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Friendly Invasion events planned for this summer

Trevor Stagg, chairman of the Stephenville Cultural Destination Committee, addressed the Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday evening.
Trevor Stagg, chairman of the Stephenville Cultural Destination Committee, addressed the Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday evening.

Trevor Stagg said Tuesday building on the success of a Friendly Invasion in 2016 the Stephenville Cultural Destination Committee is going full steam with summer events again this year.

The destination committee chairman told members of the Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce that were in attendance at the evening’s meeting that the summer festival marking the 25 years the Ernest Harmon US Air Force Base operated in Stephenville went great.

Stagg said the great friendship between local people and American visitors was fondly remembered through fabulous musical shows, a new heritage trail on the base and dramatic re-creations.

He said that’s why residents decided to continue celebrating the “friendliest invasion” ever to take place in Canada with more activities for residents and visitors alike during the summer of 2017.

Five different things to watch for:

1.     Dinner Theatre: An E- Romance  

This murder, mystery, musical, comedic dinner theatre is sure to delight the audience. A ménage à trois of Alice, Tom and Elvis. Someone has to go.

2.     Base Commander Bus Tour

Welcome to Ernest Harmon Air Force Base and to the 4081st Strategic Wing. Join Col. Leonard E. Edington on the Base Commander Bus Tour as he takes you back in time when Harmon Air Force Base was operational.

3.     Hot Dogs and Soda Pop — and other stories of the base era

Harmon Air Force Base changed Stephenville from a French-speaking farming community to an English-speaking garrison town. People were introduced to new and exciting ideas with many introduced to hotdogs and soda pop for the first time at the air shows.

4.     Tea Biscuits and Jam

Venture beyond the traditional visit to a museum and immerse yourself in the traditional art of making tea biscuits and jam. Whip up your own batch of tea biscuits or jam then sit, relax and enjoy your own creation with a cup of tea. Become engrossed in the artifacts in the museum.

5.     Vignettes in Blanche Brook Park

History comes alive on a stroll in Blanche Brook Park with the Bay St. George Community Theatre Troupe. Three of the characters are Mrs. Hulan, a local woman captured by an American privateer during the war of 1812; the infamous Maria Cobham, wife of Eric Cobham, a notorious pirate; and the famous French pilot Count Jacques de Lesseps.

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