Semi formal event supports McCloud Museum

Shareen Strauss
Saturday's A Night as the Museum fundraiser supporting the McCloud Heritage Junction Museum hosted a semi-formal buffet dinner and performance drawing a sold out crowd

Cars lined the streets of Main Street in McCloud as many dressed-up locals came to attend the Heritage Junction Museum 2nd annual fundraiser, A Night at the Museum, on Saturday night.

This semi-formal (for McCloud standards) gala that sold out in a very short time was held in the Great Room of the McCloud Mercantile where the walls were lined with decorated tables of raffle and silent auction items and framed museum reprints of McCloud that were taken at the turn of the century that were available for sale.

Put on by museum volunteers and many contributing businesses in McCloud, the evening’s featured buffet dinner of tri tip and chicken cordon bleu buffet was catered by the McCloud Meat Market and Tavern. Volunteers included Stephanie Burris, Rosemary Cary, Kevin and Darlene Mathis, Sybil Stewart, Ginger White along with Sierra Walsh and Jamie Rigau from McCloud Elementary School and Kayla Burris from McCloud High School.

The entertainment was a musical performance by the Heritage Junction Museum Melodrama cast. The decor of the table center pieces was that of the McCloud High School Logger colors of purple and gold that reflected the skit, “When We Were a Couple of Kids,” a musical tribute to growing up in McCloud. The cast included John and Lin Kessler, Mike and Ginger White, Jimmie and Kat Abbott, Jeanine Masciola who all played both present and past students costumed in original McCloud school uniforms. Brittny Bringle from COS drama department made a special appearance singing "Sentimental Journey” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” accompanied by her mother, Laurel Bringle on the piano. Other songs sung by the cast were “Rock Around the Clock,” “The Way We Were,” “See You Later Alligator,” and “Pesky, Pushy People Leader” sang to the tune of Purple People Eater. Annette Spitsen wrote and directed this play and also performed as a teacher wearing a blonde beehive wig fashionable in the day.

The Heritage Junction Museum was started in 1987 when the mill’s union office donated the building on Main Street in McCloud, says current president Sheri Burris. Along with keeping the museum open during summer months, this year’s fundraiser will go towards replacing rotten piers and posts under the building, painting and weatherizing the steam engine on display outside the building, painting and upgrading venues in the museum to include the old Episcopalian Church’s organ recently donated by Dave and Suzanne Abbott.

Along with board members Sheri Burris, Edie Adams, Dan and Mary Selby, Gerald Hoertling, Annette Spitsen, Jim Wolfe, Kelly Claro, Shareen Strauss and Kenna Edwards, Dave Cook, another valuable board director of the museum who served faithfully for many years passed away last week was also recognized during the evening’s ceremonies.

Located at 320 Main St., McCloud, the museum will be open 11:00 to 3:00 pm everyday starting May 25th. A handmade quilt dedicated to founding museum board members Bob and Betty Grey will be on displayed and raffled off in October. Stop by to see the displays and merchandise along with their selection of historic books for sale.