More than 200 people channeled their flannel at this first-of-its-kind event

More than 200 people attended The Canadian Canoe Museum’s first-ever Campfires and Cocktails event, enjoying local food and drink, live music and an amazing auction on May 4.

The event raised $40,250 to support educational programming and will return next year, offering community members another opportunity to channel their flannel.

The museum’s galleries were brimming thanks to the support of many, including the volunteer organizing committee, 13 sponsors, 8 food providers, and the 15 local artists and distinguished Canadians who painted paddles for the live auction. The evening was set to music by local country-folk-pop trio the Dixie Hicks and complemented by artisans at work in the Preserving Skills Gallery.

“This first-of-its-kind event was embraced by the community, and we are so grateful for all the support the museum received. From the organizing committee led by Jane Ulrich, to the local businesses who brought such incredible creativity to the table, we were amazed by the initiative and interest,” said Caroline Anderson, Annual Giving Co-ordinator.

Organizing committee volunteers include: Jane Ulrich, Mary Bucholtz, Nan Campbell, Emma Cox, Julie Davie, Lisa Dixon, Kathy Gillis, Sarah McDougall-Perrin, Lauren McGee, and Pamela St. Onge.

“It was inspiring to see our generous sponsors, volunteers and guests embrace Campfires & Cocktails with enthusiasm,” said Ms. Ulrich. “Together we channeled our flannel with flair in support of The Canadian Canoe Museum’s important and innovative educational programs. Thank you to everyone involved for making this an evening to remember.”

The Canadian Canoe Museum board and staff second this thank you. Without our generous event sponsors and supporters, our dedicated volunteers, and a dynamic organizing committee, Campfires & Cocktails would not have been possible.

About Education at The Canadian Canoe Museum

The museum offers more than 20 hands-on, experiential education programs for students and youth groups from kindergarten through to university and college, by day and overnight. Our world-class collection allows us to offer innovative experiential field trips that explore the arts, science, language, social studies, history and native studies curricula, all through the lens of the canoe. Students make, bake, build, sing, carve, paint, experiment, measure and map. They examine primary sources, handle artifacts, and paddle canoes in programs that support all learning styles. Field trips are guided by educators offering curriculum-connected programming in both French and English.

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