Exciting times at rejuvenated Marine Museum

To the editor:

Recently I joined the Marine Museum and was surprised at the enthusiasm and energy of its members. After all the discouraging news of the past few months, the rejuvenation is a sight to behold. It’s exhilarating to be associated with a group of individuals with such positive attitudes.

We intend to write a series of letters to the editor to let people know about what’s happening now and what`s planned for the future. We’ll be discussing events, new acquisitions, and projects such as the Cove Coalition (the entities in Battleship Cove which will be working together in the future to create a destination place for tourism in Fall River), volunteers working to keep the area from Bicentennial Park and Point Gloria to the Bogan/Tillotson area and the Gates of the City clean and green, the proposal of placement of a Tourist Information Bureau in Heritage State Park, and refurbishment of their theater to hold informational programs on Fall River’s assets and historical events.

An evening cocktail and hors d’oeuvres cruise aboard The Harbor Queen on Mount Hope Bay is scheduled for October 4. Everyone is invited. The cost is $100 per person and reservations are required. It is advisable to make reservations early because initial responses indicate a sellout. Contact Sheila Salvo at 508-674-4371 for more information.

As you can imagine, these are exciting times for the Marine Museum and Fall River. New members are most welcome and help by volunteers is greatly appreciated. Not only is the work interesting and satisfying, but you’ll be sharing the camaraderie of members on an important mission.

Dues are $30 for an individual, $40 for family. Contact the museum at 508-674-3533 for more information or send a check to the museum at 70 Water Street, Fall River, MA 02720. Membership dues are tax deductible under the IRS code.

A web site is being created with an email address for anyone to contact the Marine Museum with comments, suggestions, questions, etc. We will let you know when it’s up and running.

The museum is open 10-3, Wednesday through Saturday. We will be participating in a Free Super Sunday during the Festival at the Gates of The City next Sunday, September 9, to let Fall River know we are open and alive! We hope to see you then.

Phil Hudner

Westport

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