This week in Georgestown: July 10th

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This week in Georgestown:
1. Georgestown annual flea market and barbeque.
2. Message from Brian Head, Parks and Recreation about the revitalization of Century Park.
3. What’s on at The Rooms.
Special programming: An intimate evening with Amelia Curran.
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. Art with a view.
l. One-Room School House.
m. Learn to play 120s.
4. What’s on at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist.
a. Fleming: the play.
b. Weaving the wind.
5. What’s on at The Lantern.
a. Iyengar yoga classes.
b. T’ai chi chi and Chow Qigong.
c. Footsteps Reflexology.
6. What’s on at Holy Heart Theatre.
7. Eating in Georgestown.
a. The Hungry Heart.
i. Extended hours cancelled.
ii. Meals Squared.
iii. Garden boxes for sale.
iv. Run for women — walk or run to help Stella’s Circle.
b. Georgestown Café and Bookshelf.
c. Georgestown Bakery.
8. Interesting maps of Georgestown and St. John’s.
9. Boomerang bags.
10. St. John’s Farmers Market: every Saturday.
11. St. John’s E-updates.

THE GEORGESTOWN ANNUAL FLEA MARKET AND BARBEQUE WILL BE HELD THIS COMING SATURDAY, JULY 15TH, (RAIN DATE: JULY 16TH). In case of inclement weather, a notification will be sent out via this newsletter, our website, Twitter and Facebook at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 15th.


1. Georgestown annual flea market and barbeque. Saturday, July 15th (rain date: Sunday, July 16th),10:00 a.m. until noon, and barbeque, from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m.

GEORGESTOWN ANNUAL FLEA MARKET, Saturday, July 15th from 10:00 – noon.
A NEIGHBOURHOOD-WIDE EVENT! (rain date: Sunday, July 16th)
FLEA MARKET (all streets from Military Road to Empire Avenue, from Monkstown Road to Bonaventure Avenue). If you have two items or two hundred to sell, you can set up shop in front of your house, or if you have flea market items, but do not want to sell them yourself, donate them to the Georgestown Neighbourhood Association. All flea-market donations should be taken to the corner of Hayward Avenue and William Street between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 15th. If you need any assistance or cannot come at this time, please contact us at
Come to the green space at the corner of William Street and Hayward Avenue for the Georgestown Neighbourhood Association flea market tables and for hot dogs, drinks, and treats, and then wander the streets of Georgestown to find treasures and bargains.

NEIGHBOURHOOD BARBEQUE, Saturday, July 15th from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. Join us for a community POTLUCK barbeque in Davey’s Field, the green space between Maxse, William and Hayward. WE SUPPLY THE BARBEQUES (one for meat eaters and one for vegetarians) AND ENTERTAINMENT; YOU SUPPLY THE FOOD (and your own drinks, plates, cutlery…) Please bring whatever you would like to barbeque and another dish to share (salad, bread, dessert, chips, whatever.) Music will be provided by local and neighbourhood musicians. NO ALCOHOL, PLEASE. (We will be selling hotdogs and drinks.)

We have some great music lined up, and you will be able to try some traditional Newfoundland dancing.


75 Barnes Road: household items
13 Maxse Street: jewellery, books, games, and small household items in support of the Terra Nova Grannies, Stephen Lewis Foundation
59 Hayward Avenue: a large quantity and variety of tools and workshop stuff as well as a large variety of household items
24 Mullock Street: sale to support L’Arche Avalon, an incorporated charitable organization dedicated to the establishment of L’Arche homes and communities. Adults with intellectual disabilities. who are the core members, and their assistants live together in family-like settings, where mutual dependence is fostered, where spiritual and social well-being is promoted and supported. They will be selling
-Baby/children’s toys, clothing and books
– Kitchenware
– Summer things (towels, BBQ accessories, bicycle gear, etc.)
– Electronics, CDs, DVDs and records
– Plants and gardenware
– Mirrors and picture frames
– Jewelry

2. Message from Brian Head about the revitalization of Century Park.

The revitalization of Century Park is planned to commence around the 2nd – 3rd week of July. This time frame is necessary as it is an “in house ” project that requires staff resources. It is not possible to begin before that time as other commitments have been made.

The requests for changes made at the public meeting at the Lantern have been reviewed. As a result, the most significant alteration will be the shifting of the parking lot design to more closely align with current placement near the property fence line. Requests to accommodate all rear entry will not be possible. Rear entry to the first approximately two entrances may be possible.

The creation of additional green space will occur, just adjacent to what currently exists.

The drawings have been presented at the public meeting and are available on the City’s website. We have not re-engaged the consultant to recreate the design based on the minor parking lot change as this would use funds dedicated for site construction and not deemed necessary. Viewing the design and visualizing the parking moved closer to the fence line should be possible for interested parties.

As explained during the meeting, the basketball court will be freshened up but repaving the court is not possible at this time.

I trust this addresses the inquiry but interested parties may contact me for more information if desired.
What’s on at the Rooms. Our neighbourhood art gallery, museum, and archives.

Special programming.

An intimate evening with Amelia Curran. Thursday, July 13th, at 8:00 p.m.
See Juno-award-winning singer, songwriter, Amelia Curran, in a solo performance that will make this place sing. St. John’s born and raised, Curran’s music is distinguished by her intricate lyrics which have led to several album releases since 2000. An advocate for mental health issues and service improvements, Curran’s music helps us make sense of the heart’s imperceptible, relentless attrition. Tickets are $40; $36 for Rooms members. Call 757-8090 to purchase your tickets 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. 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.
Fridays. Art with a view. Every Friday, from noon until 2:00 p.m. Drop by and relax with art activities.

k. 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.

l. 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.

m. 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 July 26th, August 30th, and September 27th. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757-8090.

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

a. Fleming: the play. Fleming. Saturday, July 8th, 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday at noon, and Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
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

b. Weaving the Wind. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from until August 17th at 1:30 p.m. just after the play “Fleming.”
This summer, the Basilica Museum Committee is pleased to present this hour-long concert by award-winning artist Ed Kavanagh plays beautiful Newfoundland, Irish and Scottish melodies on one of the world’s most ancient and enchanting instruments: the Celtic harp. There will also be songs and even some surprises. Taking place in the Basilica Museum (just west of the Basilica on Bonaventure Avenue), this concert offers a lovely opportunity to also explore the Basilica Museum & Archives, which houses a collection of antiques and archival material that is recognized as one of the most valuable in the country. $12 General; $10 Seniors/Students (Free for children 12 and under) Tickets available 30 minutes before show Cash only, please. More information at

5. 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.

c. Footsteps Reflexology.

i. 300-hour Reflexology Diploma course. July 21st until 26th. $950 plus hst.

ii. One-day workshop in Hand Reflexology. July 27th. $180 plus hst.

iii. One-day workshop in Indian Head Massage. July 28 $280 plus hst

iv. Four-day workshop in Acupressure. August 24th until 27th. $750 plus hst

v. Nutrition 30.An introduction to the basics of Nutrition. ONLINE ONLY $289 plus hst

For more information about these:
Please contact Janet Williams for further information and registration at1 416 788 5970|

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

Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri. Monday, July 10th, at 8:00 p.m.

The Eddie Eastman Show. Friday, July 14th, at 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Saturday, July 15th, at 7:30 p.m.

Mama Mia! Saturday, August 5th at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday August 6th at 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday August 8th at 8:00p.m.; Wednesday, August 9th at 1:00 p.m. (family mathinée) and 8:00 p.m.; Thursday August 10th at 8:00 p.m.; Friday August 11th at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday August 12th at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Shaun Majumder: The Gathering Tour. Tuesday, August 18th, at 7:30 p.m.

Lorrie Morgan, Thursday, August 20th, at 8:00 p.m.

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

7. Eating in Georgestown.

a. The Hungry Heart Cafe ( .

i. Extended hours cancelled. Update from the Hungry Heart. The Hungry Heart Café hours have been adjusted back to 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. every day. While they had announced extended hours for the Café, unfortunately, a shortage of chefs has meant that they are unable to maintain these extended hours. They will, however, be offering various pop-up events, theme nights, and special events throughout the summer. And don’t forget the Loop Bags, which will be available starting July 1st. Stay tuned!
ii. 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 (
iii. Garden Boxes For Sale!

Stella’s Circle is making gardening a breeze! Once again this year ,they are selling 3’ x 6’ vegetable and herb gardens, custom-made and installed by participants of Stella’s Circle.

Option 1: Custom Garden Installation
Cost: $189.95 plus tax
All materials are delivered, including framing, row cover, landscape cloth, organic soil, seedlings (Swiss Chard, Latah Tomatoes, Red/Green Leaf lettuce, onion, parsley*). Garden boxes are installed, and seedlings are planted. They do all the work, so you can just water and enjoy!

Option 2: The Replenishment Kit
Cost: $69.95 plus tax
Stella’s Circle Green Team can re-plant your garden with all the organically grown seedlings you’ve previously enjoyed. The team will also reenergize your triple mix soil, provide clean new reemay (ground cover), and ensure you are set up for another successful and rewarding growing season.

To place your orders for Garden Box installation, contact Stella’s Circle at 579-1181 or ( . Installations start the week of June 19th. Payment is accepted by Visa, Mastercard or cheque.
*Box content may vary slightly over the season pending plant availability.
b. 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.

c. 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!
8. 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.)

9. 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

10. 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:

11. St. John’s E-Updates.

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