Let’s talk about the rest of the year, shall we? With autumn rolling in, school starting for people of all ages, and the holiday season only months away once again, what activities could people do for fun? Eventually going to beaches won’t be an option and taking a few summer vacation weeks may no longer be viable for you. Before the big rush season of the year starts, what could you do for fun? You may be bored of the same routine. You don’t have to be! I’m so excited to share some great news with you.

If you are reading this, then you have probably been to the Welland Museum or at least heard of it. Behind the scenes in the Welland Museum, we have many dedicated and passionate people from various backgrounds and walks of life who want to see more happen and want the museum to be more involved in the community. In fact, in museums all over the region and all over the world, there are dedicated and passionate people working behind the scenes to make museums better! At the Welland Museum, these people include volunteers, staff members, and the Board of Management.

Recently, through the efforts of these hard workers, the Welland Museum has planned a few new and exciting events coming up that are targeted towards an age demographic that can often be overlooked when it comes to institutions such as museums; adults, people aged 19+. Many museums have programs and events that are aimed towards children or teenagers. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but why not try something else? Something for the grown-ups?

Look no further! I’d like to introduce you to our PaintNite+ Beers&Beards and First Fridays events!

Let’s talk about PaintNite+Beers&Beards for a bit. What is PaintNite+Beers&Beards? It’s an awesome fundraising event that will take place at the Welland Museum (140 King Street, Welland) on Friday, November 18th at 7:00 PM. Guests have two options once they arrive at the museum: Spend the evening painting and making a masterpiece while enjoying some food and drinks, or spend the evening “Movember” style by taste testing beers and shopping around for some beard grooming products with proceeds going Movember and the Welland Museum Fundraising Campaign to make the museum and it’s programs/exhibits more accessible and interactive by integrating Ipads, for example! Tickets are 45$ per event (PaintNite or Beers+Beards). If you would like to purchase tickets or learn more, please go to: https://www.paintnite.com/events/1116523.html https://ca.movember.com/events/view/id/J8dL

Now, what about this “First Fridays” you heard me mention earlier? First Fridays is a program offered through MONA (Museums of Niagara Association). The museums in the Niagara Region each get a themed event where food, live music, and activities will be held! This helps break the stigma that museum are “boring”. Consider it culture after hours! The Welland Museum’s First FrIdays event will take place on October 7th, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM with the theme of the event being “Night of the Dead” a twist on the traditional latin holiday “Day of the Dead”. There will be a food and cash bar by the delicious Smokin’ Buddha with Latin Dance demonstrations, music, and great partnerships with BLX Studio and The Art Space to integrate some creativity and art! Tickets are 10$ in advance or 12$ at the door and will take place at the museum. There are other First Friday events taking place after “Night of the Dead”. To find out more, go to www.firstfridaysniagara.ca

More information on these events will be posted throughout the next few months, so be sure to stay updated on any important news from the museum by following our social media or joining our emailing list.





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-Alacia Michaud
Welland Museum blogger.

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