Words in Edgewise – January

January 12, 2011

Andy Jones – The Abbie Table: Reflections On Life In the Salt Fishery

AUDIO – Andy Jones on CBC St. John’s Morning Show describing the Abbie Table

As part of his month long residency at Eastern Edge, Words in Edgewise is thrilled to present Andy Jones and his Abbie Table project along with two very special guests: Mark Ferguson and Derek Pelley.

In 1999 Abbie (Ellis) Whiffen was asked by her ten-year-old granddaughter: “Grandma, how did you ever grow up without a computer?” This prompted her to write the story “Growing Up, Up in Cove,” which details the life of the Ellis Family who were engaged in the Salt Fishery in Caplin Cove, Hant’s Harbour, between the 1920’s and the 1950’s. Andy Jones, one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most beloved actors and writers, and current owner of the Ellis house, along with the help of over 40 of Abbie’s friends, family, and other professional and amateur visual artists, is creating “The Abbie Table,” a 10′ x 4′ table inscribed with Abbie’s story. It is a truly remarkable piece of collaborative art that commemorates the way many Newfoundlanders lived until very recently, and has all but disappeared.

Words in Edgewise on January 20th at 8:00 pm, at The Eastern Edge Gallery, will feature Andy Jones reading from the table and talking about the process of creating it; Mark Ferguson, a curator at The Rooms Provincial Museum, giving a primer on the day-to-day activities of a fisherman’s family in the Salt Fishery; and Derek Pelley, renowned Newfoundland muscian, speaking about his time visiting the Caplin Cove home of Herbert and Ethel  (and later Harold and Shirley) Ellis.

As always, discussion will be encouraged throughout the evening. This is a Words in Edgewise you will not want to miss!

Thursday, January 20th at Eastern Edge Gallery, 8pm, hosted by Morgan Murray. Admission is by donation, refreshments and snacks will be available.


One Response to “Words in Edgewise – January”

  1. morganeliasmurray said

    The Rooms has posted Abbie’s story “Growing Up, Up in the Cove,” on their website:


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