Saturdays in Spring at Stark Cultural Venues

Published 7:12 pm Sunday, May 1, 2016

Special to The Leader

ORANGE — Enjoy Saturdays in Spring at Stark Cultural Venues. Stark Museum of Art, The W.H. Stark House and Shangri La Gardens have something for everyone!


The Stark Museum of Art:


Learning to Look Workshop – May 7, 2016

The workshop is free for teachers and will provide 4 CPE hours. Explore the museum, identify basic concepts of art in the collection and learn ways to make art applicable in the classroom. Call 409.221.6685 to reserve a spot.


Scout Day – May 14, 2016 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Museum is offering a special suite of programs just for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts! Scouts and leaders who are in uniform will enter the Museum FREE of charge and the activities available will allow scouts to complete requirements for specific badges. An activity patch will be awarded for participation.


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The W.H. Stark House:


Second Saturday Specialty Tours –  May 14, 2016

Take this opportunity to study history and the historical role of the Stark and Lutcher families with a unique specialty tour. Staff will lead visitors through, and provide additional information not available on the tour. The exhibition features rarely displayed objects from the Stark House collection and historic photographs and documents. Tours available at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 p.m. Noon.


Your Family Treasures – May 7, 2016

Family is an essential part of the story at The W.H. Stark House, and the history of the Stark family is filled with important, dynamic women. Celebrate the important women in your life this Mother’s Day. In the week leading up to Mother’s Day, any and all mothers will receive a free Rosemary plant as a gift. Shangri La horticulturalist, Joseph Johnson will lead special tours exploring the gardens and discussing how does your garden grow and how to preserve your family treasures.


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Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center:


Saturday Adventure Series – April 30 and May 7, 14, 21, 2016

Investigate a working bee hive and discover how a garden benefits from bees, and taste some honey on April 30 for The Bees Knees. Mud, Muck & Bugs on May 7 will scoop, examine and identity critters from the bottom of the ponds. Explore the underground world of worms on May 14 for Wiggly Worms. Create a nature journal and focus on bugs both large and small on May 21 for Journals & Journeys: A Bug’s Life.


Up Close with Nature: Live with Animal Programs – April 30 and May 28, 2016 

2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Wildlife Curator, Robert Morgan, features one or more live animals that call Shangri La home. During these exciting and informative programs, meet local critters, learn about their adaptations, what they eat, and what might eat them.


Movie Night in the Garden – May 7, 2016 7:30 p.m

Set up a lawn chair, have some popcorn, and have an outdoor family movie night. Included with general admission. Stark Cultural Members free.


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