Them Days and the snow

The last two weeks here at Them Days has been anything but normal. Well, that’s what I’m assuming anyway since it’s only been three and a half months ago that I joined the team here.

It all goes back to the snow really. That’s what spiraled us into a small tizzy with the last issue (Vol. 41 No. 1) which was sent to the printers in record time, but took longer to get back to Happy Valley-Goose Bay than expected due to weather delays.

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International Women’s Day Luncheon, HVGB

The book was to physically be in the Them Days office before the week of March 8, International Women’s Day, as this issue is all about Labrador women. Come Monday morning, we still didn’t have the book, and were biting our nails right up until 10 am Wednesday when we were to unveil it at the Mokami Status of Women Council annual luncheon. (Thanks again Provincial Airlines for making sure our issue arrived in time for the event.)

Well, despite the waiting game, we were still rushed to get the books out to the public. It is a huge job to stuff over 300 magazines into envelopes, sort them, and deliver them to the post office, not to mention the parcels for retailers that all need packaging as well. Add to this equation there were 2.5 of us working on this job (I was the 0.5 as my mind was consumed with a trip I was taking to NYC the next morning), well it’s easy to understand how we had some slight errors with our mail out addresses. But no worries, we’re on top of it. If you haven’t gotten your last issue, we are working on it and you should receive it soon.

You would think that was the last of the snow woes, but not so. As mentioned above, I was headed to New York City for a personal trip, but thought I would try and do some Labrador research while there. I contacted the Grenfell Association of America to line up a meeting, and also learned of Labrador artifacts housed at the National Museum of American Indians in lower Manhattan. To say I was excited to see them is an understatement!

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Time Square, New York City

But Mother Nature had other plans and sent a “winter storm” our way. Now, what we classify as a storm in Labrador is quite different than what they call a storm in New York. But when you don’t plow the roads, scrap the sidewalks with window squeegees, and have no where to put the white stuff, everything pretty well comes to a halt.

Despite this, and the warnings to stay inside, my husband and I made our way through the slush, to the subway (where we were literally the only travellers!), and on to the museum. It’s probably important to note here as well that I had called before hand only to get a recording that said the museum never closes only on December 25. They should have also added on days when the city shuts down due to snow!

It was still a great trip, but it would have been neat to have an article in the next issue of Them Days all the way from NYC. Oh well, maybe next time I’ll get the chance. Until then, we have lots of material for the next issue from many wonderful contributors which is sure to be an even better read.

– Janice

 

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Vol. 41, No. 1 has arrived!

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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!

Janice

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Them Days Colouring Club

Well it’s official! Them Days has joined the colouring craze and started a club.

Every Wednesday until March 29, we met at the office from 7-8 pm to colour, chat, and of course nibble on some delightful goodies. It’s a chance for those with an interest in colouring to get together for an evening, and to help us identify some photos while we have you here!

Colouring has been rediscovered in the last little while as a way to relax, reconnect and to just take a break from all life throws at us some days. The club is all colouring images from The Labrador Colouring Book with images by Gerald Mitchell. And it’s amazing to see his pictures come to life with a touch of pencil crayons.

Registration is $12, which includes the cost of the book, and $5 for each class you come to after that. For more information, or to register, call us at 896-8531.

Look forward to seeing you there,

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Vol. 40.4 has arrived!

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The latest issue has been mailed out to subscribers and retailers who all should be getting the newest copy very shortly.

This issue was a little slower coming out then hoped, but there have been a lot of changes at the office in the last month, not to mention the Christmas holiday period. It’s my first time publishing a magazine, and I’m learning as I go so please bear with me.

Speaking of Christmas, before the break Aimee showed me an old edition of the RCAF Honker published the Christmas of 1945. It contains a lot of interesting articles and pictures, including the cover photo of this issue of Them Days. There is also an article about the laundry facility on the Base in Goose Bay which I’m hoping to reprint and am looking for anyone who may have stories of working there.

Any help you can give, on this or any other photograph or story, is greatly appreciated.

Janice

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Hello 2017!!

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.

grub-coverAll 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.

Janice

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CNA Multicultural Day

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.

Aimee

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Vol. 40, No. 3 is out in the world!

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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.

Aimee

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