• SCREECH-IN CEREMONY

    How-to Guide

    Would you like to join the Royal Order of Screechers? In just a few minutes you can become an honourary Newfoundlander!

    But let's not get ahead of ourselves. First you must learn how to conduct your very own official Screech-In Ceremony.

    Follow these six simple steps and you'll be a honorary Newf in no time!

  • SCREECH-IN: STEP 1

    Choosing the Master of Ceremonies

    First, are any Newfoundlanders present? Lucky you, your the Master of Ceremonies!

    No? No problem! On the count of three, everyone call out the name of the person in the room who most likes the sound of his or her own voice.

    Now, being the Master of Ceremonies is an important job - it's up to you to read the instructions aloud and make sure that everyone follows them.

  • SCREECH-IN: STEP 2

    Preparing the Screech

    Now it's time to set the scene.

    You're about the prepare your very own sample of our delicious rum. Pass the bottle of Screech around and pour the drink of your choice into the shot glass.

    Mixed or not mixed? It's your choice!

  • SCREECH-IN: STEP 3

    Pucker Up!

    Even the most landlocked mainlander knows that the traditional Newfoundland Screech-In ceremony means kissing a cod.

    Why? Because, kissing the cod meant a simple bon voyage to those who were sailing South and returning with the rum!

    Don't be shy, they never get tired or a nice kiss from an attractive Come-From-Away!

  • SCREECH-IN: STEP 4

    Reciting the Screecher's Creed

    Everyone: "From the waters of the Avalon, to the shores of Labrador,

    We've always stuck together, with a Rant and with a Roar.

    To those who've never been, soon they'll understand,

    From coast to coast, we raise a toast, We love thee Newfoundland!"

  • SCREECH-IN: STEP 4

    Reciting the Screecher's Creed

    Master of Ceremonies - ask your audience: "Is ye a Screecher?"

    Audience Replies:
    "Deed I is me old cock, and long may your big jib draw!"

    They may need to say it a couple of times to get a feel for it.

  • SCREECH-IN: STEP 4

    Screecher's Creed Translation

    You might be a bit lost, so here's a basic translation:

    Deed I is: Indeed, I am.

    Me Old Cock: And old English Cockney term of endearment, meaning buddy or friend.

    Long may your big jib draw: A mariner's term meaning good luck - may there always be wind in your sails.

  • SCREECH-IN: STEP 5

    Bottom's Up!

    It's now time to taste the famous Newfoundland Screech Rum.

    Ready, steady, go!

  • SCREECH-IN: STEP 6

    Make it Official

    Pass out the official Screech-In Certificate, which can be downloaded by clicking here.

    Taking a picture wouldn't hurt either. Email it to us and it just might end up on our website or facebook page!

    Welcome to the Royal Order of Screechers - you are an Honourary Newfoundlander!