Rob Waldner (Rose City Memorials) timed it perfectly. On the last fine day of October, just before the temperatures dropped, Rob set up his equipment in Tomahawk Park. He brought the compressor, the portable sand pot, his protective gear, and the rubber stencils with the names of the Museum’s newest Friends. 11 of the bricks in the granite mosaic were inscribed this year. Of course, the bricks and just about everything else in Saskatchewan, are totally covered with snow right now, but Rob did take photos of the work done that day.
12 helpers and 2 mini-helpers arrived Saturday morning ready to work. Randy’s To-Do list was extensive, complete with something for everyone to tackle: From washing windows to cleaning bathrooms; from replacing ceiling tiles to putting in door-stops to putting up shelves; from organizing the kitchen to programming door locks to wiping down chairs, to vacuuming, sweeping and washing floors – everyone was kept busy. Some volunteers even stayed beyond noon to check off a few more items on the list. Our mini-helpers were amazing too. They dusted; they helped Rick with a multitude of tasks, and they remained cheerful for a good three hours!
A few photos:
Our sincere thanks to each person who was able to take the time Saturday morning to help the Library and the Museum move that-much-closer to moving in. Your support is very much appreciated.
Missing from photos Rick B, Debbie H., Debbie M., and James & Albert S.
Folks, we’re almost ready to move in to the new Library / Museum building. The walls are painted; flooring has been installed; minor renovations completed; the electricians are done (we think). It’s touch-up time because… moving in is next!
6 – 8 people needed to help us make the space ‘move-in-ready.’
WHEN: Saturday, November 12 from 9am – noon WHERE: 113 Broad Street (the former Good Shepherd Church) WHAT ELSE: Tools, brooms, cleaning supplies will be provided. Please bring your own water bottle.
The Duvall House was built in 1928. It was moved from the farm to the Museum site prior to the Town of Cut Knife’s Centennial in 2012. The house needed some maintenance work and a few upgrades before it was ready for the public, and a fresh coat of paint was high on the list. The walls were filled and sanded; colours were selected to reflect the time period; the house interior was painted. Then came winter.
The upgrades did not include winter heating and the freeze / thaw cycle over the next few years were not kind to the paint. A number of different treatments were tried with varying degrees of success but still the paint peeled and flaked – until Terri suggested chalk paint. Chalk paint is a mixture of plaster-of-paris, warm water, and latex paint. It’s applied with a chalk brush and is worked into the existing wall plaster.
A test wall a few years ago proved to be very encouraging. So, this past Labour Day weekend, Terri and I set to scraping and painting the Duvall House front entrance. The results have been amazing! We’ll be checking it out closely next spring and if there’s no sign of deterioration, be prepared to see a call out for volunteer painters!