New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is pleased to present Anita Best for an evening of stories and songs from Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday September 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Anita was born on the island of Merasheen on Newfoundland’s south coast. Her childhood was filled with the stories, songs, and dances of her region as entertainment since many on the island did not have electricity or televisions. Resident would gather in each others homes to spend an evening singing, dancing, and sharing stories during the long winter months. Anita has spent a lifetime collecting these stories and songs of Newfoundland as well as those of Labrador. She began to perform as a way to keep alive and share the traditions of the Atlantic Maritimes region. Her warm, rich voice will bring you to her island.
Best was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011. The citation read, in part, “As a singer, storyteller and archivist, she has been active in collecting and performing the songs and tales of her ancestors, ensuring this priceless cultural legacy is not lost to future generations.”
Tickets are $12/members; $15/non-members and are on sale now at the Fishing Heritage Center or on line at https://www.brownpapertickets.