Come Home Year 2022

1997, 2000, 2022


Sorry for the long winded post but I always have a lot to say☺️

Good afternoon everyone, I am writing this on behalf of our Come Year Home Committee and the Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society.

56 Years ago, 1966, the Government of NL hosted Come Home Year, not sure if there were any activities on the Port de Grave Peninsula at that time, I was a bit to young to remember.

But I was there for the Port de Grave Peninsula Come Home Year Celebrations in 1997, where we all had an amazing time.

Then in 2000 we hosted the Islendigur Celebrations where thousands came to the Peninsula and celebrate the last port of call for the Viking Ship, a week of fun filled activities.

Here we are once again celebrating Come Home Year 2022, sponsored by the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador! Another amazing event on the Peninsula, all those who attended had a wonderful time and if for some reason you missed it check out 5 major events videoed, shared on Facebook and Youtube, checkout my channel joycem1958 for four of these events and for the Ecumenical Church service check out the Port de Grave Pentecostal Tabernacle | Facebook page.

We had a jam packed five days with something for everyone, and even though attendance was low on some events we certainly did have an amazing five days of coming together, meeting old friends, making new ones and like I said at the Opening Ceremonies, “Making Memories”!

A very special thank you to the following who took part and made the event very successful:

St. Luke’s Vestry for the Gospel Concert and wonderful Breakfast.

St. Luke’s ACW for hosting the Afternoon Tear in honor of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and Come Home Year Celebrations.

St. Luke’s Church for allowing us to have a much-attended Quilter’s Afternoon! Special thanks to all Quilters and Rug hookers who came along and showed off their treasures!!

The Fishermen’s Museum Board and especially to Chris and Brittany for organizing the first annual Museum Days a very successful event. Chris and Brittany have indicated that they are “over the moon” with the success of this event. To Ivan Lear for adding the Mug Up in the Cove event, with the FFAW and owners of Conception Run, what a great morning that was. And for sharing Ben for singing at a Lighthouse picnic. I videoed Ben singing Saltwater Joys, he was sat down, Greenpoint Lighthouse in the background, hardly a ripple on the water, it was spectacular and has been viewed across Canada and the United States. Well done Ben!

PDG Recreation: for your part in providing several kids activities that seemed to be well attended and for providing hot dogs and hamburgers throughout the five days.

Pentecostal Church: Pastors Darryl and Shelley Lidstone for their part, in providing a Kids Activity, access to their parking lot, the Gospel Concert in the Playground and the Ecumenical Church Service, we are forever grateful!

Anglican Parish – Fr. Paul Thoms, for his part in the Ecumenical.

Harris Porter: for organizing the Shine and Show Car show.

Wayne Morgan: for providing sound equipment when needed and helping with the Carshow. Also, organizing singers for the Opening Ceremonies and the Gospel Concert.

Vern Petten/Blair Petten: for hosting the Make and Break engines in their shed. Another very successful event.

Port de Grave Hr. Authority for arranging tours of two 65 footers. Thanks to Blair and Jason for this, over 45 people visited these boats. For those who live for the sea it is hard to imagine, that there are people living on the peninsula and especially those living on the mainland have never had the opportunity to step foot on a boat! According to reports, those who did visit were very appreciative to the owners for allowing them to come onboard!

Iris Petten for leading the walk to the Quarry, another amazing event.

Iris and Roland for the Heritage tour of the community.

Bud Davidge and Friends for an awesome concert!

The Islanders another great night enjoyed by all who attended.

Ben Eddy for providing music when needed and to all our summer students, from Heritage, Museum and Rec, these guys and gals did an awesome job.

A very special Thank you to all our Authors: Gerald Andrews, Ray Andrews, Vernon Petten, Nellie P. Strowbridge Luanne Langdon and Jim Wellman.

To all those who visited the Canon Richards Tearoom during that week, thank you! I’m sure you all went away with your bellies full….

Thank you to everyone who came and supported us in anyway, supporting the 50/50 draws, buying tickets on a print which will be drawn for Sept. 4. For each and everyone who bought an hamburger or hot dog thank you!

Thank you all for coming and don’t forge share your photos with us by using the hashtags #pdgphs#ComeHome2022#explorenl

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Christmas on the Peninsula, starting in early December!! 😁

Once again thank you!

Joyce Morgan, Chairperson

CHY Celebrations 2022

Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society

Special thanks to our committee members: Wayne Morgan, Charlotte Morgan, Don Morgan, Eileen Morgan, Lynnette Langdon Ogden, Chris Porter, Brittany Rose Karen Dawe, Melissa Norris, Stacy Petten, Ross Petten, Iris Petten, Roland Andrews and Barbara Dawe.

St. Mark’s Heritage Church Upgrade

The Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society is so happy to announce that work has begun on the roof of St. Mark’s Heritage Church. The roof is being replaced with a metal roof that will last for generations to come!

There is lots more work to be done, after this project, the Society will move on to the next phase.

This is due to funding from the Federal Government of Canada (ACOA) and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Congratulations to Dr. Iris Petten

On behalf of all of us here on the Port de Grave Peninsula we want to congratulate Dr. Iris Petten, President of the Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society.

Taken from the Memorial University Facebook page:

Dr. Iris Petten received an honorary doctor of laws degree this morning!

Dr. Petten is an entrepreneur, a corporate executive and a community volunteer and a person who takes a special interest in promoting and supporting women in leadership positions.

She also steered Memorial’s Board of Regents as board chair with a steady hand for nine years. Her dedication to our university has been invaluable.

During this morning’s convocation ceremony, Dr. Petten addressed the assembled graduates and guests in the Arts and Culture Centre auditorium. She shared some of the knowledge she gleaned along her personal path of growth and success.

“I learned how [my mentors] pushed me beyond my comfort zone. When they pushed me hard and expected me to learn more, to live up to the job at hand, I grew as a person. The best lessons I learned came from reaching beyond what I knew, and avoiding staying with what I was comfortable with.”

Congratulations, Dr. Petten, and to all our graduates who are now officially members of the Memorial University Alumni family! #MUNgrad2022

ID: Dr. Iris Petten is pictured at centre in academic dress. She is surrounded by dozens of members of her family in front of a claret backdrop.

Come Home Year Community Cleanup Project 2022

UPDATE: On May 28th, we had several people show up and picked areas for cleanup. We want to thank them and looking forward to seeing more people tomorrow! Drop by the Annex Building to pick up your t-shirts and supplies. I will be there from 9 to noon.

The Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society is very proud to announce that we have received funding from the Come Home Year Cleanup Project sponsored by the MMSB Board and the Gov’t of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The purpose of this is to clean up the garbage on our roadsides, and public areas. We are also asking residents and businesses to cleanup their private properties.

Every Saturday, starting on May 28th, and ending on June 18th, we will have a scheduled event from 10 am to 12 noon, for those who would like to join us. We will have refreshments, water, juices and snacks available for you, this can be picked up by the Canon Richards Tearoom, or call me and I will drop it off to you.

We will be supplying garbage bags, rubber gloves, safety vest, and hopefully we will have some reacher grabber tools. Next week sometime we will be placing two dumpsters, one by St. Mark’s Heritage Church and one by Ship Cove Pond. You are welcome to use these to put your garbage in. Please note: Under the rules of MMSB propane tanks and rubber tires are not permitted, so please refrain from throwing these items in the dumpsters. The garbage you pick up on the road if you are able please drop it off to a dumpster or leave it on the side of the road and we will make the necessary arrangements to pick it up.

We have a limited number of t-shirts and security vest available, so please contact me and let me know your t-shirt size.

Of course, we will have to report exactly what we did, I will have a form ready for you fill out, I will have this available next week and I will share it with you on Facebook.

Posters are in the mail, I’m also attaching a copy of the poster. We are asking all those who are able both young and old to participate. When you go for a walk grab a garbage bag, a pair of gloves and pick up the garbage on your route.

Why not make this a family event? Gather your family and friends and join in making our community a place we can all be proud off!

Please contact me by email or call/text 680-1231 and tell me the area that you will be taking care off. We don’t want everyone going to the one place!

We have a group who has indicated that they will cleanup Short Beach.

Thanking you all in advance and we do need your help, we can’t do alone!