Fourth annual Ribs & Ragtime fundraiser a sell-out

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The North American Black Historical Museum’s Ribs & Ragtime event has proven to be a popular event.

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“It’s such a relaxed (atmosphere),” he said. “It’s like a garden party.”

Smoke & Spice Southern Barbecue supplies the food and Stanton stated “the only complaint people have about the food is that there is too much of it.”

Stanton said the museum would likely be turning a bit more of a profit from the event this year but acknowledged “our margin is not really high.” He said the museum charges $40 per person to try and keep it affordable with other funds generated through the sponsorship of canopies to help keep people in the shade.

Many families of African-Canadian heritage that came to Amherstburg have purchased canopies, he said.

“It’s representative of the families that settled here,” said Stanton.

Stanton pointed out that his own canopy is named for Jefferson Lightfoot, a relative that escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad.

A number of local businesses have also purchased canopies, he added.

Government funding only helps cover 10 percent of their overall budget, he noted, with the museum having to raise the rest.

“This is an event that helps us do that,” said Stanton.

Stanton also praised the museum’s board of directors, stating they are a young, energetic board that gets involved and assists in selling tickets to events like Ribs & Ragtime.

“It’s become a very popular event and we’re very happy about that,” said Stanton.

Music is from Black culture, he said, and he hopes people learn something about the culture as they get exposed to the music.

“What we strive for is to create cultural events and fundraising events that are of good quality,” he said.

Board president Monty Logan was grateful for the attendance as well. Events like Ribs & Ragtime help the museum tell its story to the people of Windsor-Essex County and beyond, he stated.

“It is through your donations and support we are able to tell our stories,” Logan told the crowd.

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