THE KIDS ARE TAKING OVER!!

mmmk. So last year at this time I had been employed at the Creston Museum for a whopping 30 days. As a Program Coordinator, my first project was to arrange the Annual Kids Day event. Wide-eyed-and-bushy-tailed I launched head first into it. And came out with an entire binder full of activities. [in case you can’t tell, I was very excited]. Needless to say it was a monster amount of work, but the students that year were so super awesome, they did a crazy good job.

And guess what? We’re gonna do it all over again 😉

SATURDAY JUNE 13 2015 10AM-4PM

ADMISSION BY DONATION

FIRST ROUND OF ACTIVITIES @ 10:15AM

FREE ICE CREAM & LEMONADE 1-1:30PM

SECOND ROUND OF ACTIVITIES @ 1:45PM

Kids day is jam packed with fun stuff. Obviously. But, like sneaking zucchini into chocolate cake, the games also have a hidden agenda. That you totally can’t taste. But seriously though, who doesn’t love chocolate zucchini cake.

I’m drooling now.

What was I saying?

Oh ya.

Our goal is to make learning as hands on and ridiculous and fun as humanly possible. And usually that involves some sort of mess. (last year it was shaving cream)

Which, really, who isn’t into getting messy? Especially kids. But don’t pretend that you grownups don’t enjoy it too!

So here is a little magnifying glass into what is behind some of our favorite games and activities!

Load the Apple Crate:

Relay Race

On the surface, it looks like an innocent race to pile delicious fruit into a crate and tap into kids inherent love to run and be competitive. But in reality, Apple Packing was an extremely physical job that relied on speed and efficiency. Time and volume is profit, and every little bit mattered! Not to mention the quality. If your produce was bruised, one or two things happened… a) you got a lower price for your fruit and/or b) it spoiled quicker therefore reducing your profit. And since the backbone of Creston Economy was apple orchards, this is pretty significant to why our town is still thriving today.

 

Weight Pull:

Team Activity

Throughout time, tests of strength have been a source of entertainment and fame. Pulling competitions, throwing competitions, you name it, they were held regularly, and the winners earned SUPREME bragging rights and very high respect and esteem by their community. Ever hear the story of Figure and Justin Morgan? Kind of like The Little Train That Could. but a horse. I couldn’t find a good enough site to link to, but basically Justin Morgan (a teacher and artsy guy in the 1700’s Vermont) bought a little bay colt who had a fairly well known father and a ‘wild air’ mom, and as he grew he could do anything the ‘purebreds’ could do; speed trot, run, pull… and best them. Every. Single. Time. Even the HUUUGE drafts! and he was tiny… so he became famous and got to pass his genes on to lots of babies that were basically his clones and ended up the founding father of the Morgan Horse.

A fairly average Morgan horse, with a rider for scale

A typical Percheron Draft team. The first Morgan would of been competing against horses this big, and doing the same type of work: logging, plowing, etc.

 

But these competitions also served a purpose. Without mechanized aid, strength was success, be it in a man or animal. The strongest animals got to pass on their genes to the next generation, and the strongest people thrived for their ability to get the job done and either earn a wage or withstand the grueling work required to sew fields, harvest etc to produce food to survive. Creston is an Agriculture town, so both two and four legged folks here had to have some serious muscle!

 

Build A Bridge:

Team Activity

Ahhh yes…build a bridge. You receive a pile of completely un-related ‘stuff’, with the objective of reaching the other side of the courtyard without falling off or touching the grass. Otherwise you start over. For most kids, this one can be quite challenging, much like the Cabin. Some might call me cruel, or old school, but you have to admit; teamwork, physical awareness, problem solving, communication, and attention span are greatly reduced. It’s iPads and instant gratification. {rant over.}

In ‘the old days’, all these were serious life skills!! The community had to work together for the best interest of EVERYONE, and if you got stuck and couldn’t figure something out at a job, you didn’t just give up, you enlisted help and worked together as a team! TEAMWORK FOR THE WIN!

Build a Cabin

Team Activity

I do a lot of weird things here. And that’s being modest. Tammy doesn’t even ask anymore. But when I asked her for a whole boatload of pool noodles, she didn’t know just yet the level of crazy she just signed herself on for. But, she trusted me, and we came out with a pretty sweet little project!

 

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THE NOODLE CABIN…

S’pose I should do some ‘splanin…

This activity, much like the bridge activity, was designed to encourage team work and problem solving, as well as push attention spans. When a settling family came to Creston, chances were you were pretty poor, and couldn’t afford much for building materials. If you bought a piece of property that was still forested, well you were in luck! You were looking at most of your building materials. Everyone knows that a log cabin is basically a giant 3-D puzzle, but it took a lot of work, from lots of people to piece it together. And everyone helped out because that’s just what a small community did! Joe’s family needs help building a cabin? Sweet! Mrs. is making cornbread, lets roll up our sleeves! Ma’am’s family needs a cabin? c’mon everyone!  Oh, you only have small diameter logs to work with? Heads together guys! Who has a saw?

The cabin is very similar, match up the proper ends with the proper dowels, and with a little bit of communication and teamwork, you have a really cool, mini rainbow cabin!

wanna see it all put together? Come check it out on Kids Day!!

wanna see it all put together? Come check it out on Kids Day!! (PS it is much bigger than it looks like it will be in the picture)

Gold Panning:

Individual Independent (messy) Activity

Creston was not founded on gold panning. Most of the surrounding area was… But that’s not to say that it wasn’t attempted! A lot. All over the valley. And a few people actually found some nice little veins. But it was still a major part of the economy of the area back in the day. People would travel great distances through the area to try and strike it rich! It is quite the art, and still had an enormous following the world over.

Also, it is a great excuse to get wet on a very hot day and splash and mess with dirt.

This is just a sample of the activities we will be hosting, there is stuff in every corner of the place! Not to mention winning Pennies to redeem for candy after completing certain activities! Arts and crafts, it’s all here. Join us and have some fun! (this is a judgement free zone, so adults feel free to participate “with” your kids 😉 )

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Model T wins a Blue Ribbon in the Creston Valley Blossom Fest Parade

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I think Tammy and Skip can smile a great big, huge, well deserved smile. ‘The T’ as it is affectionately known ’round here made it through the parade, and even came away with a blue ribbon! Talk about a great outcome!

It has been just about a year long process to restore this farm truck back to [safe] working order, and if you’ve been following the truck you know what kind of a milestone this is! Click HERE for the main story.

So just in case you missed it, here are some pictures of the T running in all its 94 year old glory!

This years fantastic summer students

Driving by the iconic Grain Elevators who call Creston, BC home

What a beautiful blue ribbon…

HERE  is the link to our YouTube channel to for some videos of it running.

Wanna see it?

219 Devon Road, Creston BC

The truck loves company and the spotlight. Hope to see you soon!

I spy with my little eye…

Have I ever mentioned I love my job?

Things I get to do legitimately and get paid for:

-Garden

-Be on Pinterest

-Write these certifiably crazy blog posts

-Think up ridiculous and fun activities for kids and kids of the adult persuasion

-Visit various super cool and mostly historic places

-Stick stuff in concrete

…..

wait…What?

yes. you heard me. stick stuff in concrete. cast iron stuff in concrete.

let me explain…but it might take a bit to get around to the actual point of the story. so bear with me!

Within the next year {every crossible body part crossed and Irish jigs showered in four leaf clovers and the blessings of mermaids} we will be embarking on a mission to up-heave our storage system. It is impossibly inefficient, and at this point, Tammy estimates another 2 years and we won’t be able to accept another single thing.

*cue audience GASP*

It’s kind of sad when you actually think about it. I may not know much, and what my knowledge does revolve around tends to be completely perfunctory trivia, but I do know that putting a cork on our collection would not be a particularly desirable thing.

So Tammy in her absolutely amazing and beyond dedicated way has been grant writing like a crazy woman! But acquiring over $200,000 worth is one very,

Very.

VERY.

large task.

But in order to store our stuff, we have to do a purge. One thing about Museums is that they have a habbit of becoming hoardey hoarders that hoard hoardy hoarders who hoard…hoarders. 😐

We acquired our collection from the bankrupt Yahk Museum in the 80’s just minutes before the whole thing went up for auction. [pretty sweet right??] And there was so. much. stuff. Not necessarily in volume, but put the emphasis on stuff. At the time, it was awesome to just have a collection! But a few decades (and longer than my lifetime) of un-checked accepting of donations has left us with a brutal number of duplicates of duplicates that duplicated. Like type writers. and harrows. They are like bunnies. So before we spend this house worth of money on a storage system, we have to decide what can be kept and what can go without remorse to maximize room for what is kept and what will enter the collection in the future.

Speaking of bunnies… in the mean time, Bunny and her mini inventory army are a machine; though if you’ve ever been in the office, you know you can hear upstairs quite well. So from downstairs, it makes for better listening than the comedy chanel!

{if you don’t know/remember Bunny, that is actually her name. And she is concentrated awesome.}

‘Why the heck do we even have this???’

‘I’m positive I just saw a small herd of those on that other shelf…’

‘HOW. MANY. WRENCHES. AND. SEWING. MACHINES. DO. WE. REALLY. NEED?!?!?!’

*crashbangclatterclatterthunk* “Everything ok up there??”

‘Oh. It’s GREEEEAAT….just getting chased by a bed pan….”

Another perk to my job. I get to listen to Bunny. [win for me.]  And she is very creative too! Usually when the insane idea train leaves the station, it’s generally Tammy or I in the conductors hat. But this time, we don’t get the blame-errrr…credit.

Bunny has traveled quite a lot. During one of her stops, she saw this sidewalk that had her absolutely enamored…

so she talked to the board. and she arranged. and she sorted said excess of stuff. and she put Helen the accessioning lady on the case. and they found them.

THE EXPENDABLES!!!

OH, hahaha….no no no…not those expendables…

THEEEEESE expendables…

THE EXPENDABLES!!!!

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This motley bunch of exclusively hand selected tools was chosen specifically for their state of brokenness, redundancy, and metal/iron composition. If you’re not thinking either one of us is completely nuts by this point, just hold on. We’ve almost made it to the point of this post.

We called concrete guys. And they did the thing that they do with the concrete. And then. AAAAAANND then. We put the stuff in the concrete.

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me taking a picture of Tammy taking a picture.

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It never ceases to amaze me at the amount of planning and preparation it takes to get the ‘random’ look. Like the time it takes to craft the perfect messy bun.

IF YOU THINK IT JUST HAPPENS YOU ARE SORELY MISTAKEN OR HAVE BEEN THOROUGHLY LIED TO REPEATEDLY!

Because this random scattering of said chosen stuff was ANYTHING but random. There was so much planning and placing and strategic plotting we probably could of re-built the Twin Towers. k, I’m exaggerating.

How does this even work…my shirt made it through playing in CONCRETE, but was slain by spaghetti sauce that evening. life can be cruel. first world problems.

But the best and funniest part I think both Tammy and I found was just how much fun the big burly macho concrete guys had laying the stuff in the sidewalk with us! It was a regular laugh fest! Which made me smile because if there is one thing I love more than chocolate, it is seeing people laugh and smile. And the guys were so proud of it too!! If they ever decide to get out of laying pretty, smooth concrete, they certainly have a calling in laying pretty, smooth concrete with stuff in it.

And here at the Museum, we L.O.V.E. it!!!

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the words came from a sign that said ‘Creston Post Office’. This, for the Record, was not my idea. That is not to say I don’t seize in a fit of uncontrollable giggles every time I walk by it.

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So we now have an ‘I Spy’ sidewalk!! It is really amazing…I’m not going to tell you what all we have in it, you will need to come down and see for your self what all you can find!!

Would you like to help ensure we can continue to collect wonderful educational stuff? We are incredibly grateful for any donations, and donations of $50 and up will receive a tax receipt.

Stop in, or give us a call at 250-428-9262

Cheers for now!

Model T in the Blossom Fest Parade

**SUPER UPDATE**

‘THE T’ WILL OFFICIALLY BE RUNNING IN THE CRESTON BLOSSOM FEST PARADE SATURDAY MAY 16TH!!

HOORAY!!

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I suppose one could call our Model T a little bit of an attention hog. *forcefully whispers* It ‘caught the bug’. It has ‘The Spotlight Hunger’. Newspaper articles, interviews with CBC, near viral appearances on social media…

You just might be able to call it a bit of a celebrity.

**HISTORICAL SELF FIVE!**

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and, like any good celebrity, it would totally be a gracious home-grown came from nothing celeb and thank you for making it what it is today. So since it’s a truck and, also therefore an inanimate object, and also therefore doesn’t have hands, it can’t hi-5 you. I will do that for the truck.

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So now that we have it all restored and running and stuff…we are hoping to have it out in the public a lot more. It is no stranger to events though, it has made a few appearances in the past… The last time it was in the Blossom Fest Parade was in 2001 when it was displayed on a flat deck (before it had any work past a new paint job and a canvas cover put on the box).

2003 saw it displayed at Kokanee Ford during a Ford Motor Company 100th Anniversary Antique Car Show. The ’21 was the oldest vehicle there!

2009 was the first time it ran since we acquired it in the 80’s when a Model T club from Calgary passed through, found the truck, [freaked out just a little from excitement], and borrowed some parts off their cars and had it chugging along within HALF AN HOUR!!

So now that it is drive-able {forward and backwards} and the glitches and wrinkles of a nearly century old vehicle have been worked and ironed out, it’s time to hit the pavement and roll!

We are hoping to see you there! Parade is scheduled to start @ 11:00am

Link your #ParadePictures of the Truck to us! #CrestonMuseum #ModelT #Rollinlikeits1921

Want to read the full story on the Model T? Click here