Getting Screeched In

How to become an honorary Newfoundlander and Labradorian

Newfoundland and Labrador is a place full of love for our province and pride in our heritage. For those born out of province (known as ‘come from away’s or mainlanders) it is hard to ever be labeled Newfoundlanders or Labradorians. There is one thing, however, that come from away’s (or CFAs) can do in order to bestow upon themselves the hallowed title of honorary islanders.

Bill Plager kisses a codfish

In order to be considered an honorary Newfoundlander or Labradorian, all one has to do is get 'Screeched In'. The Screeching In process, which usually includes: kissing a cod, repeating a phrase in local lingo, wearing a fishing hat (a sou’wester), and drinking a shot of Newfie Screech (rum), is one popular throughout the province and elsewhere worldwide where expatriates are found.

If you would like to get Screeched in during your time in the most easterly province in Canada, Woody Island Resort is a great place to undertake the challenge! While some businesses preforming the ceremony will substitute a stuffed puffin as the creature to be kissed, the staff at Woody Island Resort always have a very real Newfoundland codfish on hand awaiting your kiss! This ensures your undisputed status as an honorary islander.

Over the years, 100's of people have been screeched in on their trips to Woody Island. Among the individuals 'Screeched In' include Bill Plager retired NHL defenseman. The picture shown here displays Mr. Plager giving a kiss to cod fish during a party at Woody Island Resort.

Until next time, Log may your big jib draw.

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Categories: Woody Island History, Newfoundland and Labrador Culture

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