Exhibit openings tend to bring to mind adults standing around nibbling on canapés and drinking wine while they stare contemplatively at the objects on display. But, since our goal as a museum is to engage all ages in the history of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, we decided to do something a bit different when we unveiled our new Agriculture exhibit. On August 20th, we hosted an Agriculture Family Fun Day with activities, food and give-aways to celebrate the exhibit, the history of agriculture and its continued presence in the community and across the province. The event was a huge success with visitors having the chance to see the new exhibit, take part in activities, and even learn a little bit about growing things.
Take a look at the day in action!
Food First NL came and made seed bombs with us. It was a perfect day for being outside and playing with clay and dirt!
Chris from C.D.’s Trees on Marine Drive came explained how you propagate shrubs and showed us how you can prune some types into a fun shape.
Kids had fun using potatoes, turnips, and mushrooms as stamps. Vegetables can be used for all kinds of things!
One of the highlights of the day was the chance to make butter. These happy visitors are shaking jam-jars of whipped whipping cream that after about 5-10 minutes will separate into butter. This activity was such a success that we’ve incorporated sheets with the instructions into the exhibit, so now all visitors can grab a copy and try making butter at home.
What would an exhibit opening be without food? We connected the snacks to our theme of agriculture yesterday and today by making goodies with some of the things that grow in our gardens. As you can see the chocolate-mint brownies were a particularly popular item.
And the shining star of the day was the updated exhibit. Stop by and check it out yourself.