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

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The Candlemas Day Token of Cobbs Arm. #FolkloreThursday
The name of Candlemas Day is derived from the tradition of blessing the annual supply of church candles on that date. According to the Dictionary of Newfoundland English, Candlemas Day is a day for festivities, with singing, dancing, drinking and a meal. Th...

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Collective Memories Monday - Mug Ups with Martha MacDonald
This February, we'll be running some Memory Mug Up programs for seniors, as part of our Collective Memories project. The programs are designed to get seniors out and sharing stories, a type of community oral history sharing time, with a cup of tea and snack...

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The Mermaid Sisters of Beachy Cove, Newfoundland. #folklorethursday
Recently, I got a note from ceramic artist and art teacher Wendy Shirran . In collaboration with designer and illustrator Veselina Tomova , she is working with 22 Grade Three students in Paradise NL to create a series of ceramic relief tile murals based on ...

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Mummers Parade Day Events - Saturday, December 10th!
Mummers Parade Day. 4 Events. 1 Great time! Shake out those long johns and borrow your Aunt’s size 42 bra. We’re calling all mummers to the Mummers Parade ! Join us at Bishop Feild Elementary (46 Bond Street) in St. John’s at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 10...

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In Memoriam: John F. Young - #CollectiveMemories Stephenville
Earlier this year, I had the good fortune to be the folklorist-in-residence for the Friendly Invasion 2016, a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the closing of Harmon Air Force Base in Stephenville. Over a few days, I conducted a pile of oral history ...

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"Red Eyes" - Glovertown's glow-in-the-dark #UrbanLegend. #amwriting
Down at the end of Angle Road in Glovertown is the impressive ruin of an old pulp and paper mill. It is also the site of a creepy local urban legend about a mysterious figure known as “Red Eyes.” You can read about the history of the mill and see more great...

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Meet "The Webber" - Newfoundland's creepiest #UrbanLegend. #amwriting #nlunexplained
One of the most intriguing and creepy contemporary legends I have come across from Newfoundland is the story of The Webber - a terrifying, woods-dwelling creature with webbed hands, who loves to catch and devour children, campers, and canoodling teenagers. ...

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Do you know about the two headless ghosts of Fogo Island? #amwriting #NLunexplained #NaNonFiWriMo
In 1999, Fogo Island Literacy Association published a small book called “ Tales of Fogo Island ,” compiled and edited by Della Coish. The publication was designed as easy-to-read book about local life and culture, for use with adult learners in literacy pro...

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Hand Shot Off - News from Trepassey, 1918. #NLunexplained #NaNonFiWriMo
I'm working away at my National Non Fiction Writing Month project, # NLunexplained , and I found this little gem of a story from the St. John's Daily Star, 1918-12-11: HAND SHOT OFF  Mr. Wm. Bulger who was hurt at Trepassey in a gunning accident was brought...

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My November writing project is #NLunexplained! #NaNonFiWriMo #WNFIN
It is November 1st, All Soul's Day. Hallowe'en is over, the St. John's Haunted Hike and my "Haunted at Leaside" show has been put to bed. This is when normal people would say, "I'm going to take a break." Well, I'm not doing that. Today is also that day whe...
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