Woody Point, Newfoundland and Labrador

( ♪♪ ) Woody Point is at
the end of route 431, right in the middle
of Gros Morne National Park. Man:
I would tell you it’s
one of the most beautiful
areas I’ve ever been in. And probably a little
bit biased here, but I’ve
kicked around over the years, and I haven’t seen a more
beautiful place to be
or to live, really. Woman:
It’s surrounded by
beautiful mountains. It’s a natural fjord, so the glaciers carved
out what we have. To the south of Woody Point
you can see the Tablelands. You know, where else
can you go to find that? We always had, I guess,
artists travelling
through the area. But now we tend to
have more artists come in and settle for a while. And basically I guess
Woody Point becomes
an inspiration to many people around the world. Ken Thomas:
Well, Woody Point is very proud that we host quite a number of artistic and musical
events during the summer. We are the home for
Writers at Woody Point. It’s now in its tenth year. Woman:
And then we have
Gros Morne Summer Music that brings in classical
music and performance art. Charlie Payne:
And of course after things
happen at the theatre, it all spews out
into the community. You know, you go down
to the legion and you go
down to the waterfront, and there’s people
sitting around, there’s jam sessions going
on all over the place. It’s continuing to grow. Ken Thomas:
As Woody Point’s artistic
community grows, it is also growing on
the local population that have lived here
all of their lives. There is a heck of
a lot of talent here. And the people
that are from here won’t say that they
have any talent. Charlie Payne:
I guess I’m creative
to a certain degree, but I’m not really… I certainly don’t consider
myself to be an artist. I started making art
out of necessity. In past times,
if somebody needed a house, well, they kind of
had to build one. Or if you needed your
house painted, you would
have painted your house, because you just did it. So I think Newfoundlanders
in general are very creative because we’ve had
to be over the years. Jenny Parson:
Woody Point is
becoming the heart of Gros Morne National Park,
culturally speaking anyway, because people can come here… We have the bed and
breakfast experience, we have the local restaurants
that offer local cuisine. Like, it could be moose pie, or it could be
something from the sea. Jennifer Galliott:
People are always
coming through, and they were only meaning
to be here for a day, and they end up staying
for a week, or two weeks. It’s nice because they
become part of the community. Charlie Payne:
Yeah, I’m certainly excited
to see artists come here and work to bring our
community to the world. And I think that most
people in the community
are glad to see them come because it’s bringing a new… it’s bringing a new life
into the community, you know? It’s good for everybody. ( ♪♪ )

7 thoughts on “Woody Point, Newfoundland and Labrador

  • I see my lovely cousin at the 2:13 mark of this video. I know that she and her sister consider Woody Point their home away from home. I live vicariously through their accounts of the happenings from Writers of Woody Point. I know that they will be there for the festivities August 13-17th. I'd love to be with them (and I will be, in spirit) Can't wait for the pictures and the accounts of the action in Woody Point. 

  • Great interview!  We enjoyed our time in Newfoundland and specifically Gros Morne as part of our cruise.  We ate at the table where the mayor is interviewed and I just hung up a painting we purchased at the Folk Art shop.  Fond memories!

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