Reindeer at the Science and History Museum on Saturday | News
The Owensboro Science and History Museum is pulling out all the stops for a series of vacation-themed events that begin this weekend and end Wednesday.
Kathy Olson, director of the museum, said on Friday that the museum, located at 122 E. 2nd St., will first host its fifth annual “Live Reindeer Experience” from 9 am to noon and 1 to 4 pm.
“Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be here with a reindeer and a miniature horse,” said Olson.
Olson said that although the event has traditionally been held outdoors, a weather forecast indicating rain caused them to move the event inside the museum this year.
“We’re going to have a bench in front of Santa where people can sit rather than on his knees just to stay a little bit safer,” she said. “It will always be a great photo and a good experience.”
Olson said the event, which is sponsored by Atmos Energy, is included in the cost of regular admission, which is $ 5 for ages 2 and up.
The live reindeer event originated when Olson found out that there was an animal rehabilitation farm in Muhlenberg County six years ago and a member of the museum’s board decided that it was worth looking for.
“It’s very unusual, and she always gives us kind of a first shot on a presentation of Owensboro,” Olson said of the farm. “It’s not just kids who like to see reindeer, everyone likes to see reindeer. “
The next event will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 19 at the museum, which will feature local historian and author Eddie Price speaking about colonial Christmas traditions.
“He’s going to talk about the different colonies and what they celebrated and didn’t celebrate,” Olson said.
With the American colonies in England stretching from New York to Georgia, Christmas traditions can vary widely from region to region.
“It’s always interesting to know,” said Olson. “All the traditions that we have are of course a combination of a lot of different eras and cultures and that is going to kind of take it apart for everyone and take us back in time for the holidays,” she said. .
The Owensboro Science and History Museum will end its holiday events with “The Grinch and Friends Tale Adventure” at 11 am on Wednesday, December 22.
Families are invited to hear regional storyteller Susan Fowler as she shares stories, songs and guides participants through a simple craft. Frosty the Snowman, Ebenezer Scrooge and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer might just come for a surprise visit.