The East Coulee School Museum hosted a Highland Gala at the Badlands Community Facility, Saturday, January 19, to celebrate Robbie Burns Day.
The night featured two bands, a roast beef dinner, scotch tastings as well as a silent auction.
"This has been a great showing of support from the community. Not only did we have a sell-out crowd, but the support for the silent auction items has been super; and I know it is tough economic times for a lot of places, but everybody seems to have put in a little bit to help us out and keep this Provincial Historic Resource thriving," beamed Barb Steeves, Executive Director of the East Coulee School Museum.
The amount that the event raised was not yet totalled at the time this story was written, but we do know a little bit about where the board plans to spend the money.
"The funds are going to the foundation this year, the north-west corner has settled a little bit, and we have to do something with it. The boiler has been installed, the roof has been all done and many thanks to those that have contributed," said Dave Daly, former board member of the East Coulee School Museum.
The foundation isn't the only thing that will need to be re-done and looked at this summer.
"The second thing it (the funds) is going to go to, is restoring a couple of the Heritage windows. This will be the first time that we (The East Coulee School Museum Board) have done any work on any of the windows, and it's a complete rebuilding of two of the windows on the north side of the building that is pretty much rotted. They have to be rebuilt exactly the way they were, to begin with," explains Steeves.
Steeves explains that they have to get a heritage window specialist to restore the windows, as they will have to be cut the same way and built with the same wood that it was built within the 1930s.