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My First Tour in the Rain
Today, July 27th, 2016, was the first day that since I’ve started conducting the summer tour program, that the weather Gods have gone against myself and the tour guests.
Every time that it’s been called for poor weather during a tour, it has always managed to turn around. For example; this past Tuesday Aimee and I did a tour with some Pre-med students and a resident from the hospital! They were great guests to have but we were anxiously watching the forecast all day. It would call for thunder and lightning one minute, a complete down-poor the next, scattered showers the next, sunshine the next which had us on our toes all day! After scarfing down some chicken fries from Burger King (which were absolutely delicious) we headed out on our tour and the weather Gods were with us! We were blessed with sunshine and a nice gust of wind. However, today it called for rain and that’s exactly what we got. Author Lawrence Millman, Morgan Mills and his summer student were our guests today! The weather was looking promising for the entire day with just some simple over cast and 17 degrees but the very second that we stepped outside it started to drizzle- “Manageable!” we thought. As we headed towards the nursing station it started to rain a little harder, and as we walked down the path along the Churchill River we had a complete down poor. Mr. Millman was clearly the most wise of the group as he had brought an umbrella with him. The rest of us might’ve gotten soaked but we did so while I spewed information about Happy Valley and as we learned a lot about Mushrooms from Mr. Millman!
After the tour was over and we start approaching the parking lot of Them Days- the rain had finally ceased- perfect timing…When we got inside and dried off a little bit, Aimee gave a building tour to Mr. Millman and the other summer student that had joined us. He had found a lot of interest in our Library and what he was able to lay his hands on from the archive!
It was a fun experience but I think I’d definitely choose the sun over rain any day!
Until next time!
Happy Aboriginal Day, everyone! (‘Journee Nationale des Autochtones’ in French). On June 21st 2016 (aka Today), National Aboriginal Day is celebrating 20 years of bright traditions and culture. It is used to recognize and celebrate the Inuit, First Nations and Metis people of Canada, their culture and what they have done for our past, present and future.
Every year on June 21st in Canada, Aboriginal Day is celebrated. Here, the festivities take place at the Leon Cooper Memorial Park (Which is a stop on our walking tours!!). At the park, they accommodate all ages- they have a lot of fun games, traditional music, crafts, foods (a lot of people’s favorite part) and other performances like drum dancing.
I remember as a child I would love going to the Aboriginal Day Fair. I always found it so different from the Canada Day celebrations at Kinsmen Park or the Big Land Fair at the college. It was more intimate because of its smaller size and always interested me because I got to see different performances and try all kinds of food that I’ve never got to taste before.
The weather is absolutely beautiful today- so they really got lucky this year. If you’re reading this in time and are in the area, try to get down there! And if you’re too late, I highly recommend that you take a visit next June. We’re pretty busy here at the office so if we don’t get a chance to take a look at the fair, I’ll definitely be listening closely to hear the music in the distance.
Yesterday we made a post on Facebook wishing the lovely Doris Saunders a Happy Heavenly Birthday. Attached was a photo of Doris and Alice Adams square dancing along with a man playing a fiddle and the infamous “mystery hand”.
We have a little joke around the office of the “viral post”. The Facebook post itself (as of current) has reached 6,494 people, has 129 likes/love reactions, 22 comments and 21 shares. Needless to say, we’re astonished with the success of this post. Every time I give Aimee an update on the post her jaw hits the floor!
Yesterday, the “mystery hand” is something that had us all laughing. Among the 22 comments, one person commented about a random hand in the corner with “I wonder who owns that hand?” so we took to the database, found a photo of the same event and sure enough, found the owner of the hand! However, no one has been able to identify her quite yet.
With the raging success of our post, Facebook is still encouraging us to “boost” the post for “just $5!!” (Not like we need it anyway!)
Thanks everyone! You’ll be hearing from me next Tuesday and all week on our social medias!
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The Them Days team celebrates Anna’s 19th Birthday! After a productive morning of transcribing, archiving, photocopying and meetings, we celebrated. After lunch Bradley brought by some candles and I brought by some Subway cookies! Of course, Anna never saw it coming. Because clearly our very mature whispers and giggles were no indicator. There was no way for her to see through the door we closed her out of.
So of course, no idea.
All very excited. Our break was very enjoyable. We talked, and sat and enjoyed each other’s company. Something like they did back in Them Days.
If a bit more colorful.
happy birthday Anna! You get to bring the rest of the cookies home!