Deciding what customers will look at and and subconsciously contemplate while dining out seems like a daunting task. Sarah Hardy, the new art curator at the brewery and an artist herself, brings color into the atmosphere through displays on the walls in the bistro. Sarah’s first exhibit as art curator features her own photography from her travels across the world bringing you to places such as Vietnam, Ireland and Cuba.
For more background on Sarah and her adventures, you can read her Faces of Boundary Bay story written by Terry Urbanik in summer of 2017 when she first arrived as a bartender. Stay tuned for more editions in the future to get to know your local staff here at Boundary Bay!
In this episode of Faces of Boundary Bay by Terry Urbanik, we’re going to get to know another of our newer team members, Sarah Hardy. As you’ve likely sussed out on your own, Sarah is not originally from around here as she hails from Cavan, Ireland. Sarah has been on the roster with us since March of this year. In another case of Bellingham Meets the World, she had met local singer, and BB regular, Robert Blake during one of his Irish tours, and so (perhaps subliminally) had The City of Subdued Excitement on her radar.
Strolling into town with her husband, and fellow team member, Ryan Bogenreif and their two dogs wasn’t unusual, as Sarah has done a fair bit of travelling about the world. Having been to over 70 countries makes an impression, but some of the places that have really left a mark are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa and Burma. While she is currently visiting family back in Ireland (with a quick trip to Scotland getting squeezed in as well), she has her sights set on India as a country she’d particularly like to visit in the future.
All this travelling has played intriguing roles in Sarah’s life, for it was on a visit to Austin Texas that she first met Ryan, through a mutual friend. They stayed in contact, and when Ryan visited Europe, it wasn’t too shocking that he chose to spend most of his time in Ireland. Another way travel has impacted Sarah is the fact that she won the Irish Times Travel Photographer of the Year.
It shouldn’t be much of a surprise, as photography is another passion of Sarah’s. At the moment she works mostly as a wedding photographer, having shot over 30 nuptials to this point. She is also working on her skills in nature shooting, and living here in The Fourth Corner gives her ample opportunity to hone this skillset.
As if she needs another. Traveller. Photographer. Nanny. Teacher. Sarah has done all of these, and finds aspects of those careers useful in being behind the bar. She had worked her way through college behind the sticks, and sees many things from one gig, that can be useful in another. For example, dealing with the time constraints of a large wedding party, trying get all those “just the right shots” while juggling the need to get everyone along to the next point in the day, gives great experience in filling a lot of orders, both for her rail, and all the customers the servers have. Understanding the need to stay calm, while managing tight time premiums, serves her well at both of those duties.
At the end of a shift, she’ll relax with a Citraweisse or Scotch Ale, and explore the vegetarian side of menu, particularly the banh Mi, Tempeh, and Yam Alechiladas.
Sarah is particularly impressed with the tightness of our team. She and Ryan found quick acceptance and fellowship here on the S.S. Boundary, and really enjoys the way we do things together outside of work that tighten those bonds. One of the things she is really looking forward to spending time on is Shifting Gears, a new cycling & recreation nonprofit by Jenny Schmidt, Kari Humphreys, Stones Throw’s Nadine van Niekerk, and Max Higbee Center’s Kait Whiteside. Overall, Sarah is happy that her personal voyage brought her to us, and looks forward to what’s next. If you see her sitting still, take a moment to chat, I’m sure you’ll be as impressed as I was.