“We seemed to get Canada Day down to a science, and then the university stopped running the event!
"It always took about a week to set up, and a week to wrap up such a big event...Besides the museum tour, we would usually have kids’ crafts and the museum video running in the basement, and MCC comforter knotting on the veranda. Our apartment would become the VIP lounge and cooling station, where we would provide pizza, lemonade, snacks, and a fan for tired volunteers. It was always a fun but exhausting day, as we would welcome around 300-400 visitors in the course of a few hours, and volunteers would have to shout over the loud music from the concert stage out back. Over the years, we added a banner on the back porch and lawn signs around North Campus, which helped to bring more people in, and Laura’s uncle would also walk around handing out old postcards of the museum and inviting people in for a tour, so the museum became quite a draw. We always kept our doors open a little longer than posted, just because there was so much interest. At the end of the day, we would close up, and our crew of volunteers would find a nice spot on the hill to enjoy the fireworks together. ”