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December 2008 - January 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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December 2008 - January 2009

IT’S PARTY TIME:  Thanksgiving is barely over, but Saturday, December  6, at 6:00 p.m. is the annual museum Christmas Party.  It’s pot luck so, at the Board of Director’s meeting on December 3 a sheet will be passed around of menu choices to coordinate what people will bring.  They are:  appetizers, entrée,  vegetables or side dishes, salads, and desserts.  For those who don’t cook, there is always a need for rolls, butter, decaf coffee, etc. and we need dishwashing soap.  This party traditionally has been for guides, volunteers, Board members and spouses.  BYOB.

GIFT SHOP HOLIDAY HOURS:  The Gift Shop will be open December 1 through December 24, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on weekends regular hours of 1-4 p.m.   Christmas in Collinsville which is sponsored by local businesses will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13, so the Gift Shop will be open on that Friday until 8:00 p.m.  The event will include horse-drawn buggy rides from the museum, streets will be lighted by luminaries, and all businesses will be open through evening hours.

2009 MUSEUM CALENDAR:  The 2009 Museum Calendar is now for sale at the Gift Shop (and other venues), so spread the word – since it was not available for the Christmas Boutique because of its earlier date this year.  Again, we have to thank Helen Kilburn for all the work she does in getting it together, and we keep wondering when she is going to stop, but she “just keeps rolling along.”  Thanks also to Peg Carlton and Kathy Jenkins who type up the copy and any others.

DAVID LEFF’S NEW BOOK OF POETRY:  The multi-talented David Leff has just published a book of poetry entitled, The Price of Water, and having read it, it’s a delight.  He has offered to sell it at the Museum Gift Shop with the Museum receiving 30%.  It is written in prose and would make a wonderful Christmas gift at only $15.  As we all know from his last book, The Last Undiscovered Place (which is still available at the Gift Shop), plus his weekly column in The Tri-Town Post, his command of language is insuperable, and this book of poetry will transport you.  It is highly recommended.

2009 WINTER LECTURE SERIES:  Cindy Griggs has just announced the schedule and again we can look forward to an exciting 2009 Winter Lecture Series. Cindy works hard on this and spends a great deal of time getting it together, and they have been successful without exception.  Briefly, the schedule is:   January 18 – CHERRY PARK by Larry  Carlton; February 1 – A BOND WITH THE LAND: George McLean and George Family by David Holdt; February 15 – BIRDS OF CANTON by Jay Kaplan; and March 1 - HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW; Stories about the Underground Railroad by Wanda Seldon.  All lectures are held at the Canton Community Center on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m.  More on this later, but mark your calendars now!  Also we understand that David Leff has offered to do poetry readings from his new book which will also be on sale at the lectures.

INDIAN ARTIFACT EXHIBIT:  Guides, please note that Cindy Griggs has been revamping this exhibit to substitute photos instead of dried vegetation (which is now prohibited by our policies), and she has added more information on the different periods so you will be able to judge the period of the artifacts in the exhibit.  It is still ongoing, however, and Cindy also said we would soon have available the completed catalogue of the research done by the CCSU student on the Thomas Dyer Collection.

JANUARY 10 CUB SCOUT TOUR:  A request has been made for a Brownie Cub Scout tour of third graders from New Hartford on Saturday, January 10, at 2:00 p.m.  At this point there will be 9 Brownies and 2 adults.  For this young age and small group the tours are taken care of by whoever is on duty that day, but that will be checked out.


Kathleen Woolam, Curator

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Summer Months:
(April through November)
Wednesday - Sunday 1 - 4 PM

Winter Months:
(December through March)
Saturday and Sunday 1 - 4 PM
or by special appointment.

Adults $4.00
Seniors $3.00
Children (ages 6-16)  $1.00
Tours: Available by appointment
starting at $20 based on size of group

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