In a normal year, Summer Fest would have people mingling among the exhibits and on the grounds of the Lowell Area Historical Museum. The annual fundraiser typically features good food, good music and a who’s who of local residents.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put the in-person event on hiatus for 2020, but there is still a need to raise funds to pay for museum programming and maintain exhibits.
During the past few months, museum staff has gotten creative about how to share Lowell’s history as well as record history in the making. Through the Coronavirus Memory Project, museum staff are collected stories to record how the pandemic is affecting residents. They also introduced a weekly ABCs of Lowell History feature to share interesting – and sometimes little-known – facts about the community. And instead of its usual summer camp, the museum delivered kits to bring the camp experience straight to local kids’ homes.
To raise funds for these and other initiatives, the Lowell Area Historical Museum is still selling Summer Fest tickets online. While the ticket doesn’t get you into a physical event, it does come with a $10 gift card to your choice of one of the following businesses. Each were expected to participate in the event.
- B.C. Pizza
- Big Boiler Brewery
- Gravel Bottom Brewery
- Heidi’s Farmstand
- Larkins Restaurant
- Miss P’s Catering (5% off total bill)
- New Union Brewery
- Red Barn/Painted Turtle
“We hope this online version of our fundraiser continues to support not only the museum but also some of our local businesses that help to make it a success each year,” the Lowell Area Historical Museum said in a press release announcing the online Summer Fest. “We look forward to seeing you in person at next year’s event!”
Summer Fest is also sponsored by the following businesses:
- Addorio Technologies, LLC
- PFCU (formerly known as Portland Federal Credit Union)
- Reagan Family Dentistry
- Rick Seese, Greenridge Realty