The King of All Birds:
Examining the Wren Tradition
with Dennis Flynn

  

Check out our recorded presentation of The King of All Birds, with moderator Dale Jarvis, and speakers Dennis Flynn and Bev & Eugene Kane. 

It's a Mummers Festival Must See!

when?

Thursday, December 9

2:30 - 3:30 pm

The Rooms

Also streaming on Facebook Live

 

Registration is required
 

To register for this free event, please contact The Rooms’ Visitor Services at 757-8090.

 

Restrictions due to COVID- 19 will be in place for everyone’s safety.

 

Masks and proof of vaccination with ID are required.

 

A little known Christmas house-visiting tradition in Newfoundland and Labrador is the Wren.

 

It continues today, although in only a few communities. Typically, children and/or adults will visit homes within their community carrying around an effigy of a small bird—the wren. Upon entry into a home, they usually recite a poem about the wren and may offer some kind of performance, be it song, joke, or recitation. Often the host will offer up food, drink, or money for the visit. Unlike other house-visiting traditions, there are no disguises involved. 

 


Join local artist/storyteller/ photo-grapher Dennis Flynn...a “Wren Boy” from Colliers...as he examines the Wren tradition, tells some wonderful stories, and demonstrates how to make your own wren stick. 

This event is presented as part of the Coffee & Culture series in partnership with The Rooms.

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