Gander Newfoundland is on my bucket list

Shortly after the horrors of 9/11/2001 I heard stories of a small town in Newfoundland where many of the airliners were forced to land when the United States shut down the airspace. This town, Gander, happened to have what was once the largest airport in North America from the days when an airliner couldn’t fly all the way to their destination across the Atlantic without refueling. On 9/11/2001 thirty some airliners were forced to land there. This inundated the town of around ten thousand people with another seven thousand people to house and feed.

 

 

 

Today I saw a stage musical telling the stories from that fateful time. Yes, you heard me right. And I must say, this is the most uplifting and moving show you will see. It is incredible how the story flows with a dozen performers playing multiple roles telling the stories of many dozens of stranded passengers and town folks. It is a fast moving, non-stop musical of humanity at its best during tragedy. David Hein and Irene Sankoff wrote this musical incredibly well. The cast performance was fantastic.

 

 

It reminded me of how good people can be. A breath of fresh air. I breathed deep of the joy of this show and encourage all who can to see it. I have also added a visit to Gander to my bucket list…

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