Its almost Thanksgiving and around this time, even more than usual, I am reflecting on what the year has brought. Its not always what I expected or wanted, but I am always thankful for what I have. Its a hard lesson to learn to be patient while the wheels of progress are slowly spinning around you. But patience is a virtue, and good things come to those who wait, right? Well the Museum is a perfect example of patience.
It took us over 2 years, but we finally have all our ducks in a row. The government has signed off on all paperwork, we have the loan in the bank, Peter has been paid and now the renovation has begun!! Its been a LONG 2 years, but the pay off is a beautiful Museum that the community can be proud of for years to come.
We started the renovation with putting in a cistern. The existing cistern was very small and inadequate for our needs. Bill Albury had his workmen up there for several weeks digging, framing and pouring it for us. I had the opportunity to watch these guys work and they are a well oiled machine. The cement pouring was pretty exciting.
2 weeks ago Bill’s crew framed up the coffee shop, and I have to say that was REALLY exciting. I know this is going to be a welcome addition to the Island. I cant even count the people that have stopped to give us encouragement and very positive comments. It will offer a place for people to meet friends, sip some awesome coffee and tea, enjoy the garden and check out the visitors center.
We hope to have most of the businesses and entrepreneurs on the island represented in a section called the visitors center. Their involvement will be totally voluntary and they are taking advantage of this special opportunity.
We also took the floor up over the weekend. Something that needed to happen so we can put down new support beams. We also found a couple of treasures! We have quite a collection started.
Over the weekend we cleaned up the yard. Its a beautiful piece of property with mature landscaping. Look at that amazing Frangi Pani Tree.
And this week the crew is starting the roof! Lots going on here and we cant wait to have you come by and check it out.
We are very excited with the progress that has been made in the last couple of months, but we couldn’t do it without your help. It has been wonderful to open the mail box and find donations from all over the world. We have gotten so much support that this shows us just how excited everyone is to be part of this.
If you want to donate to this exciting project, and the continued history of our beloved Man-O-War Cay, you can check out the PERC website here for instructions to make a tax deductible donation, or you can mail a cheque to us at MOW Museum, P.O.Box AB 22955, Man-O-War Cay, Abaco Bahamas.
We hope you are as excited as we are with this project. Man-O-War is such a special place, and it is important to keep the history and way of life on our island alive and thriving.