All the news from the 2019 AGM
Opening Day almost here!!
Dinner details - May 29
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Early May 2019 eNews

There's always a lot to talk about at this time of year - with the AGM
just past and Opening Day and the Dinner just ahead. 
Your support and presence make it all worth while!

Have You Purchased Your Dinner Ticket Yet?
2019 Dinner PosterWe are very much looking forward to welcoming radio personality Mike Duncan as guest speaker at our Dinner on May 29.  Mike is a truly local boy, born in Cobourg and raised in Shelter Valley, and married to a Cobourg girl!  He joined the staff at CFMX FM in 1986 and since then has been a technical operator, head producer, music director and currently co-hosts the highly rated "Classical Mornings" heard Monday through Friday from 6 to 10 am.
We’ve added one more way for you to purchase your ticket. In addition to phoning 289-691-3845, or emailing, you may now use your Paypal account or credit card by going to our webpage,
(Click on the poster for all the details.)
Silent Auction

The Silent Auction is an important part of our Dinner.  It depends on our members and friends to be successful, both in donating and in bidding.  If you have an item to donate for the auction, please contact Stanley by replying to this eNewsletter.  We’ll take a picture and post it on our Flickr site with the other items.   
To see what’s there now, CLICK HERE!

Highlights of the AGM!

One high point of the CMF AGM was the election of a new member to the Board of Directors
Board Member Al SeymourAl Seymour recently returned to his home town after 40 years.  During that time he was involved in the food industry, but was also an active volunteer with various organizations, responsible for starting a successful food bank and youth centre.  Now retired, Al is a volunteer with Lang Pioneer Village and has been an active member of this year’s Exhibit Team at the CMF.  As well as having local roots, Al has considerable experience in construction and a deep interest in history.  We welcome him to the Board.
With the resignation of Peter Lang during the year, the board now consists of Joan Chalovich (Chair), Elgin Ball, Mary Dunphy, Al Seymour and Ken Willcocks.  They and we together make a difference!

For the first time in 7 years, the Board recommended, and the AGM approved, an increase in membership fees.  Effective with the 2020 year, annual membership in the Cobourg Museum Foundation will be:
Student: $5  Individual $25    Family $40   Sustaining $100  
There is also a Life Membership available for a one time gift of $500.
All memberships are tax deductible.
Mary Dunphy, who looks after memberships, noted that there are still a number of 2018 members who have not yet renewed for 2019.  The old rates still apply for this year.  Please do renew as this is a significant part of our support!
It was with great pleasure that Joan Chalovich introduced the first ever Artist-in-Residence to serve at the Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre.
Artist-in-Residence Rod BergeronRod Bergeron is a local artist who lives in Baltimore where he has his studio.  He works in a variety of mediums including water colour and sculpture, but is widely known as a teacher, sharing with children, adults and older adults the fundamentals of art including painting, drawing, sculpturing and appreciation of art history. Rod likes working on repetitive studies, and is currently working on tree-house sculptures, adding features as the project develops. 
Rod sees the position of Artist-in-Residence as an opportunity to share his knowledge with a wider audience, but also as a way to encourage people to come out and experience the Heritage Centre in a new way.
The concept of an Artist-in-Residence is certainly not new.  Usually the artist creates work on or about the specific location for a specified period of time.  Our shared vision is that Rod will create art on-site at the Heritage Centre each Wednesday morning from July to mid-August.  Visitors will see him creating his art and be encouraged to interact with him.  At the end there will be a special showing of his work and, possibly, a members only event!
Nowadays artists have to be digitally savvy, and you can find Rod online:
Getting Ready for Opening Day
Brenda RakingOpening Day is just over a week away, with Members Preview set for Thursday, May 16, 2-4 & 6-7pm.
Volunteers have been raking up the leaves, posing for photographs, putting finishing touches on story panels, doing 3D printing, repairing spinning wheels, and all sorts of other things!  Don’t wait, hurry in to see our brand new exhibits, “Artifactually Speaking”!  (Open weekends only until July.)

 May is Museum Month in Cobourg

Mayor Proclaims May as Museum MonthAt Cobourg Council recently, May was proclaimed as Museum Month in Cobourg.  In the words of the proclamation, we are encouraged “to visit our local heritage sites and institutions, including the Dressler House, Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre, Cobourg and District Sports Hall of Fame, the James Cockburn Room in Victoria Hall and the Art Gallery of Northumberland during the month of May”.
And we encourage your visits all season long!

                            May is Museum Month Logo
Come see what everyone is talking about and sign the Centre's guestbook!
Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre Guestbook
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