Folk fundraiser for museum

Rossland Museum holds outdoor concert with folk quartet Heavy Shtetl performing

Event organizers breathed a sigh of relief as the mini-storms that had been plaguing the alpine city took a break on Wednesday night. Kootenay folk quartet Heavy Shtetl entertained a crowd of young and old on the Rossland Museum lawn, with their strings and horns producing an array of upbeat melodies.

Dance instructor Slava Doval treated the gathered to high-stepping solo dancing, and led large numbers of eager participants in traditional group dances.

The museum association held the concert to raise funds for improved signage throughout the museum grounds.

“We’re pleased with the turn out,” says Joyce Austin, “Especially considering how the weather has been.”

Several young families came out to the event, with children flocking to join the spirited group dancing.

The idea of a summer concert has been simmering with the association for some time, seeing it come together is very encouraging.

“We want more concerts like this in Rossland,” Austin states, “Definitely something we’d like to do again next summer.”

Despite the closure of the underground element of the Mining Museum, site tours and gold panning are still going strong, and the public is encouraged to visit the grounds.

With Tourism Rossland’s new “Golden Ticket”, it is easier than ever for people to enjoy historical outings in the town.  The Golden Ticket combines a tour of the Rossland Museum, lunch or dinner at the Flying Steamshovel and entry to Gold Fever Follies; the ticket can be used over several days.

Fundraising efforts, however, do not end with Wednesday’s concert.

“We could always use help from the community,” Austin says, “It’s a great place to visit and we’re always looking to make improvements.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the museum association’s efforts can do so at the museum during opening hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily.