Hap­pen­ings at 150 Church

The Amherst News - - COMMUNITY - Gor­don Good­win is a Di­rec­tor of the Mu­seum and is the re­tired Pres­i­dent and CEO of the G&G Group of Com­pa­nies.

This week we de­cided to move away from ex­hibits in the mu­seum build­ing and search for how the mu­seum is high­lighted to the pub­lic ar­rivals into Nova Sco­tia, and the town for that mat­ter.

To achieve this war­ranted a visit to the tourist ar­rival com­plex in Fort Lawrence. This area is at­trac­tive, with freshly man­i­cured lawns and flow­ers /land­scap­ing pop­u­lat­ing the grounds giv­ing a lovely ef­fect.

A visit in­side the main build­ing was some­what dis­cour­ag­ing as one can­not at first glance find a dis­play that cen­ters on Amherst let alone our mu­seum.

The ob­vi­ous ques­tion here is why would Yar­mouth be first in line at an ar­rival site where Amherst is the just five kilo­me­tres dis­tant.

The dis­play for Amherst was lo­cated through the arch­way that an­nounces the lo­ca­tion of the wash­room and soft drink ma­chines. Even then the dis­play is mea­gre.

The num­ber of tourist in­for­ma­tion leaflets present on the dis­play are about Nova Sco­tia, not Amherst or the mu­seum. Af­ter a long search the mu­seum was in­cluded in text only in three. Even then only one line, no photo, or lo­ca­tion.

This of course points to the fact that those of us at 150 Church St. have to come up with a much bet­ter ef­fort at por­tray­ing our pub­lic pro­file.

Nev­er­the­less one won­ders why Amherst would not be the first in the dis­play line. We are aware that the tourist com­plex is man­aged by the province, how­ever the Town of Amherst, be­ing the firsts among equals must push for a bet­ter lo­ca­tion in this re­gard. That will help the town and mu­seum, who had some 1,500 vis­i­tors in the past 12 months.

As this is a pro­vin­cial com­plex we urge the MLA for Cum­ber­land North to ex­ert her con­sid­er­able in­flu­ence to as­sist the tourist bureau to re-ar­range the dis­play cue. We note her ef­forts of late to seek op­por­tu­ni­ties to raise the GDP in the lo­cal area. A well at­tended open­ing last evening points to the pop­u­lar­ity of our new MLA, and hope she will lend her hand to reify­ing this over­sight. Tourist vis­its to our town and mu­seum will as­sist in her goal of a bet­ter GDP.

A visit to the mu­seum will pro­vide a com­plete view­ing of all the won­der­ful his­tor­i­cal photo,dis­plays and ar­ti­facts, for a min­i­mum visit fee.

The mu­seum is on sum­mer hours 11a.m. to 4 p.m., Tues­day through Satur­day. To gain pub­lic ac­cess, please con­tact Natasha Richard, Cu­ra­tor/ Man­ager at 902 667 2561.

Tourist in­for­ma­tion kiosks have Yar­mouth at the front.

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