After a pair of successful ‘pop-up’ markets, the Parksville Museum will debut its new Mid-Island Public Market Sunday, May 6, 2018, beginning at 1 p.m. — Photo submitted by Parksville Museum

Parksville Museum debuts farmer’s market May 6

Museum to reopen for 2018 season with grand opening in late May

The Parksville Museum is planning to reopen for the 2018 season in late May, but visitors can get a taste of the museum a bit earlier when it rolls out its new Mid-Island Public Market Sunday, May 6.

The new farmer’s and artisan’s market will be held each Sunday through the end of September, from 1 to 4 p.m., said Leona Matte, president of the Parksville Historical Society. Blacksmith demonstrations are scheduled to run each Sunday afternoon to coincide with the market.

The new market has been designed as a gathering place for the mid-Island community, with fresh organic produce from local farmers, artisan breads and cured meats, international foods and delicatessen, local artists, crafts, music and local wineries, breweries and distilleries, Matte said in a written release.

It will celebrate local art, music, and mid-Island businesses, and this family friendly market will have special activities and events for kids of all ages, throughout the season.

The museum will host its 2018 grand opening on Saturday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served until noon or until the cake runs out, whichever comes first. Visitors young and old are invited to explore the unique heritage buildings located throughout the museum grounds and discover the area’s interesting history through its exhibits and photographs.

For the 2018 season, the Parksville Museum will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from May 26 to end of September.

For more information and events, visit parksvillemuseum.ca or go to the museum’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/parksvillemuseum. For information on the Mid-Island Public Market, go to www.midislandpublicmarket.ca.

— NEWS staff and Parksville Museum release

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