The new exhibit opened June 30th with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Press releases and favorable newspaper articles caught the attention of the public and has BROUGHT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE to the 309 Main Street location. Visitors have included local politicians, educators, historians from nearby communities, a bus load of school children, many tourists , and local residents who had not stopped by the museum in over 10 years. Many guests were caught up in the moment and shared their own stories of what it was like to fish the St Lawrence River. Other guests gravitated to other museum displays and were amazed to see the hand-crafted village display of Morristown depicting the village in the year 1900.
The opening of the Red Barn Preserve hiking trail on May 26th and subsequent ribbon cutting ceremony on July 6th ATTRACTED HUNDREDS MORE PEOPLE to this area. While we have not completed signage and kiosks nor provided sign-in sheets to our visitors , we see groups of people daily parked along the frontage road and trail parking lots. The Plein Air art community captured the natural beauty of our Preserve when over 30 artists painted there in late July . Newspaper writers covering activities in the great outdoors in Upstate NY have discovered the Red Barn Preserve and printed positive articles on the site including Patty Mondore from Syracuse writing for the Thousand Islands Sun. Patty writes: “This trail is so new- I had to resubmit this article to add it. It is an amazingly beautiful trail, winding through a variety of terrains, and includes a 300 foot boardwalk over a marsh, with an active blue heron rookery within sight”
The summer concert series hosted by the museum at the Fire Hall pavilion on Monday nights has nearly completed its concerts for the season. Most of the concerts have been attended by over 100 people. When you consider that the Village of Morristown has only 325 people- it's amazing to draw over 100 people to an event ! We think this HIGH ATTENDANCE IS YET ANOTHER RECORD for the Museum’s amazing year.
We are especially proud of our success in attracting grant funds for our projects. The Sweetgrass Foundation awarded us money to help pay for the new fishing exhibit. The St Lawrence River Redevelopment Agency awarded us $12,250 to build the hiking trail at the Red Barn Preserve. With help from Senator Patty Ritchie we have applied for a $50,000 grant to provide heating, air conditioning and building improvements to the Main Street Museum building. We have also received grant money from New York State to support our summer concert series program. This is a RECORD NUMBER OF GRANTS for the Gateway Museum! More importantly , these grants signal that there are people and organizations that believe in what we are doing and are willing to help underwrite our projects.
The Wednesday summer Yoga classes have SET NEW ATTENDANCE RECORDS. This activity seems to have benefited from the increased traffic to the Museum’s new exhibit and positive press about the activities of the museum.
We are hoping that the Pat Ceresoli Benefit Spaghetti Dinner on Friday August 17th will set a NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD and provide the Museum with funds needed to operate for another year. This is the museum’s largest fundraising event of the year. Please plan to join us at the Fire Hall from 4:30pm to 7pm Friday night. In addition to providing a great dinner the Museum will raffle off 10 wonderful and unique gift baskets. And for those remembering the Harbor Inn in Morristown- Don Ceresoli has donated his bar surface to the museum. The Bar top will be displayed at the dinner. This surface has hundreds of pictures of local people taken over the 30 years that the Harbor Inn operated in Morristown. Those pictures will bring a smile to your face and a few of them are darn embarrassing!
With all the records the Museum has set this year- the thing that I am most proud of is the increased interest in volunteering to work for the Museum. These are exciting times and we welcome help from anyone who wants to give some time to make Morristown even better than it is today. We are planning to grow our exhibits for next year and will need help to bring about these changes. If your interest lies with the Farm property- we plan on building a second hiking trail and to improve the Red Barn facility. Now is the time to step forward and talk to us about your interests. You can stop by the Museum or call me on my cell phone- 614-205-8437
August 14, 2018