Labrador Traditions Craft Fair

This weekend, we had a booth at the Labrador Traditions Craft Fair. Christmas music was playing, baked goods and crafts were everywhere, and we got to meet a bunch of our customers, which is always really nice!

I even live-tweeted from the event…excuse my typo…my BlackBerry’s O button is a little sticky, so I always end up with too many Os and capital Os where I shouldn’t.

Speaking of typing, it’s not really comfortable for me this morning as I burned my right hand pretty bad last night while making supper. Skin started peeling immediately, and the pain last night was unbearable. Absolutely searing pain. I had to sleep with an ice pack on my gauze-wrapped hand. Now I’ve got blisters, and one of them is right on my knuckle…so as long as I keep my hand in a certain position, it’s good, but if I have to move it much, it hurts. So be careful around the stove, folks…I was just lifting a lid off a pot, and the hot steam/water that had collected on the inside rolled off and landed on my hand. I’m just thankful my little girl (who was hanging around, wishing she could help) didn’t get hurt. She certainly got a fright, though, poor thing. And now I’m learning to do everything one-handed! With my left (aka generally useless) hand!

Aimee

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A Successful Fundraiser!

Saturday night marked another successful fundraiser for Them Days. This one was a bit of an experiment, really, one that we hadn’t tried out before. Instead of having a defined set list of performers, we invited the audience to participate in any way they wanted. In return, we had a variety of performances: riddles, jokes, vocal performances, poem recitations, readings, guitar, banjo and accordion performances…all sorts of entertainment!

NorthMart donated food to the event, so just like a house party, people could get up and serve themselves. I had exactly one piece of pineapple…I never have an appetite when I’m busy at an event. (And then afterwards, I always wish I had eaten some before it was all gone!)

We also had a generous donation of a number of Labrador Songbooks from the ELAA (who had gotten them from the Creative Arts Festival) that we were able to give to our audience members so we could all participate in Labrador song singalongs! That was pretty awesome, thank you!

I didn’t actually take any pictures for once (a couple of years ago, I was told to stop taking pictures at one of our fundraisers, as you’re not allowed to photograph at the O’Brien Arts Centre, so I stopped bringing my camera, even for Them Days events) so the following pictures came to me courtesy of Andrea Procter and Jamie Skidmore. (Thanks!)

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I think I’m doing a reading here

Listening to some music courtesty of Richard Neville and his jam partner (sorry, I am totally blanking on your name right now!!!)

Listening to some music courtesty of Richard Neville and Waylon (sorry I don’t know your last name!)

Everyone joined in on a sing-along

Everyone joined in on a sing-along

Kids danced and adults tapped their toes to Bob Mesher's banjo-picking

Kids danced and adults tapped their toes to Bob Mesher’s banjo-picking

The partyin' cuties

The partyin’ cuties – William, Bea, and Leila (Noah not pictured)

The silent auction did very well too. All in all, the total from the door, the auction, and donations came to $1189! We also had a sales table that sold a few calendars and other items, so the total for the evening would have been just over $1200. That is awesome! :)

Thank you all who came out to the event, and all those who also performed! We would also like to thank those who purchased the silent auction items, and those who donated items to the auction–Theresa Hollett, Bill English, Kay Russell, John Joy, Robin McGrath, Jennifer Best, Jillian Larkham, John Gaudi, Aimee Chaulk, Bridget Chaulk, Yerry’s Tents, and John Munro. And of course, thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time in one way or another to get this fundraiser pulled together (especially Fiona Andersen and the Mokami Players and John Heard)…we really appreciate it!

Aimee

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Fundraiser is TOMORROW!!

…And I just made a few last-minute WIND-themed additions to the silent auction!

See you tomorrow (hopefully!)

Aimee

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Our Silent Auction is up! Get involved!

First of all, before I say anything, if you don’t “Like” our Facebook page, LIKE IT NOW!

This year, we’re having a silent auction, as usual, but we’re doing it a little differently. This past year has seen a lot of auctions in Labrador go online, via Facebook, and be very successful. So we thought we’d do it too. The auction won’t be ENTIRELY online, however…the bidding stops online before the concert and picks up again in person at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre! So bidders will have to be a little strategic if they can’t get out to the concert. Also, if you’re not on Facebook but live in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay area, you can come to the auction and bid that way.

There are some really awesome items there up for bid! Check it out now! And of course, don’t forget to come out to our event at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre on Saturday, October 18 at 7pm!

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Aimee

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It’s FUNDRAISER time!

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The Them Days concert fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, October 18 at 7pm at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre.

It’s going to be a fun night, that’s for sure. Instead of the typical concert experience, we’ll be having more of an open-mic night kind of feel, except in true Them Days Labrador style. Just like an old-fashioned kitchen party or house party, we’ll be letting everyone perform who wants to (we’ll all be sitting up on the stage like during the SS Kyle show, not just performers). So if you’re the kind of person who plays guitar at parties, come on out! And if you like to recite poems, come on out! If your toes start tapping and you gotta dance when the accordion comes out, come on out! And, if you’re like me and you just like to watch, come on out too. The fundraiser helps Them Days do things like buy new computers for the office. (Believe me, if you have ever used a computer in our office, you would probably run out and buy a new one!)

We’ll also be having a silent auction just like in previous years. The difference is, is that this year, the silent auction will start online and finish in person at the show. Ooh! I’m getting excited just thinking about it!!

Aimee

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Culture Days 2014!

Culture Days is a Canada-wide weekend celebration of art and culture. We’ve been participating by holding our own event since the very first Culture Days–this year marks the FIFTH time!  (Can you believe it? I’m surprised myself!) As always, it was a ton of fun! This year we added a little bit more excitement with an expansion to our usual menu of flummies, jams and teas with baked beans, fish and brewis (true, we did add that one last year) and moose soup! So not only did people dress up, look at pictures, listen to music, they also filled their bellies with delicious homemade food!

 

Some Culture Days participants

Some Culture Days participants

Some of the Them Days crew: Jennifer, Daphne and Brandon

Some of the Them Days crew: Jennifer, Daphne and Brandon

Liz (who is probably the most enthusiastic dresser-upper of all)

Liz (who is probably the most enthusiastic dresser-upper of all)

Vera and friend

Vera and friend

Rufina and Randy

Rufina and Randy

Ronnie, Perry & Jill

Ronnie, Perry & Jill

Some of the smallest Culture Days visitors (cousins!)

Some of the smallest Culture Days visitors (cousins!)

 

The weather co-operated a bit…we didn’t have rain, but it was a little cold (or so I’ve heard…I couldn’t be there!) Judging by the happy faces and the smell of the flummies that hit me when I went into the office on Monday, it was a good day!

Thanks to all our musicians and volunteers who worked hard the day of the event and all those who lent a hand by making food or letting us use their equipment. It’s always a group effort at Them Days!

Daphne said it well on our Facebook page:

Our Culture Days was a great success again this year. I would like to put out a HUGE thank you to all that helped out in anyway. Our board was great again this year and we also had some local people that came out and was their for the entire time helping out, with the tent, wood and boughs, Lloyd Pardy, Mr.Hamel and I know I may have missed someone. (some people I didn’t know by name). Nellie Bock who cooked all the flummies, Frank Williams who did our pictures. Also our musicians, Lloyd Goudie, Gary Mitchell and Kirk Lethbridge. Also Thank You to everyone that came out and helped us celebrate. It was a very enjoyable time. Daphne.

Aimee

(All photos by Frank Williams, our volunteer photographer. Thanks Frank!)

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Culture Days Poster 10 (it’s TODAY!!!)

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by | September 27, 2014 · 8:58 am