By Jan White
CROCKETT – Many of our local museums lost a lot of traction during the Covid shutdowns. One of those was the Mary Allen Museum, located in the historical Westbrook Heritage House at 1503 S. Fourth Street in Crockett.
However, with many Covid restrictions now lifted, the Mary Allen Museum is anxious to reopen and share some exciting new activities with the community.
Friends and supporters of the Museum have been working hard making repairs and doing clean-up so the Heritage House can open to the public in September. David Beaulieu, the Interim Pastor of Life Pointe Church, Pastor Johnie Wood of the First Presbyterian Church, and Pastor Albert Moses, III of St. Luke Baptist, spearheaded the project, identifying issues and overseeing volunteers who gave their time to help make the building useable again.
The Mary Allen Museum held a cleanup day on Saturday August 20 to get the building ready for reopening to the public.
The museum would like to thank the volunteers who came out to help.
From Life Pointe Church David Beaulieu, Sarah Jones, Pastor Tim Jones, Hattie Hamilton, Trish Hardy, Nora Windham, James Gentry with the CEIDC, Pastor Johnie Wood and A. Reyes from the First Presbyterian Church, and from the Mary Allen Museum Earlene Clebourn, Dr. Thelma J. Douglass, Michael Ewing, Alexandria Hubbard and Jean Shepherd
Following is a list of events on the Mary Allen Museum calendar. Times and additional event details will be announced in future communications.
•September 10- the Museum will celebrate its reopening with an open house. The community is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
•September 17 – “Movement at the Museum” A certified Zumba instructor specializing in African dance will be the instructor for a unique Zumba experience
•September 24 – “Painting with a Muse(em)” Local artist Alexandria Hubbard, Artist in Residence and Activity Director for the Mary Allen Museum, will host a step-by-step painting class.
•October 8 – “Movie Night” Films will be shown on the lawn at the Westbrook House. Bring your lawn chairs, coolers, or blankets along with the whole family and enjoy a movie under the stars
Other events will include a tea party that is sure to be a memorable experience. And look for an exciting “Open Mic Night” where musicians, singers and poets can share their talent with the community.