Once upon a time (12 years ago, or thereabouts) I attended the annual Christmas craft fair held by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. The last few years the craft fair has taken place in the St. John’s Arts and Culture Center, but back when I was young (what’s minimum age requirement to use that phrase without irony?) the craft fair was being held in the convention center, across from Mile one, which may or may not have existed at the time.
And what does all this have to do with Witless Bay?
At that craft fair, I met an artist whose work I much admired, and who seemed to have an interest in the spiritual/supernatural. He was also very chatty. I believe we talked for at least half an hour, possibly an hour, and he gave me his business card and invited me to visit his studio in Witless Bay. I said I would. I still have that business card, with the name of an author Peter thought I might like written on the card.
So, the day we arrived in Witless Bay, we were greeted with a lovely potluck (University students almost always like being fed) and seated in small groups with members of the community to ‘get our feet wet,’ so to speak.
As it turns out, Peter and Mary Sobol were sitting at my table. It doesn’t get much easier to find people than that, does it? I think it was meant to be. I look forward to finally fulfilling my promise and chatting with Peter about his art and the fairies that live near his house in the next few days.