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Crossroads Museum closes for a month; Seeks sponsorships for operations, announces event schedule

By Jebb Johnston

Daily Corinthian

While the Crossroads Museum is closing its doors for the month of February, the organization is unveiling its slate of events for the year and getting ready to seek sponsorships to fund operations.

After opening for a few weeks in January, the museum began another closure on Friday. There is currently not enough funding available to continue paying the director and a part-time staffer along with utilities, insurance and other routine costs.

The museum's board of directors is expected to meet again on Feb. 28 to make a decision on whether to open for the month of March, possibly with limited hours focused on the weekends, according to Brandy Steen, museum director. February is normally a slower month, and traffic begins to pick up with the warmer months of March and April.

The museum sought $32,395 from the city and county to fund operations for FY 2019 and received a total of $12,000, all from the City of Corinth. While the museum has solicited Green Market sponsors in the past, it is now, with the downturn in local government funding, looking to revamp sponsorships to cover general operating costs.

Three dates were trimmed from the Green Market schedule for 2019 — it will have regular events on May 4 and Oct. 5 and the holiday Red Green Market on Nov. 16. The limited calendar will provide flexibility for rain dates, if needed. The spring and fall markets will continue to be for handmade items, while the holiday market will also be open to boutique sellers and independent consultants. Seller fees will remain the same.

The community yard sale event is changing to an indoor rummage sale with donated items on June 6-8 and Sept. 5-7.

The Crossroads Chili Cookoff is on the calendar for May 25; the Historic Corinth Cemetery Tour for Oct. 26-27; and another celebrity ghost hunt event on June 22 with several members of the Tennessee Wraith Chasers, whose "Haunted Live" program airs on The Travel Channel. The annual photo contest will launch in April with an exhibit following May 5 to June 2.

The museum board is also looking to raise some additional funds to finish the bottom portion of the structure housing the fire truck display and railroad viewing platform with the hope of soon moving the city's antique fire truck to its new home on the grounds of the depot museum.