Monthly Archives: September 2010

New volunteer at Them Days

Hello everyone, this is Caroline, I’m the new Katimavik volunteer at Them Days and I will be working here until the end of November. I am so excited to be working here, I can’t wait to learn more about the magazine and Labrador and its history. What I’ve done so far is help Aimee prepare for the open house, I worked a little bit on the index and I’ve been transcribing an interview. I will also be working on an article about Katimavik in Labrador, which I can’t wait to be doing, I hope I will be up for the challenge!

I’ll tell you a little bit about myself and why I decided to embark on the Katimavik adventure. I’m 20 years old, and I’m from Gatineau, Québec, which is only 10 or 15 minutes from Ottawa and I’ve lived there my whole life. I chose to do Katimavik because I wanted to try new things, step out of my comfort zone, broaden my horizons, learn more about myself and Canada, I didn’t really know what to do next and ever since I heard about Katimavik in high school I’ve wanted to do it. I’m really happy that my first rotation is in Goose Bay, because I’ve been to Newfoundland many times, but only once to Labrador and I didn’t know much about it.

 Since I’ve been here (already three weeks!), I learned so much about Labrador and its rich culture and history, there is so much that is left to be discovered and I can’t wait! I arrived in Goose bay on September the 8th to meet ten other participants that I didn’t know from all over Canada and we’ve already grown so close and know so much about each other. Two participants already left, but we’re getting a new person on October the 4th and we can’t wait to meet him. Our project leader Trish is amazing, she is always so happy and energetic and motivated to be here, she makes everyday seem like a new adventure, I’m so glad to have her as a PL! We are now down to 9 participants, but they are all great people to be around and bring something different to the team. Anyway, I should get back to work, there is lots to be done.


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Open House!


Whew! What a whirlwind weekend! On Saturday, we held our Open House to celebrate our archive in conjunction with the Canada-wide Culture Days events.

Our building was busier than I’ve ever seen it. There was lots going on outside too, though to be honest, I didn’t see much of that because I was inside giving tours. As soon as one was over, another one would start! I was so busy, I didn’t realize how tired I was (I’ve been fighting off a cold since last week) until it slowed down and I stopped being busy for a few minutes. But then there were flummies to eat, so that kept me going.

We were all dressed up in costumes: the board, me and the volunteers. Some visitors got into the Them Days spirit and dressed up too! We took some photos of them in their outfits, though I will post them later, when I get the other photos off the other cameras. I was so busy, I didn’t take a single photo! If you know me, you’ll know this is very strange, because I’m always behind a camera! I figured I could man both the camera and the tours, but like I said, the tours kept me busy! Thankfully, one of our board members, Allan, took the reins (the camera strap, really) and snapped away.

This event was truly a fun, fun time and everybody on the board helped out – a real team effort! If you missed it, you’re just going to have to settle with looking at these photos! There are more to come later, once we get the other photos. Until then, enjoy!


P.S. Remember Tara the CBC reporter from the previous post? That’s her grandfather up there telling stories! I guess a gift for speaking well and telling stories runs in the family!

P.P.S. Could there be any more exclamation points in this entry? No, I didn’t think so either!

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Culture Days Prep (Sneak Preview!) & Caroline!

So…we’ve been busy, busy, busy working on our Open House…it’s TOMORROW!!! Eeek! Don’t forget to come by on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 10am to 2pm and see the office and eat some flummies!!

First of all, though, I should introduce the person who’s been such a huge help in doing everything for the past week and a half. She even kept the office open singlehandedly when I was doing work in the Straits last Friday and Monday. She’s a great worker, and I’m so glad to have her here…here she is: Caroline!!

Introducing Caroline! She doesn't wear old-timey clothes all the time, though they suit her really well!

Caroline is my newest Katimavik participant, and she really is doing great. You may be wondering…why is she dressed like it’s the turn of the last century? Well, that’s because of our Culture Days Open House, of course!

We’ve got costumes and you’ll have the chance to dress up and get your photo taken in costume too!

Want to know more? Listen to the interview I did with CBC reporter Tara McLean!

Here's CBC reporter Tara McLean, doing a really fun interview with me!

While in costume, we noticed that in our new outfits, we bore a striking resemblance to some iconic Them Days covers…

Here I am as Lillian Broomfield of Big Bay. She was born in 1900, so we're really stepping back in time!

Caroline as Alice Perrett, later Perrault. One of my favourite Them Days covers!

We’re getting even more costumes today. Oh, this is all soooo exciting!!!

Welcome to Them Days...literally, welcome back in time!

Bye!!! See you tomorrow!!!


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Culture Days @ Them Days

As I mentioned earlier, Them Days is taking part in Culture Days, a country-wide celebration of arts and culture in Canada. We’re going to be hosting an Open House in celebration of our archive and what’s in it. We’ll be serving flummies and having storytellers come by…so be sure to come by yourself, and bring family and friends! Kids are more than welcome, and there will be activities for them too!
Culture Days at Them Days - September 25, 2010 from 10 to 2

So come on down to the Them Days office on Saturday any time from 10 am to 2 pm!

See you there!


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Battle Harbour, pt. 2

Okay, let’s see…where did I leave off with Battle Harbour? Oh yes, the tour. After the tour, we had another delicious meal in the dining room above the store. Mmmm…just thinking about it is making me hungry. After breakfast, my husband and I went walking around the island on the trails that go around. We found the cemetary, the memorial to the plane crash (my dad later told me that he remembered it happening), the Marconi tower and lots and lots of beautiful scenery.

Arctic Cotton

Doesn't this look almost like a painting? This was the water around Battle Harbour in the evening. (Looking towards Great Caribou Island)

We walked around until the sun set, then met up with the group again for some snacks and great company. I interviewed one of the other people on the tour, Jim McNeill, about growing up in Makkovik. You can read about it in the September issue of Them Days!

Sunset over Battle Harbour

The fog settled in overnight and when we woke up, the fog was lifting. A perfect morning!

Morning mist lifting across the tickle

After breakfast (seriously, great food at Battle Harbour!) we headed back to Mary’s Harbour and then back to Goose Bay. I can’t wait to go back to Battle Harbour again sometime! I’ve already told everybody in my family that they MUST visit sometime. What an experience!!

Our plane, ready to take us back to Goose Bay

Me and Tom Randell of Provincial Airlines/Innu Mikun, an ardent Them Days supporter.

So a huge thank you to Provincial Airlines/Innu Mikun for the amazing trip. I swear, I haven’t been able to stop talking about it since! If you want to see more pictures, be sure to buy the latest issue of Them Days!


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Around the Office – September 2011 (Big Land Fair, too!)

A few things first:

  • Battle Harbour Part II coming tomorrow. Really!
  • Them Days is taking part in CULTURE DAYS on September 25. More on that later! But reserve space in your calendar now!
  • I’m going to have a booth down at the 8th Annual Labrador Straits Craft & Agriculture Fair on September 18 and 19. Woo hoo!!! If you’re in the Straits, be sure to stop by the booth and say hi! I’m so excited about the opportunity to go and represent Them Days in a different region of Labrador!
  • Now, on with the regular blog entry, which is about what’s been going on at the office for the past week. It’s been one hectic week, let me tell you! I came back from vacation a week ago and I don’t think I’ve stopped since!

    First, the magazine came back from the printers. Woo hoo! We spent a couple of days getting those ready for subscribers and checking through all the copies.

    Some of my fabulous volunteers - Fred, Clarice, Jacob, and Mary!

    Working hard!

    I have to say, I was pretty worried when they first came in. I’m the only one here, remember? I needed to get them all processed and out to the subscribers for a couple of days before they made their debut at the Big Land Fair on Saturday. AND I’d never done the mailout without an administrator to do all that paperwork sort of stuff that needs to be done. So I rounded up some Them Days friends and we got the job done! Oh, I am so glad. And I figured out how to do the paperwork, so that was good too. Yay team!

    Then was the Big Land Fair. This is probably our single biggest sales event of the year, so there’s lots of preparations for this, even outside of getting all the magazines checked and out to the subscribers! Tons o’ work. But we got it done and again, lots of Board volunteers to keep it going.

    Linda, Theresa, Mary and I at the Big Land Fair. Shift change!

    Then yesterday, we had interviews for the Administrator position, and then the brand new Katimavik group came by for THEIR tour and interviews! Wowee! Busy or what?

    A new Katimavik crew!!! Who will be working here tomorrow??!! I have no idea!!! I'm so excited to find out though...they were all wonderful and would do a good job here at Them Days! But who will it be??? Oh, the curiosity!!

    It’s been busy here for the past week, and while I am the only person in the office full-time right now, I really shouldn’t say that I am alone. I’ve had a great group of volunteers (from the Board and otherwise) helping run the office right now. I appreciate their help soooooo much. You wouldn’t believe how dedicated Them Days supporters are (or maybe you do, since you’re likely a Them Days supporter if you’re reading this). Thanks so much everyone!


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    Battle Harbour!

    Whew! The first week after vacation is usually pretty busy, but this week was especially so because the magazine came back from the printer! Yay! I rounded up a bunch of volunteers (thanks SO much!) and we got the magazines all checked, stuffed, labelled, and off to the subscribers! Now it can make its official debut at the Big Land Fair tomorrow! (If you’re going to the fair, be sure to stop by for a chat!)

    Anyway, I promised to share some photos from my trip to Battle Harbour a few weeks ago…so here they are! There are more pictures in the September issue, which you can start to buy tomorrow at the Big Land Fair!

    This was my first time in Battle Harbour, and it was a wonderful, wonderful experience. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed myself. The trip was a gift of Provincial Airlines, which was entertaining some clients at Battle Harbour and took me along for the ride as well. I’m so thankful, as I got to really see and experience some things that I’ve only read about in Them Days or heard people talk about!

    Off the plane in Mary's Harbour!

    We flew into Mary’s Harbour and then took a ferry to Battle Harbour. I’m saving the photos from the boat ride for another post, because they’re spectacular all by themselves! I’ve never seen so many WHALES before! I saw way more than I ever had on whale-watching tours…and we were only on the boat as a way of getting from one place to another!

    Entering the Battle Harbour Tickle

    As you make your way to Battle Harbour, you don’t only see whales and porpoises and seagulls. You also the remnants of a different way of life, left over from a time before the cod moratorium was set. Fishing homes, stages and wharfs…entire communities, just left. Of course, now many of the summer fishing stations are still used as cabins, but many are also just abandoned. It really emphasizes just how much and how quickly life in Labrador has changed over the past century…even just in my lifetime.

    Welcome to Battle Harbour!

    Welcome to Battle Harbour!

    Earle Freighting Service Ltd...closed in Battle Harbour due to fishery moratorium

    We took a tour around the island, learning about each building and what it was used for…did you know that Battle Harbour was the site of Peary’s press conference when he announced that he had reached the North Pole? Cool, hey? Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and personable. I felt like I learned so much and had a good time at the same time!

    Our tour guide, Nelson Smith, explains what these barrels were used for.

    Inside one of the buildings

    After the tour, I went walking around and took more photos…

    Intrepid editor and photographer, trekking across the island of Battle Harbour

    Okay, actually, now that I look at it, that photo above is taken on the runway at Mary’s Harbour…but just imagine that I’m doing that on Battle Harbour…because I certainly took lots and lots of photos!

    That’s it for now, though there is much more to show…now that I’m not running around Battle Harbour, I’m running around the office trying to get everything ready for the Big Land Fair!! Thankfully I’ve got the OK Society radio on to keep me upbeat!

    See you tomorrow at the Fair!


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