Community yard sale planned in Chapple

A community yard sale will be held in the whole village of Barwick this Saturday (May 28) from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be yard sale tables, a bake table, and heritage and museum souvenirs.
If you are interested in being a part of this event, you can book your own table for $10 and sell what you like—new or used. Proceeds of this event will go to the Chapple Museum.
Set up in the hall parking lot or, if it rains, inside the lower hall. Book your table with Kathy Nugent at the Barwick Village Restaurant (487-2329).
If you do not wish to have your own table, but have some items you would like to donate, contact Bill or Emily Clink at 487-2221.
Donations to the bake table also will be gratefully accepted and appreciated.
There will be a canteen at the hall and other activities, as well. The museum will be open that day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
In other news, the Chapple Museum has opened for the season again. During the months of May, June, and September, its hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays only.
During the months of July and August, it will be open the same hours, but from Tuesday through Saturday.
There is no admission charge to visit the museum, which is located in the former Gill Store on Main Street in Barwick. The building is accessible to those with special needs.
If you are unable to come during the designated hours, you can arrange a tour by appointment by calling either 487-2221 or 487-2655.
Group and school tours welcome.
Stop by and see what’s new at the museum this season. There is a display of artifacts from the “Fabulous ’50s” and there are new items in the war display area.
Beginning June 4, there will be a display of dolls for the summer months on loan from Darlene Fletcher’s collection.
The museum also is working on a new display area for Hudson Bay Company memorabilia. Local ties to the company date back to 1793 when John McKay established a post on the Rainy River near the Manitou Rapids.
It remained open for two seasons. From 1889-1891, there was a Hudson Bay wintering post at Barwick on the riverfront operated by James Tierney. The Chapple Museum was presented with a Hudson Bay flag, which is on display.
In related news, the museum’s annual spring tea will be held Saturday, June 4 from 2-4:00 p.m.
In addition to the above-mentioned items, there are other new things to see at the museum, including the model of Shenston #5 School and the Lighthouse Model, which holds the gold plaques with names in honour of past and current residents, in memory of loved ones, and the corporate sponsors of our project.
Come in and see what’s new and old at the museum.
In addition to the model of the lighthouse at the museum, the Chapple Heritage Committee currently is having granite markers designed to be placed at the waterfront by the lighthouse with the names engraved on them as a permanent recognition of these same people.
We hope they will be installed sometime early this summer.
We invite you to visit all our heritage locations in Chapple—the museum, St. Paul’s Heritage Place, the lighthouse, and the beautiful parks at the waterfront.
Campsites are available at the Chapple RV Campgrounds next to the township office on the highway. For information on campsites, call 487-2354. There also is a public boat launch next to the lighthouse.
See you in Barwick this summer!

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