SEDRO-WOOLLEY-Community members, elected officials and chamber of commerce executives joined residents and staff March 16 at Country Meadow Village to open a new satellite branch of the Sedro-Woolley Museum at the retirement community.
Postponed from an earlier date due to weather, the event included a brief program, an official ribbon cutting, a dessert buffet and a concert by John Denver tribute artist Ted Vigil.
After a ceremonial ribbon was cut in the lobby with the help of the chamber leaders, Country Meadow Village residents Bernadine Salsman and Jessie Miller, honorary museum docents, took the shears to the bright blue balloon-festooned ribbon in front of the museum door. They became the first official residents to enter the new space.
Miller and her late husband Marlin volunteered for many years at the museum in town.
“We loved spending time there,” a beaming Miller said after the doors opened. “There are so many amazing pieces of history that are now on display here at the satellite branch.”
One of those pieces is an original painting by Miller of her father-in-law’s horse-drawn milk wagon. The Museum Board thought the painting, titled “Nellie” after the horse, would be appropriate for the new museum location.
Museum Executive Director Carolyn Freeman is excited about the partnership between the museum and Country Meadow Village.
“It is a wonderful way for people to get a taste of what we have to offer at the main branch in town,” she said. “We hope people take the opportunity to come and check it out.”
The satellite museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Country Meadow Village, 1501 Collins Road. For more information call 360-856-0404. The main branch is at 725 Murdock St.