Guest Blog #2!

It’s time for Guest Blog Post #2!

Since our last blog post, we’ve been through Grand Falls-Windsor, Fogo Island, Grand Bank, and are now writing from our last stop on the tour, Clarenville.

We didn’t have a show in Grand Falls-Windsor, but did have a full day off to explore. Evan sent out a Facebook call for recommended places to eat, and Kumar’s was mentioned multiple times. Once we finally rolled out of bed (being that it was our first chance to really sleep in), we decided to breakfast-lunch-and-dinner at Kumar’s, and we were certainly not disappointed. We were all craving some Indian food by this point so we ordered as much as we could: onion bahjia, vegetable pakora, garlic naan, butter naan, stuffed naan, chicken tikka, chicken masala, beef saagwala, chicken madras curry, and large amounts of rice with pretty pink bits.

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#givemecurry #givemesnacks

It was the most delicious Indian food any of us have ever eaten, made fresh for us by the nicest chef, and we had enough to bring home for a large supper. We begged her to open a restaurant in St. John’s, as is her wish. After lunch we headed over to the bowling alley to find that there was a massive bowling league there that afternoon, so we had to take a few hours off to digest and went back later to an empty bowling alley. We donned our Ninja Turtle alter egos and Raphael, after repeatedly dropping the ball, kicked our butts twice. We then accidentally found an arcade room, where Michelangelo won a bunch of gumballs and Donatello rocked the pinball machine. Leonardo was overcome by the $22 leggings sold at the bowling alley.

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#givemestrikes #givemegumballs #givemeTMNT

Fogo Island was our next endeavour. Wow.

That’s almost all we can say about our time there.

First of all, it’s gorgeous, the people are lovely, the school was great, and we got to stay in a really fantastic house.

AND, we picked up a new tour groupie – Producer Kat! She joined us in Fogo Island with our school touring kit (lights & speakers, since we had been presenting in theatres until this point).

Since we were staying in a house, Mama Huckle Jr. cooked us our first home cooked meal of the tour – spaghetti bolognaise on shell pasta, sans spaghetti. Our show was the next morning (Friday), followed by a lovely lunch in armchairs at Flat Earth Coffee. We booked reservations for supper the next day at the Fogo Island Inn, and enjoyed the rest of the day off. Saturday was an exploring adventure day, and Kat took us around the island to Joe Batt’s Arm and Tilting. We didn’t see any seals (despite calling out to them), but the views almost made up for it.

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#givemeviews #givemeseals

That night, we enjoyed a fancy feast at the Fogo Island Inn. There aren’t really words to describe, but we’ll try.

It was all just amazing. Laura cried three times in sheer delight over every course and drink that appeared at our table. We were in awe as the chef came over to describe our meals, and we’re nearly took Donny, the bartender, home (collectively, as a group), after playing a few rounds of “invent that cocktail” following our meal. We loved every second of it.

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#givemetears #givemegut #givemeDonny #givemesnacks

The next day (Sunday), we got back on the ferry, said goodbye to Fogo Island, and began the long, long trek to Grand Bank.

Our motel was in a state of mid-renovation, and while we enjoyed the comfy beds and new bathrooms, we were mildly surprised and entertained by the lack of molding around the bathroom doors. But, we’ve spent enough time together on this tour that we were all pretty comfortable with each other by this point.

Everyone who has ever been to Grand Bank told us that we had to go to Sharon’s Nook for cheesecake – and so we did. Our first day there was a day off, so we drove over for breakfast, did a bit of exploring, and then returned for some of the best cheesecake we’ve ever had (which, we discovered, could be baked or unbaked), and got our crossword puzzle game on for the afternoon. We’re basically crossword plebes pros.

guest2 crosswords

#givemehints #givemebrains

Monday morning, we arrived at the school bright and early for our next show. We loaded in in record time, which gave us time to go back to Sharon’s Nook for brunch before the show.

John Burke High School was a fantastic audience (as all of our audiences have been!) and we got a standing ovation following the show, which felt really great. Speaking with the students afterwards, it was so rewarding to see the positive impact we had on them. For the millionth time, we were reminded of how important this message has been to each town we’ve visited.

We packed up (in record time again), and before driving to our last town of the tour, we stopped into Cashel’s Cove Crafts, a small store in Spanish Room owned and operated by the lovely Irene Hurley of the Burin Peninsula Arts Council (who brought us to Grand Bank!). We fell in love with all of her wares quite quickly and each of us left with a bag of goodies from her shop.

Now, we’re in Clarenville, enjoying a day off before our last show tomorrow afternoon at the Eastlink Events Centre. Our time off has mostly been spent eating (a lot), sleeping in, playing cards, doing crosswords, watching Matilda, and swimming in the hotel’s pool.

We’ll be sad to see the end of this tour. From traveling from town to town, and performing to over 2000 students and their teachers, it’s clear how important this piece is. While we’re all excited to get back home to our own beds, we’ve left pieces of our hearts in Bay Roberts, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador City, Stephenville, Grand Falls-Windsor, Fogo Island, Grand Bank, and Clarenville (and everywhere we stopped along the way). We’ve met some truly amazing people and have had some wonderful times. But, we’re sure that this isn’t the last of Give Me Back, and can’t wait to get our boxes back on the road again soon.

-Crystal, Evan, Laura (and Producer Kat)

#giveusmoreGiveMeBack

Guest blog!

Welcome to our guest blog!

Today blogging, we have Laura, Evan & Crystal (because Sharon is busy driving our van and our suitcases and our tech gear across the island in a snowstorm like the superstar that she is. Picture evidence to follow.)

We started the day being sad that we had to leave Labrador but being pumped that we had an awesome breakfast that included huge deep-fried toutons.

Our Lab City experience was fantastic (if chilly), thanks to the wonderful assistance of Craig and Marty and the crew at the Lab West ACC. Craig (our self-proclaimed chauffeur) picked us up in his giant truck, which we could only recognize among all the other giant trucks in town thanks to the Star Wars paraphernalia decorating his dashboard.

Guest pushing

By this point in the tour, we’re pros at moving our boxes.

Guest hat

We arrived at the airport, got our weird bags checked through security as we all got “randomly selected” for additional searches, and were told numerous times that we might find ourselves stranded in Blanc Sablon due to weather warnings in Deer Lake. We were determined to get back to our fearless leader, so with Donatello by our side, we boarded the plane and hoped for the best.

Guest pickles

We were excited to get to Stephenville for our next leg of the tour, but also concerned about the future lack of pickles in Newfoundland.

We met a cute baby sitting in the row behind us and told him about the tour. He seemed to be a fan and was sad to see us go.

We didn’t get our staple Mrs. Vickies chips, but did get to enjoy two rounds of the PAL snack baskets.

Guest crossword

Our greatest accomplishment of the 3-leg flight, however, was this crossword.

Guest driving

We reconvened (slightly behind schedule) in Deer Lake with Sharon. She scooped us up in our new red van, and we began the last part of our journey to Stephenville through a snowstorm.

So far, we’ve been having an amazing experience on the Give Me Back tour. We’ve loved visiting corners of this province and sharing this story with over 1000 students so far. We can’t wait to continue to share this powerful show with another 1000 as we continue on through the rest of the province.

Future highlights:

  • Eating at the Fogo Island Inn (#givemesnacks)
  • Becoming Newfoundland’s best theatre bowling team (#givemestrikes)
  • Refining our crossword skills (#givemehints)
  • Finally warming up in the hot tub at The Wave Hotel (#givemehottub)
  • Exploring much more of this beautiful province and meeting new people along the way (#givemecarmanville)

Check out the past blog posts, below, to hear about our stops in Bay Roberts and Happy-Valley-Goose Bay!

Guest smiling

– Laura, Evan & Crystal