Mar 8, 2013

Museum of Work & Culture

Museum of Work & Culture’s Signature Event
Salute to Spring ~ Bonjour Printemps

Category: News Room
Posted by: Anonymous

Museum of Work & Culture’s Signature Event
Salute to Spring ~ Bonjour Printemps

The Museum of Work & Culture, a division of the Rhode Island
Historical Society, announces that tickets are now on sale for its
signature event “A Salute to Spring/Bounjour Printemps.”  The event
will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 1:30 – 5:00.  The
celebration also marks the end of the museum’s annual appeal and
raffle.  The grand prize, a trip for 2 to Montreal, Canada, donated by
Conway tours, will be drawn that day.  Other prizes include more than
30 gift certificates to restaurants and entertainment venues.

The day’s activities will feature a concert by Josée Vachon, the
popular Franco-American entertainer who brings her warm engaging humor
and upbeat rhythms to the museum’s ITU Hall.  Also, one of the
museum’s popular living history plays “Play Ball” will be presented
during the afternoon.  The setting for “Play Ball” takes play on a
Sunday afternoon, July 4, 1937, at Mrs. Lizotte’s boarding house in
Woonsocket.  It is a reflection of the role that baseball played in
the daily lives of people working and living in the Blackstone Valley.
It tells the time when the Great Depression was affecting everyone.
Baseball was one of the things that people could still enjoy.  It
helped them to forget the “hard times” they were experiencing.  Jean
McKenna O’Donnell plays Mrs. Lizzotte.  Jean has been a long-time
volunteer at the Museum of Work & Culture and has appeared in other
plays including 335 Bernon Street and Bridget, the Slater Mill
Domestic.  Erik Eckilson plays Mike Sullivan, a worker at the Social
Mill.   Erik is also a long- time volunteer at the Museum and has
appeared in several plays including Finlay’s Corner, The Holidays at
Finlay’s Corner, The Boarding House and his award winning role as
Joseph Schmetz, head of the ITU in The ITU Meeting.

Gold Sponsors for this event include Braver PC, Conway Tours, Québec
Délégation in Boston, and Soucy Insurance Agency.  Silver Sponsors are
Canadian Consulate in Boston, the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of
Commerce, Wrights Dairy Farm and Li’l General.

Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.  Tickets are $15
per person and can be purchased at the museum which is located at 42
South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895 or by calling 401-769-9675.