about the good time girls
Started in 2011 by Marissa McGrath and Sara Holodnick, the Good Time Girls is the only organization providing regular guided historical walking tours in Bellingham. As purveyors of history, we take our jobs very seriously. We create, research, develop, and provide tours with the help our guides and many community partners. While our #1 goal is to ensure that everyone who joins us for a tour or event has a good time, we are always looking for ways to enlighten our audiences with facts.
Our mainstay-- The Sin & Gin Tour-- focuses specifically on the history of women in Bellingham, and their important role in building this town. We’re particularly interested in giving voice to those women who lived outside of what many considered proper “society,” and exploring their unique stories. Our tours focus on people from all walks of life, including sex workers, teetotalers, rough 'n tumble laborers, immigrants, rumrunners, and traveling preachers because their history is our history.
Our guides are smart & talented Bellinghamsters with a wide range of experiences and specialized knowledge. Some of our guides grew up here while others moved here because they loved it so much, but all of them are fierce ambassadors for our quirky little city.
When they're not wowing tour groups with their historical knowledge and witty jokes, our guides are busy making the world a better, more beautiful place: Jane makes things with her hands, Hayley helps people learn how to make tasty drinks, Kolby is a bonified historical researcher, and Wren plays & teaches cello.
OUR VISION & MISSION
We envision a thriving, dynamic and hospitable Bellingham where citizens have a claim to our heritage, take our history into consideration when planning for our future, and where “education” and “entertainment” aren’t mutually exclusive concepts.
- That history should be accessible,
- That education can be entertaining, and
- In building meaningful partnerships.