Honourary Newfoundlanders At Last
What is screech and why do I have to kiss a cod?
Last night the Culture of Outports team (aside from Alana, who is already an honourary Newfoundlander) were screeched in at the Botwood Fire Hall. The team was welcomed by Botwood’s Volunteer Firefighters to an evening beginning with a series of thanks and recognitions from Mayor Jerry Dean and Deputy Mayor Scott Sceviour. The team has been overwhelmed with the support and hospitality of the community in our new home-away-from-home. This was followed up with the traditional Newfoundland “screeh-in”, in which firefighter Jordan recited the chant and presented the team with a raw fish head that each of us were required to share an intimate kiss with followed by a shot of screech. After being sworn in as honourary Newfoundlanders, the rest of the night unfolded with laughter and warm company, honouring the team and community’s hard work and dedication to the build.
We’d like to take the opportunity to again thank the many people that had a hand in completing this build, and making it the most successful one yet! Our heartfelt thanks goes out to those people including: Botwood’s Mayor Jerry Dean, and Deputy Mayor Scott Sceviour, Town Council, including Brian Gill (our official Site Superintendent) and Roy Byrne, Janis Boone and Town Manager Stephen Jerrett, the Botwood Heritage Society, and Volunteer Archivist Ev Elliott, Wilson, Allan Decker, Derek Sceviour, and the countless firefighters and Damen Keats. We’d also like to thank our sponsors and supporters, including TD Canada Trust, the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Botwood Boys & Girls Club, the Botwood Kinsmens’ Club, Exploits Hostel, the Botwood Home Hardware Building Supply Store. Thanks to all of you for your support!