Last Weekend of Blue Star Museums
The last official weekend of summer is also the last weekend for military families to enjoy free admission to Blue Star Museums. Nine hundred and twenty museums across the country have joined this summer-long program, which has provided active duty military families with free cultural and educational opportunities at museums nationwide.
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum in Portsmouth, Virginia chronicles America's oldest and largest naval shipyard. Their "Why We Celebrate Labor Day" event on September 4 looks at life and conditions for shipyard workers in the early 20th century.
On a more leisurely note, Ohio Village in Columbus, Ohio hosts the largest gathering of vintage base ball (spelled with two words before the 1880s) clubs in the country on September 4-5. More than twenty-five clubs from the Midwest and beyond play the gentleman's game of the mid-19th century, with no gloves, no spitting, and no swearing.
At The Whitney Museum of Art in New York, New York, artist/composer Christian Marlcay turns just about anything – comic books, a deck of cards, restaurant bills, even socks – into a musical score. Visitors can contribute to a wall-sized chalkboard composition, and musicians will interpret this and dozens of other works throughout the festival, which ends September 26.
Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, a national, non-partisan, non-profit network of military families from all ranks and services including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. Learn more about Blue Star Museums across the country at www.arts.gov.
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