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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My Last Day at Them Days

I can’t believe I’m working my last day at Them Days! Everything went by so fast once we started working on the latest issue, and there hasn’t been much time for blogging, but even though it’s my last day I’ll have a few posts lined up for after I leave!

It’s a little weird to introduce myself now, but I was a seven week summer student here at Them Days, working as a tour guide and as an editorial assistant on the side. If you happened to drop in, I was the quiet, short one that wasn’t Aimee, Wallace, or Daphne! This coming week, we’re getting a new summer student, Robyn Clark, and she’ll be our new quiet one!

I’m going to miss working here, definitely! Even in these few weeks, I learned so much about Labrador that I didn’t know before, and that’s not even the tip of our deep and colourful history! I always knew that there was a good bit of our history cut out of my secondary schooling (I don’t remember getting much more than a mention of Labrador in any of my history and social studies courses), but I was suprised just how exciting a story I was missing! Researching and practicing for the tours, I learned lots about Happy Valley in particular . It seems like it must have been such an energetic place — Much more so than anyone my age might expect — and that goes for all areas of Labrador!

Anyway, I’m glad to have been able to work with such a wonderful set of people! That goes to everyone in the office, everyone who has visited, and everyone who has told us their stories! Thank you!

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(Sometimes were just being goofballs. Here, Aimee was trying out one of her photo techniques while I posed!)

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Website not working

Hey everyone,
You may have noticed, we’ve been having some issues with our website. I’m working on it!
Aimee

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Just Saying Hello!

Hey guys, it’s great to be back! I’ve been working here at Them Days for a while now, this is my 4th week of my 3rd summer. The 3rd time’s the charm! Time has been flying by, and it seems like this summer is moving by quicker than any other. Of course that may be due to all the chilly weather we’ve had so far (except for today!).

As always, Daphne and Aimee have been very welcoming. Tabea was great to work with as well but her term ended soon after I got here, unfortunately. Wishing you the best, Tabea! I’m lucky to be joined by another summer student like myself as well! You’ll be hearing from Sandra soon, who started working with us shortly after I did. I’m looking forward to the rest of my term and sharing it with you guys!

– Wallace

Back in the office!

Back in the office!

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More workers!

So it’s summertime (well, sort of), and that means something very exciting for Them Days–SUMMER STUDENTS!

We have two students in our office this summer, Wallace and Sandra. If you’re a long-time reader of the blog, you’ll know Wallace already. Sandra just started and has fit into the office very easily. It helps that she was on our Regatta team, I guess!

Sandra, Phoenix, and Wallace!

Sandra, Phoenix, and Wallace!

We also just got a new laptop, since the other one is kicking the bucket, one port at a time (we’re down to one USB port out of three, the built-in SD card reader doesn’t work anymore, and the hard drive has been filled up too many times to count). It’s eight years old, and has had a long, happy, productive life, seen a lot of Labrador, even been all the way to the Yukon! It won’t be retired JUST yet, but the new one will take over a lot of the duties.

Tabea's trip to the post office was a happy occasion!

Tabea’s trip to the post office was a happy occasion!

The anticipation!  Ohhh I am so excited!!

The anticipation! Ohhh I am so excited!!

AHHHH!!! It is here!!!

AHHHH!!! It is here!!!

I was SO happy to get it in the mail the other day. If you’ve ever had the “joy” of working with geriatric technology, you’ll know what I mean.

But then…the happiness was brought down a peg or two when it was discovered that the sound card wasn’t working!!!!! Noooooooooooo!!! We have two computers that can’t be used for transcribing because of issues with their sound cards, and the new computer was supposed to alleviate that issue, but it appeared that we had gotten a defective computer. :( :( :(

But Wallace saved the day…over 2 gigs of updates later, the sound is WORKING! I said we need to name the computer, and Sandra suggested something that comes back from the dead or rises again, so I suggested Phoenix. That’s the computer’s nickname for now.

Aimee

PS: When Windows 8.1 asks you if you want to sync the two computers that are under the same account and use the same settings, and you do, figuring the new computer will take on all the modified settings and things that you’ve put together over the last several months on the desktop, you will be disappointed to find that the old desktop takes on the bloatware and the factory settings from the laptop! Just a forewarning.

PPS: So the audio crapped out again–the driver DISAPPEARED!!!! So we are having some help in getting it fixed–thanks Jessica!!!

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Storytelling workshops

Well, it’s been a busy few weeks here at Them Days! (I know it seems like I say that all the time, but it really has been very busy this year.) I have yet to report on pretty much everything I’ve done since February!! So let’s get it started, starting with the most recent things.

Two weeks ago, we started hosting storytelling workshops with Gary Green, a retired educator and respected storyteller based in St. John’s.

We started these storytelling workshops because we wanted to continue with the story walks we started last summer around Happy Valley. A few organizations expressed interest in expanding the reach to beyond our area, so we got a grant to bring up Gary to Labrador communities to teach people about telling stories. Gary conducts story walks in St. John’s, so he knows just what’s best.

Our schedule was: Rigolet on April 27th, Hopedale on the 28th, Nain on the 29th, Goose Bay on the 30th and Cartwright on May 1st.

Well, the weather decided not to cooperate. Gary was lucky he even made it in at all from St. John’s! But he did, and on the right day and everything! (Just several hours late.)

On Monday, Gary and I arrived at the airport bright and early at 6:30, prepared to get on the early flight to the north coast. The coast was just improving, weather-wise, and people who had been stuck here for five days or so were finally going to get their chance to go to Nain and Natuashish and Hopedale…but NOT to Rigolet. There was so much traffic going up there, and coming back! There was a plane full of young teenagers who had been up in Nain for the regional Heritage Fair who were very excited to come back home! The airport was buzzing…it might as well have been Pearson or Heathrow, just, you know, smaller planes.

Watching people leave for the coast, while we sat and waited...and waited...and waited....

Watching people leave for the coast, while we sat and waited…and waited…and waited….

Yep, just watching people come and go, while we sat and waited. Two days in a row.

Yep, just watching people come and go, while we sat and waited. Two days in a row.

We got to see some real characters, like Olaf from Frozen.

We got to see some real characters, like Olaf from Frozen.

And Prince Charming, Cinderella, and Snow White!

And Prince Charming, Cinderella, and Snow White!

And the lady who cleans the floor with a Zamboni-type machine.

And the lady who cleans the floor with a Zamboni-type machine.

Yep, lots of people heading out.

Yep, lots of people heading out.

Waiting, and waiting, and waiting. Lots of people had been waiting for days, and continued to wait after us.

Waiting, and waiting, and waiting. Lots of people had been waiting for days, and continued to wait after us.

We waited until 3:30, when they announced that the flight was officially cancelled. So we made changes to our tickets and decided to go straight to Hopedale instead. I brought Gary back to the office for a look around, and to read some magazines.

Gary met one of our regular visitors, Dave Massie, who then regaled him with all sorts of tales!

Gary met one of our regular visitors, Dave Massie, who then regaled him with all sorts of tales!

The next day, we were back at the airport bright and early to try again. This time, it wasn’t looking looking good for Hopedale, but the weather was lifting in Rigolet! Erg! The day we tried to go to Rigolet, we couldn’t go there, but people were going to Hopedale, but when we tried to go to Hopedale, people were going to Rigolet and not Hopedale!!!

Later in the morning, a flight to Rigolet was announced for 12:30. I asked at the counter and the chances of getting to Hopedale were only so-so. So we decided to do some quick switching around, and arranged to go to Rigolet instead of Hopedale. We didn’t want to sit around in Goose Bay another day, not getting out to the coast at all, if we had a chance of getting out. And if we did get out to Hopedale, it was looking like it would be much later in the day (plus the longer travel time added to that). So I called up Jill, who was getting things done that I couldn’t at the airport, and she arranged for everything to be going ahead in Rigolet. (THANKS JILL!!)

Then 12:30 came…and went. As did 1:30. And 2:30. It was probably closer to 3 by the time we got out of Goose Bay…and wouldn’t you know it, the flight to Hopedale was scheduled to go not long after ours!

Finally! Heading to Rigolet!

Finally! Heading to Rigolet!

On the plane with a load of cargo. (A lot of fruit!)

On the plane with a load of cargo. (A lot of fruit!)

We felt especially bad then about missing Hopedale, but at least we were on our way to Rigolet! We had a great workshop there, and the participants were SO enthusiastic. We went until almost 10:00 at night! (With a break for supper, of course.) Our workshop was held in the beautiful Strathcona House. What a wonderful setting for telling stories of the past!

Good thing Gary dressed for Labrador, as he experienced late April in Rigolet--still on skidoo!

Good thing Gary dressed for Labrador, as he experienced late April in Rigolet–still on skidoo!

Rigolet workshop. We worked late into the night with a great bunch of ladies!

Rigolet workshop. We worked late into the night with a great bunch of ladies!

The morning we left Rigolet.

The morning we left Rigolet.

Leaving Rigolet

Leaving Rigolet

What we saw of Hopedale.

What we saw of Hopedale.

The next day, our flight was delayed. Of course. But we made it to Nain about five hours past our scheduled time. We did a portion of our workshop with another group of enthusiastic participants, and continued our workshop the next morning. In the evening, I gave Gary a tour of Nain, and visited a friend. I was sad to leave both Rigolet and Nain after such short visits!

Nain workshop

Nain workshop

Our amazing group in Nain!

Our amazing group in Nain!

From my tour of Nain with Gary

From my tour of Nain with Gary

At the Northern store. I was pretty impressed with their selection of foods. Lots of things I never would have expected.

At the Northern store. I was pretty impressed with their selection of foods. Lots of things I never would have expected.

Gary taking photos of Nain

Gary taking photos of Nain

Hello Siutik!

Hello Siutik!

Our flight out of Nain was the only normal one (the only one without delays) of our whole trip! We got back into Goose Bay at lunchtime, wolfed down some food at Mariner’s Galley (we figured a buffet was the fastest way to eat on the go!) and headed out to the gorgeous Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club for the afternoon’s workshop.

Gary provides some in-flight entertainment.

Gary provides some in-flight entertainment.

The Goose River

The Goose River

We held the workshop in the comfort of the ski lodge lounge, on couches and upholstered chairs. Ahhh!

Listening

Listening

Gary leads the workshop at Birch Brook.

Gary leads the workshop at Birch Brook.

Gary is a very good teacher, and he had everyone's attention!

Gary is a very good teacher, and he had everyone’s attention!

Listening

Listening

Our Goose Bay workshop in the lovely Birch Brook.

Our Goose Bay workshop in the lovely Birch Brook.


After the workshop was over, I jetted off again–this time, straight to the Labrador Heritage Society Annual General Meeting! I had been asked to give a talk and show a video, which I did. The AGM was held in the new Labrador North Chamber of Commerce Building, which will also be the new Visitor Information Centre. It was the first meeting held in there. It has been renovated just beautifully, with canoes and forms made by Joe Goudie hung from the ceiling as light fixtures. Very modern! I just loved it!!

Me, at the Labrador Heritage Society AGM, after a whirlwind week!

Me, at the Labrador Heritage Society AGM, after a whirlwind week!

In the end, we couldn’t go to Cartwright–our ride’s vehicle was in the garage, car rental agencies were denying rentals for drivers going to the south coast because the roads were so bad, and while we could find people going out, we weren’t guaranteed a ride back…so we put it off until later in the summer, when the roads are better. What a week!

Anyway, that’s it for now, but I’ll have more to say on the last couple of months soon!

Aimee

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A Little Bit of Recognition!

So I heard this happened today:

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Torngat Mountains.

MR. EDMUNDS: Mr. Speaker, I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate the producers of Them Days magazine on their fortieth anniversary.

Them Days magazine was first produced in 1975 by the Labrador Heritage Society, and has been published quarterly ever since. From trapper tales to interviews with fishermen, the magazine has celebrated and remembered days gone by in Labrador.

Many claim that the magazine would not have been possible without Doris Saunders, the driving force behind Them Days for nearly thirty years. Her legacy lives on in the publication of the magazine that continues to this day with the help of many dedicated people in Labrador.

As part of the fortieth anniversary celebrations, Them Days will be publishing a special issue on the Labrador fishery in June called Floaters, Stationers and Livyeres.

Them Days is a cultural institution for Labrador – an institution that has been successful in capturing the history of the Big Land through the eyes and ears of Labradorians themselves. There are many stories yet to be told.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating Them Days magazine on their forty years in production, and I look forward to reading many more issues in the years ahead.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

Thank you to Torngat Mountains MHA Randy Edmunds for that bit of recognition!

Aimee

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