The Calvert Marine Museum Store is down for remodeling and will reopen in April 2014.
THERE’S A GRAND REOPENING IN OUR FUTURE!
By Maureen Baughman, Store Manager
It was a simple idea that led to a big change: flip the museum’s front doors and the large window to the right to allow the expansion of the Museum Store within the existing building footprint. Our store has grown into a fabulous destination, and as a result has outgrown its space. When the project went out to bid last year, large dreams and limited resources collided. We were forced to downsize the scope of the project in order to rebid, and the store expansion ended up on the cutting room floor. And then something extraordinary happened …
We learned of a wonderful and generous gift from a very dear friend of the Museum Store, Zelma Margelos. Zelma volunteered in the store and for the museum for over 25 years. After her death this past year, we discovered that Zelma had included a bequest to the museum in her will, and the dream brightened into reality – a design with color and textures and shape. Here, let me show you …
Step into the museum lobby and glance left to see a glass wall and a wide entry beckoning you into the new Museum Store. Meander around the display tables considering one enticing possibility after another. Two elegant glass jewelry cases showcase our unusual necklaces, pins, and bracelets. In the dedicated children’s section, handsome wooden wall cabinets brim with books, toys, educational kits, and games adjacent to a tiered display unit with a menagerie of plush animals. Spying a comfy reading chair, you move to the adult book section located in a quiet corner and scan our extensive collection of Chesapeake themed books. You take note of the T-shirt display offering custom designed T-shirts, clearly marked by size and color. And at the checkout, notice the new counter with a beautiful, blue countertop matching the color theme in the lobby and auditorium.
Zelma’s thoughtful gift allows us to put the Museum Store expansion back into the construction project, but it won’t provide sufficient funds to cover new furnishings and fixtures. We have launched an ambitious drive to raise $30,000 to complete the store renovation in time for the reopening. So far, a majority of the store staff and volunteers have stepped up and pledged a donation.
Can you help make our dreams come true?
Would you consider ‘sponsoring’ a bookcase or display table?
This is a gift that helps sustain the museum because our store profits help ensure that
the Calvert Marine Museum fulfills its mission for many years to come.
If you would like donate to the Museum Store expansion, contact Maureen Baughman,
Museum Store Manager, by phone at 410-326-2042, ext. 66 or by email.