High hopes for museum fundraiser

Supporters of Conception Bay Museum to stage dinner theatre on March 1

Nicholas Mercer nmercer@cbncompass.ca
Published on February 25, 2014

Conception Bay Museum board of directors member Patrick Collins is shown here in this Compass file photo. Collins, and the board, are putting off a dinner and a show entitled "The Chronicles of Dr. Cron" at the Harbour Breeze in Harbour Grace on March 1.

Compass file photo

Officials with the Conception Bay Museum are hoping an upcoming fundraiser can jumpstart new programs for the facility.

“We’re trying to offer something new,” said Patrick Collins, secretary for the museum’s board of directors.

These programs will be designed to enhance the experience people will have once they enter the 150-year-old structure.

To help get these new programs going, the board is putting off a dinner theatre entitled “The Chronicles of Dr. Cron” at the Harbour Breeze in Harbour Grace on March 1.

“We will use the money to re-program and heighten what is there already,” said Collins. “We want to introduce an educational component there.”

The goal will be to try and attract more schools to bring classes to the museum as early as this May and in the fall.

The museum would offer students the opportunities to learn more about the history of the region. Many pieces are on display in the museum, some dating back to 1853.

Harbour Grace, and much of Conception Bay North, has a rich history in the sealing and salt fish industries, as well as a history in aviation.

“There are various topics that would be of interest to the students and fit in with their curriculum,” said Collins.

It is this regional history that Collins and the board will be looking to showcase to children in the area.

“We’re trying to offer something new,” he said.


Dr. Cron

There were two goals to putting off the show on Dr. Charles Cron.

The first is to raise money for the aforementioned programs, while the other is to celebrate the life of the noted local physician.

Born in Harbour Grace in 1886, he set up a practice in his hometown in 1912. For the next 50 years, he served the people of Harbour Grace, as well as Spaniard’s Bay, Tilton, Upper Island Cove and beyond.

At the time of his death in 1962, Cron served as president of Newfoundland and Labrador’s medical board.

“He did a lot socially for the area,” said Collins.

The show will include a short play, featuring various re-enactments of Cron’s life.

Ticket sales have gone well heading into the final week before the show.

The group had 110 seats sold as of Feb. 21, with a goal of 150.

“We want to make it a quality event,” said Collins.

For tickets or information, call Pat Collins at 596-2172, email pjcollins@eastlink.ca; Jane Lynch 596-2058, email janelynch50@hotmail.com; or Lona Stone 596-7631, gordandlona@hotmail.com.