Lest We Forget

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Them Days is closed today, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, in observation of Remembrance Day. We will re-open tomorrow on Wednesday as usual.
In the meantime, some interesting reading:

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Happy Birthday Mr. Massie! (Or: How we surprised the birthday boy.)

This past Saturday, our longtime volunteer and favourite visitor Dave Massie turned 80. His family flew in from all over to help celebrate. We had a little surprise for him too.

The Board had decided at the October board meeting to bestow Mr. Massie with the Isaac Rich Award for Volunteer Service, an honour given out for the first time last year (to John O. Heard). We had a glass mug engraved at Slippers ‘n’ Things, and a his name added to the wall plaque in our lobby. But (silly us) instead of keeping the plaque down, we put it back up. And thus, Daphne ran and took it down when Mr. Massie popped in for a visit. You see, we were trying to keeping it a secret!

Mr. Massie came in on Friday (or maybe it was Thursday) and I said “I saw in the paper it’s your birthday this weekend!” and he said, “Oh yes. You guys should come on down to the Kinsmen Centre on Saturday for the party.” He told me about his family coming in and how he asked for donations to the food bank in lieu of gifts. “Oh yes, I should go!” I said. (Little did he know, I was already planning to attend because Them Days was going to bestow him with the award!)

So Saturday night came around and Theresa and Daphne and I represented Them Days and surprised him with the award. Theresa did the presentation, then I added the story about Daphne running around behind him to take down the plaque. “I wondered why she was running around,” he said later.

Anyway, it was a wonderful party, and the food was delicious!

The cake!

The cake!

The donations to the food bank!

The donations to the food bank!

Partygoers and the cool banner everyone signed

Partygoers and the cool banner everyone signed

The entertainment...good ol' tap-your-toes tunes!

The entertainment…good ol’ tap-your-toes tunes!

Dave Massie, Daphne Fudge, Aimee Chaulk, Theresa Hollett, Hannah Massie (Dave's wife) and little cutie Macie!

Dave Massie, Daphne Fudge, Aimee Chaulk, Theresa Hollett, Hannah Massie (Dave’s wife) and little cutie Macie!

Thank you for all you’ve done for us over the years, Dave! We appreciate it so much.

Aimee

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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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