Museum reopens with a bang

Visitors sitting outside the museum during the welcome and raffle draw.

The Fish Hoek Valley Museum was bursting at its seams last Friday during its official reopening after extensive renovations earlier this year.

The museum closed in April for three months while the City gave it a much-needed makeover, which cost R600 000 (“Fish Hoek Valley Museum closed for renovations,” Echo April 13).

However, due to unpredictable weather conditions, the renovations – which included fencing the museum; repairs to the roof; painting of the roof, walls, windows, and doors; high-pressure cleaning of the front driveway and walkway areas; and an upgrade of the electrical wiring – took much longer.

The event included a fund-raising wine tasting attended by about 70 visitors from across the far south who browsed the museum’s exhibits.

The ingredients for snacks were sponsored by a local supermarket, and catering was done by Rolanda Alexander, head of Fish Hoek High School’s hospitality studies, and a team of pupils..

Raffle tickets were sold by the Rotary Club Cape of Good Hope and local businesses donated raffle prizes, which included meal vouchers, a photoshoot and a mini succulent rock garden.

A total of R10 220 was raised, and museum curator Sall Britten said the event had exceeded her expectations.

The money raised, she said, was much-needed funding for the museum.

“I want to thank all who organised and sponsored the event and the local community who were so generous. It was a relaxed and happy atmosphere with the interior of the museum looking amazing after the small team of volunteers had worked so hard to set up and arrange fresh displays,” she said.

The funds would be used to get more attractive display units, more storage cupboards, and filing cabinets as well as the service of a plumber to repair the leaking toilet.

The museum is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9.30am to 12.30pm and entry is R10 a person. Entry for children is free.

The official handover of the money raised on the evening. From left, are Carina Smith-Allin from Mint PR, Fish Hoek Valley Museum curator Sally Britten, ward councillor Simon Liell-Cock, Fish Hoek Valley Museum trustee Bev Frieslich and Celeste Venter from Mint PR.
From left, are Capucine Thomas, Tish Marais, Glen Conway, Alison Darby and Bronwyn Davis.
Debby Saporetti with Faf the “bokkie” and Krzysztof Tanewski enjoying the evening.
Some of the snacks made by Fish Hoek High School’s hospitality studies pupils. Picture Celeste Venter
Anneline and Manu Choudree enjoying the evening. Picture: Wendy Taylor
Visitors enjoying the exhibits at the Fish Hoek Valley Museum during its official opening on Friday. Picture: Pat Fenn
From left are Fish Hoek High School pupils David Pikus, Xalia Teron, Jade Speed and Maxime Abou-Zahr with the head of hospitality studies, Rolanda Alexander. Picture: Celeste Venter