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Dale Gilbert Jarvis
Folklorist, author, columnist, storyteller, guide, blogger
Folklorist, author, columnist, storyteller, guide, blogger


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Tombstones and Tea is sold out? What can I do?
I am currently sold out for all the summer dates for the  Tombstones and Tea walking tour of the General Protestant Cemetery.  But if you'd like to be notified about future dates for Sept/Oct,  you can subscribe to the mailing list here:

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Tea & Tales @ The Annex: 365 Old Placentia Rd, Mount Pearl

Join tea lady Kelly Jones and storyteller Dale Jarvis as they celebrate their love of tea with stories, tastings, and treats. As you listen to stories of missing eyelids, wise dragons, haunted plantations, and the Iron Goddess of Mercy Herself, you will sample four varieties of tea. Learn about proper brewing techniques, and take away tips to make a perfect cup.

Date and Time: Tuesday, July 17th at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35.00

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Have folklore, will travel: Notes from Glenwood!
I'm on the heritage trail this week, holding some heritage planning and oral history meetings in central Newfoundland. Last night I had a very positive meeting with the newly-formed Glenwood Heritage Society (above), whose mandate is "To protect and promote...

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Out of the depths of the sea - What are the mystery lights of Come-By-Chance? #FolkloreThursday
Come by Chance, Aerial photograph by Lee Wulff, circa 1955-56. The Rooms Fonds GN 186, Item NA 25250 In the early part of the twentieth century, the waters of Placentia Bay between Come-By-Chance and Sound Island, Newfoundland, were said to be the location ...

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Exploring Canada's Haunted Golf Courses
Haunted Lakes Golf Club - With its long history and vast geography, Canada has no shortage of strange tales. There are haunted coal mines in Cape Breton, poltergeists in Calgary, and even a pair of haunted boots in St. Vincent’s, Newfoun...

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Can you help identify this mystery polar bear from Labrador?
Diana from Southern California writes, I am wondering about the history of a wooden letter opener that belonged to my great aunt. I have had it for many decades, and love it, but only recently found myself curious as to where my little bear came from. When ...

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The Wolves of Deadman’s Cove - #FolkloreThursday
Doug Wells, a retired teacher in Harbour Breton, Newfoundland, sent me a series of articles on local culture. From curing warts to local legends, the articles give a wonderful introduction to the folklore of Harbour Breton and area. "I had my students to wr...

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Joe Moore remembers the newspaper boys of Solomon's Lane.
Solomon's Lane, 2009. Photo by Alex Pierson/The Scope. Last week, my friend Karen's father,  Dr. Joseph A. "Joe" Moore passed away . His funeral is today, and I'm on the other side of the province, so I'm sharing this as my way of saying farewell. In 2009, ...

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Cultural Tourism workshop with Dale Jarvis - Storytelling Your Site
STORYTELLING YOUR SITE An introduction to crafting storytelling-based guided tours for sites, museums, and historic places, with storyteller Dale Jarvis. Thursday, March 15, 2018 “Storytelling Your Site” is a cultural tourism workshop for museum, parks, and...

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"Lugged off" by the fairies - A Quebec fairy story from Dr. Wilfred Grenfell
The Strathcona, ca. 1910. From Wilfred T. Grenfell, Labrador: The Country and the People (New York: The MacMillan Company, 1910) 246. Heritage NL website Most of the fairy stories I have come across from this province are from the Avalon region, with a see...
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