By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Special Interest | Issue: April 2013
Janet Pippins, director of the Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum.
On Friday, April 19, the Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum will host its first “Night at the Museum” fundraiser from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum, 400 S. Main St. in downtown Broken Arrow, and will feature beer and wine tasting, delicious food, music, and live and silent auctions. General admission tickets are $40 per person, and VIP tickets are $250 per person. Musical guests Travis Kidd and Chad Meier will wow the crowd with their performances.
At this Mardi Gras themed event, guests will be treated to a large selection of local and national beer and wine. They will also delight in lots of tasty food from several local restaurants including Bonefish Grill, Main Street Tavern and Uncle Vinny’s NY Pizza.
VIP ticketholders will enjoy a private performance by Travis Kidd on the first floor exhibition room of the museum. The room will open later in the evening to general admission attendees for the live and silent auctions. Several tempting auction items are up for grabs, including two travel packages, gold and chocolate diamond earrings from J. David Jewelry, a golf and dinner package to Forest Ridge Country Club, dinner and four tickets to The Oak Ridge Boys at Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, a gift certificate worth $2,000 to Vincent Anthony Jewelers, VIP tickets to “The Lion King” at Tulsa Performing Arts Center, a set of new tires, and much more.
As a full-time musician from Tulsa, special guest Travis Kidd averages roughly 250 shows a year as a solo artist and with his rock trio, The High Mids. His style can be hard to pin down, incorporating elements of classic and southern rock, country, blues and folk, proving Kidd to be an eclectic singer/songwriter and acclaimed guitar player. He recently performed at the Governor’s Mansion during the Governor’s Arts Awards. Guitar instrumentalist Chad Meier, nephew to museum board member Ladonna Ross, will also be performing throughout the evening.
According to Museum Director Janet Pippins, “The money we raise will go towards the operational costs of the museum. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and depend on the support of individuals and businesses to fulfill our cultural and educational mission in the community and surrounding area.”
The Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum is committed to preserving the history and heritage of Broken Arrow for this and future generations. In addition to the regular exhibits, the museum hosts four to five special exhibits each year featuring local and national artists. “Since the opening of our museum, we have given over 12,000 children docent-led tours at no charge,” says Janet. “It is our wish to continue this program for years to come.”
Tickets to Night at the Museum may be purchased in person at the museum, by calling (918) 258-2616, or online through PayPal at www.bahistoricalsociety.com. “This will be a fun evening filled with delicious food, a variety of quality wine and beer, and great music, all for a wonderful cause,” says Janet. Attire for the event is business casual.
You can also find the museum on Facebook to learn more about their exhibits and programs.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.