If you’re interested in Them Days and would like to get involved, now’s the time to do it!!
It really is a very exciting time here at Them Days. With a special publication coming out any day now (the re-print of Snowblind & Seal Finger), the 40th anniversary, and working on the Labrador Fishery issue, I haven’t had time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak (as if there are any roses out there when I look out my window and just see a wall of snow). We’ve had a lot of media coverage recently about our 40th anniversary, and lots of congratulations and well-wishes have been coming in through social media, on the phone, from office visitors, and even when I go out to the grocery store, I meet lots of people who want to say hello and congratulate Them Days on 40 years of publishing.
In addition to the amazing show put on by Labrador Morning, we were also featured in this week’s Labradorian newspaper! Woo hoo! Click here to read the article.
We were also featured on the CBC NL website with a photo gallery and everything!
I was also on Here & Now on Friday (skip ahead to about 1:05:10 to see my part.)
It’s all been really great and I really must thank everyone for being so nice, and to the media outlets for thinking our anniversary is newsworthy enough to celebrate.
And, speaking of publicity, I’ve been asked to spread the word for an event that may be of interest to my readers (not a Them Days event, but up your alleys!)
The oldest snowmobile in Labrador is being restored to working condition and will one day be driven on the Labrador coast as it did 100 years ago.
Memorial graduate Jamie Brake, an archaeologist in Nunatsiavut, will deliver the presentation, Recovering Labrador’s First Snowmobile, on Thursday, March 19, from 7-9 p.m. in room 250 at Memorial’s Labrador Institute, 219 Hamilton River Rd., in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Organized by the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, the presentation will include journal entries, photographs and silent film footage. All are welcome. A reception will follow.
To RSVP, call 1-877-700-4081 or email@example.com.
I saw that snowmobile last summer up in Nain, so I know this will be interesting!
We at Them Days celebrated our ruby anniversary a little bit early, thanks to the wonderful folks at CBC Radio’s Labrador Morning show. The idea came up last year during our 39th anniversary, so it was great that Jay Legere, the producer, and Labrador Morning was still interested in doing it. It turned out AMAZING!
Click here to listen to part of the show. DO IT!!!
We covered an hour-and-a-half (well, almost. There’s always weather, news, etc) of Them Days content! I did a segment with Joe Goudie, who of course was president of the Labrador Heritage Society when Them Days started back in 1975 and also on Them Days’ board for a long time, and then Susan Felsberg (long-time volunteer and also former chair) and Judy McGrath (another long-time volunteer who now lives in Ontario and came in over the phone) did a part. We also heard from Gail Turner about why Them Days is important, I did a reading, and Richard Neville played Labrador songs throughout! He also read a poem.
We also listened to excerpts from the Them Days episode of Land and Sea, which I watch a few times a year and love (we have a copy at the office), and it brought back a lot of memories for people to hear Doris’ voice (and Dave Quinton’s too, I’m sure!).
John Gaudi and the aforementioned Jay at Labrador Morning put a lot of work into today’s show, and it certainly showed. They were also great hosts, and we had flummies and toutons with redberry and bakeapple jams!! MMMMM. I may have eaten a few (more like five). I also scored an awesome (and much-coveted) Labrador Morning mug! woo hoo!
Then we had a draw for the grand prize, a box of 101 Them Days magazines! (That’s the 100 for $100 box, and a rare issue thrown in to sweeten the pot!)
I drew my Uncle Mackie’s name, but as you can see, I really didn’t know what I was grabbing in that box of names. I’ve heard he was very excited, and I’ve had a few people say that they were excited for him since he’s such a nice man.
It was SO much fun and it made waking up super-early worth it, haha! We’ve been hearing from so many people that they enjoyed the show this morning. It makes me so happy to hear it. I’m so lucky to have this job and deal with great people every day and do cool things like today’s radio show. Thank you to Labrador Morning for making this happen.
I leave you with this morning’s rendition of Boys From the Tickle, a Richard Neville original. Definitely a future classic (does that make sense?).
PS Okay, maybe not leaving just yet. If you don’t follow the goings-on on Twitter, here’s a sample:
Yes, it’s five minutes past midnight and I’m posting on my work blog! I can’t sleep because I have a gazillion thoughts running through my head, things I don’t want to forget before I go to the airport tomorrow morning, etc. You see, I’m travelling to St. John’s (and surrounding area) first thing in the morning! This is my big trip for our upcoming special issue on the Labrador Fishery. I’m going to be doing research in other archives (this is a first for me in the seven years I’ve been working at Them Days) and interviewing people about their experiences fishing in Labrador. (Or their parents’, etc.) Ahhh!!
If you know of anybody who has a story to tell out on the Island (particularly Conception Bay North or Trinity Bay areas because I have people lined up out there already), please let me know!! I would love to talk to them!
I don’t usually post about our committee meetings and all that, but I had to today…because THIS is what greeted us at lunchtime. A catered meal at our meeting! (Made by our treasurer, Jennifer, and her mother, Donna.)
We’re getting ready for our 40th anniversary year…and today we discussed the groundwork for what should be a very exciting year! I’m not going to share what we talked about just yet…but soon!!!
We always have been, but now it’s just official with a sticker. :)
This week, we received our Babyfriendly NL Breastfeeding Friendly toolkit, which included this decal to stick on the door. Many children (including Beatrix…actually, probably especially Beatrix, haha) have been nourished by breastfeeding in this office, so we were always okay with it, but now we have a sticker on the door just so everyone knows! If you’re breastfeeding and you happen to be in our office, you’re welcome to do it here!
Last night, I went to the presentation of five cheques to organizations in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and I was happy to receive a donation on behalf of Them Days. The money is from the GAFTTIC Foundation–GAFTTIC stands for “German Air Force Technical Training In Canada”–and it was money fund-raised by members of the German military when they trained here in Goose Bay. The Germans were here from the 1980s until 2006, and when they left, the soldiers wanted to leave a legacy to commemorate their time here. So one of the ways they did that (besides that fancy table at Maxwell’s) was to collect a large pot of money that gets distributed annually to various charitable organizations in the area. For the last few years, we have received our cheques with little fanfare, but this year, there was a bit of a celebration again. You see, some members of the German military are in town again doing winter survival training (they sure picked the right time of year for it!) and the Defence Attaché from the German Embassy in Ottawa was in town to visit them. So I went down and had tea and cookies (yum) with the other local representatives, the German delegates and the GAFTTIC representatives.
They gave cheques to Them Days, Kids Eat Smart, the Perrault Place Community Centre brown bag lunch program, the Lake Melville Ministerial Association, and Libra House.
The GAFTTIC money will likely run out in a few years, but it’s amazing that the money raised almost ten years ago is still making a lasting impression on the community organizations. Here at Them Days, we are very appreciative and thankful for these donations, and I know the others are as well. Vielen Dank, GAFTTIC!
(On a personal note, it was lot of fun to discuss German fußball with people who like it just as much as I do! Loyal readers may know that I’m a big fan of the die Nationalmannschaft [soccer and film were two of the main reasons I studied German in university], and I had a lot of fun chatting about the men’s and women’s teams, as well as a bit about the Bundesliga!)