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Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge Museums offer free Culture Days activities

Culture Days 2023 runs from Sept. 22 to Oct. 15, with dozen of local events
Maple Ridge Museum will be hosting the Apple Harvest Festival as part of the Culture Days 2023 festivities. (Brandon Tucker/The News)

As the national Culture Days event returns, a lot of people across the province will be looking for ways to celebrate local arts and culture, which is why both the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Museums will be hosting a long list of events for people to try.

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For its contribution to the Culture Days 2023 festivities, the Pitt Meadows Museum is running its A Moment in Time program, which will consist of three separate craft-making days.

“This event is all about taking life’s moments and creating a story,” said the museum.

The first opportunity to make some cool crafts will be on Sept. 24, when the museum hosts The Great Outdoors event. This will involve making tree ring art and animation bugs.

The next week’s theme will be the high seas during A Pirate’s Life for Me day on Oct. 1. This will have participants creating their own ship-in-a-bottle displays.

The final crafting day will be on Oct. 15, when the It’s a Jungle Out There event will have people making mini animal habitats at the museum.

Since they are part of the Culture Days program, making all of these crafts is free and does not require signing up ahead of time. Each of the three sessions will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Pitt Meadows Museum.

But crafting isn’t the only thing happening in the two cities during Culture Days 2023. The Maple Ridge Museum will be offering its Apple Harvest Festival, which does provide an opportunity to do some crafting, but also offers a wide range of other activities to enjoy.

Participants can discover the little-known history of apple growing in Maple Ridge while touring the quaint orchard located at Haney House.

There will also be apple samples and cider tastings, as well as plenty of lawn games for people of all ages.

The Apple Harvest Festival is free of charge and will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 1 at the historic Haney House building.

Culture Days will kick off on Sept. 22 and will continue through Oct. 15, with organizations from all across the country hosting events promoting local history, heritage, art, and culture, explained Culture Days executive director Shannon Bowler.

“We are thrilled to once again invite people across Canada to discover and explore arts and culture in their communities and beyond,” said Bowler.

“We hope the experiences found at Culture Days events inspire year-round support and engagement with the artists, creatives, and presenting organizations that make our communities so special and foster a deeper understanding of our shared human experiences.”

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Brandon Tucker

About the Author: Brandon Tucker

I have been a journalist since 2013, with much of my career spent covering sports and entertainment stories in Alberta.
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