Beau­ti­ful so­lar­ium has big open­ing last Fri­day

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

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.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Stanstead His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent, Ann Mont­gomery, wel­comed guests in Car­roll­croft’s new so­lar­ium.

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