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Fort la Reine Museum now open

By Angela Brown, Portage Daily Graphic

Portage la Prairie's Fort la Reine Museum and Pioneer Village in the Central Plains region is now open for the season and has many attractions for visitors to take in during their stay.

Manager Tracey Turner is looking forward to offering area residents a wide variety of activities to enjoy over the summer at the museum.

"It's my second season here and we're going to be having a lot of things that are new and innovative at the museum that haven't happened before," she said.

On May 12, for Manitoba Day there will be a 20-minute presentation on the significance of the York boat to Manitoba.

Then, on June 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a show and shine display of antique motorcycles that will be riding into the museum as part of the Rumbling on the Prairie event. The show, Fort la Reine Ride, is being hosted by the Antique Motorcycle Club of Manitoba.

Another exciting event at the museum this summer is an adaptation of Hamlet at Shakespeare in the Fort during the last week of June - from June 25 to 29 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This special 20-minute show, called "Hamlette," is free with admission to the museum.

There are more fun events to take in starting in July.

"One of the major things that is happening is we are booking in a travelling exhibition for July and August," Turner said.

The show, Voices of the Town: Vaudeville in Canada, runs from July 5 to Sept. 5.

"They can see a new display that has never been here before. It's all about travelling theatre companies that roam the Prairies during the period," said Turner.

Movie nights are also planned at the museum as a fun outing for the community to enjoy. They will be held on Thursdays (weather permitting) in July and August at 7 p.m.

On Canada Day July 1 the museum is having a half- price admission day. There will also be cinnamon buns made in the Ukrainian Prairie bake oven to enjoy. Then on July 21, the museum will be having its Heritage Day festivities, with entertainment and a petting zoo to take in.

Also during the summer, there will also be live demonstrations of a Ukrainian Prairie bake oven in use with a sampling of fresh baked prairie cinnamon buns, which can be arranged for classes or group visits.

These are just some of the many activities families can enjoy at the Fort la Reine Museum.

The museum is open seven days a week - from

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and from

12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through to the end of September.

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