Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Best in Boston

An Evening of Newfoundland Culture and Song

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Reception: 7:00 pm
Presentation and Performance: 8:00 pm
Venue: The Cloud Foundation, 647 Boylston St., Boston, http://www.cloudfoundation.org/

Memorial alumni and fellow Newfoundland and Labradorians are invited to an evening of education and song as fellow alumna Ms. Millie Rahn talks about the Boston-Newfoundland Connection, followed by a performance by fellow alumna, Ms. Anita Best, at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 19th at The Cloud Foundation on Boylston Street. Come and connect with other Memorial alumni and expatriates from the province who are living in the Boston area.

For more than a decade Millie Rahn has been collecting oral histories from Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in the "Boston States" with an emphasis on the Boston Barrel Tradition. She has completed a compilation for the provincial Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development on the 400 year relationship and cultural ties between both regions entitled "An Overview of the Cultural and Historic Connections Between Newfoundland and Labrador and New England".

Anita Best has spent a lifetime exploring and celebrating the rural Newfoundland lifestyle and culture. In the process she has become one of the province's most prominent traditional singers. Her name is synonymous with traditional song in Newfoundland and her work as a performer, as well as a folklorist, archivist and teacher, has helped to preserve songs and stories that might otherwise be forgotten.

For more information, please see Memorial University's alumni event page.


Anita Best has narrated several Rattling Books titles. You can hear her performing on Mary Dalton's Merrybegot, Susan Rendell's In the Chambers of the Sea, and Robin McGrath's Coasting Trade--all available in unabridged audio formats from rattlingbooks.com