Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre hosted the second annual holiday gift and craft show. Held inside the museum the show featured over 100 local craft and artisan vendors. This was my first time attending the show, it was a great way to spend a couple of hours on a rainy Saturday.
event brought hundreds of vendors and local residents into a heritage
site. Walking through the craft show I was struck by the contrast of
the permanent displays (eg. large airplanes everywhere) with tables
setup for the vendors. It was interesting to see the space being so
well utilized for a public event and great to see a local heritage site
supporting local artists. The event's location also made the craft show a
bit more child friendly - I saw a number of children eagerly climbing
into and enjoying many of the bushplanes on display as their parents
took in the crafts.
revenue model of using heritage spaces as event spaces definitely isn't
unique to the Bushplane. But it is one of the more prominent and
successful examples in my community. Hosting community events at
heritage and cultural sites have the potential to bring in extra
revenue, expose the general public to the site, and raise the community
profile of a site.
The holiday season brings a wealth of opportunities for heritage
sites -- Christmas parties, craft shows, and special holiday
programming using the site. What innovate community uses of heritage
sites have you seen recently?