Monthly Archives: October 2013

Late October pansies – and come out to the craft sale!

Daphne discovered these pansies in full bloom today. Nobody’s told them it’s late October in Labrador!!

Late October pansies (and this photo is not retouched, even though it looks like I messed around with the colours)

Late October pansies (and this photo is not retouched, even though it looks like I messed around with the colours)

Late October pansy.

Late October pansey.

We’re going to be at the Labrador Traditions craft sale this weekend at the College from 10-4 on Saturday. If you don’t make it down to Them Days during the week because you’re working, now is a perfect time to pick up some Christmas gifts!

Aimee

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A Special Night on the SS Kyle

Program for Kyle Concert

Our fundraiser and silent auction was held on Saturday night, and what a show it was! Everybody took their seats in the audience, and sat down to watch a clip about the Kyle, with an introduction by host Angele Yetman. Then a foghorn blew…and Angele invited the audience to step aboard the Kyle! A porter was dressed in a sailor suit, and guided guests up the ‘gangplank’ and everybody sat down at an array of tables and chairs set up on stage. It truly was like being on the Kyle!

The show consisted of readings from Them Days’ SS Kyle special issue and musical performances woven through the narrative read by Angele. The actors were sitting at the tables like the rest of us, and so you really were part of the whole night. It was really neat!

Not only were we treated to fun performances, but we also got to take part in singalongs! I didn’t know the tune to a couple of them…guess the generation gap was showing! A lady at my table thought that was hilarious. It was a pretty funny moment, I have to say. 🙂

I was given a last minute reading…and what’s really neat is that I was given the part of a nurse, and I happened to be wearing a cape, just as part of my outfit for the evening. So I kept my cape on, and there was no need to get a costume!

My favourite performance of the evening was Benny Powell’s recitation of “The Smokeroom on the Kyle.” WOW. That’s all I have to say. It was amazing, and the audience was simultaneously rapt and laughing until their bellies hurt. He got a standing ovation.

The best part of the evening, though, was knowing that everyone in the audience and in the cast had a good time. We all felt like we had been part of something special. And it really was.

I have to thank everyone who donated items to the silent auction, the performers, and especially John Heard, who organized this concert for us again this year. He truly is a wonderful organizer and friend of Them Days. NorthMart also provided the goodies, which was much appreciated by all who were there!

I’m waiting on some pictures that were taken during the concert itself, but I thought I’d post some post-concert pictures until then!

Sitting around after the show, looking like they're chit-chatting, but really keeping an eagle eye on their silent auction bids.

Sitting around after the show, looking like they’re chit-chatting, but really keeping an eagle eye on their silent auction bids.

The boat ride put this little one to sleep.

The boat ride put this little one to sleep.

Enjoying the desserts after a last trip on the Kyle (this time, in first class!  Aunt Susie told me she went on the Kyle from Hopedale to Makkovik to go to school, just as was talked about in the show!)

Enjoying the desserts after a last trip on the Kyle (this time, in first class! Aunt Susie told me she went on the Kyle from Hopedale to Makkovik to go to school, just as was talked about in the show!)

Big Land Trapper enjoyed the show.

Big Land Trapper enjoyed the show.

Eyeing the items on the table

Eyeing the items on the table

The show started a lot of conversations afterwards.

The show started a lot of conversations afterwards.

If you’re ever considering coming out to a Them Days fundraiser, please do! It’s a ton of fun!

Aimee

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Did You Name That Labrador Tune?

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Well, the contest is over…did you participate?

The winners:
1st prize (1-year subscription to Them Days): Kathy Michelin
2nd prize (Labrador Colouring Book by Gerald Mitchell): Fiona Andersen
3rd prize (2014 Calendar): Ewan McNeill
Participation (Current issue): Allan McNeill

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everybody who played!

This project started when my friend/collaborator John Gaudi (you’ll remember him from Game On, or you might know his voice if you listen to Labrador Morning) came up with the idea and we started working on it together…it went through a few changes (originally it was going to be Labrador book quotes) and then it became an official partnering between our workplaces and became what you saw on Hamilton River Road if you were in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, or heard on the radio if you were listening to CBC Radio’s Labrador Morning radio program.

It was so much fun to talk to people doing the scavenger hunt…while John and I were putting up some signs, people stopped and talked with us, called out song names, pulled up and wrote things down. People would call, or come up to me to ask questions about the hunt…it was so much fun and I’m glad people really enjoyed playing along! I got a real kick out of seeing people pull over near a sign and start writing. It was awesome!

NLTL sandbar yay

Did you follow along on CBC radio?

And now, the answer key, in order from the lower part of the Valley up Hamilton River Road into Goose Bay:

Matthews Work Wear -- It is not very pretty nor noted for fame --"The Happy Valley Song"

Matthews Work Wear — “It is not very pretty or noted for fame” — The Happy Valley Song

Goose Bay Motors -- And if I only lived one day, I'd die a happy man -- "Take Me to the Country"

Goose Bay Motors — “And if I only lived one day, I’d die a happy man” — Take Me to the Country

Glenn Corp -- There's not much more to say -- "Sons of Labrador"

Glenn Corp — “There’s not much more to say” — Sons of Labrador

Paint Shop -- Children round your cabin door -- "Woman of Labrador"

Paint Shop — “Children round your cabin door” — Woman of Labrador

Pentecostal Church -- We thank the Lord for sparing all us trappers as He has done so many times before --"The Grand River Song"

Pentecostal Church — “We thank the Lord for sparing all us trappers as He has done so many times before” — The Grand River Song

The Sand Bar Lounge -- S is for Sid who hunts in the fall -- "The Trapper's Alphabet" (see the top of the post for what it looked like finished!)

The Sand Bar Lounge — “S is for Sid who hunts in the fall” — The Trapper’s Alphabet (see the top of the post for what it looked like finished!)

Paws -- You're the rarest of flowers -- "Labrador Rose"

Paws — “You’re the rarest of flowers” — Labrador Rose

Quickstop -- We're going to Kaipokak River -- "Me and Ockie and Grampa"

Quickstop — “We’re going to Kaipokak River” — Me & Ockie and Grampa

Hamilton Drugs -- I've seen all the beauty and lived a life that was free -- "This is my Home"

Hamilton Drugs — “I’ve seen all the beauty and lived a life that was free” — This is my Home

Mulligan's -- 45 miles from Goose Bay and it sure seems a mighty long way -- "Mulligan Hill"

Mulligan’s — “45 miles from Goose Bay and it sure seems a mighty long way” — Mulligan Hill

Hong Kong Restaurant -- All the gold that they have couldn't buy what I see -- "High on the Mountain of Old Mokami"

Hong Kong Restaurant — “All the gold that they have couldn’t buy what I see” — High on the Mountain of Old Mokami

Merle Norman -- Aunt Meg wants me to wed with her daughter -- "Tishialuk Girls"

Merle Norman — “Aunt Meg wants me to wed with her daughter” — Tishialuk Girls

Labrador Inn — “Their names are stamped upon this land/Their stories have been told” — We Sons of Labrador

Name That Labrador Tune was a great game for the whole community (if I do say so myself!) and I’m glad we were able to partner with CBC Radio’s Labrador Morning to bring it beyond Happy Valley-Goose Bay! Thank you!

And a special thank you to Hamilton Drugs, for hosting the passport pick-up and drop-off box. It was much appreciated!

Aimee

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Fundraiser and Silent Auction tomorrow!

Our SS Kyle-themed fundraiser is tomorrow night…step back in time and have a grand time on the Kyle with us! And while you’re at it, consider picking up one of these lovely items (and there’s more, too…but here’s sneak peek of some of the items):

Foldable doll house with bedding and doll.  This is really neat!  It folds up flat...perfect for road trips or visits to Grandma's house!

Foldable doll house with bedding and doll. This is really neat! It folds up flat…perfect for road trips or visits to Grandma’s house!

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Children's books, signed by the author

Children’s books, signed by the author

Brothers in Arms by Ryan Hayward

Brothers in Arms by Ryan Hayward

Innu coat birch bark print by Robin McGrath

Innu coat birch bark print by Robin McGrath

A beautiful Christmas placemat, coaster, and napkin set.

A beautiful Christmas placemat, coaster, and napkin set.

Beaded ulu earrings

Beaded ulu earrings

Inukshuk earrings from Nain

Inukshuk earrings from Nain

Labrador stained glass suncatcher

Labrador stained glass suncatcher

Sealskin slippers handmade by Sandi Michelin of Rigolet

Sealskin slippers handmade by Sandi Michelin of Rigolet

A variety of early, rare issues of Them Days

A variety of early, rare issues of Them Days

Handmade quilted table runner

Handmade quilted table runner

A great selection of stuff!!! Come on out tomorrow night and see the show and look at the silent auction. So head on down to the O’Brien Arts Centre for 8pm on Oct. 5!

Aimee

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Fundraiser on Saturday!

For the last three years, John Heard has organized an annual fundraiser for Them Days, and it’s always been a good time. John’s spent a number of years organizing concerts and musical shows, so it really comes as no surprise that each concert has been a success. This year, he’s organized a show around the theme of the S.S. Kyle.

It seems as though everyone’s got a story to share about the Kyle. My own grandparents have a great story about how they met on the Kyle, and since we started publicizing this concert, I’ve heard other stories about the Kyle. One of our most ardent supporters came by and told me about his honeymoon on the Kyle.

I’m hoping that we’ll get a good crowd because of all the connections to the Kyle. We’re going to have the centre set up so that you really feel like you’re on the Kyle…so it’s going to be AMAZING for sure!

And for those people looking to buy a rare issue of Them Days…well, this fundraiser must just be worth your time in another way! We’re having a silent auction…some handmade items, art pieces…and…HARD-TO-FIND ISSUES OF THEM DAYS!!!

So come on out to the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre this Saturday, October 5 at 8pm…and have a great time!!

sskyle concert

Aimee

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Name That Labrador Tune

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Name That Labrador Tune has been off to a great start. I know CBC has been getting lots of interest in their part of the scavenger hunt, and I’ve been hearing a lot of people talking about the signs on the billboards along Hamilton River Road. Some people have already dropped off their forms…get yours in if you want a chance to win some Them Days merchandise or a subscription!

Haven’t heard of it yet? Listen to me talk about it on Labrador Morning in an interview from Friday.

And more Name That Labrador Tune goodness:

Good luck everyone!!!!

Aimee

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Culture Days 2013

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Saturday was our fourth annual Culture Days event. The general format of the day went pretty well in previous years, so we decided to stick with it, but updated it a bit to keep it fresh. As promised, there was fish and brewis in addition to the flummies, and local musicians played live music.

Jennifer and Gary Mitchell set the atmosphere early on in the day.

Jennifer and Gary Mitchell set the atmosphere early on in the day.

The updates, I have to say, were great (sooooo glad Daphne suggested fish and brewis!). With live music, the day seemed, well, livelier, and it brought in people who were just walking by and wanted to check out what was going on. So happy to have the music!

Terrilynn really looked the part!  And Theresa looked right at home in the tent.

Terrilynn really looked the part! And Theresa looked right at home in the tent.

Sisters

Sisters

The weather really helped, too–not often you get 27-degree days at the end of September! We were sweating, but it was good.

Culture Days is a family event

Culture Days is a family event

Ava and Mary Ann

Ava and Mary Ann

A lot of people picked up Name That Labrador Tune passports too, which was great. There’s been a lot of interest in the scavenger hunt–have you been keeping up?

Keeping the beat

Keeping the beat

Morgon in the cooktent.

Morgon in the cooktent.

All in all, it was a great day. Thank you to the people who came out to enjoy our largest and most successful Culture Days ever, and to all our volunteers–we couldn’t have done it without you!

A crowd forms

A crowd forms

Serving boiled raisin cake (yum!)

Serving boiled raisin cake (yum!)

Nellie Bock cooks up a storm

Nellie Bock cooks up a storm

Lloyd Goudie and Kirk Lethbridge play some tunes

Lloyd Goudie and Kirk Lethbridge play some tunes

Don’t forget–this weekend coming up (Sat., Oct. 5) we have a fundraiser! Get your tickets from the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre today!

Aimee

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