Fran Donnelly, Dundas
Re: Raising sustaining funds is a necessity, not an option, April 26.
The Dundas Museum and Archives has always been involved with fundraising as part of its mandate.
Over the years, successful fundraising events, formulated and inspired by the former museum administrator, Carolyn Westoby, have helped to bring needed revenue to the museum. Former events such as Pub Night and Keep Your Fork, There’s Pie have generated funds and goodwill in the community.
I disagree, however, that the proposed rental events to be held in the Pirie House will be equivalent to those formerly held in the Assembly Room in the museum.
There is a big difference between a lecture, meeting, and birthday party held in a basement room with no windows accessible to the outside, and a small wedding reception or bridal shower held in a living room space with possible outdoor use.
The neighbours are anxious about parking, noise and alcohol issues and would like a meeting to discuss these concerns.
It’s too bad that, because of the current renovations, “the outdoor space will be dramatically reduced,” which may mean popular outdoor events such as the annual Victorian Family Day celebration may also be reduced in size. What a shame.