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(May 23 , 2002, Gazette)

Sunday, May 26
Family Art — The Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, located in the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s, offers a drop-in for free family art activities from 1-4 p.m. followed by a free Sound Symposium concert with Newfoundland folk duo Jean Hewson and Christina Smith at 3 p.m. For information, call 737-8209.

Sunday, June 2
Gallery events — Selected winners of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards in the writing and musical categories present their winning entries at the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador at 3 p.m. Free admission. Info: 737-8209.


The Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, located in the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre, presents the exhibition The Ship Inn: Celebrating 25 Years, until June 29. For 25 years, it has been a centre of artistic production, advocacy and display. And yes, it’s a bar. Tucked away on Solomon’s Lane in old St. John’s, The Ship Inn was opened in 1977 by the Parnhams and continues to be family-run. The Ship Inn’s "alumni" are a veritable who’s-who of Newfoundland’s cultural community. Curated by Bruce Johnson, this exhibition will combine archival materials, visual art, music, video and writing; bringing together a score of artists, actors, filmmakers and writers in a celebration of a place that remains close to the geographical and cultural heart of St. John’s. Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12-5 p.m. and Friday evenings 7-10 p.m. For more information, call 737-8209 or check

Botanical Garden Spring Family Fun schedule
Family Fun Day is held every Sunday at MUN Botanical Garden, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, a suitable indoor program will be available. The fee is general admission / free for members of the Friends. Pre-registration is not required. For more information about the events listed below, call 737-8590.

Sunday Morning Nature Hike — 10 a.m.
Explore Newfoundland barrens, boreal forest or bog as you hike one of our nature trails with education staff. Learn about Newfoundland plants and animals while you enjoy plenty of fresh air and exercise. The nature trails are not wheelchair accessible. (Duration: one hour)

Story Time / Art & Crafts — 11 a.m.
This program may take place outdoors, depending on the weather. Theme-related stories will be read by education staff, followed by simple crafts and other activities. (Duration: 30 - 45 minutes)

Dining With Ducks — 12 noon
Education staff will lead you on a leisurely stroll along the exploration trail, down to Oxen Pond. We'll provide the duck food! Participants are welcome to bring a picnic style snack or lunch. We'll read you stories while you eat. (Program duration: 30 - 45 minutes)

Garden Tour — 1 p.m.
Take a relaxing walk among our flower gardens and see what's in bloom this week. Garden tour includes the rock gardens, cottage garden, Newfoundland heritage bed, alpine house, rhododendron dell and much more. (Program duration: 30 - 45 minutes)

Puppet Show / Story Time — 2 p.m.

This program may take place outdoors, depending on the weather. Join our education staff for a short puppet show, sing-a-long and story time. Some art and crafts will also be available. (Program duration: 30 - 45 minutes)

Nature Hike to Oxen Pond/Duck Feeding — 3 p.m.

Education staff will lead you on an easy guided tour along the exploration trail, to Oxen Pond. While you feed the ducks (food is provided) staff will help you identify and learn about the different waterfowl, insects and other creatures that live on Oxen Pond. (Program duration: 30 - 45 minutes)