Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Grey Socks, Pidley Stick, and Traditional Food
In this edition of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Update for Newfoundland and Labrador: we introduce the Grey Sock Project, linking the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War with traditional knitting skills; the Food Security Network on their "All Around The Table" seniors' oral history project; and researching tiddly, hoist your sails and run, and other children's games and pastimes.
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Photo: The Williams children in front of their family home on Cable Avenue, Bay Roberts, undated photo.
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Ah, piddely sticks...we played it a lot. My mother taught us when we were young and we shouwed all our friends. How much fun can you have with sticks and rocks! And didn't cost a cent. Oral history is so much more important than young people realize.
A game of tidley sticks passed away manys a summer's day at my grandmother's home in Kitchuses, Conception Bay. All you needed was two beach rocks of about the same size as a bun of bread, and a mop handle cut into two sticks, one short and one longer. We played it a lot, too. That was back in the mid-1960s.
I went to a tidley game in Carbonear in 2012. They were having a big tournament. Fred Earle was the referee for the game we saw; I last saw Fred in Blanc Sablon on the north coast of Quebeč in 1983 before that game in Carbonear.
Everyone can play tidley because all it takes is nerves of steel. You don't need expensive gear or registration fees, just nerves of steel to catch the short stick when it gets shot off the two beach rocks. Some fun, bye!
Terry Pike (of a time from Conception Bay, and Gander, and ... West Ste. Modeste, Lab, and now in Pasadena, NL)
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