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Tale of the Outlet River Gold unfolds

Water still higher than usual at the Outlet Beach at Sandbanks, but continues to recede. Friends of Sandbanks photo

County residents will tell the ‘Tale of the Outlet River Gold’ before a live audience next week.

The presentation, part of 99.3 County FM’s series of live recordings, is set for Bloomfield on Monday, and Consecon on Tuesday.

Don Watson and Paulina McMahon part of the cast bringing the ‘Tale of the Outlet River Gold’ to life.

Suzanne Pasternak, producer, says the show is steeped in traditional folklore passed down through generations.

“The tale of the Outlet River Gold has been documented by several renowned County historians, folklorists and writers over many decades, and is brought to life via the radio play made possible by the generous funding of the Parrott Foundation and the government of Canada.”

The radio play was written by husband and wife team Robert Griffin and Joanne Cullen. Cullen has been one of the 99.3 County FM radio actors from the 2017 series performed in October and November. This project is funded in part by the government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

“My husband started to write this play when he was inspired by the local folklore legend about gold that was sunk in the Outlet River near Sandbanks in the 1700s.” says Cullen. “Suzanne suggested that Robert and I should develop it into a radio play for 99.3 County FM, and so we did!”

The play tells the epic tale of the war between the British and the French in early Canada with a county twist.

A treasure hunt for lost gold thrown overboard into the Outlet River, a scandalous romance and a big surprise twist the end of the tale promises to delight the audience.

“Director Bill McMahon and I have further adapted the script for stage and it really is fun,” says Pasternak. “When you hear this story you think ‘Wow! This is wild! This really happened?’ Truth is always stranger than fiction.”

The Tale of the Outlet River Gold will be performed and recorded live on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at The Bloomfield Town Hall at 2 p.m. and in Consecon at the Legion Tuesday, Feb. 27th, also at 2 p.m.

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