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Iyengar yoga classes.
b. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
7. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
8. Eating in Georgestown.
a. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf.
b. Georgestown Bakery.
c. The Hungry Heart.
i. Meals Squared..
9. Interesting maps of Georgestown and St. John’s.
10. Boomerang bags.
11. St. John’s Farmers Market: every Saturday.
12. St. John’s E-updates.

1. Meet and Greet with the candidates for Ward Two city councillor. Tuesday, August 29th, at the Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.

We will be hosting a meet-and-greet with the two candidates for Ward Two councillor, Jonathan Galgay and Hope Jamieson. If anyone else declares, that person (those people) will also be invited.

1) If you have a question(s) that you would like to ask either or both candidates, please send it(them) to us at by Monday, August 28th.

2) At the beginning of the evening, each candidate will speak for 10 minutes to introduce her or his platform.

3) The question-and-answer period will then begin. The moderator will read out the question, and each candidate has two minutes to answer.

4) The rest of the evening will be a social period so you will be able to chat informally with the candidates while enjoying refreshments.

This is your chance to meet the candidates in a small setting. Please come!

2. Update about Century Park.
Ward 2 Councillor Jonathan Galgay is pleased to update residents of Georgestown that work is scheduled to take place in late August for the Century Park redevelopment. St. John’s City Council had previous approved $130,000 in funding for a revitalization plan for the park. The City is waiting for the completion of sidewalk/ curb repairs prior to work commencing on the park. City Staff will require access to several parking spaces during the construction period. Residents with questions or concerns are asked to contact Councillor Galgay.

3. 2017 Georgestown Neighbourhood Association annual general meeting. Tuesday, September 19th, at the Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.
If you would like more information about the AGM, including a copy of the constitution, if you would like to run for the Board, or if you would like to nominate someone else, please contact us at

4. What’s on at the Rooms. Our neighbourhood art gallery, museum, and archives.
Special programming.

a. Thursday, August 31st, at 7:00 p.m. The Rooms Book Club: Bridget Canning — The Greatest Hits of Wanda Janes.
Join first-time novelist Bridget Canning for a conversation of her work and a chance to ask the author about the unlikely hero she wrote in Wanda Jaynes. Wanda Jaynes is about to lose her job amidst a mountain of bills, and she suspects her musician boyfriend might be romantically interested in her friend, Trish. Then, Wanda’s life changes radically on a routine trip to the grocery store when a gunman enters the supermarket and opens fire. When Wanda comes face to face with the shooter, she instinctively hurls a can of coconut milk at his head and knocks him unconscious. In the ensuing media storm, she’s hailed as a hero and miracle worker. In the aftermath of so much attention, she receives strange emails and believes she’s being followed. As her fear and paranoia grow, both her private and professional lives hang in the balance. And it takes another act of bravery before she’ll learn who she really is. Tickets are $35; 10% discount for Rooms members. Call 757-8090 to
reserve your seat today.

Weekly programming.

a. Every day at 10:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m. The Culture Rooms.
Engage your senses at the Culture Rooms where you can experience Newfoundland and Labrador culture, explore our heritage and walk away with a story on your tongue.

MUSIC: A Song In Our Hearts. When people here are not talking, they are singing. And dancing. And having a time. Often in the kitchen. Learn why music runs in their veins and try out an instrument or two yourself. Have you ever played an ugly stick?
LANGUAGE: Understand Newfoundland. Did you know Newfoundland and Labrador has its own dictionary? And that no matter how large a lake is it is called a pond? Become acquainted with local authors. Learn some new words, like sleeveen or callibogus. And discover place names that will make you giggle, such as Come By Chance or Blow Me Down Provincial Park.
NATURE: Shaped By Nature. Mother Nature is highly respected here. Her high winds, dense fog, deep snow and horizontal rain have made the people a hearty bunch and have defined their fashion sense. Learn about spectacular hiking trails. Touch a piece of iceberg. And find out what capelin weather is all about.
HISTORY: Connecting To History And One Another. Come find out what brought people to these shores hundreds of years ago and what has made them such a resilient and creative lot. Try your hand at splitting a cod or bring a turn of water. Learn about resettlement and the salt cod trade.
FOOD: Mug Up Café. We love a boil up in the woods, having lunch just before bed and feasting on cod tongues. We love our food and we want to share it with you. Come to the café on Level 2 for a light picnic lunch and enjoy some of our traditional foods. Browse through the local cook books or watch a loop of film shorts about our local food movement.

b. Every day from 10:00 until 5:00 p.m. and Wednesdays, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. The Hungry Month of March. Grab a picnic at the Mug Up Café and enjoy Rosemary House’s film series of short vignettes titled “The Hungry Month of March.” This look inside Newfoundland and Labrador’s lively and bold new cuisine, steeped in making-do, introduces the people and places behind the scenes of the food we eat. This most easterly Canadian province has 11,000 miles of coastline, once sparsely populated by fishermen and their families who searched for harbours to build a house and to fish from. Before roads, when winter came and the harbours froze, you ate only what you had got. You would hope to make it through that long final month of winter, through the Hungry Month of March. Then, and now, the vital link has always been the fishermen and the hunters, the farmers, the purveyors, the people who gather food on and around this rock, the planet’s 15th largest island. .

c. Monday and Friday at 11:00 a.m.; Wednesday at 2:30; Sundays at 1:00 p.m.. Guided tour of the Gerald Squires exhibit. Gerald L. Squires searched for the spirit or essence of his subjects, revealed through the lens of his artistic creativity. Born in Change Islands, NL in 1937, Squires’ imagery often came out of his personal experience of the major political and social changes in this province during his lifetime, as well as from his exploration of religions, art history and literature, and his powerful love of Newfoundland and Labrador’s landscape and people. Gerald Squires, one of this province’s most significant and well-loved artists, died in St. John’s in 2015. This exhibition presents selections from throughout his career.

d. Monday and Friday at 2:30 p.m; Wednesdays at 11:00. Guided tour of the First World War exhibit. The First World War had a profound impact on Newfoundland and Labrador. It involved thousands of its people in world-changing events overseas and dramatically altered life at home. The “Great War” happened in the trenches and on the ocean, in the legislature and in the shops, by firesides and bedsides. This new exhibition shares the thoughts, hopes, fears, and sacrifices of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who experienced those tumultuous years through their treasured mementoes, their writings and their memories.

e. Tuesday and Saturday at 11:00 a.m.; Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Guided tour of Newfoundland art. Come for a tour of the art gallery, featuring a showcase of art from the province’s permanent art collection, which includes international artists like Andy Warhol, as well as local talent: Mary Pratt, David Blackwood, Jerry Ropson and many more.

f. Tuesday and Saturday at 2:30; Thursday at 11:00. Guided tour of “Cod”. You could say Newfoundland and Labrador exists because of cod fish. So many cod that at one time you could literally dip your bucket over the side of your boat and fill a pail with fish. For over 400 years, the salt cod industry was the backbone of life in Newfoundland and Labrador. Generations of fishing men, women and children spent their lives “making fish”. Come on a tour of two exhibitions, “From This Place: Our Lives on Land and Sea” and “Here, We Made a Home”, to learn about the salt cod trade in the province.

g. Mondays, at noon. Great Recitations. Recitations and storytelling were once core elements of entertainment in communities around Newfoundland and Labrador. People often gathered in community halls, fishing rooms, or in the kitchen to listen to a tale or two. Drawing on the happenings of everyday life in days gone by, the orators will engage you with their stories, comic songs and recitations while at the same time keeping alive a tradition of years past.

h. Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. We play for you. From fiddle to accordion, from harp to vocals, come and check out the amazing local talent as they fill The Rooms with music and song from this province’s rich musical heritage. You can sing along, tap your toes or just sit back and delight in the experience.

i. Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. Weekly Spotlight. Join the Rooms’ collections staff every Wednesday for a peek at some of the intriguing items from their collection that are begging for their stories to be told. Level 3 Atrium.

j. Wednesdays, at 3:00 p.m. Gerald Squires (film). Come view Kenneth J. Harvey’s feature film documentary of Gerald Squires, one of this province?s most talented and prolific artists. The documentary takes a close look at Gerry, the man and the artist, based on interviews with Squires and those close to him. This film complements the Gerald Squire Spirit Visible exhibit on Level 3.

k. Wednesdays, July 19th until August 30th, at 7:00 p.m. Movie Night at the Rooms. Come for a unique opportunity to watch films with a Newfoundland and Labrador connection on the big screen. Level 2. $10; $5 with regular admission.

l. Friday from noon until 2:00 p.m. Art with a view. Come for an artful afternoon. Explore a variety of drawing tools and techniques, learn about landscape, and create your own artwork, all while enjoying the awe-inspiring view of the city. This fun, drop-in experience is suitable for all ages. All materials supplied.

m. Sundays at 1:00. One-Room School House. Come back in time. Test yourself in the 3 Rs of learning: reading, writing and arithmetic. These subjects were the fundamentals taught during the days of the one-room school house. You can practice writing with quill and ink, browse handwritten books from the early 1900s or do math using graphite sticks on slates.

n. Last Wednesday of the month, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Learn to play 120s. Have you always wanted to learn how to play 120’s but have never had the chance? Join the enthusiastic volunteer instructors as they share their love of this iconic card game. Included with price of admission, pre-registration recommended. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is recommended for each session. Sessions are on August 30th, and September 27th. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757-8090.

5. What’s on at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist.

a. Fleming: the play. Fleming. Saturday, 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday at noon, and Saturday at 11:00 a.m., until September 2nd.
The Basilica Heritage Foundation presents an unforgettable one man-play and guided tour of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. Journey back in time to the late 1840s with Bishop Michael Anthony Fleming, interpreted by award-winning St. John’s actor and writer Paul Rowe, as he guides you in and around the construction site of the new cathedral. Bishop Fleming is regarded as one of Newfoundland’s most important and influential 19th-century figures. His struggle to complete the Basilica provides insight into the social and cultural conditions of the young Colony during its early and often turbulent history. Learn how citizens of all faiths came together, inspired by Fleming’s dynamic leadership, to construct what was in its time the largest cathedral in the New World. $12 General; $10 Seniors/Students (Free for children 12 and under) Tickets available 30 minutes before show Cash only, please. More information at

6. What’s on at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road.

a. Iyengar Yoga Classes.
 Facilitator: Genia Sussex, Certified Iyengar teacher. B.K.S. Iyengar’s method encourages correct body alignment and precise movement to develop flexibility, strength and relaxation in the body and focus, clarity and serenity in the mind. In class, yoga props are used to allow students to progress at their own pace. *Please bring your own mat. Contact Genia at 722-3239 for information and to register. For more information:

b. T’ai Chi Chi and Chow Qigong.

i. T’ai Chi Chi is a series of 20 gentle movements designed to circulate and balance the flow of Chi, the natural universal energy within our body. The more freely it flows, the greater wellness and vitality we experience. It is yet another way to help yourself feel better on all levels, body, mind and spirit, using your own natural resources. For more information:

ii. Wisdom Healing Qigong (Chow Qigong) is a powerful integrated healing system that combines Western health practices and ancient traditional Chinese medicine in which body, mind and spirit are seen as one. For more information:

For further information on tai chi or chow qigong, see ( or contact Sheila Leonard at ( or telephone 727-7863.

7. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre. Our neighbourhood theatre.

The Big Spirit Reunion Gala: A 20th Anniversary Concert. Thursday, August 24th, Friday, August 25th, and Saturday, August 26th, at 8:00 p.m.

The Olate Dogs Winners Of America’s Got Talent. Sunday, August 27th, 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Foster and Allen. Thursday, September 14th, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 579-4424 or e-mail ( Check out the complete line-up at

8. Eating in Georgestown.

a. The Georgestown Cafe and Bookshelf ( are open 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, and from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

b. The Georgestown Bakery is open from Tuesday until Friday, from 7:00 until 5:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 7:00 until 3:00. Bagels, baguettes, breads of many varieties as well as sweets!

c. The Hungry Heart Cafe ( .
i. Meals Squared. Give exponentially more.

When you dine at the Hungry Heart Café, you will have the option to add $2 to your bill. This money will go directly toward the production of a well-balanced, delicious meal for a Stella’s Circle participant. Hunger is often a challenge for many of the participants, and the Hungry Heaert would like to leverage their skills and infrastructure to help address this issue. Learn more: You can help feed someone in need with only $2 (

9. Interesting maps of Georgestown and St. John’s. You may be able to find your house!

Georgestown of St. John’s City 1879-1880: (Georgestown is spelled with an “S”.)

Map of Saint John’s, Newfoundland (1922): (Century Park is called the Corporation Yard.)

Map of Saint John’s, Newfoundland (1932): (Century Park is called the Municipal Yard.)

10. Boomerang bags. A local chapter of Boomerang Bags ( has been started by Georgestown resident, Emily Hunt. Boomerang Bags is a community-driven initiative tackling plastic pollution at the grassroots level. Volunteers have been busy making bags out of second-hand fabric, and the bags are available in select stores for you to use if you’ve forgotten to bring your own bag. To donate fabric or to help sew bags, please contact or find them on Facebook at

1. St. John’s Farmers Market. Every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Lion’s Club Chalet, enter at intersection of Bonaventure & Mayor Avenues.
The vendors sell a wide variety of goods, including vegetables, meat, hot and cold prepared food, preserves and jams, pastries and sweets, breakfast items, art, jewelry, body care products, craft sand more. Plus everything at the St. John’s Farmers’ Market is made, baked or grown in Newfoundland and Labrador. For more information:

12. St. John’s E-Updates.

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