The Madawaska Valley Station Keepers have plenty of ideas for what they want to do in 2020.

On top of continuing the Opeongo Reader’s Theater and the Opeongo Radio Fliers, the group plans to expand with some new projects. Barry Conway of the Station Keepers says the new project called The Local will showcase historical buildings from Barry’s Bay. The event kicks off with a history of the Balmoral Hotel, which was the second oldest building in Barry’s Bay until Conway says it burnt down and rebuilt. He says the Local wull help locals learn about their history, and showcase some buildings you wouldn’t think of as historical. These include the High School and the Hospital, with Conway saying plans to cover the history of those two building are in the works.

The Keepers also announced their 31 months of Sundays events this week, with plans to make use of the old train station as a venue for historical and community events. Barry Conway of the Station Keepers says a lot of conversations happened at the events last year about what extra programming would look like. He says it could not be possible without the support of the community, and thanked those who came out to the shows as well as those who help sponsor the Station Keepers. He says the Keepers held over two dozen events last year, and plan to make this year even better.

The first performance of the Local is this Sunday, January 19th at the Barry’s Bay Train Station. Event starts at 2pm.