Behind the Scenes by Judy Toupin …

Welcome, Biindigen, Bonjour

Close to 200 visitors in the 1st week!

July 23, 2021 – a week in to our new season!

What a thrill it was last Saturday to welcome our first guests through the door! They were a family visiting from out-of-town, camping and taking the time to come visit.

It continued to be extremely busy, with almost 100 people in 2 days!

I’d say that was a success.


We had our first Vendor’s Market on Sunday. Mia and Amy had a Rock Painting and Hand Print Station that was very well attended. This is an event that we will continue throughout the summer.


Painted rocks in the museum garden

We are continuing our Rock Painting to add to our future Garden of Strength and Hope.


The Hand Prints is a Mural Project that we are working on and we want to fill it with handprints, then it will be protected with acrylic and hung on the outside wall of the Museum.

We are excited to be doing a pop-up day with Algonquin Nursing Home in August. It will be nice to have all ages represented on this Mural.

Hand Prints Mural

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So first week in – almost 200 people.

Everyone is super friendly, considerate (no reminders to wear masks needed but we do have some at the front desk just in case you forget yours), no complaints about signing in or any waits that might have been involved because we are limited to 20 people at a time inside the museum proper.

I believe we’re all just truly thankful to have come through this pandemic, at least to this point, and I hope we’ve all realized how important it is to be kind to one another. That has been the experience this week and it does all of our hearts good to have this level of normal that we’ve all worked so hard to reach.


We want to be a part of promoting our local businesses, so we have purchased Gift Certificates from them.

We will be doing weekly draws for these Gift Certificates through the summer.

All adults who tour the museum, will get a ticket in the draw.

Once a week, we will randomly choose a Gift Certificate and randomly choose a prize winner.

All tickets will remain in the draw throughout the summer.


We also still have Raffle Tickets ON SALE for the beautiful Quilts on display in the museum.

If you have ordered ticket(s) and paid for them, but not received an email with your e-tickets, please check your spam/junk mail. If it’s not there, please send us an email, mattawamuseum@gmail.com so we can get your tickets to you.

Once you order, you’ll need to pay via e-transfer or you can come to the museum and pay cash and we will get your ticket(s) to you. If you have any questions at all, please call the museum (705)7445495 – open 7 days a week, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.


Thank you to everyone who has visited and brought family/friends.

Please pass on the word – we are open 7 days a week now until the last week of August!

Some wonderful volunteers from our Board of Directors are stepping up to make this happen and I want to sincerely thank Tom Gibson, Ginette Dupuis, Jim Burton, Diane Donley and Kim Duchesne for the gift of their time on my days off to be a part of the team!