By Greg Bobinec on December 4, 2020.
With winter in full force, Fort Whoop-Up is inviting the community to get outside and enjoy the fort’s special winter season on weekends and select days throughout December.
Fort Whoop-Up will be open on Dec. 5 and 6, 12 and 13, and 19 through 23. Guided tours and activities will be running hourly from 11 a.m. onwards, with the last self-guided tour starting at 3 p.m.
“The staff at the fort will be disinfecting all high-touch surfaces to let kids and adults alike enjoy themselves in a safe and healthy environment,” said Darrin Martens, Galt Museum & Archives CEO/ED, in a news release. “As we have during the summer, we will be time-ticketing entry to ensure that our visitors have space to physically distance during our guided tours and activities.”
Visitors to the fort will be able to enjoy winter wagon and sleigh rides as weather permits, old-fashioned Christmas crafts, individually packaged treats, an outdoor fire in the fort’s compound, traditional gifts to take home, as well as a special seasonal photo fundraiser in support of the Friends of the Galt Endowment Fund.
A local professional photographer, Melanie Cervo from Photo Expressions, will be on site to take Christmas-themed photos just outside the Fort for booked-in visitors and walk-ups.
“We know that Christmas photos are an annual tradition for many families and individuals, and many may not feel comfortable or able to get them taken at an indoor venue,” says Martens. “That’s why we are providing a physically distanced, outdoor option to help folks feel comfortable and safe taking these memorable photos for friends and family. Book a tour online, or come down to Fort Whoop-Up between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the days we’ll be open for the winter season to get yours taken by donation.”
Donations for the photos will be going directly to support the Friends of the Galt Endowment Fund, which helps support the sustainability of the museum and fort, will be accepted on site, or they can be made online at friends.galtmuseum.com.
“The Friends of the Galt Endowment Fund is important for the future sustainability of the museum and fort,” said Chris Roedler, Volunteer and Resource Development Co-ordinator. “The fund helps sustain our world-class exhibits and programs.”
Tickets to the Fort Whoop-Up special winter season will be limited to 10 people per hour and masks will be required for all visitors. To book your visitation spot, visit fort.galtmuseum.com.
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