Roland Museum holds dual fundraisers on Sunday

Ronna Faaborg Staff Writer

The Roland Museum is holding two events simultaneously on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.

“They will each benefit a different thing,” said Jan Stole, a volunteer at the museum. “One will raise funds for Roland’s sesquicentennial that will be celebrated next year, and the other will help us restore the farm implements we have on display at the museum.”

Volunteers from the museum, which is located at 104 Poplar St., will be grilling up pork burgers, brats and hot dogs for dinner. The meal will include chips, a cookie and a beverage. Free-will donations will be accepted and the funds will be used to restore the farm implements.

“We have some wonderful horse-drawn implements that are in need of repainting after years of being out in the weather,” Stole said. “We are also looking at placing some new signage on that display so that visitors will know what each implement is.”

The event on Sunday will include horse-drawn wagon rides, courtesy of David Shold. The Roland Public Library is organizing a scavenger hunt in the museum. Antique tractors will be on display, and Paul Wierson will be storytelling about pioneer life.

“We are going to close the street and have picnic tables in the street,” Stole said. “It should be a really fun event.”

At the same time, a fundraiser is being held that involves the old jail cell in the building next to the museum.

Forms can be found at City Hall, the library or the day of the event at the museum, and participants can have someone “arrested” for a fee.

The “Roland 150 Jailbreak” event will benefit the sesquicentennial.

“It’s going to be a fun event,” Stole said. “People will be apprehended by Deputy Dog and his officers and have the opportunity to be in the Roland Museum’s jail until they pay their bail.”

Bail is set at the same amount that the person issuing the warrant paid – ranging from $5 to $20.

Visitors to the museum will also notice that the building, which was a country school, has been reorganized.

“Please come and make this a fun event with positive results for our community that we all live in,” Stole said.