Collingwood Museum Prepares for 6th Annual Shipyard Social

September 2, 2022
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Museum
shipyards social

The Collingwood Museum invites you to celebrate the men and women of the Collingwood Shipyards at the 6th Annual Shipyard Social on Saturday, September 10, between 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

This year’s event will feature a new element – an informal march from Town Hall to the Collingwood Museum, dubbed Hardhats on Hurontario. The march was the idea of former shipbuilder, Barry Underdown, as a tribute to the once frequent sight of shipyard workers wearing hardhats on the main street over the lunch hour. 

Former workers and community members are invited to participate in the march from Town Hall to the Collingwood Museum. Shipyard workers are encouraged to bring along their hardhats if they still have them or reserve one by calling the museum 705-445-4811 ext. 7211. Reserved hardhats will be distributed at the check-in location by the murals along the south side of the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Participants will leave Town Hall at 97 Hurontario Street at 1:00 p.m. and march along the Simcoe Street sidewalk to the Collingwood Museum. A courtesy cart will be available to assist with transportation. Scooters and assistive devices are welcome in the procession.  

A group photograph of former shipyard employees will be taken at the Collingwood Museum at 1:30 p.m. Copies of the 2022 group photograph will be available for a nominal fee following the event.  

For the remainder of the afternoon, the community is invited to participate in a social gathering on the museum grounds. Complimentary coffee and small treats will be available. Participants are invited to explore the exhibits and atmosphere while meeting old and new friends. 

Parking will be available at the Collingwood Museum as well as the HarbourEdge Centre at 40 Huron Street. The Town of Collingwood’s courtesy cart will be available to assist with transportation to and from the site. Participants marching in the procession are welcome to park in the municipal parking lots along Ste. Marie Street. 

Background

The Collingwood Shipyards was one of the region’s largest employers until its closure on September 12, 1986. To honour the 36th anniversary of closure, the Town Hall clock tower will be illuminated blue between September 9 and 12.  

The Shipyard Social has become the Collingwood Museum’s flagship event, honouring and acknowledging the many community members who participated in Collingwood’s century-long tradition of shipbuilding. In 2020 and 2021 the Museum offered altered formats of this popular event. Museum staff are excited to welcome everyone back onsite in a more traditional format for the 6th Annual Shipyard Social! 

For more information, contact:

Melissa Shaw
Museum Supervisor
705-445-4811 Ext. 7222