Set in the heart of Gros Morne National Park and the small town of Woody Point, Newfoundland, the Heritage Theatre offers a truly intimate experience amongst unparalleled natural beauty.
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Now a landmark in the community, it was in danger of falling down just a few years ago, but developments in recent years have given it a new lease on on life. Built in 1908 for the Loyal Orange Society, it served as one of the finest Loyal Orange lodges in the province, and played an important role in community life in Woody Point, hosting dances, meetings, weddings, and other social events. Eventually it was abandoned and left in disrepair for many years. In the late 1990’s it was purchased by local musician Charlie Payne and his wife Joan, who lovingly restored it, renamed it the Woody Point Heritage Theatre, and offered it as a venue for community events.
Since 2004 it has hosted the Writers at Woody Point literary festival, as well as plays, concerts, weddings, family reunions, and many other events. Audiences and performers alike have raved about the acoustics and the ambience. Renowned writers that have read from its stage include Michael Ondaatje, Alexander McCall Smith, Louis de Bernieres, and Richard Ford, and such well-known musicians as Sarah Harmer, Alan Doyle, Sylvia Tyson, Amelia Curran and Ron Hynes have performed there. It has become, as in its early years, a focal point for the community.
In 2012 it was offered up for sale, and with the help of the Gros Morne Co-operating Association and ACOA, it was purchased by the Friends of Writers at Woody Point, the not-for-profit group that runs the festival. It will serve as the home base for that festival, but will be available as a venue for other musical and theatrical presentations, and can be rented as workshop or meeting space for community events, weddings, family reunions, wellness group activities, exhibition space, corporate retreats, etc.
The new owners are aware of the significance of this building as a provincial heritage structure, as well as its role in the history of the community, and hope to ensure that well into the future.
For more information on the Heritage Theatre's history, visit the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador.
The Town of Woody Point encompasses three areas, Curzon Village, Woody Point and Winterhouse Brook. It has a total population of 400 residents.
There is a system of community walking trails to enjoy. The Discovery Trail, which goes from the school, Bonne Bay Academy, to Gros Morne National Park’s Discovery Centre, affords a spectacular bird’s eye view of Bonne Bay, the Tablelands and Gros Morne Mountain.
Woody Point has a beautiful waterfront with many heritage buildings and in 2010 was designated a Registered Heritage District.
"...Located on the west coast of Newfoundland. At 1,805 km2 (697 sq mi), it is the second largest national park in Atlantic Canada (surpassed by Torngat Mountains National Park at 9,600 km2/3,700 sq mi).
The park takes its name from Newfoundland's second-highest mountain peak (at 2,644 ft/806 m) located within the park. Its French meaning is "large mountain standing alone," or more literally "great sombre." Gros Morne is a member of the Long Range Mountains, an outlying range of the Appalachian Mountains, stretching the length of the island's west coast. It is the eroded remnants of a mountain range formed 1.2 billion years ago. The park provides a rare example of the process of continental drift, where deep ocean crust and the rocks of the earth's mantle lie exposed.
The Gros Morne National Park Reserve was established in 1973. It wasn't until October 1, 2005 that the National Parks Act was applied to the reserve, thereby making it a Canadian National Park..."
Friends of Writers at Woody Point have established a Woody Point Heritage Theatre Building Fund, and tax-deductible receipts will be issued to donors.
To find out more about the Theatre or to book an event, use the contact form or email Gary Noel, Executive Director of Friends of Writers at Woody Point, at firstname.lastname@example.org.