Bruce County Museum gears up for busy fall season

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BRUCE COUNTY – After a very busy summer, Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre is preparing for a round of new exhibits, events and programming for fall.

Small Town Ontario Streetscapes by Niagara artist Mary Burke opens Sept. 17. The collection of oil-based artworks captures the unique character and charm of main streets.

The museum’s Farm Fresh exhibit opens Oct. 1, just in time for Pumpkinfest.

Upcoming events include the volunteer appreciation brunch on Sept. 29

Upcoming children’s activities include Sept. 23 PA Day events – a full-day art class with artist Susan Seitz, and movies in the Bruce Power Theatre.

The museum is pleased to be part of the SWERVE festival hosted by the Nuclear Innovation Institute in Southampton Sept. 9-11, with an exhibit pod offering an introduction to the Made in Bruce exhibit that showcases the local innovations and inventions that helped shape the region.

Part two of the museum’s new Break Out of the Bruce bus trip series presented by New Horizons for Seniors will take attendees to Grey Roots and Simcoe County museums.

Closer to Halloween, the museum will open its doors for the much-anticipated Night of 100 Brides.

“It’s a fun twist on our annual mixer event this season, giving guests a second chance for a night out in their old wedding dress, bridesmaid dress or formal attire,” said program co-ordinator Evan Vatri. “We’ll be hosting a best-of-the-era fashion show contest, a live DJ, tarot readings, and a presentation showcasing some of the rarely-seen dresses we have in the museum’s collection.”

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Summer of fun and learning

Throughout the month of August, volunteer wood turners gave regular demonstrations as part of the Last Frontier exhibit. There were also daily canon firing demonstrations on the deck of the HMS General Hunter.

Saugeen First Nation members gave cultural demonstrations in August that included stories and teachings.

One highly successful activity was the bus trip to the Stratford Festival on Aug. 17 – the sold-out trip had 45 patrons attending a performance of either Chicago or Richard III.

The Dieppe 80th anniversary presentation on Aug. 19 commemorated the 80th anniversary of the Dieppe raids, featuring a lecture by historian Mat Johnson to 53 guests.

There was an exhibit in the museum lobby throughout the month of August celebrating the 125th anniversary of Walkerton’s Victoria Jubilee Hall. The exhibit featured tools used by builder John “Jack Black” Douglas, and a scale model of the hall with detailed interior.

Items loaned to the Point Clark Lighthouse were returned to the museum in late July. The 150 items included archival material, books, furniture and clothing.

These were only some of the summer’s busy schedule of events.

For the younger set, this summer’s KidZone summer camp offered 95 campers five weeks of games, activities, field trips and crafts.

LEGO Fridays were popular this summer, with 45 entries in the August contest.

In addition to these activities, children from three groups visited the museum and attended educational sessions there.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times