Wine and cheese
Last Wednesday’s wine and cheese fundraiser at the Glengarry, Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum was the first one ever to take place beneath the Williamstown-based museum’s new 30’x40’ pavilion.
In the past, the museum rented a white tent to house what has become one the museum’s most important fundraiser. Now, thanks to the new pavilion, the wine and cheese has a permanent home that is also a bit more aerated than the old white tent.
Ken MacDonald, the current president of the museum, says that having the new pavilion makes everyone feel good.
“We’re proud of it and we’re looking for a name for it,” he says before adding a suggestion of his own. “Maybe Highland Home.”
He says the idea for the pavilion came from Dunvegan’s Glengarry Pioneer Museum which has a similar structure, albeit much larger.
“This one doesn’t have a nail in it,” says Mr. MacDonald. “It’s all post and beam.”
Normally, a structure like that would have cost about $30,000, but Mr. MacDonald says the museum was able to save money through volunteer labour and by purchasing the wood “for a fraction” from
Mennonites in the United States.
SERVING SOME SNACKS: Glengarry, Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum President Ken MacDonald, right, is joined by Cory Théoret, husband of museum curator Keleigh Théoret, at last Wednesday’s wine and cheese fundraiser.