Musée Lac-Brome Museum keeps itself busy

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Taylor McClure - CIDI - KnowltonQC | 16-09-2022
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Musée Lac-Brome Museum is holding its annual antique sale and craft market this Sunday, September 18 with funds raised going towards its operations. 

The event has taken place since 1997 and it marks the perfect time for antique lovers to find hidden treasures, to discover the museum, and the history of the former Brome County. 

Arlene Royea, managing director, said that it’s a busy time for the museum. Apart from the antique sale, the museum is presenting its temporary Abenaki exhibit, it has a new boutique, and it has relaunched its “Marion Phelps Lecture Series” by  local historian Jimmy Manson. 

“It (the antique sale) was started by one of our members, who was a collector of various items and wanted a venue for selling them,” said Royea. “It benefits the museum by the table rentals. We charge X number of dollars per table, either a single or a double.” 

Royea said that there will be a little something for everyone to discover. 

“It’s all vendors that have been coming in for, some of them for many years, they have been with us, bringing their collections of things they want to sell. It could be trunks, wooden objects, rocking chairs, dishes, vintage clothing, vintage items of all sorts, little sculptures, glassware, you name it, it comes to us,” mentioned Royea. 

Royea noted that the museum will also be open that day where they can discover its temporary exhibit and its new boutique filled with local items, gift items, historical books, etc.

“The Abenaki exhibit is still open and will be open through the winter and towards spring. The Paul Holland Knowlton House is open, the Old Academy built in 1854, the annex with our famous World War One Fokker D VII, the children’s museum we are able to open that up as well, the General Store and exhibits about that. There is lots to see,” she said. 

In addition to the antique sale and temporary exhibit, Musée Lac-Brome Museum has relaunched its Marion Phelps Lecture Series by Jimmy Manson after going on hiatus with the start of the pandemic. 

There is a presentation this Saturday at the community centre in Knowlton starting at 1 p.m. titled "When the Bombs Fell”: British “child evacuees” sent to the Eastern Townships during World War Two.

“That should be an interesting topic and interesting for many people who had relatives that came during that time,” said Royea. 

The antique sale and craft market will be running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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