Seeing St. John's
Previous trips to Nfld.
Our 2006 Trip to Newfoundland
A few of our friends
Our interest in Newfoundland started with our love for the music of the band, Rawlins Cross, which was named for a crossroads in St. John's and which included two Newfoundland musicians: Dave and Geoff Panting. When we first visited Newfoundland in 2003, they were the only two Newfoundlanders we knew. However, by listening to Newfoundland radio, we knew there was another musician in the family: Sean Panting. We didn't meet him in 2003, but in 2005, we got to hear the three of them together and meet them. Sean had recently married and his wife was expecting a child. Helena was born in the spring of 2006. This year, we met Sean on Church Hill, pushing a baby carriage up the steep street.
Sean's new daughter
We meet the rest of the Panting family
When we met Sean, we were informed that there was a fourth brother, Chris. We did not meet him in 2005. However, on our first day in Newfoundland in 2006, we took in Shakespeare's Midsummer Nights Dream where Dave's daughter, Sara, was playing one of the fairies. Among those in the audience were her Uncle Chris and her grandmother, Mrs. Margaret Panting, the mother of all four of the Panting brothers.
With the retirement of Rawlins Cross, we found many other Newfoundland bands we enjoyed, not the least of which was Great Big Sea. One of their biggest fans is Anne Tenaglia, better known as Anne from Philly. We first met Anne at a Great Big Sea concert in New Jersey on July 26, 2001.
We met her again at the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in 2003.
Thus, it was no great surprise when we met her again this year. What was a surprise, though, is that she was the one selling tickets at two of the festivals we attended.
Anne's web site has travelogues about all of her trips to Newfoundland (and lots more).
Anne from Philly
Last winter I received an e-mail from someone who wrote to say how much she enjoyed my previous Newfoundland photo albums. In July, she wrote again, saying that she wanted to meet us if we were back in the province. We got in touch and decided we'd treat them to lunch at Beachy Cove Restaurant in Portugal Cove. They gave us an afternoon of sightseeing in the rural communities north and west of St. John's. JoAnne also took some photos of her own.
Keith and JoAnne Powers
During our two-week stay at Cantwell House, many nice people came and went. Some of the more memorable ones was a group of women from Ontario who had met as Girl Guide leaders. Their friendship has continued and they now vacation together each year. This year, they decided to visit Newfoundland.
Girl Guide leaders from Ontario
Nora meets David Francey
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