"They Came From Away" revisits Newfoundland hospitality on 9/11

Published on May 13, 2014

Trevor McKinven presents “They Came From Away” ,a play that revisits Gander Newfoundland on 9/11 when the small town embraced 6500 stranded airline passengers.

Shortly after the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001, Gander Newfoundland invited over 6500 stranded airline passengers into their small town. The Osprey presents “They Came From Away,” a play about the giant slumber party that changed lives, on Friday May 23 at 8 pm.

In the play, writer and performer Trevor McKinven imagines the reunion of four “plane people” as they remember their forced and extended stay in a place they’d never heard of.

On 9/11 when all planes were ordered to the ground at the nearest airport, Gander had the facilities and space to accommodate the influx. But the town had nowhere near the number of hotels and restaurants necessary.

So the people of Gander opened their homes and their hearts to thousands of very weary stranded travelers, giving them a place to rest their heads and enjoy a home cooked meal.

In the process of taking travelers into their homes, that famous Newfoundland hospitality shone for all the world to see. Of the “come-from-aways” who became part of the Gander family during that memorable week, many left as life-long friends with their host families.

With heart-warming humour, Trevor McKinven’s play takes a close look at the bonds that were formed in the midst of those tragic circumstances.

Admission is $17 for adults and $7 for students. Tickets are available on the Osprey’s website, at the Osprey during box office hours posted on the website, from TLC Pharmacy in Shelburne, from Ticketpro via phone or website and at the door. There’s only one performance of “They Came From Away” and it’s on Friday, May 23, 8 pm at the Osprey.