The 2018 – 2019 fiscal year has ended at the History Museum of Mobile and it boasted a 13 percent attendance increase from the previous year. More than 24,000 visitors from 50 states and 13 countries visited.
Museum Director Meg Fowler said their highest single-day attendance was 1,350 visitors during the June 2 Explore Mobile event. The museum conducted 6,336 guided tours and employed 524 volunteer hours.
Over 360 researchers utilized their Jack Friend Research Library. That included officials with the Clotilda discovery and average folks following family trees.
Fowler is excited about a new exhibit in January. “Ancient Rome: The Empire That Shaped The World” is from the same Florence, Italy, group that organized the Gulf Coast Exploreum’s Leonardo da Vinci exhibit in 2016.
Actor-turned-author debuts holiday tale
In just a few performances, local actor Reagan McDowell has garnered notice. Her turn as Blanche DuBois in Theatre 98’s February 2019 version of “A Streetcar Named Desire” earned raves in the audiences and on these pages.
McDowell has turned her creative energies in a new direction with her book “Fraser the Fir.”
“It’s a children’s book about a little fir tree who waited his whole life to be a Christmas tree. When he’s not selected he has to figure out, ‘What’s my purpose beyond this?’” McDowell said.
Perfectly enough, it became a family project when her artistically gifted father agreed to render the illustrations.
McDowell will sell and sign copies of the holiday tale intended for ages 6 to 11 at Page & Palette’s (32 S. Section St., Fairhope) Christmas Open House, Nov. 24, noon – 1:30 p.m. It’s an ideal time slot since Santa Claus rolls into the Fairhope hot spot immediately following her event.
For more information, call 251-928-5295 or go to pageandpalette.com.
Playhouse hits holiday stride
With the holiday season in full swing, one of Mobile’s most venerable arts institutions will transport a little holiday magic to downtown. Playhouse in the Park departs their customary Langan Park environs for the Saenger Theatre (6 S. Joachim St.) when they present “A Christmas Carol” on Dec. 3 and 4. Both days feature school performances at 9 and 11:15 a.m., plus a 7:30 p.m. public performance on Dec. 4. Tickets are $20 and are available at playhouseinthepark.org.
They will stage a short preview at the city of Mobile Christmas tree lighting, Nov. 22, 5:30 p.m. in Mardi Gras Park (corner of Royal and Government).
Playhouse is also hosting a Tree of Generosity to “serve as a lasting tribute and measure of support for all who have been touched by Playhouse in the Park through the years.” A $100 donation secures a leaf with a custom inscription.
For further details on the tree, contact Patty Panayiotou at 251-454-0072 or Patti.Panayiotou@gmail.com.
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