Call to Artists

As 2018 is finishing up, I’m looking at the 2019 calendar and wondering what events I’ll have to look forward to at Norton’s Cove Studio & Café.

I’d love to hear from performing artists to book Live @ Norton’s Cove Café events: please contact me at to get the Terms & Conditions and other information. Who will we hear in January?

I’d also love to hear from authors and publishers to plan readings and special sales events.

And how about other artists? I’d love to host visiting artists here at the studio, where you can create and sell your work to visitors with full use of my printmaking equipment.


Throw Back Thursday to MUN Archives

When Janet Davis, an artist and entrepreneur, bought the Job Kean property in Brookfield, Bonavista Bay, in 1995, she bought more than a neglected house and general store that sat vacant for 20 years… see the full story from last year’s MUN Gazette:  Art form

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From MUN Archives’ Job Kean Collection

Happy Birthday Jack!

This gorgeous guy is 8 today- that’s 50 in dog years!

2018 on the Greenspond Walking Trail
With his sister Bella on Ship Island
With Fred in 2012
And again with Fred in 2016
 With his best friend Hazel and sister Bella at home in Brookfield.

Friday Nights are Back for Christmas!

Central Perk: after-hours at Norton’s Cove is back for Christmas!

Get together with your FRIENDS and enjoy special Christmas treats made by Amanda along with Duke’s famous nachos! Janet is making eggnog this year, along with the usual drinks menu.

NEW TIME: 7pm to 11pm

Merry Christmas from Norton’s Cove!

Live @ Norton’s Cove

Tuesday, December 11th

Ian Foster & Nancy Hynes
Doors open at 8pm, when Duke will start making his cheesy delicious pulled chicken nachos, and I will start serving drinks- and we’ll have cheesecake too!
The show starts at 9pm, when we can expect to fall in love with Ian & Nancy all over again.  Meet the artists, get your copy of the new CD signed, and all will be merry & bright!

Get your tickets here, or at the door.

Tonight’s the Night!

Back in 2002, I hosted the first annual Norton’s Cove Christmas Party & Sale. 

All sorts of festive treats: prizes, music, food & drink, and 25% off all artwork & giftware.
There is the annual draw for a $50 gift certificate at 9pm (you have to be an eNewsletter subscriber to qualify), and a door prize too!

Simple math tells us that this would be the 17th Norton’s Cove Christmas Party & Sale, but it’s actually the 18th…

One year, on the 1st Friday of December, there was a snowstorm.  I put out word to my followers on social media that the party would be postponed until Saturday night- I didn’t want my studio friends travelling on dangerous roads, and especially not in the dark.  BUT people came anyways!  Others had already told me they would come on Saturday night and stayed home, so we did the whole thing two nights in a row!  Certainly a memorable year!

Excursions Around the Bay

It was a beautiful day for a walk on the Greenspond trail. The seas are still rough along the shore after some recent high winds, making for some pretty spectacular view and quite a symphony of crashing waves.

It felt great to be outside in the sun after a long spell of indoor activities. (I’ve caught up on some home maintenance that had been put off for far too long. )

Jack had a great time too, and doused himself in all the bog holes he could find. Luckily, he’s happy enough to hop in the shower, so he no longer smells like a bog dog!


I’m happy to report that the 2017 staff of Norton’s Cove Studio & Café have been nominated for an award!  I was recently contacted by the municipality of New-Wes-Valley, asking if it would be okay if they nominated us- it sure is okay!

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Norton’s Cove Staff in 2017 included Ted O’Connor, Patsy Best, Fred Kelloway, Gilbert Gordon, Angie Sheppard, Leah Lewis, Leah Perry, Candace Hynes, Jared Attwood, Megan Kelloway, Justin Burtin (pictured), Duke Kelloway, and me, Janet Davis.

The Gander & Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a gala event on November 22nd, in honour of the 18th Annual Joe & Clarice Goodyear Business Achievement Awards at the Quality Inn & Suites at Gander.

We are up for a Customer Service Award, which I’m quite proud of.  Have you visited Norton’s Cove?  What did you think of our customer service this year?  Are we deserving?

Now Booking Christmas Parties at Norton’s Cove Café

We have developed ( and by we, I mean Ted, the Kitchen Magician) a set menu for private events and Christmas parties from now until the end of the year.  For a set price of $40 per person, you will have these options for your three course meal including tea/coffee.  We will still have all of our regular drink menu available at extra cost.

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Appetizer Choices

Mushroom Vol au Vent
Puffed pastry bowl filled with a medley of mushrooms in cream and cheese sauce

Vegetarian or hearty options available

Loaded Potato
Potato skins filled with a mixture of mashed potato & cheese, or potato & salt cod

Main Course Choices

Stuffed Chicken with Cranberry or Apple Cheese Stuffing, served with creamy mashed potato and sautéed vegetables.

Pork Schnitzel with dill cream sauce, served with creamy mashed potato and sautéed vegetables.

Chick Pea Curry served with Basmati rice and naan bread as a delicious vegetarian option.

Dessert Choices

Chocolate Raspberry Mousse

Gingerbread OR Pear Ginger Cake with Rum Butter sauce

Eggnog Cheesecake


Remember that we can always adjust recipes to fit gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan diets.

If your mouth is watering like mine is, give me a call at 709.536.2533 or send an email to book your Christmas party or get together (minimum 12 guests).