Beautiful solarium has big opening last Friday
If the busloads of tourists who will now be able to have tea and scones served to them in the Colby-Curtis’ new solarium have as much fun as the invited guests did at the solarium’s grand re-opening on Friday, then the Museum has a hit on its hands! Almost fifty guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the much-enlarged sunroom, 70% bigger than the old one, which opens out onto the back deck providing easy access to the gardens of
Carrollcroft, fragrant with flowers in the summer.
President of the Stanstead Historical Society, Ann Montgomery, welcomed the guests who included many of the museum’s directors and local MNA, Pierre Reid. She also announced publicly, for the first time, who had given the generous $200,000 donation to rebuild the important addition, Mr. Paul Bannerman, and thanked him as he was in attendance.
Interim Director, Harry Isbrucker, addressed the crowd next, singing the praises of the architect who designed the addition, David Leslie, and architect Pierre Fontaine, who completed the design. He also thanked fellow Society director, Toby Rochester, for coming up with good ideas such as the use of huge bulbs on the ceiling for lighting.
“My real heroes are Claude Francoeur, our contractor, and finishing carpenter Rick Fabio who finished the detail on the outside. They are meticulous and everything fits perfectly,” said Mr. Isbrucker.
English Tea will be served in the Museum’s new solarium all summer long and the space is also available for rental for parties, receptions, lectures and other activities.
Orford MNA Pierre Reid, at left, is seen at the well-attended grand opening of the Colby-Curtis Museum’s solarium.
Stanstead Historical Society president, Ann Montgomery, welcomed guests in Carrollcroft’s new solarium.