Monthly Archives: September 2008

Big Land Fair

If you were out and about Saturday in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, you might have seen the Them Days crew at the Big Land Fair.  Josie and I, along with Jennifer, a board member, and Morgon, a for-the-day volunteer, were kept busy by the visitors to our booth.  We sold Christmas cards, back issue grab bags, special issues and framed photos reprinted from our archives.

All in all, it was a great day for us.  I love getting out and meeting our readers and supporters!

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to buy anything in the way of local vegetables at the fair, but I was able to eat some the next day during Sunday dinner!  They were delicious – kudos to our local farmers and vegetable gardeners!  (Personally I only grew chives and coriander this year, but now I’m inspired to try a bigger garden next summer!)


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Upcoming Workshops

Dale Jarvis, storyteller and Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer at the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, will be in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this week and he will be holding a couple of workshops that may be of interest to our readers.

The first workshop will be held on Friday, September 12, and it is called “What Is Intangible Cultural Heritage?”.  (In case you’re wondering, it’s the parts of our heritage that aren’t physical – things like stories, music, ideas, customs and knowledge.)  It will be held in Rm. 249 of the College of the North Atlantic from 12:30 to 2:30.

On Saturday, September 13, Mr. Jarvis will be holding a storytelling workshop sponsored by the Big Land Fair and the NL Arts Council.  The workshop will run from 10am to 3pm, and is considered an introductory course for storytelling.  This course will focus on personal and community stories, world folktales
and storytelling techniques.  Participants will work on choosing a story, and telling it within a small group.  Call 896-8506 to register; there is no cost to participate.

(And hey, if you hone your storytelling craft at the workshop, feel free to share your new talent with Them Days!)

Mr. Jarvis maintains the Intangible Cultural Heritage blog at  You also may know him as the host of the St. John’s Haunted Hike!

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September, a time of new beginnings

I’m getting back into the swing of things after a week’s vacation.  The weeks before I left were busy ones, as I was working on issue 32.3 and getting it ready for the printer.  Now I have a bit more breathing room and have a chance to work on some archival tasks – and of course, to prepare for issue 32.4!  (I’m especially looking for stories about dog teams and travelling by dog sled, so if you know of any, let me know!)  September is my favourite month of the year; it always seems like a time to start fresh and delve into new projects.  It’s also time for all the fairs and events of the fall, and you can expect to see Them Days staff and volunteers out and about!

We will have a booth at the Big Land Fair this coming Saturday.  Feel free to drop by and say hi or purchase some of our goods!  Hope to see you then!

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