The latest issue of Them Days is being picked up from PAL cargo as I write this note. And just in time too as tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and Vol. 41 No. 1 is all about Labrador Women.
It was so much fun putting this issue together. So many great stories to choose from and lots of help from Andrea Procter with the Daughters of Mikak Project, Holly Williams-Joy at the Mokami Status of Women’s Council, Sylvia Moore and Margaret Buckle.
For those of you with subscriptions, you should be getting your copy in the mail in the next few days. And for those of you who like to buy off the shelf, here’s the list of retailers’ who stock our magazine. We will also be rolling out this great issue at the Kinsmen Centre on March 8 in conjunction with the Mokami Status of Women’s Council Women’s Day luncheon.
Hope you all enjoy this issue as much as I did creating it!
Happy New Year! It’s been a while since we’ve blogged and updated everyone on what’s happening at Them Days. There have been quite a few changes over the last month: Aimee went on maternity leave after welcoming baby Maggie into the world, and I’ve joined the team as acting editor.
All this change has taken some getting use to but it hasn’t slowed work or publishing. Our new cookbook Grub hit the shelves just in time for Christmas, and there’s still lots of these great books left if you haven’t yet gotten your copy.
The latest issue, 40.4, has arrived at the office and will be hitting mailboxes and then stores very soon. Layout has already begun on the next issue (41.1) which will focus on women in Labrador and, fingers crossed, be out in time for International Women’s Day on March 8.
And let’s not forget the online auction we are planning for February. If you have any items to donate, we’d be more than happy to accept. Events like this are how Them Days are continuously able to bring you the stories of Labrador.
So 2017 is shaping up to be a busy year ahead! But, with your continued support, I know it will be just fine.
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.
Last week, a Them Days summer student alumni came back to lend us an extra hand! Sandra Hollett who just finished a year of studying Japanese abroad in Osaka, Japan returned to Them Days to help us finish the summer strong. As we are preparing a new issue to be sent off to the printers, tours are taking off and archives are needing some attention- we contacted Sandra for some help.
For the next month, Sandra hopes to transcribe until she can’t transcribe anymore, do a few tours after I leave next week and learn how to make a grass basket (any teachers out there?)
Yesterday, Sandra and I tackled two very interesting tours! Our first tour of the morning was with Stephen Burnett and his wife, Helene from Franklin and Frobisher tours. Our second tour was with a group of 7 people from Ontario and BC who were on weather hold while heading up to the Torngat Mountains to do some sight seeing. Both groups were so much fun and were eager to take pictures and a lot ask questions. We even took Stephen and Helene into Slippers n’ Things for a look around.
This is unfortunately one of my last blog posts for this summer, but keep an eye out early next week for the Grand Finale!
Time is starting to get a little bit short for me here at Them Days and if it goes by as fast as the rest of the summer has, it’s a good thing that I’m writing this now. Just a day over 3 weeks left! It’s really going to suck to have to say good bye to Aimee, Abby, Brianna and the office before the summer is actually over but I’m heading out to St. John’s for surgery (in which the recovery process will bring me right on up to the start of school).
The past 10 weeks here have been nothing short of rewarding. In the first week here alone, I learned more about Happy Valley-Goose Bay’s history than I did in 13 years of school. Learning about where I am has always been important to me. I’ve always been the one to Google every hotel I’m staying in and everywhere I’ll be visiting. Traveling around, I’ve always been the tourist to ask the Tour Guide an alarming amount of questions and It really surprises me that I haven’t asked more about Happy Valley-Goose Bay in the nearly 18 years that I’ve lived here. Every day that I come into this office I manage to learn something new. For example; I had NO clue that there were 11 atom bombs stored in the woods of Goose Bay…I had NO clue that the Broomfields, Perraults and Saunders were the first families of Happy Valley (Before, they were just really popular last names)… I had NO clue that El Grecos, before it was my favorite pizza place, was a taxi stand… I had NO clue that I would ever take getting a review on Trip Advisor so intensely…or that Twitter could be actually interesting…or that ARC-ANLA was such a massive thing (let alone a thing to begin with).
When I tell people “I’m working with Them Days this summer” it’s always a- “Oh and what do you do there?” and when I say “I’m a tour guide!” It’s always “Tour Guide? What? There’s tours here?” and my response is usually “You haven’t seen 1 one the 250 flyers floating around this town??” followed by plugging the tours until I cannot plug anymore. But when I tell people “I’m working with Them Days this summer”- I take good pride in it. Growing up, I’ve always known what Them Days was and would go through it, looking at the old photos while at the co-op with my mother or while at my parent’s friends’ houses. But one thing I have a brand new appreciation for is the effort that it takes to put together just one of these magazines. So much hard work goes into photo finding and identification, interviewing and transcribing, finding what actually fits in the magazine and what doesn’t, and even thinking of an issue to start in the first place. It’s needless to say that I’ve found a whole new level of respect for Them Days and how hard everyone is willing to work around here to get it done (and always on time at that).
This is a whole new job experience for me. Before I’ve only ever worked in a restaurant and in retail and never had the opportunity to get out, explore and share knowledge with other people. I’m really starting to think that this is my calling, ‘my jam’ if you will.
As I head back to St. John’s for another school year, I’m going to be attending the Tourism and Hospitality Management Program with the College of the North Atlantic. Working with Them Days has helped me realize that exploring the world around me, learning about its people and sharing my knowledge with others is what I exactly want to do with my life. Before- my interest was in nursing and I refused to accept the fact that I wanted to do anything else…but on the second day of this job, Shirley and Aimee sent me to a Tourism and Hospitality workshop with WorldHost and that’s when it clicked. I was won over. This is what I want to do. So shout out to Them Days for solving my teenage identity crisis and sending me in the right direction.
I know this was a sappy post, but a boy needs to let it out sometimes! I’ll be back with our regular programmed, humorous blog post next week!
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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