The Souris Valley Museum is going to have a very busy year in 2014, according to curator/director Katrina Howick.
The museum opened for the year on May 16, and, if the weather cooperates, it will remain open until the end of September.
“We have all our normal activities happening this year,” said Howick.
But the first event of 2014 is a new one: a Roaring 20s-themed dessert fundraiser, with a live band, at the Estevan Royal Canadian Legion on May 30.
“The Regina Riot, which is a jazz band from Regina, is going to play 1920s jazz and dance music,” said Howick. “They’ll be on stage in the main hall, which is the dance area. And then the small hall is going to be set up like a speakeasy and a gambling area.”
People will be encouraged to sport 1920s attire, as there will be a costume contest. Also, supporters can pay to have someone thrown in a makeshift jail for a period of time. The “prisoner” then has to offer a bribe to be released.
As for their annual events, their Heritage Day will be on Thursday, June 12. School students will be bused to the museum for the event, and they’ll enjoy hay rides and a variety of farming-themed activities.
Two summer camps are returning as well. Pioneer Day Camps will run from July 7 to 11 and 21 to 25, as well as August 11 to 15.
Discovery Day Camps will be July 15 and 16, and August 6 and 7.
“They’re filling up really quickly,” said Howick.
A senior’s appreciation tea on August 20 and a Pioneer Fun Day three days later are also on the schedule for this summer.
“We’re hoping to expand Pioneer Fun Day this year, have more events out here, and help it grow,” said Howick. “It’s our free community day, and our ‘thank you’ to Estevan.”
They’ll also be included on the self-guided arts tour organized by the Estevan Arts Council in the summer.
Two summer students have been hired: curatorial assistant Kyle Brokenshire and museum assistant Alaina Pecson. They are still looking for an education assistant. They’ll join year-round employees Howick and collections manager Sarah Durham.
Howick noted that the staff will dedicate some time this summer to touching up their exhibits. They’ll work to improve time consistencies within their displays to ensure the dates are accurate.
They will also use their display case at the museum's front entrance to celebrate a children’s book and showcase their collections. This year the book will be The Hobbit, and all of the objects in the display case will be items from the museum.
Tourism Estevan’s Visitor Information Centre also opened for the season on May 16. Located next to the museum, it features a variety of information on attractions in Estevan and across the province.