Last Day!

Well it’s that time again, my last day of work at Them Days! It’s been a quick 15 weeks here, the fastest summer yet! It actually feels like I just started working here. I’ve worked with some great people and had some good times (all while working very hard of course!) so I believe that’s why. I’ve been busy here and hope that I made it easier on everyone, and I hope I helped out those of you who visited our office, or read this blog. Thanks for reading, by the way! That’s all for me, Aimee will keep this blog goin’ strong so enjoy!

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Labrador Canoe Regatta

So this has been the third regatta I have been to with Them Days, and it was a great time! The weather was actually quite nice despite the rain, which waited to arrive until after our race was finished. There was quite the crowd this year, too! It seemed to be bigger than the last couple of years. The beach was lined with booths, providing lots of foods to eat. There was lots of commotion at Gosling Lake as people cheered on their favourite teams in the races. Kids were enjoying themselves as well. They had some races of their own on the beach in toy vehicles!

Robyn and Sandra

Robyn and Sandra

A big thank you goes out to Hector Blake for the nice vests he donated to us this year. You can see Robyn and Sandra sporting them in the picture above. When I say we had a good showing at the regatta this year it can refer to both our results and our look! As for the novelty race, we placed 4th out of 6 teams, just out of a medal spot. However it was a close race as John Gaudi, Sandra Hollett, Robyn Clark, Allan Bock, Amy Haby, and I made it a close 4th! This race was a bit shorter than last year’s race I believe. We padded around the safety boat, positioned just inside the 1st buoy on the course.

Getting ready

Getting ready

Paddling hard around the safety boat

Paddling hard around the safety boat, great zoom on the camera!


Finishing up!

What a tiring race it was though, but a great one with great people! We missed Aimee though, she couldn’t make it this year. I encourage anyone to sign up in future years, it’s free, too! That’s all for today, thanks for reading!

Group photo after the race! Pictured is Amy, Allan, John, Sandra, Robyn, me, and Amy's daughter Isabella.

Group photo after the race! Pictured is Amy, Allan, John, Sandra, Robyn, me, and Amy’s daughter Isabella.

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A trip to Fog City (when it was surprisingly sunny)

So, St. John’s has officially had its worst July on record, but when I went out there at the end of June (I left on the first of July and missed the weather, haha!) it was actually fairly nice. Sunny. Not particularly hot, mind you, but I’m not much of a heat person anyway.

I’m on the executive of the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives (ANLA) and we were having our AGM on the 29th, so off I went to St. John’s. The ANLA AGM is always a good time. You get to meet other archivists (there is always so much joy in finding other people who understand your occupation and deal with the same things), and there’s always a fun activity–plus I get to see all the people I only see on Skype the rest of the year, so I look forward to it. I got back on the executive, yay!


I was looking at art on the wall on the way to the AGM, and came across this piece of art by Daphne’s sister! It was in a display of art by Labradorians.

The AGM was held in the Education Building at Memorial University, so this year’s fun activity was a tour of the on-campus archives. Our first stop was the Folklore and Language Archives. They just had a big renovation, so it was nice to see their brand-new facilities! Some of the original recordings of the first Them Days interviews are held here, so it was exciting to visit. Apparently, I was so excited, I only took one picture:

Rolling stacks mobile shelving

Rolling stacks!!!


locker at MUN

In the MUNnels, some of the lockers are organized by letters, not by numbers. I thought this one was appropriate! (I did not, however, find ALC.)


In the maze of the MUN tunnels (MUNnels)

From there, we headed through the MUNnels and found our way to Archives and Special Collections. I was there back in March, so I’d been there before, but this time, I got to go behind-the-scenes and see inside the archives, not just the reading room. Wow! It was quite extensive.
WWI trench archival exhibit

An awesome archival exhibit on WWI on the second floor of the QEII Library at MUN (Archives and Special Collections). Look at the little trench!!!

From there we visited the English Language Research Centre. This was a pretty awesome visit for somebody who uses the Dictionary of Newfoundland English as much as I do! They’ve got a blog too, called Twig. When we were there, we got to see summer students steadily plugging away at their work (just like Wallace and Robyn are doing right now!) and a really cool, custom-made typewriter.

custom typewriter

One side is a standard English typewriter, the other side has the International Phonetic Alphabet.

And we also went to the Maritime History Archive. I’d been there a couple of times before, most recently when I showed up with a suitcase and a log of moose bologna in tow, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. (Daphne was also there recently when she did the Basic Archives course, and she felt the same way.) The Maritime History Archive is home to some of the most impressive, enormous collections I’ve ever seen. They’ve got a big need for a new space (space restraints, leaks, asbestos restraints, etc.) and I hope they get it. Seriously, they’ve got holdings like you wouldn’t believe!

We ended our tour at the Faculty of Medicine Founders’ Archive. I quite liked their cozy space, and I felt very studious just being there, and seeing all the med students working away in the Health Sciences Library!

Nicole, showing some art while giving a tour of the Founders' Archive

Nicole, showing some art while giving a tour of the Founders’ Archive

After the tour, some members of the executive headed downtown for a pint or two. It was during this post-AGM excursion that I learned one of the other executive members is a big medievalist too. I was totally nerding out. It was fun!

having a pint

Nicole, me, Jenny, and Emily post-AGM.

While I was in St. John’s, I also popped around the bay and visited Charlie Pardy, who is originally from Cartwright and owned a store here in Happy Valley. You can read all about him in the most recent issue of Them Days! As always, Charlie was a delight to visit.

Visiting Charlie Pardy

Charlie Pardy, me, and Beatrix.

I left on July 1, which is, of course, not just Canada Day in this province. Before leaving, I went to the Memorial Day service downtown. It was the first time I’d done that, and I was glad to go and pay tribute to the soldiers.

RNC horses at the Memorial Day service

RNC horses at the Memorial Day service downtown


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Expo Labrador

Well it was that time of year again: Christmas! Just kidding. But Expo Labrador is always a nice treat when we manage to make it there. Them Days had a booth, so it was a great opportunity for us to demonstrate what we represent and for us to meet some new people.

Our booth!

Sandra at our booth!

We had some old clothes with us

That hat though

This year, for our booth, Them Days brought along some old clothes for decoration, but also for anyone who wanted to come and try them on! We didn’t have many takers but we had some fun with it anyway. Our table also featured a prize draw, magazines and flags. We were happy to speak with anyone who happened to pass by.



Time went by quickly at Expo over the two days we were present. People were friendly and eager to speak with us, sharing their business interests but also personal ones! Us Them Days employees had a good time, and hope to attend future expos as well.


Aimee and I at another booth!

Aimee and I at another booth!

We hope everyone enjoyed their time at Expo as much as we did. Thanks for reading!

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Exciting Announcement for HV-GB

Just had this come in the e-mail:

Dates and host town announced for first-ever Indigenous Arts Symposium to be held in Newfoundland and Labrador

July 16, 2015 (St. John’s, NL) – In continuing with the announcement of events for the 35th anniversary year of ArtsNL, dates and a host town for the province’s first-ever Indigenous Arts Symposium, called To Light The Fire, were shared this morning.

“In August 2014, the Atlantic Public Arts Funders collectively held an Indigenous Arts Symposium in Millbrook, NS,” said Reg Winsor, ArtsNL’s executive director. “At that event there were a number of individuals from Labrador, and following the symposium there was resounding feedback from all delegates that in the years between Atlantic symposiums focused on indigenous arts practice, a provincial version could and should be held.”

To that end, ArtsNL has been partnering with a steering committee comprised of representatives from Nunatsiavut, NunatuKavut, Miawpukek, Qalipu First Nation, and the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation to organize and move forward through the initial planning stages for a multi-day event that will include workshops, exhibitions, networking opportunities, and more.

“This morning, we’re very pleased to share that Happy Valley-Goose Bay will be the host town for the symposium,” continued Winsor. “The first Newfoundland and Labrador Indigenous Arts Symposium will be taking place there from November 19 to 22, 2015 and at this stage, we’re just asking interested individuals to take note of these dates in their calendars.”
As more details become finalized, they will be made available through future releases, on the ArtsNL social media profiles, and at or

Media Contact:

Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
Toll free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)

The NLAC is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; one community representative (with an interest in the arts); one business representative (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development (non-voting). The NLAC receives an annual grant of $2.1 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.

Very exciting news! Can’t wait until the symposium.


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Practice Tour/Story Walk

Hey guys! Tourist season is upon us. As some of you may remember, we established a walking tour program of the historic lower valley last summer. We will be continuing the program this summer as well! These tours may also be referred to as story walks, since we will be visiting a local elder as they tell us about his/her experiences in early Happy Valley. I can’t give you any specific dates yet, but the program will resume very soon, and will have a weekly schedule.

At Birch Island!

At Birch Island!

Sandra and I went on a practice tour recently! We needed to iron out some details with the tour and see where we can improve. Our walk took us from the Them Days office down Strathcona street to the old nurse’s clinic, which is now someone’s home. We continued on the old path along to the Churchill River to Birch Island, where many people used to live. We completed the tour by walking along Grenfell street and back towards our office. There is much to learn about the lower valley, it seems you can discover history at every step!

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Mud Lake Fair

Hey guys, we’ve had a busy month here at Them Days: lots of preparation for the upcoming issue. So when the time came for the Mud Lake fair we thought it was a great opportunity for us to relax and enjoy ourselves

A beautiful day

A beautiful day

Aimee and Sandra from the office (as well as many others) decided to join in. Locals ferried people across the river in their speedboats. I live in Mud Lake, so I went too of course! I haven’t had a chance to go to the fair for the past few years due to school. However, the organizers of the fair decided to change the event’s time back to June. So that made me happy, and it seems like everyone enjoyed their time there as well.

From the bridge

From the bridge

Mud Lake isn’t quite used to all this hustle and bustle, the fair is always the busiest day of the year! There were lots of fun events, such as log throwing, target shooting, putting, a cakewalk, canoe races (time trials), and the auction.

Aimee and John finishing their race

Aimee and John finishing their race

My canoe race partner

My canoe race partner

The auction

The auction

Displaying one of many quilts

Displaying one of many quilts

The last activity of the day has always been the auction, where among other things, quilts are auctioned off. These quilts were made by local residents over the span of a few months. There was a nice crowd of people this year too, although this was the first auction I’ve been to myself. The fair raised money for the improvement of the small community of 50, so thanks to all who could make it there! Hopefully it was a great time for all.

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