Your article Mummers on the Mainland(December 2018) sparked a good memory for us from 1992. In August of that year I received a phone call from my sister saying they were going to be transferred again (her husband was in the Canadian Armed Forces). I thought to myself, so what, they were always going from place to place in Canada. Then she stated we are going to Hawaii in an exchange with the USA Forces. That got my attention and I blurted out that I hoped she had an extra bedroom because we were coming to visit. We made plans to spend Christmas in Hawaii. We took our two daughters, age 12 and 14, out of school early in December and off we went to Hawaii. On Christmas day we put the turkey in the oven and went to the beach for a few hours before having a great Christmas feast. Our wedding anniversary is December 28 and my sister planed a party for us at their house. They invited their friends and some of my brother-in-law's work buddies which gave quite the mixture of nationalities "from mainland USA, Hawaiian, and the other Canadians. There was a total of seven Canadians in the exchange and the funny thing was that four of the seven were Newfoundlanders. When the party was in full swing" Newfoundland Kitchen Party style, in danced four mummers. My brother-in-law and the other three Forces Newfoundlanders, had secretly dressed up and entered the party. The non-Newfoundlanders were speechless and in awe as they danced and sang through a few songs. It really made our anniversary something special and a memory we will hold for a lifetime. PS we also had the cops knock on our door twice that night investigating complains of noise. After the second time we figured we should call it a night. Newfoundland Mummering in Hawaii and a Newfoundland Kitchen Party doesn't get any better than that.
Submitted By: Ann Windsor