Last week here in New-Wes-Valley* the whole town joined together in our 1st annual Snow Crab Festival. Norton’s Cove Café took part with four different happenings, and I’d like to share a little of what took place.

  • Green Tea co-sponsored by Karma Kafé
  • Community Social hosted by Homestead Adventures
  • International Flavours supper by Ted, Gilbert, and Amanda
  • Friday Night FRIENDS

I very rarely give money to my community when different organizations come looking for donations from my company, because my business is very small and so far, I haven’t made any profit. However, I want to do good- I want to spread good vibes in my community. So I devised a plan that would also help a cause that is close to my heart- the arts!

With the help of my friends Florence and Irene at Karma Kafé, we have organized an annual event which will fund a new Art Scholarship (yet to be named) to be given to a graduating student of the local school, Pearson Academy. The scholarship will be given to a student who has been accepted in a school for the arts (visual, theatre, literature, etc.) and we administer the scholarship directly. Very soon, we’ll write up the guidelines for applications.

From the Festival Guide: “Karma Kafe and Norton’s Cove Café are teaming up to host GREEN TEA at Norton’s Cove Café from 2-4 pm. There will be fancy sandwiches and scones, and lots more for you to savor with your pot of tea. They are encouraging all to dress up for the occasion: What would the Queen wear? All profits will go towards a new Scholarship Fund for the arts to be available to Pearson Academy’s graduation class. Check out to read the history of this event.” Photo courtesy the Town of New-Wes-Valley’s Facebook page.

The event happened on Monday, March 11th, and we were all thrilled to host a full house of women and men enjoying a social tea that will benefit the arts. We raised $610 for the fund that day including some cash donations from folks who care.

Special thanks to Rick’s Service Centre of Pound Cove who kindly donated $25 to the cause, raising our fund to $635!

I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help and influence of Florence, Irene, Shellsea, & Curtis. What wonderful things we can do when we work together!

*The town of New-Wes-Valley is comprised of eight little communities: Newtown, Templeman, Pound Cove, Wesleyville, Brookfield (of which Norton’s Cove is part), Badger’s Quay, Pool’s Island, and Valleyfield.


New in the ‘Hood!

I’m happy to report some brand new hoodies I’ve had printed up by Living Planet with the Norton’s Cove logo and my Fresh Caplin image…

Available in maroon or grey, sizes S-XL, unisex, for $60 each.

I introduced the new product at last weekend’s Craft & Gift Wholesale Show in St. John’s, and they are now available in the online shop as well as here at the studio.


This post was promised to one of my besties… screenshots of film footage I’ve been getting under the surface of the ocean (with lots of help from Duke) for my newest works in progress… I’m working on a series of paintings, prints, and textile pieces focusing on the ocean in relation to depression and life.

Valentine’s Night

Our Feast of Saint Valentine went off without a hitch- if you were there, thank you for being a part of a lovely evening; if you weren’t, here’s what you missed…

Seafood Soup, Butternut Squash Soup for starters.
Moose Ragu with fresh Fettuccine Pasta, Vegeetable Curry with Basmati Rice and Tomato Jam,…
… and Chicken Pot Pie with Mashed Potatoes were the tasty (and filling!) main courses.
Carrot Cake and Bread Pudding with Partridgeberry Rum Sauce for dessert options.
Mike Sixonate at the mic.

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend from all of us here at Norton’s Cove, with special thanks to guest Chef Peter Burt, his Valentine Robin Crane who did a gorgeous job as server, and to Mike Sixonate for his performance which capped off the night.

Where to Stay

And if you’re looking for accommodations in the area while you’re planning a trip to Norton’s Cove for some Valentine’s fun, we’ve got you covered…

Kittiwake House B&B and Vacation Homes

A four star B&B in Badgers Quay (just a couple of minutes’ drive from Norton’s Cove), Kittiwake House is open year ’round. 

The Suite is $135 +HST per night and has a queen size bed, private bathroom, and includes a full breakfast in the morning. 

Two standard size rooms are available with a queen size bed, a shared bathroom, and a full breakfast in the morning for $89 +HST.

In nearby Newtown (15 minute drive from Norton’s Cove), Norrway Vacation House is a fully equipped, four bedroom, 1.5 bathroom, beautiful home away from home.  Rate is $225 +HST for the whole house/night.

To reserve any of these rooms (or a whole house!) please call Ruth or John at 709-536-5683 or 709-944-1148, or email

Please note, there is no availability for February 16th and 17th.

The Feast of Saint Valentine

This Valentine’s Day, we have two events happening at Norton’s Cove Café…

First up, we have guest chef Peter Burt coming to the north side of the bay to serve up some delicious treats for a Valentine’s Supper. Supper reservations will start at 4pm and end at 8pm. And yes, you’ll need a reservation! (call Janet at the office: 709.536.2533) I’ll post the menu as soon as I can! The cost of a three course meal with tea/coffee will be $49, with options for each course.

Secondly, we’ll have a musical performance by Mike Sixonate of Twillingate fame. The show starts at 9 pm. You can purchase tickets for that part of the evening in the online shop, or here at the studio.

We’d be really pleased if you want to come out for both events, and yes, you can reserve a seat that you can keep for both supper and performance.


Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796)

We’re planning a wee celebration of Robert Burns’ birthday, but at the moment, it is so wee, it looks like the event will be cancelled. So, if you would like to make a reservation for this Friday night, please do so as soon as you can! I’ll comment tomorrow on whether we have enough people interested to go ahead. Ted is really looking forward to wearing his kilt… please don’t disappoint him!

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to a lack of interest: too few reservations.

Even if you aren’t a poetry buff, you know the work of Robert Burns- you sing one of his creations every December 31st as it turns into January 1st.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup!
and surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
and pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught,
for auld lang syne.

To make a reservation, please call 536-2533, and leave a message if I’m away from the phone. Alternately, you can email me at . No tickets are available- a reservation is all you need.

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.