Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 21, 2013

Night at the Highlands returns Saturday

Exhibits to ‘come to life’ at revived event

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND — Each exhibit within Highlands Museum & Discovery Center in downtown Ashland will “come alive” for at least a little while Saturday during the revived “A Night at The Highlands” event from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

“It is basically an opportunity for the public to come in and see what happens at the museum when we close,” said Highlands Museum spokesman Matt Potter. “Every exhibit comes to life and people get to ‘see’ our resident ghost and our buffalo interpreter,” he said, explaining the buffalo is part of the exhibit in the museum’s Early Kentucky History section. People ask the buffalo questions, he explained, and it provides a response through a human interpreter.

The discovery center portion of the museum will feature come-to-life exhibitions including an airplane pilot, an archeologist and patrons shopping at Poage’s Landing.

“We have been looking for something really good to get people into the museum at this time of year. This is something we had really god reviews on from previous events,” Potter said, noting “A Night at the Highlands” was presented during 2007 and again in 2009.

“A Night at the Highlands” relies upon a group of about 25 to 30 staff and volunteers, Potter said, including the former elevator operator for the former Parson’s Dept. Store.

Potter said groups of up to 16 will start through the exhibit every 15 minutes, and encouraged early ticket purchases to help avoid unexpected delays.

Tickets are available at Highlands Museum & Discovery Center. Admission is $5 per person, and free for children less than two years of age. For more information, call (606) 329-8888.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.