Conscious Party: Hands-on Science

WHAT: “Under the Stars” Colburn Earth Sciences Museum benefit

WHEN: Thursday, May 21, 6-10 p.m.

WHERE: 318 Riverside Drive, Asheville

WHY: The Colburn Earth Sciences Museum, currently located on Pack Square in the Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center, will be moving to the Callen Center on the corner of Haywood Street and Patton Avenue this fall. At the same time, the museum is revising its focus, becoming a general science museum to provide more programming in sciences such as biology, physics and chemistry.

To support this move, the museum is holding an evening benefit at The Boathouse at Smoky Park. “We are partnering with the school system to help set curriculum and act as a hands-on arm of the school system. It’s great to see the excitement and smiles that come from a hands-on experience,” say museum board of directors president Jon Neumann.

The evening will feature local food from Smoky Mountain Supper Club’s Chef Marc Rosenstein, Travinia and PF Changs, in addition to local beer from Catawba Brewing Co. and Bhramari Brewhouse. Wine will be provided by Skyland Distributing. Red Dirt Revelators will entertain guests with their dirty Americana blues while guests bid on silent auction and raffle items such as guided food tours, Navitat zipline tours, golf lessons and gift certificates to area restaurants. Raffle tickets are 1/$5 or 5/$20.

Tickets cost $25 in advance/$30 at the door and include beer, wine, food and music. All funds raised will benefit the museum’s upcoming move and educational programming for kids in WNC. For more information, contact Neumann at jneumann@hedrickind.com. — Michael McDonald

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