Stages & Stories

The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador (WBM) changed the format a little this year for its yearly conference and annual general meeting.

The 12th annual event took place on Sept. 13–15 and began on Friday evening at the Winterton-based museum with a meet and greet.

On Saturday, the festivities moved down the Trinity Bay shore to the nearby community of New Perlican for a day of food and fishing heritage.

Delegates and participants got to take a ride in a traditional make-and-break motorboat and learned how to scull a punt. They also got to try their hand at tying knots, knitting nets, hooking rugs, caulking boats and a variety of other activities taught by traditional bearers.

Event goers also got to drop into the colourful New Perlican stages for a taste of traditional local foods like fish n’ brewis, toutons, fishcakes, baked beans and homemade bread with molasses.

The day wrapped up with a home-cooked meal followed by an open-mic Heritage Circle of stories, recitations, music and more at the historic Society of United Fishermen Lodge #2.

The WBM’s 12th Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday at the museum.

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