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Happy International Archives Day!

International Archive’s Day is a holiday that celebrates the significance of historical records all around the world.This year, the theme is, “Archives, Harmony, and Friendship.”

That means now could be a good day to clear out the attic, listen to old records, read past journals, maybe look through the family photos together. For those of us in Goose Bay where the sun has only been peaking out occasionally to check if we’re still here, it might be nice to stay inside and take a walk down memory lane.

Especially for those of you with Labradorean roots, who may have historically significant finds stowed away in their attics. If you find anything interesting you’re not sure about, bring it by! We’d love to see it! Maybe tell you something about it you didn’t even know.

Have a great day, and remember to celebrate!International Archive's day logo.jpeg

 

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Happy Birthday Anna!

The Them Days team celebrates Anna’s 19th Birthday! After a productive morning of transcribing, archiving, photocopying and meetings, we celebrated. After lunch Bradley brought by some candles and I brought by some Subway cookies! Of course, Anna never saw it coming. Because clearly our very mature whispers and giggles were no indicator. There was no way for her to see through the door we closed her out of.

So of course, no idea.

Anyways cookies.

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All very excited. Our break was very enjoyable. We talked, and sat and enjoyed each other’s company. Something like they did back in Them Days.

If a bit more colorful.

happy birthday Anna! You get to bring the rest of the cookies home!

 

 

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Mulliauk Mouche: VICTORIOUS!

Well, I haven’t left much to the imagination in this blog post title. As you can see, Mulliauk Mouche, the storied Them Days regatta team (in its 25th year or so) has won a medal at th 31st Annual Labrador Canoe Regatta!

We had assembled a pretty good team, and we even pulled in an alternate on the day of the race (Tessa wasn’t able to make it, and Kerra thankfully agreed to sub in!) so I was pretty hopeful that THIS year would be the year we would win a medal. Of course, I always think this, so I’ve learned not to be TOO hopeful. haha.

But then, when they announced the teams, only three groups had entered, so we were at least guaranteed a medal–assuming we finished, which, unfortunately, hasn’t always been the case.

In all other years, they’ve pulled in a fourth team at the last possible moment, but not this year!

I'm always the last one to the canoe!

I’m always the last one to the canoe!

Ready for our race! Sorry for blocking your face, Kerra, and for blocking your whole body, Theresa.

Ready for our race! Sorry for blocking your face, Kerra, and for blocking your whole body, Theresa.

We had a good rivalry going with the other teams on the water. It’s all very friendly, but we like to tease each other.

About to start our "practice." (ie, we paddled in a little circle before the race. this is the extent of our preparation)

About to start our “practice.” (ie, we paddled in a little circle before the race. this is the extent of our preparation)

Waiting in the far lane

Waiting in the far lane

Waiting at the start line

Waiting at the start line

And we're off. We probably should have chosen a lane further to the right.

And we’re off. We probably should have chosen a lane further to the right.

We should have been a bit further to the right. Also, we probably should have clarified with the officials that it was okay to go to the second buoy instead of the first, because that could have shaved some time off.

Heading back from the buoy.

Heading back from the buoy.

We kept up pretty good, and had a good turn around the buoy, but started to lag in the second half of the race. It was pretty tiring out there! And the wind and waves were against us. I know I found it much harder to paddle (especially on the right side of the canoe).

First team about to cross the finish line.

First team about to cross the finish line.

Here we are, behind the second-place team. Not too far behind!

Here we are, behind the second-place team. Not too far behind!

Our competitors come out and high-five us at the end of the race

Our competitors come out and high-five us at the end of the race

Whew! That was a lot of work!

Whew! That was a lot of work!

Posing. (Check out Wallace.)

Posing. (Check out Wallace.)

So there you have it: a winning team! Thanks to all the paddlers on Mulliauk Mouche: Wallace, Theresa, John, Kerra, and Brandon.

YAY!  The first Mulliauk Mouche team to win a medal in...well, at least six years!

YAY! The first Mulliauk Mouche team to win a medal in…well, at least six years!

And there wasn’t as much drama this year…no T-boning, no gladiator-style finsh, no call for help to the rescue boat. Just a good, solid paddle…and look where it got us! 🙂

Wallace and I were just talking about the size of the canoes we were in (they’re big Voyageur-style canoes from Quebec), and it got me to thinking about Voyageurs. This is a fun video about the life of voyageurs (glad it’s not mine!!).

The Voyageurs by ONFB, National Film Board of Canada

Aimee

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New Service at Them Days: Walking Tours!

You may have already heard this in our latest issue, number 38.2, but Them Days is planning to start a walking tour program this summer as we try to raise some funds for our magazine and archives. Whether you are a tourist seeking new experiences in foreign areas, or a nearby resident who would like to learn some history about the valley, you are bound to have a good time. These tours will include stops with elders who are knowledegable about life in the early valley, and are excited to share their personal experiences! We will meet with them as we take you walking around the lower valley area, starting from our office here at Them Days, and then walking on the path alongside the beautiful Churchill river as we make our way to Birch Island. The tour will conclude where we started at Them Days, and the stops with our elders will vary from tour to tour.

Kerra and Aimee viewing the Churchill River from Birch Island

Kerra and Aimee viewing the Churchill River from Birch Island

The tours will have special focus on some topics such as life on Birch Island before its residents were relocated, the nursing clinic in Happy Valley, and more general topics such as how life was in Happy Valley-Goose Bay many years ago. We plan to begin these tours very soon, and will run until the end of August. There will be special rates for couples, families, and children as well. It is a project that we at Them Days are excited to carry out and share with you. We hope you are, too! Thanks for reading, it’s always a pleasure!

-Wallace

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Technical Difficulties of Them Days

Ever try experiencing life from a mouse’s perspective?

Them Days doesn't have mice. But if we did they'd have it made. :)

Them Days doesn’t have mice.  But if anyone knows a team of mice electrician willing to work for cheese let us know.

The computers at Them Days have always had a shared rock star attitude with it’s Them Days staff. One laptop can’t play any sound other than “pings” of disapproval, another plays live videos roughly five seconds slower than another so we here stereo if we play them at the same time, a couple of our computers went on strike for a few months.

The latest of the band member’s tantrums, is in regards to the Wifi they found in their dressing rooms. (*Cue the groans*)

It’s not that we don’t appreciate our rock stars, it’s just they don’t appreciate us. Them Days has spent roughly a week trying to fix the cables for Ethernet, brought in a professional, there is a ceiling tile that will never be straight again, and we are still down a laptop.

We at Them Days are of course taking this in stride…

I dare you to look away...

I dare you to look away…

Even if we are in over our heads.

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Canada Day 2014!

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http://www.cagle.com/tag/canada-day/

This year in Labrador we have a lot to look forward to. We get to watch other Countries compete in the World Cup(As we yell at the TV), we get to celebrate Canada Day(I’m going for the fireworks!), there’s enough celebration and patriotism to wrap the province in a national flag.

A lot of people have different ways of celebrating, I usually go to the Kinsmen Park, eat some snacks, play games, listen to music. Pretty much same as a lot of people.

For those of you who have never really celebrated Canada Day, or have just moved here, try checking out this website to really get into the holiday. Seemed good to me.

http://www.wikihow.com/Celebrate-Canada-Day

94956 600 CANADA Day cartoons

http://www.cagle.com/tag/canada-day/

As Labradorians and Newfoundlanders specifically though, we sometimes forget the duality of July first. Today is not just Canada Day, it’s Memorial Day as well. While Canada Day focuses on celebrating what we have, Memorial Day remembers the sacrifices that Canada has made to sustain it’s nation.

Memorial Day focuses particularly on World War One, but does not restrict itself to only one war. Any war that Canada has survived has a place to be remembered on July 1st. Them Days made a virtual memorial you can feel free to take a look at today.

http://www.themdays.com/memorial/

We celebrate in the place of those who couldn’t, we remember in the place of those who couldn’t, and we stand where they can no longer. Just as always.

Kerra Quigley from Them Days

 

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Them Days at Expo

So get who bought a couple of magazines from Them Days at Expo?

The premier! Cool, hey? Good for Daphne and Wallace!

Sananguativut Nunatsiavut Visual Design had a photo booth just a couple of tables down from us, and check out the pictures! (I can’t ever resist a photo booth.)

Kerra and me

Kerra and me

Me and Theresa

Me and Theresa

We had a lot of fun at Expo, as you can tell. A few sales, and a nice bit of publicity! Thanks for coming by our booth!
Aimee

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