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Restoration of Beaverdams Church complete

Curious residents will have a chance to check out the fully restored heritage building during the Strawberryfest fundraiser on Saturday, June 17; 'It looks beautiful inside'

It’s taken years of hard work, but the 'Friends of Beaverdams Church' have finally restored the heritage building on Marlatts Road to its former glory.

“We’ve just completed the interior restoration,” the group's president, David Cowan, tells ThoroldToday. “The wiring is done, the electrical fixtures have been installed and the whole place has been painted, included the ceiling and floor. It looks beautiful inside.”

While work on the church is complete, the group is still planning to build an external washroom facility.

“It will be separate from the building because the building never had running water,” explains Cowan. “That will be the last of the large expenditures that we’ll have to make.”

To raise funds for the project, the 'Friends' group is putting on a Strawberryfest on Saturday, June 17, featuring a silent auction, a yard sale, plant sale, pie sale, and kids’ activities.

But more importantly, the event will give local residents an opportunity to check out the newly restored church.

Cowan says the ‘Friends’ group hopes to organize more events at the heritage building in the coming months.

“What we really want the people to know is what a wonderful concert venue it is,” he says. “The acoustics inside are the best for music anywhere in town, possibly even including St. Catharines. It’s not a big place but it’s a very resonant room. Any music that goes on there is going to go over quite well.”

Strawberryfest will take place at Beaverdams Church on Saturday, June 17, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Orders for the fresh strawberries, baked strawberry rhubarb pies and tarts can be made until Wednesday, June 7th. Phone Melanie at 905 227-2174 or Donna at 905 227-7556.

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