WAM Picks: Winterset in Summer, townies vs baymen and the N.L. Folk Fest

Every weekend, WAM producer Angela Antle gives her top picks for summertime fun.

It’s Folk Fest Weekend! – The 38th Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival – Grab some sunscreen (and a blanket, just in case), a chair, an umbrella (also just in case) and some crystal clear Windsor Lake tap water, and get yourselves to Bowring Park for a music-filled weekend. Don’t wait for the last minute to get your tickets to see The Dardanelles, Irish fiddle master Kevin Burke, Blue Drop, BasiaBulat, Duane Andrews, GordDownie and so many more.
The Townie vs Baymen Punt Race will go ahead on Saturday. (Courtesy Jim Wellman)

It’s Winterset in Summer Weekend – Join writers Ross King (Leonardo and the Last Supper), Steven Galloway (The Confabulist and The Cellist of Sarajevo) Donna Morrissey (The Deception of Livvy Higgs) Anne Budgell, Vicki Murphy, Sabrina Whyatt, Margot Duley, James Langer, Deborah Renville and this year’s Winterset writers Paul Bowdring, Carmelita McGrath and Lisa Moore. Plus musicians Matthew Byrne, Nicholas Saunders and Allan Byrne & Holly Hogan of The Blue Drop in spectacular Eastport.

Warring Wooden Boats – 

Saturday – The Townie vs Baymen Punt Race - Meet at Harbourside Park (near the War Memorial) for the 2nd Annual punt race. Cheer on the Baymen teams from Fogo Island.  You could win a handmade Newfoundland wooden punt.  Races start a 10 a.m.

The Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival continues this weekend:

Friday – Midsummer Majesty with Dov Scheindlin, Aaron Berofsky, Duo Concertante, Vernon Regehr, and Kathryn Votapek  present a diverse array of chamber music, including Schnittke’s hauntingly beautiful String Trio, Beethoven’s exuberant and youthful Piano Trio Op. 1, No. 2 in G Major, and Brahms’s rarely heard and sublime String Quintet No. 2 in G Major. D.F. Cook Recital Hall (MUN Campus) 8 p.m.

Saturday – Tuckamore Young Composers Concert – You heard it here first! Come and hear some of new composers selected to be part of the Tuckamore experience. They will be presenting  world premieres at the Suncor Energy Hall, 7 p.m.

For more information visit www.tuckamorefestival.ca or call 709-330-4599.
The Dardanelles will perform at this weekend's Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. (The Dardanelles)

Other weekend activities to check out:

Saturday – St. John’s chanteuse, Shirley Dalton brings her saucy n’ sultry singing to the LSPU Hall with The Bill Rose Trio, Jeff Power, Jon Lane and special guests. 8 p.m. Tickets available at http://www.rca.nf.ca/buy-tickets.aspx or call the Hall 753-4531 ext 200.

Sunday – Storytelling at the Peter Pan Statue in Bowring Park – The mesmerizing Sharon King Campbell will be telling yarns by Peter Pan from 2 to 3 p.m. Storytime will go ahead, rain or shine.