Whiteway readies for Spring Hare

Nicholas Mercer
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Big plans for seventh annual event

The Whiteway Spring Hare is just around the corner and it has members of the organizing committee excited for the two-day event.

 

Each year the organizing committee – Jane Prior, Clifford George, Shirley George, Lisa Day Brown, Albert Legge and Wayne George – brings some of the finest poets, authors and storytellers the province has to offer to Whiteway.

This year’s event — the seventh annual — is scheduled for May 2 and 4, and is made possible through a grant provided by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.

The Whiteway Spring Hare is an event that is highly anticipated by the arts community in Newfoundland and Labrador. Routinely, the dinner theatre performs to a capacity crowd at the Whiteway Memorial Centre.

Organizers hope this year will be no different. This year’s edition of the dinner theatre is entitled “Down the Rabbit Hole To Wonderland.”

Audience members are encouraged the dress up as their favourite characters from Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s classic tale, as there is a prize for best costume. They will also be treated to a three-course meal provided by Brown’s Restaurant.

Starting at 7 p.m., the event has an impressive lineup of entertainers in store for the audience. First, actress and comedian Tina Randell will grace the stage.

Randell is fresh off a run with Revue and is in the process of preparing material to be used in this year’s Trinity Pageant.

Also on the bill are Ted Rowe and the Crooked Stovepipe. Performing an eclectic mix of bluegrass and traditional music, the group has been performing together since 1973 and have performed all over Canada.

Along with Rowe, there will be Neil Rosenberg (banjo), Rex Yetman (mandolin), Pat Moran (fiddle) and Dave Rowe (bass).

The final act to perform will be Karren Churchill. Churchill is well-known in musical circles and maintains a regular show at the Anchor Inn in Twillingate during the summer months. She performs a wide range of tunes, and has written extensively in the Newfoundland style.  

The second part of the Spring Hare is planned for May 4. At 1 p.m., the traditional Hare event gets started with poetry reading, storytelling and song.

There is also an exhibit of original art planned showcasing the work of over 30 artists.

Reading this year is Tom Dawe, regarded as Newfoundland’s best-known poet. Dawe has been a regular attendee of the Whiteway event since its beginnings in 2008.

Ken Pittman is also scheduled to do a reading at the Hare. Ken is the brother of Al Pittman, who launched the March Hare in Corner Brook in 1988.

Like Dawe, Ken has been reading at the Hare since 2008. Also scheduled to read are Gerry Squires, Tom Moore, Stephen Rowe, Pat Collins, Jesse Bown, Francie Barrett, Andrew Peacock, Boyd Chubbs, Dennis Flynn, Ian Burgess, Lloyd Brown and Peter Laracy. 

The Whiteway Spring Hare Event started in 2008 with reading and storytelling and an original art exhibition and has grown each year since. Three years ago they decided to make it a two-day event with a dinner theatre on the first Friday in May. 

The Whiteway Spring Hare is based on the March Hare Event in Corner Brook but unfortunately the Whiteway March Hare got snowed out a few times, so it was decided to move it to May and call it the Whiteway Spring Hare Event.

For more information/tickets on the dinner theatre, contact Lisa Day-Brown (588-2666), Shirley George (588-2080), Albert Legge (588-2368) or Wayne George (588-2070).

For information on the Hare event on Sunday, can contact Albert Legge, Shirley George or Jane Prior.

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

Organizations: Newfoundland Labrador Arts Council, Anchor Inn

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Corner Brook, Canada Twillingate

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