Massey Area Museum preps for another busy summer season

By Rosalind Russell – One of the most popular places to stop in during the summer season is the Massey Area Museum and curator Tara Muncaster is looking forward to some new initiatives.

Muncaster says three students have been hired this season and they will be busy, not only helping visitors but also helping with some revamping and redesign at the facility.

She says the staff and volunteers are working hard to refresh and improve curb appeal with many outdoor projects planned including new signage, painting and landscaping with a Memorial Garden of donated perennials from local families.

Muncaster says one of the coming highlights is the 40th Annual Jessie Burnside Memorial Art Show and Sale which will feature artist, Mike Massicotte, a young man with Indigenous roots and a long family history in the area.

The show will be offered in person for the first time since the pandemic.

Muncaster adds their current operating hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm, but that will change to seven days a week from 9:30am to 5pm after the July long weekend.

Applications for the Burnside show will be made available as of June 13th.

The Strawberry Social/BBQ and Yard Sale will take place on July 29th with many types of locally made and produced Strawberry treats including old fashioned Strawberry Shortcake and Fresh Strawberry Lemonade. The BBQ will feature Pulled Pork Sandwiches, burgers and hotdogs with three cold salads. The yard sale will provide space for community members to offer their own items for sale in a “Loot in the Boot” (car trunk sale) for a small donation to the museum.

The raffle for a painting by Jacob Toulouse will begin on July 1st with proceeds to be equally divided between the Massey and Sagamok Food Banks.

Photo: Tara Muncaster, the curator of the Massey Area Museum is looking forward to working with three students this summer in revamping some areas of the museum and offering the public plenty of eventsĀ  to take part in including the 40th anniversary running of the Burnside Art Show. Photo by Rosalind Russell

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