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Thursday, June 1, 2023
Pig roast pops up in support of NOTL Museum

PigOut Roasters will host a pop-up pig roast in support of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum on June 24.

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced postponement of Niagara Polo, one of the museum’s biggest fundraisers, event partner PigOut reached out with the idea of a pop-op roast, the museum said.

The roast will be set up at Trinity Lutheran Church at 2027 Niagara Stone Rd. from 5 to 7 p.m., and the catering company will deliver orders to cars drive-thru style, the museum said in a news release.

Orders of fresh roasted pork on a bun with a side of apple and ginger slaw can be pre-purchased through the museum’s online shop for $10 each at http://notlmuseumshop.square.site/.

The pandemic put a strain on revenue generation for the museum, the statement said. And though staff have been actively trying to keep programming going through online interaction, the institution has been struggling to bring in enough revenue to support building upkeep and maintain the collection.

Unexpected costs have also added to the museum’s financial strain, managing director and curator Sarah Kaufman said.

“Over the last two months alone, we have had to replace one of our four furnaces and an air conditioning unit, our fire alarm panel did not survive a power surge during one of May’s storms, and we have had to invest in PPE and equipment for reopening the museum,” she said.

“These unexpected costs have come at a time when we are closed to the public and we are all trying to stay afloat.”

Kaufman said the museum also has a great selection of gifts and books for purchase online, “for those who want to further support the preservation of our community’s history.”

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