Fort Frances Museum sets out summer programming plans

Fort Frances Museum continues to plan for the summer with hopes that they will be able to reopen soon.

Sarah Marusyk, attendant at the museum, said this is a difficult time to plan because it is hard to know what restrictions will be in place come summertime, but their focus right now is to continue offering activities online and continue planning summer events.

Some of those summer events include a Walking Tour, using the mobile app Pocket Sights. Marusyk adds that they are hoping to also offer their very popular ‘Tea & Scones’ to go.

Another event that Marusyk has been working on is one of the last exhibits that the museums previous curator had put together before she retired – a Peril of Plastic exhibit.

“The museum committed to doing at least once a year an exhibit, program or activity in connection to climate change,” Marusyk said. “I’ll be taking this exhibit that she put together, bringing it up to date and launching it in April.”

The event will be virtual.

The museum has taken on some new community initiatives, Marusyk said, adding that they are exciting additions to what the museum already offers.

“Last December, the Town’s Economic Development Executive Committee recommended to Town Council that we reshape economic development services in our community,” Marusyk said.

The following community initiatives previously handled by Rainy River Future Development Corporation were subsequently transferred to the Community Services Division of the Town and will be delivered by the museum and Cultural Centre in 2021 and beyond.

This includes Project Petunia, booking and operations of the Rainy Lake Square, coordination and organization of the annual Canada Day Parade and Tourist Information Centre services.

Marusyk said they are currently accepting sponsorships for Project Petunia – a community beautification project where baskets of Petunias are hung along King’s Highway.

Businesses or individuals can sponsor a flower basket for $50 as a gift or in memoriam of a loved one.

If anyone is interested, Marusyk said they can contact her at the museum for further details.

With support from the town and Public Health officials, Marusyk said she is hopeful that they will be able to open the Rainy Lake Market on May 20,, just ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend.

“I have connected with a few of the past vendors, and everyone is excited for another season at the square,” Marusyk said. “As for other events at the square such as concerts and movie nights, time will tell if we can plan these types of events this season.”

Marusyk said she is in the process of applying to various funding opportunities and considering hybrid events – a combination of in-person and online.

There is not an estimated reopening date, but Marusyk said when the time comes, it will likely be by appointment.

Marusyk said the public should stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates regarding re-opening plans and procedures.

The Fort Frances Muyseum and cultural Centre is setting up spring and summer programming, including a virtual exhibit on plastic waste. – File photo
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