Museum Festivity in Batesville

Imagine a whole museum coming to life on Friday, January 8, 2010.  “A  Winter Night at the Museum” will take place between 6 and 8 that evening.  The event is co-sponsored by Old Independence Regional Museum and the Batesville Area Arts Council. Tickets to this event could make good stocking stuffers.
Inspired by the Night at the Museum films, the event will feature a fun evening in which historical characters come to life and interact among themselves and with guests.  Twenty local folks, some prominently known, will portray characters in 10 exhibits.
Imagine Shawnee Town animated with a trader and an Indian making a fur trade, or a 1930s Depression era woman enacting those hard times. A Confederate soldier, with a number of weapons will bring his world to life. Watch a 1920s farmer busy planting and making conversation with a lady from the 1860s. A fisherman-net maker and his wife at her 1940s kitchen stove will reveal their lives.
Then a whole family rides in a wagon to town to shop, while a 1900s woman makes lard and tells of hog killing and picking cotton, alongside a hunter telling his tales while a woman spins.
A 1904 couple rides in a carriage, while their driver takes them on a ride down Main Street in Batesville.  Guests will be surprised by the man who portrays a 1930s gas station attendant.  And then there is Mrs. Olson from Little House on the Prairie selling wonderful gifts in the museum shop.
Along with watching and interacting with the “live” exhibits, guests will be invited to eat hors d’oeuvres during the evening. They may also watch Patty Carreras perform in “mime”. She has been performing as Charlie Chaplin for over 30 years and has been seen by thousands of children in numerous states, including New York and London.  From the museum mezzanine, musical groups will perform throughout the evening.
In the museum library, guests will look at several pieces of art that the BAAC is providing, most of which will be available for purchase. And for those who want to add a bit of theater to themselves, two face painters will be on duty there.
In another room hand puppeteers will lead guests to create shadow animal puppets on the wall.
Exciting highlights of the evening will be four door prize drawings, one every half hour. A 32 inch flat panel LCD television has been donated by First Community Bank; A Nintendo Wii is furnished by First Southern Bank and Merchants and Planters Bank. A gift certificate for a Gusto spiral sliced ham has been donated by Meacham’s Packing Company, and a $100 gift certificate has been given by Batesville Furniture.
Tickets are now on sale at the museum and at BAAC Art Gallery on Main Street. Prices range from $10 for members or contributors to $12 for non-members. Children 5 -12 are $6 and those under age 4 are free.   Call 870-793-2121 for more information.