It is glaringly obvious that I have been tardy in my posts! OK, that’s an understatement!
However we have been very busy this summer.
Since there is such a huge lack of local support for the Museum, we have had to “Take the Show on the Road” to drum up awareness and interest for our unique collection.
I will document just a few of the outings we had.
At “Bobcaygeon Bike Fest”, the 1899 Stanley Steam car and the 1878 Penny Farthing High Wheeler Bicycle were a huge hit with everyone, young and old, families and even the tough burly Bikers!!!
We were special guests at Lang Pioneer Village for their “Smoke and Steam Show”. What a beautiful setting for such a show! We met many fellow enthusiasts and young families with a deep interest in history. The Steam Car even won the trophy for “Village Choice” of historical exhibits.
The Fenelon Falls Steam Show was held at it’s new location on the LEX grounds in Lindsay this year. Dad took down a display and was amazed at the interest and positive response. He was overwhelmed by the number of people who were unaware that such a fabulous Museum existed in their own “backyard”. Mayor Ric Magee even gave the Museum a very favourable mention in his Opening Ceremonies address.
Many other such events and shows were attended, at which we made great new friends and garnered much more awareness for the Museum. Well, I would have to say that our efforts towards self promotion worked. As of our official seasonal closing on Thanksgiving weekend we had increased our attendance by almost 2500 people over last year!
I urge everyone to discover what awaits them in their own “backyards” !!!!