Museum of Work and Culture presents its Salute to Spring April 12

Museum of Work and Culture presents its Salute to Spring April 12

In August, three students from the Community College of Rhode Island started building their own guitars as part of a new pilot program to promote STEM education. The guitars will be featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Work and Culture. From left, the finished creations of Raphael A'vant, Somsanouk Louengvixa and Raymond Legare.

WOONSOCKET - The Museum of Work and Culture announces tickets are on sale for its signature annual event, "Salute to Spring - Bonjour Printemps," on Sunday, April 12, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

The day's activities will feature two performances from Chanterelle. Since 1994, Chanterelle has presented the exuberant music of the French in America, featuring Franco-American singer Josée Vachon and fiddler Donna Hébert. Alan Bradbury will perform on bass, vocals, and accordion, and Max Cohen will join them on guitar and vocals. Performances will be held in the Museum's ITU hall at 1:30 and 3 p.m.

As part of "Salute to Spring ~ Bonjour Printemps," the new exhibit "Exemplifying Work & Culture: The Craft of Guitar Building in Rhode Island" will open on April 12 and continue through April 26. The exhibit features hand-made guitars built by entrepreneur and professor Thomas Morrissey and his students Raphael Avant, Raymond Legare, and Somsanouk Louangvixa and will offer a window into the craft and process involved with the building of guitars, including many of the materials and tools unique to the process. A talk by Morrissey and demonstrations will also be part of the day's activities.

The celebration also marks the conclusion of the museum's annual appeal and raffle. The grand prize, a trip for two to Penn Dutch and Gettysburg, donated by Conway Tours, will be drawn that day. Other prizes include more than 30 gift certificates to restaurants and entertainment venues.

Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the museum, which is located at 42 South Main St., or by calling 401-769-9675.

Sponsors for this event include Conway Tours, Québec Délégation in Boston, Soucy Insurance Agency, The Brickle Group, Lepine Financial Advisors, Inc., Fournier & Fournier Funeral Home, Paul and Denise Bourget, Wright's Dairy Farm & Bakery, AAA Northeast, Canadian Consulate in New England, Oakland Grove, Woonsocket Rotary Club, Northern RI Chamber of Commerce, Dr. & Mrs. Julien Ayotte, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, Li'l General Store, and David Fontaine, Marcum LLP.