Museum comes alive at market

The East London Museum will come alive after hours this weekend with the next instalment of the Fine and Fabulous Market, turning the museum grounds into a fairly light-filled evening of mystery and fun.
On Saturday from 4pm to 8pm, the event will offer families 30 food and craft stalls to browse in the courtyard and an opportunity to roam the halls of the museum at night, with MSC College students bringing the exhibitions to life.
“It’s all about bringing people out to support East London’s landmarks and showing them that there are many treasures in this little town,” said Fine and Fabulous Market founder Sam Ramsay.
The event is a collaboration between Ramsay, Coelacanth Café owner Rachelle Costello and the museum.
A musician under the trees, dress up clothes, Halloween themed “bubble broths” (teas), face painting, crystal jewellery, spaza shop pizzas and a scavenger hunt in the museum are on the cards at this celebration of life – past, present and future.
“Halloween isn’t really something South Africa celebrates, but I wanted to give families and kids the opportunity to still experience the fun parts about it – like dressing up and getting treats. It’s more of a celebration of history than a Halloween event,” said Ramsay, but she encouraged kids to dress up for the theme – History Comes Alive.
Museum director Geraldine Morcom said that this year, the event will substitute the Museum’s annual “Night at the Museum” fundraiser, and she hopes the added excitement will entertain families.
Entry to the event is R10 and the Coelacanth café will be open throughout, offering up some tea, cakes, savoury snacks and delicious curry meals.
The café also has a snack bucket available for kids at R40 a bucket. These will include the clues for the scavenger hunt.
To pre-order snack buckets and avoid disappointment, please contact Costello on 084-769-8115...

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