Rector Museum Plans Grand Opening

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Chrissy Pazanowski, pictured performing at the recent Rector Veterans Celebration, is one of the featured entertainers for the upcoming grand opening event at the Rector Community Museum.
TD photo/Tim Blair

The Rector Community Museum has announced its spring and early summer line up of events and entertainment—and a special grand opening. During regular hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, the museum will host a Grand Opening celebration complete with refreshments and a variety of music.

Among the new offerings featured will be recordings from the Guy Lombardo orchestra with “Anniversary Song” to Sons of the Pioneers and “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” which have been brought onto the main display floor. The museum has also uncovered five vintage record players along with a variety of 78-RPM recordings.

“One of the record players uncovered is a portable gramophone with an inside case for 78 RPM records and an outside crank or wind-up device. Other players date from the 1940’s and still others are mid-century,” a museum spokesman noted. “All have recently been moved to the display floor. Several radios are also positioned in display cases throughout the museum.”

Rector Mayor Teresa Roofe is expected to be on hand at the museum for a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27. The public is invited to participate and then enjoy the museum as well as refreshments.

“Of interest should be a very pretty, pink, electric wringer-washer which was donated to the museum by the late David Benson, even before the back room of the Library was used as the location for the museum,” the spokesman added. “With no place to store the artifact, this is the first time the public has seen this jewel.”

An exciting part of the museum programming is the monthly mini-concerts, where the artist and audience interact in a home-like setting. The Library Door—which includes a large living room rug, an LED- lighted fireplace and casual seating create the ambiance. The museum also serves a few treats with bottled water and coffee throughout the concert. Two musical sets are traditionally performed with a short intermission allowing those in attendance a chance to browse the museum. For the Chris and Ciera Claude concert, Joey Pruett passed the collection plate from the Leonard Baptist Church to collect the customary $10 per person donation. He says, “Don’t let that donation stop you from attending the concert. The museum and its programming are open to all interested in the program and the museum.”

Beginning the celebration weekend early on Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. Chrissy Pazanowski will be performing by popular demand after her rousing performance at the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home program and ceremony. There, Chrissy received a standing ovation for her three selections.

“Audiences want to hear more, so she will be the featured performer in April,” the spokesman added.

The May 23 mini-concert will feature popular artist Vicki Bishop-Nigro with her always nostalgic and terrific performance of Patsy Cline’s greatest hits. “Vicki’s voice lends itself to performing songs made popular by multiple artists but she’s especially convincing as Patsy, returning to Rector for an encore,” the spokesman offered.

Another regional favorite is Angie Penny (Joiner) who performs classic country hits such as “Stand By Your Man” and “Blue Bayou.” On June 20, she is scheduled to perform and visit with audience members.

The Rector Community Museum Board has extended an invitation for everyone to take advantage of the excitement of the museum’s programming. Interested parties may follow the museum through its Facebook page and on the museum’s website –

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