Today was Multicultural Day at the College of the North Atlantic here in Goose Bay, and we were invited to attend along with other community organizations. Pei, our Folklore Master’s Co-op student, also had a table to represent China. It was a lot of fun! The students completed a scavenger hunt (it involved asking us questions and reading the materials at our booths) and had a Northern Games competition. Here are some photos Pei took from the event.
Thanks to the College of the North Atlantic for inviting us! We had a great time talking with the students about Them Days (and about China!). Also, kudos to whomever made the tea biscuits and toutons, because they were delicious.
The latest issue is out in mailboxes (at least in Labrador, so far. Those of you a little further afield will have to wait a few more days for it to show up.) and on retailers’ shelves!
Sorry for the bit of a delay with this issue. As you know if you read regularly, I had a serious case of pneumonia and was off work for a bit, and then the main computer bit the dust! (It was eight years old, so I’m excited to get a new one that will be nice and speedy and full of empty space!)
But we’re all back on track now, and working hard to finish the Grub cookbook before the holidays, and also the December issue. Our calendar will be out very shortly as well.
We had a very generous donation of a small shed to store some outdoor things that take up valuable space in our building. So on Sunday, we had to go and retrieve it! It was quite a process, and this sturdy little shed is heavier than it looks! But we had good help, as you can see by the slideshow. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped out!
My First Tour in the Rain
Today, July 27th, 2016, was the first day that since I’ve started conducting the summer tour program, that the weather Gods have gone against myself and the tour guests.
Every time that it’s been called for poor weather during a tour, it has always managed to turn around. For example; this past Tuesday Aimee and I did a tour with some Pre-med students and a resident from the hospital! They were great guests to have but we were anxiously watching the forecast all day. It would call for thunder and lightning one minute, a complete down-poor the next, scattered showers the next, sunshine the next which had us on our toes all day! After scarfing down some chicken fries from Burger King (which were absolutely delicious) we headed out on our tour and the weather Gods were with us! We were blessed with sunshine and a nice gust of wind. However, today it called for rain and that’s exactly what we got. Author Lawrence Millman, Morgan Mills and his summer student were our guests today! The weather was looking promising for the entire day with just some simple over cast and 17 degrees but the very second that we stepped outside it started to drizzle- “Manageable!” we thought. As we headed towards the nursing station it started to rain a little harder, and as we walked down the path along the Churchill River we had a complete down poor. Mr. Millman was clearly the most wise of the group as he had brought an umbrella with him. The rest of us might’ve gotten soaked but we did so while I spewed information about Happy Valley and as we learned a lot about Mushrooms from Mr. Millman!
Aimee (R) and Author Lawrence Millman (L) shortly after the office tour.
After the tour was over and we start approaching the parking lot of Them Days- the rain had finally ceased- perfect timing…When we got inside and dried off a little bit, Aimee gave a building tour to Mr. Millman and the other summer student that had joined us. He had found a lot of interest in our Library and what he was able to lay his hands on from the archive!
It was a fun experience but I think I’d definitely choose the sun over rain any day!
Until next time!
Whether you’re a first time visitor, returning or local- here’s a list of things to do in Happy Valley-Goose Bay during the summer!
- Take a walking tour of the heart of Happy-Valley with Tour Guide Bradley and one of the other Them Days staff members! On Thursdays they meet up with an elder from their community and you get to hear a lot of fun stories about the developments and history of Happy Valley. The tour is about 3km long and takes about 2 hours for the regular story walk and 2.5 hours for the elder experience. It’s a great way to spend an educational afternoon outdoors and being active!
- After the walking tour or maybe even during the walking tour if time is plenty, take a drop into Slippers N’ Things for all things Labrador! From things to custom engravings and t-shirts to seal skin boots and dream catchers- Slippers N’ Things and their extremely friendly staff have you covered.
3. Once you’re good and hungry after your walking tour and little shopping spree you can head on over to El Greco’s where the pizza is fresh and garlic bread sticks are hot! (They serve other Greek dishes and very yummy poutine as well.) It’s an extremely popular place to satisfy the tummy with the locals!
4. When your stomach is stuffed and eyes are tired after the busy tour you had- you can continue to support local business by booking a room at the Big Land Bed and Breakfast or the Royal Inn for a leisurely sleep.
5. The next morning when you say “Man! That walking tour was absolutely fabulous and so interesting…but my legs are a little sore”- you can head on down to North West River beach and have a relaxing day in the hot sand warm breeze. You can even pay a visit to the Interpretation Center to continue learning more about Labrador, the traditions, trapping and its people.
6. After a busy two days of a great walking tour, good food and a day at the beach- you might be hungry again! For any seafood lovers, Mariner’s Galley is the place to be! Every Friday night they have a full seafood buffet and a delicious menu. When you are nice and full (again), a walk around the bunkers would be a great idea! When leaving Mariners Galley you turn left, walk through the 5-Wing Goose Bay gates, and the road to our bunkers will be your first street on the left thought a set of 2 soccer fields!
7. After exploring the bunkers, you’re probably really curious as to what they were used for, when they were used and what they stored! Well, if you’d like to pay another visit to Them Days, they would be able to tell you all about it and maybe even set you up with an issue or two with all of the information you would be looking for!
Links and Contact for all of these wonderful activities and locations are found below
Them Days Walking Tours
Website & Tour Ticket Information – http://www.themdays.com/?page_id=1037
Tel. – (709)896-8531
E-Mail – email@example.com
Tel. – (709)896-3473
Address – 133 Hamilton River Road
Slippers N’ Things
Tel. – (709)896-5660
Address – 55 Grenfell St.
Big Land Bed and Breakfast
Tel. – (709)896-2082
Address – 34 Palliser Cres.
Website – http://biglandbedandbreakfast.com/
Royal Inn & Suites
Tel. – (709)896-2456
Address – 3 Royal St.
Website – www.royalinnandsuites.ca
Interpretation Center North West River
Tel. – (709)497-8566
Address- Portage Road, North West River NL
Tel. – (709)896-9301
Address – 25 Loring Drive
Website – http://www.hotelnorth.ca/happy-valley-goose-bay-1/restaurant.php
This should be arriving in mailboxes across the country now. (Those of you living locally would have received it probably Monday in your mailbox.) Keep an eye out for it in your mailbox, at your local retailer, or, if you’re so inclined, themdays.com!
This issue has a lot to chew on–check out the preview on our website.