Monthly Archives: December 2010

Calling all Mummers….Mummers Walk & Food Drive December 29, 2010

A Rural Revival of Tradition is happening on the Great Northern Peninsula this holiday season. On of the most talked about and beloved traditions that brings forth many childhood memories are those of Christmas Mummering.

This year we have decided to focus on the tradition in a communal gathering on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 to engage in the activity of Mummering!

Christmas Mummers - Marge Collection

We’re calling all Mummers…        

  Come lovely mummers don’t bother the rain we want to see “big ones and small ones, tall ones and thin, boys dressed as women and girls dressed as men, with humps on your backs and mitts on your feet…”

Date: Wednesday, December 29th

Start Time:  2:00pm

Location: Flower’s Cove Lions Club

MUMMERS WALK

We are inviting everyone to dress up and revive the tradition of Mummering in Rural Newfoundland by participating in a mummer’s walk (children, teens and adults). Refreshments and cookies served.FOOD DRIVE

In partnership with the Straits Food Sharing Association, we ask if possible to bring a non-perishable food item. Food items or donations can be dropped off during the “Rig Up” at the Flower’s Cove Lions Club prior to the parade beginning at 2:00pm. Also, food-bank mummers will be collecting donations during the Walk.!

  

Make tonight the official revival of rural Mummering. So when you leave

the Mummer’s walk, keep the tradition alive with friends by knocking on

some doors and asking if

“Any mummers ‘lowed in?” and dance the night away..

  

 

 

Please Mummer Responsibly! Enjoy

 

Contact Info:

Sabrina Gaulton                                           Christopher Mitchelmore

Sabrina_gaulton@hotmail.com                 mitchelmorec@hotmail.com

 

Visit http://www.liveruralnl.com for Mummer updates!

Fish Chowder with Hard Bread

  • 1 small cod-fish
  • 3 or 4 potatoes
  • salt pork, diced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cakes of hard bread
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp mixed herbs
  • salt & pepper

Wash and dry fish and cut into small pieces. Place the fish, potatoes and pork in stewing pan in alternate layers, sprinkling each layer with onion, herbs, salt and pepper. Add the water, cover closely and cook for about 40 minutes. Then add the hard bread which has been soaking in water for about 3 or 4 hours, or until soft. Strain off water, add warm milk. Cook 10 minutes after adding hard bread. Serve with a fresh roll.

Christmas Carnival at French Shore, Conche

 

Come out and enjoy a day of FUN!  The French Shore Historical Society will be having a Christmas CARNIVAL!

When: Wednesday, Dec 29th

Where: Interpretation Centre, Conche

Admission: $5 (access to all games)

Soup and sandwiches for sale as well as tickets on a 50/50 draw!

For more information contact:

French Shore Tapestry
(709) 622-3400
frenchshoretapestry@nf.aibn.com

“Old Sayings”…

“There’s no back doors about him” – He is outspoken.

“You got’er scald” –  You have things just like you want them.

How’s yer boots? – (How are you?) – [Note: This is my own personal creation]

A Newfoundlander giving advice on picking blueberries: “Don’t pick the red ones, they’re green.” – (green meaning not ripe.)

Owshegettinonb’ys – (How is she getting on…or how is she doing?)

Reduce Poverty this Holiday Season

The Holiday season is quickly approaching. It is ever clear as the days get colder and darkness falls upon us quickly. I drive home from work each evening turning the radio dial to hear Christmas music, glistening colourful lights are adourned on the houses of my neighbours and people are filled with Christmas cheer.

If everyone who is purchasing lots of gifts for friends and family to also consider those less fortunate than they may be and consider sharing some wealth. A small contribution of a non-perishable food item to a local food bank is a start to reducing poverty and improving conditions in our communities. As most families enjoy a big Christmas dinner with lots of servings not everyone will meet or exceed daily nutritional requirements. During this time of year food banks become depleted as increased strains are placed on the most vulnerable peoples, some for reasons beyond their control. For those of you in my immediate region you may wish to make a contribution at the Local Food Sharing Association. Drop off can be made at their location in the lower level of the Plum Point Motel or at the Front Desk.

Non-perishable Food Items

Maybe further action can be taken such as food drives  by the committee, other non-profits or maybe bins made available at businesses, schools or churches to enhance the amount of food available to people in need.  If you have ideas or suggestions, please leave comments.

In with the new, so out with the old. Don’t box these items up never to be used again; why throw away working toys, previously worn clothing or other household goods? These items can be donated to local trift shop, such as Salvation army, similar organization or directly to a needy individual. On the Great Northern Peninsula there is a Salvation Army store located in the Grenfell Properties, adjacent to the Interpretation Centre or across from Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony.

The Salvation Army

This action diverts waste from local dumps, helps people build assets and fill some basic needs. If there are reasons why you currently don’t donate these types of items, we need to know and find a solution to bridge gaps. Maybe we need drop sites for a delivery service or establish local sites in the region.

Together we can build social enterprise and focus on a peopled centred economy. It may be as simple as cleaning out one’s closet this holiday season.
Have a very Merry Christmas!
Live Rural NL – CCM

“Leftovers” play traditional Irish music at local Senior’s Facility

It is important to volunteer and serve the communities and region in which you live. I’ve had the pleasure of serving as a Director for the past year with the Straits-St. Barbe Chronic Care Corporation. At the 2010 Annual General Meeting was elected vice-president. This role has given me a deeper understanding of issues resulting around homecare, long-term care, non-profits and social enterprise.

Tonight is a night to be rewarded for investing my time into this organization. There are smiles on everyone’s faces as they prepare for a christmas celebration.

33 residents, staff, Board members and others attended a Christmas dinner. This followed by conversations of times way back when. We were served lots of treats. Santa arrived and handed out a small token to those in attendance. There was definate cheer in the room. Which erupted when a trio from Conche, NL arrived to provide entertainment.

These men have talent! They play the guitars, accordians (squeezebox) all with local vocals. They perform just like you would get from an Irish pub. I know, from a recent vacation all around Ireland just a few weeks ago. They play all sorts of Irish ballads and traditional Newfoundland songs. Like all true Newfoundlanders and Labradorians they know several good jokes and tell a few yarns. Makes for a good time.

What makes for more excitement is the participation of the senior citizens, dancing a jig, clapping their hands and with smiles on their faces. The mummer’s even came for a visit. To see such traditional happenings before Christmas is such a delight.

Great music, great friends – young and old, there is no better reward than reaping the benefit of volunteer hours by a smile. We can all make difference in our communities. We can all contribute in some way to a better region and rural area for us all.

Merry Christmas,

Live Rural NL- CCM

Rural Basketball Game Sends Strong Message

This past Thursday I received a text from a friend saying, “call me when you get this”. I dialed her number and expected some new idea or exciting news for community development, as we discuss the topic rather frequently.

Instead her voice projected a show that was happening at 7 at the local high school we were both alumni. She notes it involved basketball. Living in rural Newfoundland, I am always excited to partake in entertainment and social activities from local talent or CFA’s (Come From Aways). Little did I know how educational and empowering the message would be from a game of basketball.

The one-hour program highlighted a simple 5 on 5 play from local community stars vs. The Canadian Half Pints (a team of dwarfs from around the world who talk to youth about bullying).

More than 200 people poured into the high school gym. The bleachers were filled with a crowd of children, youth, parents, grandparents, teachers and general public cheering on both teams. The game started with the Half Pints taking a big lead of 18-0. The Community Stars managed to get it together and catch up.

The game had many entertaining moments with strong messages. Some included standing up for yourself, even to someone bigger than you. The goal was to keep bullying out of schools and off the courts.

Bullying can be very damaging and have a devastating role on a person’s development. It often leads to loss of self-esteem and sometimes even worse – suicide.

The Half Pints may be small in size, but their contribution to the development of others is overwhelmingly large! They show people that anything is possible and that there is no room for bullying, as it can only lead to poor results.

I am unsure if there was a clear victor from the game. However, I know the rural residents all won by attending this anti-bullying program.

After 31 years and still running all across the country, it illustrates there is still much to do to reduce bullying in all facets of our lives. Keep up the great work Half-Pints.

Live Rural NL- CCM

Christmas Traditions

The Holiday season is to be spent with loved ones. Sometimes they are not always with us in a physical sense, but are in our hearts.

This Christmas will be the 12th on celebrated without my father. He is still present and ever remembered. I will not forget all the times we would spend together searching for that freshly cut Christmas tree. My father would take extra care in trimming some of the branches. Not to mention drilling holes and filling spaces it branches. Our tree had to be very full of life! As a family we all had a part in the decorating. It was tradition. Over time that has changed as we have an artificial tree, which certainly does not have the same appeal but does the job. It is now my time to string the lights (something I never wanted to do as a child, guess it is part of growing).

I remember hanging lights outside. My father would give me the task of organizing all the lights, creating a pattern of red, green, yellow, blue. It was a challenge with all the bulbs that needed replacing and having to use a potatoe or vaseline sometimes to remove them. My father trusted me and as a team we would get those lights up all around the house. Last year I gave up on the old strings and started buying some LED lights (still multi-coloured, of course) and have added again this year. They are up hanging with plastic clips. I smile as there are remains of staples on some shingles (reminding me of assisting dad) :).

We always delivered presents on Christmas Eve, ate pizza at my aunt and uncle’s house and went to church late at night before leaving milk and cookies for Santa and some carrots for his reindeer. Christmas morning after opening our presents would be spent with grandma and grandpa opening their gifts.

Times have changed as my mom usually works Christmas Eve, so I am typically tasked with delivering presents (sometimes with my sister). This year my aunt and uncle will spend Christmas Eve with their kids and grandkids away, so no pizza with them. It has been several years since we all attended church service or even spent Christmas together as a family. As well, my grandpa passed away this year.

This year 2010, my sister and her husband will be home for the holidays. For me it is my first time since 2006 and long overdue. We will create new traditions, while hanging on to some old ones, which include the lunch for Santa!

Think about your Christmas times with friends and families, old traditions and new ones! It is just two weeks and change away….so enjoy! Make new memories today, tomorrow and always.

From Live Rural NL – CCM

Christmas In Rural Newfoundland Without Snow?

Will rural Newfoundland celebrate Christmas without snow?

Tomorrow is December 9, 2010 with just over two weeks before a visit from Santa and there is not a drop of the fluffy white stuff. Living North of 50, in Northern Newfoundland it is expected that we have snow. Although last year we experienced a typically warm winter with an absence of snow for most of January/February. It wasn’t our first “green” Christmas, but it is somewhat of a rarity.

Newfoundland Winter

I remember just 15-20 years ago, as a child trick-or-treating, sometimes we would need to wear a snowsuit or be careful due to a blanket of snow on the ground. In 1995, the island was hit with a severe storm. I woke up with snow covering my bedroom window on the second floor. There were people with bungalows that had snow reaching the roofs and needed digging out from others. Have these days of mountains of snow in yards become a thing of the past for our region. Weather patterns seem to be very unpredictable. I just returned from Ireland on November 24th. A week later they received snowfall that crippled the rail network and put flights in chaos. This has spread to parts of Europe. Southern Ontario is experiencing 100+ cms of snowfall recently and a frost warming for Florida? Just this past weekend after a stay at the Tuckamore Lodge, Maine Brook I checked the temperature gauge on my car, which read 8 degrees Celsius in the morning! Incredible.

For those wishing to take advantage of winter tourism in the region, don’t despair as there is opportunity. We did have snowfall last season, allowing good snowmobiling through March and April, especially on the “hills”. The Northern Peninsula has untapped potential when it comes to developing a winter tourism season, as we have one of the longest winter seasons, an abundance of activity waiting to be packaged (snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing, camping, rabbit snaring and ice-fishing) and well-experience guides from residents in the region.

There are always mixed reviews from residents when the topic of snow comes up, with a portion of the population that could live without it, especially digging out and driving it horrid road conditions. However, for most residents there is an outdoor culture. We enjoy riding our snowmobiles, spending a weekend in the cabin with a cup of tea and playing a game of cards or hunting rabbits while snowshoeing.

One thing for certain is that warm weather affects shopping and spending patterns in the rural economy and places strains on small business. These warmer weather patterns makes shopping trips to large urban centres to Corner Brook (400+ KM) south more frequent. Money spent at Wal-Mart leads to future job losses on the Great Northern Peninsula. If weather were colder, I believe more people would shop local. In turn, expenditures would increase for winter clothing, outdoor recreational equipment, gasoline, snack food and beverages for a weekend at the cabin.

Currently, the weather trend is above freezing. A 14 day trend on the weather network for my community forecasts sunny warm weather during this period. There is a glimmer of home that we may have a blanket of snow by Christmas, as the 21st shows possible snowfall.

Although, I don’t enjoy shoveling snow or driving in the poor conditions as I am a commuter to work, I do enjoy snow! It is part of our culture and I will never forget all the sleigh rides I have taken on the hill just outside my house. Hoping to take some more rides this winter….if there is snow.

Share your experiences with Newfoundland winter, favourite moments, childhood memories, Christmas stories and others in the comments section.

Live Rural NL – CCM

A Moose Recipe for Slow Cookers – Crock Pot Moose Soup

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chopped, cooked moose
  • 3 stalks of celery chopped
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 1  16 oz can of tomatoes
  • 1 package of frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 package of chili seasoning mix
  • 1-1/2 qts beef stock
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup flour

Combine all ingredients except the margarine and flour. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. One hour before serving turn the crock pot on high. Blend margarine and flour until smooth and add slowly to he soup. Continue to cook and stir until soup becomes thicker. Serve with bread.

Enjoy!

Live Rural NL – CCM

Exchange to feature recreation, employment and cultural diversity of life in ‘The Big Land’

If you are youth between the ages of 15-35 from Newfoundland and Labrador, then here’s an opportunity to Experience Labrador. Complete your application today!

Press Release taken from www.finaly.ca.

 St. John’s, NL, November 19, 2010 Futures in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Youth (FINALY!) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the second instalment of Experience Labrador, a cultural exchange for youth. The program will allow 25 youth aged 15-35 from all over the province to travel to Labrador in March 2011, providing them the opportunity to experience the diverse culture, traditions, employment opportunities and self-government in Labrador. The project is made possible by funding from the Newfoundland and Labrador Government’s Youth Retention and Attraction Strategy under the Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment. 

In 2010, 21 youth participated in the first Experience Labrador project that featured presentations from resource-based industry representatives, interactive sessions with Innu, Inuit and Métis youth and elders, outdoor activities and more. “This year’s exchange promises to be even better, with the recommendations and suggestions from last year’s participants helping to shape the planning and programming for the 2011 trip”, says Greg Knott, chair of the board of directors. “We’ll be maintaining most of the aspects of the last trip, but enhancing it as well with new activities.”

 Returning as Youth Exchange Coordinator is Brian Ash, who is currently completing programming activities. “While the first trip was very successful, we are committed to program growth. This year, we plan to increase interaction with aboriginal peoples as well as the number of outdoor activities. We’re also looking into the possibility of visiting more coastal areas as well. If last year’s trip is any indication, it promises to be an eye-opening and memorable trip for all involved.”

 Applications for the exchange will be available to members at www.finaly.ca. Membership free and youth from all parts of the province are encouraged to apply. 

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 For more information, please contact:

 Jan Reid Eveleigh                                                                                                           

Interim Executive Director                                                    

709.738.6274                                                                                                    

jan@finaly.ca                                                                                                    

FINALY! is a youth driven organization that has operated in the province since 1996. FINALY! is represented all over Newfoundland and Labrador via its Board of Directors, the Provincial Youth Council, as well as its 1900+ members between the ages of 15-35.

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