Walks n’ Talks Summer 2016

August 30 - 11PM

THIS (*Mostly*) TUESDAY NIGHT SERIES has explored neighbourhoods in and around Saint John since 1978, and offered over 600 ONE AND HALF HOUR, TWO TO THREE KILOMETER WALKS based on research done through archival sources, and with those who have lived or currently live in the areas walked. The walks are free as sponsors pick up the cost of promotion, research, delivery, etc. The walks SOMETIMES FEATURE OTHER COMMENTATORS, OR CHARACTERS who do skills about the areas. This is noted on the brief descriptions given. More in depth descriptions are available by contacting gosswalk@nbnet.nb.ca. IF WET on the night of the walk, it is HELD THE NEXT EVENING and to CHECK IF A WALK IS ON, CALL 672-8601 ABOUT ONE HOUR before the stated walk time. All WALKERS COME AT THEIR OWN RISK, as it is impossible to guarantee conditions on terrain that will vary from day to day and place to place.

June 28, 7:15– They served their country: Meet at Shaarei Zedek entrance Westmorland Rd (opposite Ellerdale) to Fernhill. Katherine Biggs-Craft, curator of the Jewish Museum, will amplify last year’s tour of the Shaarei Zedek Cemetery with special emphasis on graves of service persons that are the focus of a summer display at the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum, 91Leinster Street. Sponsor: Fernhill Cemetery

*Friday, July 01, 11:00 a.m.*– Father’s of Confederation tour: Since 1927, this has been an annual event at Fernhill kept alive by Joan Pearce. Follow flags from Westmorland main gate. We place flags at Tilley and Steeves markers, visit others, sing “My Own Canadian Home,” at its composer’s grave, and enjoy light refreshments courtesy of Fernhill Cemetery.

*Friday, July 01, 1:30- 3:00 – A Royal Surprise! Queen Elizabeth’s visits to New Brunswick come to life through an interview with someone close to Her Majesty as part of the Canada Day Festivities on James Rolfe playing field. Sponsor Town of Quispamsis, Community Services Department.

*Friday, July 01, 8:00 p.m.* Ghostly Gallivant at Market Square: Meet and form groups at the lighthouse by the Hilton Hotel. Walk 6 blocks to see 8 ghostly figures who will share tales taken from printed sources of yesteryear. Sponsor: Canada Day Committee and Hardman Group.

July 05, 7:15– Seawood Lane- Duck Cove Ramble: Meet at Seawood School and join Leona Laracey, local resident and heritage champion as she shares stories of how an early 20th century cottage enclave became a year round suburb. Sponsor: Leisure Services, City of Saint John.

July 12, 7:15 -Gondola Point Perambulation: Meet at St. Luke’s Church 12 Quispamsis Road.
Gondola Point, an area of Quispamsis, has as interesting past that will be told using local landmarks explained by residents of the area including George Eves, Peter Little and Judi Keller. Expect some surprises. Sponsor: Town of Quispamsis, Community Services Department.

July 19, 9:00– Fernhill Full Moon Walk: (Note Time change) Meet at 9:00 p.m. at Fernhill’s main office, 200 Westmorland Road. Walk the pathways. Pass the statues and stones bathed in moonlight. Hear full moon fact and folklore about cemeteries. Also, learn how the “Great Moon Hoax” of August 1835, was reported in and effected Saint John. Sponsor: Fernhill Cemetery.

July 26, 7:15- Uptown Tales and Treasures: Meet at Freedom Tours and Travel, 80 Charlotte St. Ten blocks south and east of Freedom’s location will be explored and there are some surprises to be seen and enjoyed. Refreshments follow at the sponsor’s office, Freedom Tours and Travel.

August 02, 7:15-Backpacking in Belmont: Meet at the KBM Parking lot, Westfield Road. Enjoy a backpack full of stunts, stories, songs about the area via some characters we’ve found. Sponsor: River Road Community Alliance with funding from the Host Community Enhancement Fund.

Aug 09, 7:15– Rumination on Fort Howe: Meet at the former Main Brace building 507 Main Street. After a challenging walk to the hilltop, where legends and lore of the area will be shared, we’ll walk back to the former Main Brace and enjoy a Fort Howe cake and Harold Wright will share maps and photos of the area just visited. Sponsor: Leisure Service of the City of Saint John.

August 16, 7:15– Fundy Fringe Festival Art and Theatre Walk: Meet at Barbour’s General Store. Since 1783, there has been a lively art scene in Saint John and it will be shared through stories told by characters from the past. The walk will conclude at the Saint John Theatre Company building where a FREE preview of Fringe Festival acts is being presented, and complimentary Picaroons beer is available (for those 19 and older). Sponsor: Canadian Heritage and the Fundy Fringe Festival. No RAIN date.

August 23, 7:15– Author’s Ramble and Reading in Rothesay: Meet at the Rothesay Common Skate House. The Kennebecasis Valley was home to two of the most prolific authors of all time, Louis Arthur Cunningham, and Dan Ross. Their life stories will be shared, and excerpts from their books read as we walk the Common and up Grove Avenue to finish at the Lawton home with snacks on the lawn. Sponsor: Town of Rothesay and Nancy and Chip Lawton.

August 30, 8:15 -What’s scary about a cemetery? (Note time change). Meet at Fernhill Office at 200 Westmorland Road. It will be almost dark when we start and very, very dark when we finish our walk in the City of Sleep. This will explore what is behind the folklore, legends and phobias of cemeteries using the special atmosphere of Fernhill. Expect a surprise or two and dress warmly to chase away the chills. Bring a flashlight and lots of nerve. Sponsor: Fernhill Cemetery.

Saturday Night Martello Tower Ghost Walks from the Tower on Whipple Street.
A Park Fee of $7.30 for adults and 3.90 for children applies. Held at 9 p.m. July 02 & 23. August 6, & 27. On October 22 at 7 p.m. Different theme for each walk. Ask for a flyer by e mail at gosswalk@nbnet.nb.ca. Held Sunday if wet. Call 672-8601 for information.

New River Beach Ghost Walks Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m.
If fine the walks are held Friday, and if wet, Saturday. Check the Park office before arriving 506-755-4046 FREE; Sponsored by New River Beach Provincial Park. June 24 or 25, July 15 or 16, July 29 or 30, August 19, or 20. September 02 or 03. Ask or a flyer outlining themes.

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