Champlain Trail kicks off 60th anniversary season
Sean Chase/Daily Observer The Champlain Trail Museum launched its 60th anniversary year with their third annual W.T.F Wine Tasting event on Friday night. Here volunteer Sylvia Whitmore (left), Ottawa Valley Historical Society president Phil Corriveau and museum curator Angela Siebarth raise a glass in front of a new exhibit dedicated to the long history and development of the museum, itself.
The Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village officially kicked off its 60th anniversary season Friday opening its doors to folks who wish to take local history or sample a fine selection of wines and cheeses.
This was the third year for the Champlain Trail Museum’s W.T.F. (Wine Tasting Friday) which has grown to become its signature fundraising event. It also coincides with the start of a new tourist season for the museum, which is also marking the establishment of a five-year strategic plan and a renewed funding commitment from the City of Pembroke.
“We are evolving into a more modern museum,” said Ottawa Valley Historical Society president Phil Corriveau. “With the recent strategic partnership with the city, we hope this will open doors for us to further promote our museum within the city and throughout the province.”
Throughout the evening, guests wandered the museum sampling wine from Pelee Island Winery paired with cheeses by Ivanhoe Cheese courtesy of Gay Lea Foods and Shawville's Cedar Creek Farm. The event also featured hors d’oeuvres provided by Ullrich's on Main, olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings from The Urban Gourmet and samples from The Courtyard Bistro and Wilkies Bakery. Guitarist Stacey Graveline provided the live entertainment.
Since opening in 1958, the Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village has grown into the largest Museum in Renfrew County with more than 10,000 artifacts among its collection. While the Wine Tasting Friday will bring in those patrons of the museum and the society, it also attracts the younger set.
“It's a younger demographic that we see at this event,” explained curator Angela Siebarth. “It introduces them to the museum and the rich history of the area that we have in the collection.”
The museum's opening day is Wednesday, May 23. After that date it is open Monday to Friday until the end of June, then, in July and August it will be open Monday through Saturday except for Canada Day when the museum will be closed.
The annual Strawberry Social will take place on Sunday, June 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will also serve as the museum's 60th anniversary celebration. The museum will host a Victoria Tea on Thursday, July 19 and an Art in the Park event on Saturday, Aug. 18.
“This is a big year for us,” added Siebarth.