The Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday, May 31, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day’s family-oriented activities are free and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be available while they last beginning at 11:30 a.m. at no charge.
Visitors can see two performances by the magician and ventriloquist Garry Boothe of Magic Messages at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.; participate in craft projects; see balloon artistry; have a caricature of themselves drawn by Logan artist Dan Keyser; tour the exhibits in the Museum; and take part in a cake walk.
Boothe, of Wayne, W.Va., is a graduate of Marshall University who had a 30-year career in the glass industry. After retiring from Owens-Illinois in 1993, he became a full-time family entertainer using balloon artistry, ventriloquism, magic and humor to engage his audiences. Boothe uses his magic and artistry to teach lessons of ethics, responsibility, and drug-use prevention, having performed a summer tour of West Virginia State Parks for 10 years. He also has presented more than 160 programs to students throughout the Mountain State.
Craft projects include making cornhusk dolls, wheat weaving, basket weaving, finger knitting, mural painting and much more. The last session of craft activities will begin at 4 p.m.
For more information about Museum in the Park and the five-year celebration, contact Elizabeth Williams, site manager for the facility, at (304) 792-7229.
The Museum in the Park is a regional cultural center showcasing the best in West Virginia history and the arts. It features changing exhibits and displays of artwork and historical items from the collections of the West Virginia State Museum and State Archives. One area of the museum is dedicated to local and regional history. It is operated and maintained by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and is located four miles north of Logan on West Virginia Route 10 at Chief Logan State Park. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and 1 - 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.