Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 4, 2014

Victorian tea upcoming at Highlands Museum

CAROL R. ALLEN
The Independent

ASHLAND — The Ladies of the Highlands will sponsor the second annual Victorian Tea at 2 p.m. May 10 at the museum at 2 p.m.

Tables will be decorated by Ladies of the Highlands and other local decorators and artisans using table linen, fine china and beautifully prepared centerpieces. The tea will feature delicious delicacies and wonderful tea served by notable gentlemen of the area.

Jean Fraley will entertain with a presentation: “The Elegance of Serving Tea.”Curators Carolyn Warnock and Heather Akers will present some interesting tidbits concerning swimwear based on the exhibit “Beauty by the Sea: Victorian Swimwear.” Entertainment during the tea will be provided by Russell High School’s String Ensemble.

Tickets are on sale at the museum or may be purchased from Ladies of the Highlands. Reservations also can be made by calling the museum at (606) 329-8888. Seated is limited and presale or reservations are required.

Walking tour

The War Days: A 1944 Walking Tour of Downtown Ashland is an event that brings together a day of Ashland’s history by way of a walking tour through historic downtown Ashland. The event, hosted by the Highlands Museum as well as the Eastern Kentucky Military Historical Society, will give participants a glimpse of Ashland as it was 70 years ago during WWII. We have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from the community and expect this event to be well attended. The War Days will be June 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This project will truly benefit the promotion and preservation of our historic downtown and help the Highlands Museum and Eastern Kentucky Military Historical Society continue providing valuable educational programming to our region’s youth and adults.

Most importantly, this event will provide our community one last chance to express our thanks to the men and women of the Greatest Generation. We are quickly losing our remaining veterans and citizens from that era, and the 70th anniversary will likely be the last “milestone” anniversary in which we will have them around to say thanks. We invite anyone who would like to be a sponsor for this event to contact Matt Potter at the museum at (606) 329-8888.

Open mic

Every third Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., the museum sponsors an open mic night, which gives local bluegrass and classic country performers the opportunity to gather together for great entertainment.

The exciting part which happened at our first event last month was the wonderful group that just circled around and sang and performed together. The audience experienced great harmony, good vocalists and surprisingly talented guitar and fiddle players. The banjo and mandolin players who came just to listen promised to bring their instruments back next time.  We hope you will be there also with yours or just to enjoy the music. Please put May 15 on your calendar and come join us for a great evening. Admission is $3 for everyone.

New exhibit

Construction is going on, out of sight, in the back of the Discovery Center which will be the location of our new Space Exhibit. It was originally planned to be in a small cubicle but with meetings with Morehead’s Space Center professors and a recent tour of their facility, we have decided we need to expand the area as there is much we can offer. The area will include satellites, many space related exhibits and a classroom for future workshops. We are very excited about this new partnership with Morehead State University’s Science and Space Center.  Expected completion date is this fall. 

Membership

Summer vacations are just a few weeks away. 

We realize summer can be a time when students can regress academically if they are not engaged in learning activities.  What a wonderful opportunity to educate in a fun way while on vacation than to visit local museums.  A membership to the Highlands Museum allows you to visit more than 350 museums worldwide free or reduced rates through our membership to the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC). 

Call or come by to purchase your family membership.  Check out our website: highlandsmuseum.com, visit our facebook page or call at (606) 329-8888.

CAROL R. ALLEN is executive director of the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center.