Monthly Archives: May 2013

BBQ fun…in the snow?

Saturday started out snowy and rainy (not great for the yard sale I had) but the day turned into a gorgeous sunny day. Not too warm because of a brisk breeze, but comfortable and bright. Perfect day for a barbecue to celebrate our Grand River issue.

Unfortunately, our barbecue was on Sunday! Which was, of course, wet and cold with a snow/rain/sleet mix, coupled with strong winds. Not so great for a barbecue! (I wore my brightest colours to will the weather away, without any luck.) But we decided to go ahead and have it anyway. Our intrepid barbecuers (Morgon and Jos) set up a tarp, tent-style, and grilled despite strong winds sometimes snuffing out their fires! And the rest of us stayed inside and stayed warm with tea, coffee, hot dogs and hamburgers! (And Ikea lingonberry [redberry] juice.)

Clarice Blake Rudkowski, former Them Days Board member and driving force behind the special issue, read from the issue.

Clarice read from Hector Blake's piece on AP Low.

Clarice read from Hector Blake’s piece on AP Low.

Clarice, you really looked fabulous, and I liked your choice of piece. And of course, what you had to say about it as well!

Clarice didn't just read Hector's piece, but added her own asides and annotations.  She holds a wealth of knowledge about the river, so we were extremely lucky to have her on board for the whole process, and this reading too, of course!

Clarice didn’t just read Hector’s piece, but added her own asides and annotations. She holds a wealth of knowledge about the river, so we were extremely lucky to have her on board for the whole process, and this reading too, of course!

I think we would have had a huge crowd if the weather had cooperated, but what can you do! We had a full house anyway, large enough for the indoor event. We brought out a ton of chairs from the reading room, plus the couch and loveseat that are already out front, and most people had to stand. It was a nice mix of our regulars, plus new faces.

The crowd started to thin after Clarice was done her reading.

The crowd started to thin after Clarice was done her reading.

A few of our other contributors came by as well, but they slipped away before I could get a photo with them. 😦 Next time!

And then we had a special little visitor…

The littlest visitor, Noah.  The Grand River issue is full of Alicia's work, so I was super glad she was able to stop by.

The littlest visitor, Noah. The Grand River issue is full of Alicia’s work, so I was super glad she was able to stop by.

All in all, a good time, and a bright spot in an otherwise very grey day! Thanks for coming out, everyone!

Aimee

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Warm weather? Time for a barbecue!!

Come on out to our barbecue!

Come on out to our barbecue!

We’re having a barbecue this weekend and you’re invited! Come by for some grub and good times! We’ll be having some readings from our latest special issue on the Grand River too. Eeek! Can’t wait!!

Aimee

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JOB AD – Summer Student!!

It’s that time of year again: SUMMER STUDENT TIME!!

We’ve recently learned that we’re getting funding for a summer student, so that means it’s time to hire! (Just as another heads up: we’ve applied for other funds for more summer students, so keep checking back for more postings for a job that would be later in the summer if we’re successful in our application.)

So if you’ve got an interest in anything that Them Days does, please apply!

Click here to see the job ad.

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Game On

On Friday night, Them Days hosted the opening of Game On, an exhibit featuring Labrador Winter Games athlete portraits by John Gaudi. We had a really great turnout–I’ve never seen this office so full of people!–and a good time was had by all. It was a great relief to have it all done, as it had been in the works for a number of months, and in the couple of days leading up to it, John and I put a lot of work into hanging the pictures just so and preparing for the party. You can only imagine how happy I was to have all these people show up! Read the promo I did on OKâlaKatiget Society, and listen to John’s interview on CBC.

The unfortunate thing about being the host, however, is that you don’t get a chance to take photos during the event because you’re so busy making sure everybody’s doing well and chit-chatting with the guests that time flies by. Same thing happens at Culture Days events, so I always try to designate a photographer. Oops, didn’t do that this time! So all the photos are from when the crowd started to thin and I had a spare moment to take out my camera.

All the coolest people in Goose Bay were there.

Anna

Anna

She’s so spunky, hey? All ready to party at an art show.

Ilana and Jon (director of the Labrador Winter Games)

Ilana and Jon (director of the Labrador Winter Games)

Susan looking at the photographs

Susan looking at the photographs


By the way, that cheese in the above photo? AMAZING. We picked out some really great cheeses, if I do say so myself.

John and Mavis

John and Mavis

Morgon and Bea (she's getting so big!)

Morgon and Bea (she’s getting so big!). My favourite little guest here was also a big fan of the cheese and crackers.

Everyone I talked with had nothing but good to say and they all liked the portraits. A number of people said they hadn’t been to an event like that around here, and they were glad to go to something different. I really liked hearing that, because that’s what we were trying to do. We even had a DJ!

Me and John (I was the art director and John was the photographer!)

Me and John (I was the art director and John was the photographer!)

A gallery featuring some of the shots in the show (along with some others, just for variety) is available for viewing on the CBC website. You can also come by the Them Days office to see the exhibit; it’ll be up for a few months yet!

Thank you to everyone who came out! It was so much fun.

Aimee

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Heritage Fair

Last week Jill and I headed down to the regional Heritage Fair. The students at this fair had been finalists from their in-school competitions, so they were all pretty high-calibre stuff.

I really love the idea of the Heritage Fairs, so I was excited when Jill mentioned that it was open to the public and she was thinking about going. I have a not-so-secret desire to be a judge, so I wanted to check it out!

I was pretty impressed overall–I even ended up learning some new things!

A Rigolet entry into the Heritage Fair.  Haley later won Best Use of Archival Materials.

A Rigolet entry into the Heritage Fair. Haley later won Best Use of Archival Materials.

HV-GB Heritage Fair project on blacksmithing. Connor's project later won Best Use of Artifacts

HV-GB Heritage Fair project on blacksmithing. Connor’s project later won Best Use of Artifacts

Heritage project from Hopedale (Veronica later placed second overall from the coastal communities)

Heritage project from Hopedale (Veronica later placed second overall from the coastal communities)

Heritage Project from Nain about the Spanish flu.  Great use of Them Days materials!

Heritage Project from Nain about the Spanish flu. Great use of Them Days materials!

Heritage project on Lobstick Lodge.  This project also won something, but I can't remember what!  (Sorry.)  But I would definitely award this student with Yummiest Treats.

Heritage project on Lobstick Lodge. This project also won something, but I can’t remember what! (Sorry.) But I would definitely award this student with Yummiest Treats.

Good job, guys!

Aimee

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Spring has Sprung!

When I came back from my vacation last week, the first thing I noticed around town was the lack of snow. There were small patches in shady areas, but that’s about it. The rest of the ground was brown and sandy (sand gets EVERYWHERE during the winter…we are beginning the long and difficult task of removing large amounts of sand from our lawn at home). Spring was definitely here but the signs of plant life were still hidden.

All except one. This pansy at Them Days is a hardy little thing.

The lone pansy plant, which Daphne tells me has been blooming for two weeks now.

The lone pansy plant, which Daphne tells me has been blooming for two weeks now.

We’ve had some cold weather this week (below freezing, snowing, etc.) and still this little pansy survives. Everything else is brown and non-flowering. But what a nice sign of spring!

And today we had a new sign of spring: I rode my bike to work! Ah, yes, it’s that time of year again. BIKE TIME! I’ve been itching to get out for awhile, but I needed to do some maintenance, and then we went away, and then it got cold….anyway, it’s out now. Woo hoo!

My bike!

My bike!

Hope you are enjoying some nice weather too!
Aimee

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Game On Photography Exhibit

I’m so excited about an event we’re hosting this Friday night (May 10).

Back in March, during Winter Games week (which was a really crazy time in office as well because I was finishing up the Grand River issue!), I helped out my friend John with a photography project sponsored by the Labrador Winter Games. He took photographs (black and white film, medium format–no digital photos for this project!) of fifteen athletes from all over Labrador. It was a LOT of work (especially for John, who then had to spend a ton of time in the darkroom afterwards) and this show that we’re going to be hosting at Them Days is the culmination of all that work. The exhibit will be on display at Them Days for a while, and this event is kicking it off in a big way.

Come to the exhibit launch!

Come to the exhibit launch!

If you’re in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay area this week, you should definitely come to the exhibit launch Friday at 8pm! And if you’ll be here some other time, you should come by and look at the photos anyway, even without the big party. They’re really great! 🙂

Aimee

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