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.
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!)
Big Land Trapper enjoyed the show.
Eyeing the items on the table
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!