In all the excitement and confusion of getting our massive capital projects settled, amid the deafening cries of anguish and the gnashing of teeth, it has been easy to forget that we have a pioneer village to look after. A spring that felt like endless winter has not helped either, but now the worm has finally turned and warmer climes are upon us. The warmth has lured us out of our posh new abode and drawn everyone up into the village to stretch our creaking limbs, scratch our hides, turn our pasty faces to the sun and get the site ready for another season.
Finally, the sun is shining! April has been a cool, wet month which afforded little opportunity to get into the historic Village to prepare for our May opening. However, since staff and volunteers were working furiously to complete the set-up of the Spriet Family Visitor Centre and finish the renovation of the Maintenance Shop, it was just as well! On Saturday, April 20th we celebrated the completion of this 10 year goal. Almost 200 donors, volunteers, members, board and staff attended an elegant evening in their honor.
It was a grey, drizzly Monday. There was heaps of snow bordering roads and sidewalks from a blizzard the Friday before. But for an enthusiastic group of staff and volunteers, this was the day they had long been waiting for…MOVING DAY!
On February 11th, the staff and volunteers moved the operation of Fanshawe Pioneer Village into the newly completed Spriet Family Visitor Centre. And with a mad scramble, the task was completed by noon, giving staff the chance to settle into new digs.