The Dionne Quints Museum will be welcoming one of the five sisters this spring.
That’s the word from Ed Valenti, Quints Heritage Board chair.
“Annette’s spokesperson Carlo Tarini advised us that Annette was willing and wished to come to North Bay for her birthday so we’re working on the plans as we speak,” he says.
The Quints were born on May 28, 1934.
The museum, which offers free admission on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer, opens for the season on Friday, May 26.
Valenti presented to council on Tuesday night and also says they’re looking to the city to reserve a piece of property on the waterfront park right next to the museum for the board.
“Hopefully we can engage the right authorities and bring about a positive plan that would deal with our storage but also give us an office room and I think we’d like to see a lot more displays.”
Valenti says the board has tossed around some ideas including a new building in the shape of one of the structures at the original Quintland.
He also says they’ve asked the city for $5,000 in operational funds and $15,000 for an HVAC system.
Also planned for this year is the addition of bench seats and plaques on the grounds.
Meantime, Valenti says a film crew from France doing a travel exposé was visiting Francophone locations in Ontario and came to North Bay to visit the museum last week.
“That’s going to be broadcast in France and Germany in their official languages and then I think it’s going to be subtitled in some of the other countries in Europe,” he says.
The museum drew about 1,500 visitors last year.