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AGM 2015

If you’re interested in Them Days and would like to get involved, now’s the time to do it!!

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Thank you for all the well-wishes!

It really is a very exciting time here at Them Days. With a special publication coming out any day now (the re-print of Snowblind & Seal Finger), the 40th anniversary, and working on the Labrador Fishery issue, I haven’t had time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak (as if there are any roses out there when I look out my window and just see a wall of snow). We’ve had a lot of media coverage recently about our 40th anniversary, and lots of congratulations and well-wishes have been coming in through social media, on the phone, from office visitors, and even when I go out to the grocery store, I meet lots of people who want to say hello and congratulate Them Days on 40 years of publishing.

In addition to the amazing show put on by Labrador Morning, we were also featured in this week’s Labradorian newspaper! Woo hoo! Click here to read the article.

Ooh! Here I am holding the newspaper with Them Days in it!

Ooh! Here I am holding the newspaper with Them Days in it!

We were also featured on the CBC NL website with a photo gallery and everything!

I was also on Here & Now on Friday (skip ahead to about 1:05:10 to see my part.)

It’s all been really great and I really must thank everyone for being so nice, and to the media outlets for thinking our anniversary is newsworthy enough to celebrate.

And, speaking of publicity, I’ve been asked to spread the word for an event that may be of interest to my readers (not a Them Days event, but up your alleys!)

The oldest snowmobile in Labrador is being restored to working condition and will one day be driven on the Labrador coast as it did 100 years ago.

Memorial graduate Jamie Brake, an archaeologist in Nunatsiavut, will deliver the presentation, Recovering Labrador’s First Snowmobile, on Thursday, March 19, from 7-9 p.m. in room 250 at Memorial’s Labrador Institute, 219 Hamilton River Rd., in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Organized by the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, the presentation will include journal entries, photographs and silent film footage. All are welcome. A reception will follow.

To RSVP, call 1-877-700-4081 or rsvpalumni@mun.ca.

I saw that snowmobile last summer up in Nain, so I know this will be interesting!

Aimee

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Them Days Turns 40!

We at Them Days celebrated our ruby anniversary a little bit early, thanks to the wonderful folks at CBC Radio’s Labrador Morning show. The idea came up last year during our 39th anniversary, so it was great that Jay Legere, the producer, and Labrador Morning was still interested in doing it. It turned out AMAZING!

Mark Cumby, the tech for the show, putting it all together behind the scenes!

Mark Cumby, the tech for the show, putting it all together behind the scenes!

Todd O'Brien, the host, was new to Them Days, but he definitely learned a lot in the lead-up to and the day of our show! (He also got through the week with an awful flu--a total trooper.)

Todd O’Brien, the host, was new to Them Days, but he definitely learned a lot in the lead-up to and the day of our show! (He also got through the week with an awful cold–a total trooper.)

Click here to listen to part of the show. DO IT!!!

We covered an hour-and-a-half (well, almost. There’s always weather, news, etc) of Them Days content! I did a segment with Joe Goudie, who of course was president of the Labrador Heritage Society when Them Days started back in 1975 and also on Them Days’ board for a long time, and then Susan Felsberg (long-time volunteer and also former chair) and Judy McGrath (another long-time volunteer who now lives in Ontario and came in over the phone) did a part. We also heard from Gail Turner about why Them Days is important, I did a reading, and Richard Neville played Labrador songs throughout! He also read a poem.

We also listened to excerpts from the Them Days episode of Land and Sea, which I watch a few times a year and love (we have a copy at the office), and it brought back a lot of memories for people to hear Doris’ voice (and Dave Quinton’s too, I’m sure!).

Richard performed such lovely songs, doing medleys of Labrador favourites. He also read one of Leslie Pardy's poems, and that was my favourite moment of the show!

Richard performed such lovely songs, doing medleys of Labrador favourites. He also read one of Leslie Pardy’s poems, and that was my favourite moment of the show!

John Gaudi and the aforementioned Jay at Labrador Morning put a lot of work into today’s show, and it certainly showed. They were also great hosts, and we had flummies and toutons with redberry and bakeapple jams!! MMMMM. I may have eaten a few (more like five). I also scored an awesome (and much-coveted) Labrador Morning mug! woo hoo!

Jay Legere, producer at Labrador Morning (sorry Jay, the one photo I took was out of focus)

Jay Legere, producer at Labrador Morning (sorry Jay, the one photo I took was out of focus). Also, in the foreground, the bowl of flummies made by Judy Voisey, former Them Days administrator and soon-to-be bakery owner!!

John Gaudi, reporter, was live-tweeting the show.

John Gaudi, reporter, was live-tweeting the show. Sorry John, you’re fuzzy too.

Then we had a draw for the grand prize, a box of 101 Them Days magazines! (That’s the 100 for $100 box, and a rare issue thrown in to sweeten the pot!)

I closed my eyes and reached into the box. There were a lot of names in there!

No, I’m not in pain…I closed my eyes and reached into the box to do the big grand prize draw! There were a lot of names in there! (Thanks to John Gaudi for the photo)

I drew my Uncle Mackie’s name, but as you can see, I really didn’t know what I was grabbing in that box of names. I’ve heard he was very excited, and I’ve had a few people say that they were excited for him since he’s such a nice man.

It was SO much fun and it made waking up super-early worth it, haha! We’ve been hearing from so many people that they enjoyed the show this morning. It makes me so happy to hear it. I’m so lucky to have this job and deal with great people every day and do cool things like today’s radio show. Thank you to Labrador Morning for making this happen.

I leave you with this morning’s rendition of Boys From the Tickle, a Richard Neville original. Definitely a future classic (does that make sense?).

Aimee

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