Summer Student Blog Post: Adventures Across the Valley!

A quick selfie between presentations in the music room at Dr. Arthur Hines!

I have a done a little bit of everything over these past few days. After a busy week of being on the go, I finally have a few minutes to sit down and write a blog post about my adventures!

Tuesday night marked my return to guest-hosting Pub Trivia at the Spitfire Arms.  We had a fantastic turnout and a lot of fun was had, though I was on the receiving end of quite a bit of playful ribbing due to my Little Mermaid themed questions being challenging! While I love hosting, I am also looking forward to handling the reins back to Mark and having the opportunity to play again next week. Keep an eye on our Facebook page on Sunday evening; our Pub Trivia hint is always posted then!

The poster at the Spitfire Arms advertising Pub Trivia. Look at all the great prizes on the line!

Our table at Summer Plans Night at the Wolfville Farmer's Market.

On Wednesday evening, I attended Summer Plans Night at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market (along with my younger brother, who agreed to volunteer and attend with me). Thank you to the Wolfville Farmer's Market for inviting us to attend; it was a great event attended by a number of wonderful organizations, including friends of ours from neighboring theatre companies! I had some great chats with members of the Wolfville community, telling them all about our summer camps, The Little Mermaid, and our weekly Trivia nights. Interestingly, I had a number of people inquire as to why we go by the name of “Quick As A Wink”; for those who don’t know, we are named after one of Haliburton’s Sam Slick quotations! You can read more about it here in our “Spotlight” on QAAW founder, Michelle Herx.

On both Wednesday and Thursday, I also visited more schools to give presentations about summer camps! I returned to WHMS for a final time on Wednesday to speak to two more of Miss Brossoit’s music classes, who were absolutely wonderful. On Thursday, I visited Miss Laffin’s music classes at both Dr. Arthur Hines Elementary and Three Mile Plains District School. These were my first elementary school visits of the summer, and I had so much fun playing with these kids. Many had never heard of QAAW before, but many also excitedly told me about how they, their parents, or their siblings had been involved with us before. (Shout out to familiar faces Addy, Sebastian, and Alastair from last year's summer camps and to the numerous kids I know from The Little Mermaid!) I really hope I get to see some of these excited kids at camp this summer. A huge thank you to both Miss Brossoit and Miss Laffin for allowing me into their classrooms; I am very grateful, and it was a ton of fun! Next week I will be visiting Mr. Dunlop’s music classes at Brooklyn Elementary, with presentations at other schools to follow in the comings weeks. I can’t wait to meet some more great kids and give more presentations!

Today I return to summer camp planning; specifically, this afternoon I’m writing out a list of props, set pieces, and costumes we will need for the Drama Camp production. Should I have time, I hope to also maybe do some songwriting and get started on some lyrics for a camp song!

Our second weekend of Little Mermaid performances also kicks off tonight, with a show at 7pm. There are two more shows on Saturday (at 2pm and 7pm) and then our run of this wonderful show will be over. Don’t miss your chance to see it! We also still have tickets left to our last Prince and Princess Tea this Saturday. Click here for more details!

Time for me to get back to camp planning. I hope to see you all at the show this weekend!

Cheers,
Ally