Events & Programs





Tuesday Jan 22

January 22, 2019
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Family
Bring your tot along every Tuesday and join us for Big Fun. The program - designed for children aged 2-4 years - features stories, songs, puppets, games and crafts for tots and their guardian. Afterward, head upstairs to The Rooms Café for a complimentary tea or coffee and a chance to visit with other adults.

Wednesday Jan 23

January 23, 2019
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Workshop
Have you always wanted to learn how to play 120s but have never had the chance? Join our enthusiastic volunteer instructors as they share their love of this iconic card game. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is recommended for each session. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757-8090.

Tuesday Jan 29

January 29, 2019
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Family
Bring your tot along every Tuesday and join us for Big Fun. The program - designed for children aged 2-4 years - features stories, songs, puppets, games and crafts for tots and their guardian. Afterward, head upstairs to The Rooms Café for a complimentary tea or coffee and a chance to visit with other adults.

Wednesday Jan 30

January 30, 2019
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Lecture
Please join Dr. Ean Parsons as he provides an overview of the origins of the 1918 Flu Pandemic and its spread through the military. He will discuss the medial basics of flu and review the effects on military personnel both in Europe and in Newfoundland, using examples of individuals' stories.

Thursday Jan 31

January 31, 2019
2:30PM - 3:30PM
Lecture
Dave Paddon was born and raised in North West River, Labrador. He is a former commercial pilot and a renowned storyteller. Join us as he shares with us accounts of dog team journeys of life on the coast and the development of health care services in central and coastal Labrador - all based on the stories of two generations of the Paddon family.

Friday Feb 1

February 1, 2019
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Music
Guest Musician: Michelle Brophy and Rob Brown On the first Friday of every month, join a special guest musician for a Rooms Friday Night Jam Session. Bring along your instrument to join in for some fun, or sit back and tap your feet to some great traditional tunes. Please Note: This is not an instructional program. If you have questions about the type of instrument you will be bringing in, please contact Angela Noseworthy at 757-8114.

Sunday Feb 3

February 3, 2019
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Family
Blind contour is a fast and fun drawing exercise that is used widely by artists to help them "see." Anyone can do it - no experience necessary. Give it a try and create a postcard to pop in the mail.

Monday Feb 4

February 4, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
Workshop
Excited about getting to know your ancestors? This half-day workshop is an introduction to Genealogy and will provide an orientation to the archives' extensive genealogical collection. It will also acquaint participants with practical online resources that can be used for family tree research. The workshop costs $45 and pre-registration is required. 10% Discount for members. The cost includes a permanent researcher registration number for The Rooms Provincial Archives and coffee break. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757-8090. For more information on the workshop schedule and content, please contact Joy Barfoot at 757-8092 or email joybarfoot@therooms.ca

Tuesday Feb 5

February 5, 2019
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Family
Bring your tot along every Tuesday and join us for Big Fun. The program - designed for children aged 2-4 years - features stories, songs, puppets, games and crafts for tots and their guardian. Afterward, head upstairs to The Rooms Café for a complimentary tea or coffee and a chance to visit with other adults.

Wednesday Feb 6

February 6, 2019
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Lecture
"Gold Mountain" is the term used by Chinese-Canadians and the people of China to refer to North America. It was first used in the 19th Century to describe the potential wealth in North America from mining gold, and various other business ventures. Between 1906 to 1949, the Dominion of Newfoundland imposed a discriminatory immigration policy (the NL Chinese Head Tax). During that time period, over 400 Chinese men made the journey to the Dominion of Newfoundland from Kwangtung province during the early half of the last century. Gordon Jin's father, uncle and many other Chinese men paid a $300 head tax upon entry to the Dominion of Newfoundland, then endured many hardships as they struggled to make this their first home in this country. Gordon Jin will share one such story of his family's struggle during this time period and beyond.

Thursday Feb 7

February 7, 2019
2:30PM - 3:30PM
Lecture
Manfred Buchheit is a prolific photographer known for his work with pinhole photography and other experimental photographic processes. Please join Manfred for a presentation about his work and a look at his exhibition, Corners, in the Vitrines on Level 2.5

Friday Feb 8

February 8, 2019
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Reception
Please join us as we celebrate our new art exhibitions. This event is free to attend, all are welcome. PHILIPPA JONES: SUSPENDED An immersive installation reflecting on ideas of loss, mourning and mortality. PEPA CHAN: BRUSH Sometimes the smallest things can awaken a memory which refuses to be forgotten. AT FULL TILT: COLETTE URBAN IN WESTERN NEWFOUNDLAND This exhibition celebrates the legacy of western Newfoundland-based artist Colette Urban (1952-2013), exploring her distinct and inspiring way of living and becoming through her art. MOHAU MODISAKENG: PASSAGE First presented at the South African Pavilion during the 2017 Venice Biennale, this three-channel video is a meditation on slavery's dismemberment of African identity. THE MUSEUM OF LONGING AND FAILURE: MOLAF XX Generating new perspectives on institutional mandates of collecting. MANFRED BUCHHEIT: CORNERS Documenting changing St. John's streets since 1977.

Saturday Feb 9

February 9, 2019
1:30PM - 4:00PM
Lecture
Join art educator Anne Pickard-Vaandering for a series of lively lectures about contemporary art. Happening on February 9, March 9 and April 13. This first lecture explores the topic of people and portraits, followed by a walk-and-talk tour of portraiture in our permanent collection. Attend this lecture for $15, register for all three for only $40. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Please call 709-757-8090 or email information@therooms.ca to register.
February 9, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
Workshop
Pillow tops are woven with yarn on wooden frames and were traditionally crafted by Newfoundland lumber camp workers to be gifted to their wives, girlfriends or mothers. Nicole Penney will provide detailed instruction during this hands-on, half-day workshop, where you will learn the skills and techniques necessary to make a pillow top to take home. The workshop costs $40 and pre-registration is required. 10% Discount for members. The fee includes use of tools and materials and a coffee break. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757-8090. For more information on the workshop schedule and content, please contact Joy Barfoot at 757-8092 or email joybarfoot@therooms.ca

Tuesday Feb 12

February 12, 2019
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Family
Bring your tot along every Tuesday and join us for Big Fun. The program - designed for children aged 2-4 years - features stories, songs, puppets, games and crafts for tots and their guardian. Afterward, head upstairs to The Rooms Café for a complimentary tea or coffee and a chance to visit with other adults.

Wednesday Feb 13

February 13, 2019
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Lecture
Join exhibited artist Philippa Jones for insight into her new exhibition Suspended, and her practice creating this new body of work.

Thursday Feb 14

February 14, 2019
2:30PM - 3:30PM
Lecture
On this Valentine's day, discover how to attract that special someone using 18th or 19th century techniques. Curator of History Maureen Peters will explain how clothing styles evolved as desires changed and she will also highlight tokens of love found in The Rooms artifact collection.

Friday Feb 15

February 15, 2019
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Music
Hailing from the South-west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, Craig Young has been making music since his youth. He has performed for audiences locally, nationally and internationally. With multiple music awards to his credit and several top 40 singles, he is definitely a crowd pleaser and a talent not to be missed.

Saturday Feb 16

February 16, 2019
9:30AM - 12:30PM
Workshop
This 12 hour workshop (four 3 hour sessions) will cover the historical connections with the rug hooking traditions in Newfoundland and Labrador using examples from the Rooms Museum collection. Working under the skillful direction of Margaret Angel, students will complete a finished piece about 24" x 24" using a variety of techniques and materials. Basic supplies are included in the kit but students are encouraged to supplement with materials of their choosing. Cost for this workshop is $180 per person, 10% discount for Rooms members. Participants must register for all four sessions. Sessions occur from 9:30 to 12:30 on February 16 and 23, March 2 and 9. To register, please contact Visitor Services at 757-8090. To find out more about the content of the workshop, please contact joybarfoot@therooms.ca