Venosta Variety Hour – Get your FREE Tickets for Sunday Sept. 28th

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Call or email to reserve your FREE tickets! This event is not to be missed… it will be held at the Inlet Theatre during the Culture Days weekend. September 27th & 28th.

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The McKnight Trench digging is under way…Learn more about LIFE IN THE TRENCHES!

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Need Meeting space with a little extra atmosphere? Rental opportunities abound here at the Museum!

Business meeting

Business meetingThank you Starbucks Team for choosing the Port Moody Heritage Society,

Station Museum,  for your meeting venue!

 

Mark Your Calender, Monday Feb 10th – Family Day…All Aboard!

Join us and create family history moments. Celebrate your ‘Family Day’ by hammering your message in metal and affixing to our railroad tie. Then get started on your ‘family tree’ with the Station template as your guide.

 $10.00 per Family, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Sept 29 at 4pm at the Inlet Theatre, Don’t Miss the Venosta Vintage Hour Radio Show

Radio Show - this one is in the ad

 

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On Sunday, September 29, 4pm at the Inlet Theatre make sure you do not miss, The Venosta Variety Hour Radio Show.

   Rebel Haunt Theatre along with some dedicated volunteers are excited to take you back to the days before television when families would gather around the radio to be entertained by stories, ads and music. Here is the group at a dress rehearsal!

 

We’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad

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Footings for Venosta cover

Those of you who drive the Murray St. overpass will have noticed some excitement happening around the Museum these past few months. The funding from Heritage Canada and the City of Port Moody for a new station roof and cover for the Venosta which we announced last Spring, has finally been put in action. This past fall the 103 year old station got a new cedar shake roof appropriate for its age and character. We were also able to give the old chimeny a facelift with new pointing for all the bricks. Although it was a big job, it turned out beautiful and reminiscent of photos of the station from earlier times.

This month, we’ve begun the final phase of the long process of putting a cover on our beloved Venosta train car. Although it is only a long ditch at the moment, very soon an open cover with a metal roof will run the length of the car. This cover will provide much needed protection from the elements and allow us to save the high cost of maintaining it each year. We also hope that it will help regulate the temperature inside the car so that visitors to our teas and educational programs will be more comfortable come winter chills and summer heat waves.

The Venosta’s cover will also extend a few feet into the parking lot allowing us an additional performance area during events. We are currently looking for additional funding to build a platform for this area. In addition to making a nice space for dancing and singing, this would eliminate some of the stairs into the train car and make it easier for the physically challenged to access the space.

All in all, good things happening. Although, we’re looking forward to days without trucks, back hoes, and fork lifts when we can all enjoy our newly beautified site.

Holiday Tea on the Train is Back!

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Our popular holiday teas are back this year on Sunday, December 11th and 18th from 12:30-3:30pm. Drop by our 1920s rail car to enjoy some old fashioned holiday music, cookies and a warm drink in a festive holiday atmosphere. Price is $5 per person – tax included. Reservations not required. Cash only please.

Federal funding for Venosta cover

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Canadian Heritage announced this week new funding for Port Moody groups. This included support for a new cover for our train car the Venosta. With additional funding from the City of Port Moody, we are looking forward to building better protection for our treasured train car in the upcoming year.

Mar 24, 2011 14:54 ET
Government of Canada Supports Arts and Heritage in Tri-Cities Area
PORT MOODY, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – March 24, 2011) – Residents of the Tri-Cities area will be able to enjoy another successful Golden Spike Days Festival, and other community arts and heritage celebrations, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Funding was announced today by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Port Moody–Westwood–Port Coquitlam).
This funding will support the Golden Spike Days Festival, the Port Moody Station Museum, and the Minnekhada Park Association.
“With Canada’s economic recovery still fragile, our Government is focused on creating jobs and economic growth throughout British Colu mbia,” said Minister Moore. “We are proud to support the Port Moody Station Museum and other local arts and heritage projects in the Tri-Cities area. These festivals and commemorative activities bring people together and strengthen our local economy.”
The Golden Spike Days Festival celebrates the area’s history and pays homage to Port Moody as the original western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway line across Canada. The Festival, which runs from July 1 to 3, will feature a variety of activities including dance, music, crafts, and theatrical performances. This year’s festival will also include a theatre troupe that will re-enact the period when CP Rail connected the community with the eastern part of Canada.
In 2011, the Port Moody Station Museum will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the first Trans-Canada passenger train at Port Moody, by renovating the museum that houses exhibits and artefacts presenting local history. The project will also preserve a historic railcar, the Venosta, by creating a sheltered outdoor performance space for the expression, celebration, and preservation of Port Moody’s history.
The Minnekhada Art in the Park festival will take place in Coquitlam, B ritish Columbia from August 6 to 7. Local musicians, artists, artisans, storytellers, and children’s performers will celebrate the area’s art, nature and heritage in an outdoor setting.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $35,100 to the Port Moody Golden Spike Days Society, $86,070 to the Port Moody Heritage Society, and $7,900 to the Minnekhada Park Association, through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.

You'll have to check out this shot on flickr

Take my word for it, you have to go to flickr to check out this picture of our passenger rail car, “The Venosta” by R. Sawdon Photography. It has exceptionally brilliant colours. The page indicates it was taken March 14th… Are the cherry blossums really so vibrant already? I am including a link to the page here. Check it out!
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Excellent Location for Visual Arts Subjects

Looking for a visually interesting place to bring your students? The Port Moody Station Museum offers a variety of subject matter for students in the visual arts. Whether it’s sketching, photography or film, our Museum will provide unique backdrop. Located in an original 1907 train station, visitors can explore a recreated station telegraph office, kitchen and parlour representative of a live-in station from the 1920s and exhibits on the early history of the Port Moody area. Also on site is a 1921 restored railway sleeper car and heritage garden. The Museum is available 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. Call ahead to book. The cost is $30 per class.

For more information visit www.vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum  or call 604-939-1648. To book your class, email programs.pmmuseum@telus.net.

Rebecca Clarke
Programs & Events Coordinator
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