Belle Fennelly to receive lifetime achievement award
A renowned accordion player from the south shore of the Avalon Peninsula will receive the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award during the first evening of the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival.
Clara Belle Fennelly, 94, will be presented with the award on the festival's main stage Friday night.
Fennelly started playing the accordion at events in her hometown of Aquaforte when she was just eight years old.
She played her accordion at events and dances in her community; at one of these dances, she met Raymond Fennelly, who she married in 1948.
After spending 14 years at the lighthouse, Fennelly and her family moved to Port Kirwan, where she opened up her own shop.
The store would serve as a venue for weddings and dances until it closed in 1985.
Fennelly now lives at Fahey's Personal Care Home in Fermeuse, where she still plays her accordion every day.
The 38th annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival starts Friday at 6 p.m., and the award presentation for Fennelly will begin at 8 p.m.
With files from the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival