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Updates on the people behind Small Town Social

9 Years!

Party At El Guapo With Optimus Prime

I started Small Town Social 9 years ago today! What a special day today is. It’s been an interesting experience, writing for a blog like this. When I started STS it was because I found there to be a lack of communication between local businesses and the public. Bands would come and go and I would usually miss it. I had to read Fernie Fix religiously, and even they can’t list everything that’s happening, especially if it’s planned after the issue goes to print. I tried to fill a gap and to have fun with it. Now it’s hardly needed because of Facebook, Instagram and all the other online resources this town has, yet, I’m still writing.

I’ve tried to quit a few times and I failed at that. I keep coming back to it. It’s nice to have a place to put your thoughts when you want to share them. I don’t like sharing thoughts on Facebook but I like sharing thoughts here. Maybe, I feel like this is my space and no one else’s. I have more control and, perhaps, I enjoy not getting responses and encouragement – not to say you can’t encourage me. I don’t want to put value in my posts based on the amount of comments or likes I get.

My life isn’t that important and special. I know that! But having a blog doesn’t mean you’re any of those things. Blogging is just about sharing and I find sharing meaningful, just like painting.

So, thank you for reading my blog!



STS On Vacation

Sometimes when I go away I try to have a few posts ready to go but this time it’s going to be a little different. What you’re going to see is this post for the next two weeks. It’s a pretty good one, though. It’s a kitten! Awe.

I’ll be back with a new zest for blogging, I just know it! Don’t miss me too much.

russian blue kitten on brown woven basket

Small Town Social : Shhhhh Don’t Worry

small town social - taking a slow down break

I’m excited to show you what I’ll be up to…but patience is in order. The fun still needs to happen. I’ll have a few posts ready for you though, I don’t want to leave you high and dry.

It’s good to slow down and smell the coffee once in a while.

A Slow And Painful Death

That’s it. I’ve decided I am now done with Small Town Social The Blog. It’s been a slow and painful death since early 2011 and I shall end this blog today in a dignified manner, although, I think it’s too late for that.

It’s been fun.

I’ll keep the blog live because it’s free and I have a lot of good memories on here but my Small Town Social Twitter account is still active because I kind of enjoy Twitter; so if you need me, and you really don’t, I’ll be there.

Thanks! Later.

My Temporary Residency In Fernie Is Coming To An End

By Aerin Guy

Thats Nothing - Life In Fernie Comes To An End
My Temporary Residency in Fernie is coming to an end, much sooner than expected and with a mixed bag of emotions. In greedy pursuit of the opportunity to make a real difference in education technology, I’m lugging my family back from whence we came.  They’re not very happy with me.

The hubster has lovingly fostered some lovely facial hair and a wardrobe of waffle-esque long johns, ski pants, and woolly socks, and he is feeling much like a burrowing animal who’s been plucked from a cozy hibernating spot and thrust into the cold glare of daylight.

My daughter, who turned corners we never dreamed of in her quest to master skiing this year finally gets why we grimace when we say “Blue Mountain”.

And my extended family are peeved that their crash-pad is disappearing.

6 months in this wonderful place has had profound effects on me. Here are some of the highlights:

1. Fresh air every day makes me feel alive, healthy, and energized. I had to sleep for almost 2 weeks upon arrival last October, because the Toronto city smog had to eke it’s dirty way out of my system. It was kind of like Celebrity Rehab, but without Dr. Drew.

2. Something happened to my feet. I’ve only worn Sorels or ski boots for the last six months. During a recent business trip, I was forced to contend with some fierce crimson high heels and walk on blocks of harsh urban pavement with them. I suffered from seven days of shin splints, the likes of which I haven’t endured since running shuttles at volleyball practice in high school (as a punishment for shaving someone’s eyebrow off when they were sleeping. HAHAHAHA.)

3. I’m the Mayor of nearly every place in Fernie on FourSquare. And I look forward to losing these mayorships as local biz picks up on the stickiness of location based marketing tools.  Check in, people!

4. There’s never nothing to do here. As often as we turtle on our couch in apres heaven, nary a night or weekend goes by without something going on.  Whether it’s a film fest, an art opening, a knees-up, a hockey game, a jam session… cannot be bored here. Cheese is bloody expensive, but so be it.

5. Kiwi cab drivers. ‘Nuff said.

6. Hot tubs. I need one. I haven’t seen the film, but I had so many great conversations in hot tubs this winter. I’ve sneaked into a few, which made me feel youthful and rebellious.  I’ve had every story in my arsenal topped by local expert story toppers. “That’s NOTHING!……” is gonna be the pet project of the century, with so much great Fernie fodder.

There are plenty more Fernie virtues to extoll, and I will certainly do so in the company of my Toronto friends. Soon enough they’ll be totally sick of it, and implore me to return here. And I just might.

Join The Exciting World Of Small Town Social!

Join the Small Town Social Blog Team - Fernie Life, Arts and Culture
A new page was created on Small Town Social in order to find people in Fernie (new fernie ) who want to contribute to Small Town Social.

Join The Team!

There are a few ideas listed but if you have better ideas, and that shouldn’t be hard, let me know! I have been working on this blog for over a year now and I’d love to see more people involved.

Before you get too excited, any posts/series/creative stuff you do for STS is voluntary! It’s all for the love of Fernie and the desire to create something new…but we’re hoping to offer some perks along the way.

Small Town Social Blog Turns One!

It’s been one year since my first posting on Small Town Social Blog and we’ve grown from seeing 5 views a day to our largest of 412 in one day! It’s amazing to know that in one year STS has had more than 36,000 total views and that’s not including the 10,000 times I’ve clicked on it! To celebrate this big occasion I have put together a list of our Top 10 Memorable Moments of Year One.

Let’s start at #10 and race to the top!

10. Free Kicking Horse Coffee – Because of certain connections and a posting about Kicking Horse Coffee on Small Town Social, I received a fresh canister of Kick Ass coffee beans in the mail. Free is cool, especially when it’s coffee.

Kicking Horse Coffee at Overwaitea

9. Marie’s Mom – Marie-Kristine Landry’s mom, Lili Nadon Fry, is the sweetest and most frequent post commenter with almost 10 comments…I think there was one day when she commented 5 times. I love her and I hope to one day meet her.

8. Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine Blurb – Tara Cunningham, Managing Editor of KMC, called me in September 2010 to get some facts on Small Town Social for their upcoming issue. How sweet is that?!

7. Optimus Prime – Tristen Perras and I decided to papier-mâché Optimus Prime one day, for fun, and we ended up taking him to Canada Day Celebrations in Fernie and snapping a few photos. It was a day we, but mostly the kids, will ne’r forget.

Party At El Guapo With Optimus Prime

6. The Wooden Sky Band Apology – For weeks, this past winter, I was looking forward to The Wooden Sky’s show at Grand Central in Fernie and it was canceled the night before. I posted the sad announcement on the blog and Gavin Gardiner, band member of The Wooden Sky, apologized for the mix up. That was unexpected but appreciated. (Pictured below)

The Wooden Sky

5. Throne Of Vengeance Media Interview – The manager of this heavy metal rock band asked if I wanted to come out and meet the band and catch their show in March 2010…this was a first media request for me so I went and I shyly talked to the manager. He was really nice and ended up showing me how to take dark venue band shots. Thanks! Your tips worked like a charm.

4. My Olympic Torch Relay Reenactment – I slept in. But that didn’t stop us from experiencing the Olympic Torch Relay in Fernie. It was almost like we were there. Thanks to Rod and Dwight for their superb acting skills…but it was Rod’s perfectly timed slip on the ice that really made the experience unforgettable.

Fernie Torch Relay Reenactment
3. Fernie Fashion Front Photo Shoots – They were all fabulous! The first with Freyja was quite challenging and a lot of work for only a few decent shots but it was still an important learning experience. Purchasing and showing off the thrift store specials with TP made me laugh so hard I could have lost my voice. Heaven’s Consignment clothes shoot with the fabulous Marie surprised and delighted me. Don’t worry, more Fernie Fashion Fronts to come!

Tristen and Brina's Thrift Store Bagatelle Photo Shoot
2. The Dinner Party – Dwight Schenk’s original graphic novel called The Dinner Party, set in Fernie BC, has been posted on Small Town Social since almost the beginning and it has earned a bit of a following. A small following. With only one chapter left, the exciting conclusion with all questions answered, what will we have to entertain us? Dwight? What will we do? Chapter 5 IS coming soon. Don’t you worry about that!

1. Rod and Brina got married It happened on September 17th, 2010 and I am documenting the whole amazing thing on Small Town Social. To have started Small Town Social with a goal of helping planners plan an event in Fernie, I feel like I now have the experience to properly write about it. The next issue of Small Town Social The Book will be much wiser and better. Snap!

What was one of your memorable moments?