Potato House renovations in the works

The Potato House in Williams Lake will soon have a brand new purpose as a "tiny community hall."

Have you been by the Potato House lately?

The place is buzzing with activity and excitement!

Even as outside gardens are being put to bed for winter, when you peek in a window you’ll see lots of new things flourishing inside.

The Potato House is excited to announce their renovation plans for the interior and exterior of the house, which will take place over the next year.

Thanks to funds from Heritage BC, Northern Development Initiative Trust, the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society, and the Cariboo Regional District, we are moving forward with a major restoration project that will fulfill our dream to create a “tiny community hall.”

We are protecting the heritage aspects of the building, while making sure the house is ready for community use.

New heat and electrical systems, a new roof, new paint job, window restoration, floor refinishing, and relocation of the bathroom to make it accessible to the public are all in the works.

“The community support for The Potato House Project has been incredible,” says Potato House Society president Mary Forbes. “By next fall, you will be able to get married, have a staff meeting, plan a party, potluck or annual general meeting, and wait until you see our new bathroom!

“Designed for the natural light filtering through our vintage pane glass windows over our original claw foot tub, where even the dust motes are put to work as ambiance.”

The society is also launching an online crowd-funding campaign on Sunday, Nov. 15.

“Although we’ve been really fortunate to find grant funding for much of the project, we still need to raise some funds,” says Forbes, “and we’ve been invited to be participants in This Place Matters, a crowd-funding platform created specifically for heritage sites by the National Trust for Canada.”

This Place Matters has partnered with RBC, who will provide matching funds for projects that raise money on the site. For every dollar contributed by an individual, RBC will provide an additional .50 cents for the project.

Recently, Laureen Carruthers Photography donated all of $460 in proceeds from the Pumpkins and Bubbles Halloween photo-shoot at the Potato House pumpkin patch.

And coming up soon, the Potato House will be hosting Heritage Holiday Photos at the Medieval Market with local photographer Jana Roller on Saturday and Sunday Nov. 21/22 with proceeds going to the Potato House.

More information, can be found on the Potato House website.

Updates about the restoration project can be found on the Potato House Facebook page, or check out their website. Information about how to donate to the project will be posted there or look for it at www.ThisPlaceMatters.ca

For more information: Mary Forbes, society president at 250-855-8443 or at spuds@potatohouseproject.com



Just Posted

Email letters to editor@wltribune.com
LETTERS: Congratulations to Romeros on JUNO Award win

Fame has not made them more aloof, as it does to some

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Williams Lake Tribune.
FOREST INK: Agroforestry alternative to some commercial forest practices

We do need to seriously look at some of our practices

2021 graduate Annaliese Hunt-Owega with Burton Astleford in advance of the Reverse Grad Parade held Saturday, June 12 in Williams Lake. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Jenna Harvey. (Photo submitted)
RCMP looking for missing woman between 100 Mile House and Williams Lake

Jenna Harvey was last heard from a week ago and claimed to be hitchhiking north

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Williams Lake’s Robert Webster, who helps operate the organization’s Parking Lot Clothing Drive, and Angela Kadar, executive director, collect clothing at BBBSWL’s new, permanent cargo trailer location at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds infield. BBBSWL will be at the infield parking lot from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday until the fall collecting soft goods including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, outerwear, boots, shoes, hats, mittens, scarves, ties, socks, purses, wallets, bags, bedding, towels and jewellery. Kadar thanked the Williams Lake Stampede Association for being so accommodating and for allowing them to use the space to park the trailer. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Williams Lake Parking Lot Clothing Drive gets new, permanent location

BBBSWL will be at the Stampede infield parking lot from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

Most Read