Wonderfeet seeks new home
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | March 25,2013
The Wonderfeet Children’s Museum is looking for locations, volunteers and money.
The museum, an initiative of the Rutland Creative Economy, has operated downtown during the summer for the past two years. Organizers are seeking a permanent location with exhibits of the caliber to make the museum a regional destination.
Organizer Chris Ettori said the group has been approached to look at the Mintzer property on Strongs Avenue and the Vermont Farmers Food Center on West Street, but that it was very early in the process.
“We are nowhere on that,” he said. “We are trying to find a space that can host us year-round, a couple days a week. ... We are open to all possibilities at this point.”
Ettori said they were looking for both a long-term location they would not move into for a couple years as well as an intermediate site.
“We’ve been seriously considering the old Book King next to Tattersall’s,” he said of the candidates for the intermediate site.
The Merchants Row spot would offer roughly 1,000 more square feet than the empty storefront the museum has used around the corner on Center Street.
“It changes things for us a little,” he said. “It gives us space to have a bigger exhibit.”
Exhibits are also being brainstormed. Ettori said the group is looking at two themes, one dealing with history and cultural heritage, the other looking at robotics, possibly in partnership with General Electric.
Ettori said the timeline for progress “changes every day.”
“We’re always looking for people who have an interest in this, and volunteers, and donations,” he said.
Roots the Restaurant and Earth Waste Systems are planning a pig roast fundraiser for the museum, Ettori said, scheduled for April 30.
Prospective donors and volunteers can visit wonderfeetkidsmuseum.org.