Prescott House and Garden Museum set to make learning fun this summer

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Prescott House and Garden Museum senior interpreter Diana Baldwin with one of the museum’s framed maps. This artifact, dating from 1711, features a description of the Bay of Fundy. K. Starratt

BY KIRK STARRATT

Kings County Advertiser/Register

Looking for an entertaining family outing this summer that includes fun and learning in a unique package? Look no further than the Prescott House and Garden Museum. Senior interpreter Diana Baldwin says all sorts of summer events are planned at the Starr’s Point museum, including popular summer workshops for children, writing workshops and more. Staff members are actively trying to get the public involved with the museum, promoting history and heritage through interesting, unique events.

The children’s workshops will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout July and August from 10 a.m. to noon. The sessions are for kids age five and up and the cost is $6 per child. Pre-registration is required.

Baldwin says the workshops have various themes and “Prescott Picassos” art workshops are held every Thursday.

“We’ve been doing this for six years,” she adds, pointing out that the workshops fill up quickly and they have limited space. “We usually have waiting lists for all our programs. They’re very popular.”

The programs have such a following some children have said they don’t want to go away on trips this summer: they would rather participate in the Prescott House workshops.

“We’re trying to include children in activities to raise awareness of the museum to them and their families." Prescott House and Garden Museum senior interpreter Diana Baldwin

The 2011 workshops include “Prescott Games”, July 5; “Prescott Pirates”, July 12; “A Day in the Life of the Prescott Children”, July 19; “Prescott’s Nature Buddies”, July 26; “Prescott’s Toyshop”, August 2; “Go Fly a Kite at Prescott House”, August 9; “Prescott’s Busy Bugs”, August 16; and “Prescott Puppeteers”, August 23.

“We’re trying to include children in activities to raise awareness of the museum to them and their families,” Baldwin says.

This is the second year for writing workshops at the museum. Because the museum has such an extensive library, Baldwin says museum staff to encourage a literary theme for the site. Participants find the environment at the museum very conducive to creativity and writing. Some writing workshops are held outside in the garden or in the sun porch.

Join local romance writers Donna Alward and Michelle Helliwell for a day of inspiration and “Finding Your Muse” August 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Organizations: Prescott House, Garden Museum, Point museum Go Fly Kings Historical Society

Geographic location: Bay of Fundy, Maritime Provinces, Belgium

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