On Saturday August 24th, the Marine Museum of Manitoba will host its final pancake breakfast of the season. The breakfasts, which serve as important fundraisers for the iconic non-profit museum, have become fixtures in the region’s social calendar. This year’s breakfasts have been sponsored by No Frills and The Riverboat Restaurant, with Sunova Credit Union as coffee and juice sponsors.
Shay Nordal, the museum’s General Manager, says not only does the breakfast help to raise money to keep the museum in operation, but it helps to bring the museum’s supporters together.
For only $8 per adult and $4 for children under 12 pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee, breakfast goers get free admission to the museum. Doors open at 8am and breakfast is served until 11am. Board Chair Duane Nicol says the breakfasts are a great way to spend a Saturday morning.
“Its a delicious breakfast, you support an organizations that is protecting and promoting a vital part of our history, and frankly with all of our new interactive displays and exhibits a visit is hours of wonder and entertainment for the whole family. There just isn’t a better deal anywhere” said Nicol.
Nordal said this breakfast will offer a little something special for the younger attendees.
“Our expert pancake artisans will be making special Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes for our little guests. They have been practicing and can’t wait to surprise the kids” Nordal beamed.
In addition to the hearty breakfast Nordal said the organization is excited to have visitors see all the work that has gone on this season. In particular the restoration of the Chickama which is almost complete.
“It takes a whole community of people to keep a non-profit museum of this size going and we are so lucky to have such a committed group that support us. We have had a swarm of handy volunteers working hard at restoring this beautiful ship. Pancake visitors will be able to see all the great work that has been done. ” Nordal said.
“It’s a great breakfast and lots of good fellowship. It’s often a regional who’s who. But more importantly if you come for breakfast, you will get to see all of the great work being done at the museum. We have brand new interactive displays and ship restorations are ongoing. Our volunteers have been very busy renewing and refreshing one of the most unique cultural assets in the entire province” said Nicol.
All of the money raised at the breakfast is used to maintain and operate the non-profit organization. The Marine Museum of Manitoba was founded in 1972 to preserve, protect and interpret the unique maritime history of Lake Winnipeg and the Red River. These marine operations were a critical part of the early Manitoba economy and vital to the province’s social development.