Wine & Whiskey at the Wetlands

If you’re a Discovery Center event aficionado, you may notice something a little different about the title of this post. We’ve rebranded our spring event! Wine & Whiskey at the Wetlands is the same great friendraiser you’ve come to love over the last four years, but we changed the name to better reflect the event.

Wine & Whiskey at the Wetlands features over 150 fine wines, whiskies, and spirits provided by Stones River Total Beverage. Starting at 5:30 pm, you’ll move through various tasting stations in the museum that feature local and national labels. Vendors will be on-hand to answer any questions or provide guidance in choosing what to try based on your preferences. Light hors d’ouevres will be provided.

Tickets are just $35 in advance or can be purchased in combination with tickets to Shakesbeer for just $60. Click here to purchase your ticket today.

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Building Internal Capacity

Last year we received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services called Building Evaluation to Advance Learning. It will help us build our own institutional evaluation capacity. In addition to focused workshops for the staff and some select partners, we are excited to include area colleagues in a shared learning experience that will help enhance appreciation for evaluation. Our first workshop and professional learning presentation is being scheduled for late January. This session, led by Jessica Luke, Ph.D. Director of the University of Washington’s Museology Graduate Program, Seattle, Washington will provide an overview of learning frameworks – what they are, examples of them, how they are useful, and how they might guide the development of exhibits and programs.

The Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year officially starts on February 16, but we’re getting a head start on the celebrating at Discovery Center. We’d love for you to join us for our annual Chinese New Year celebration on Sunday, February 4 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. We understand that February 4 is Super Bowl Sunday, but you’ll have plenty of time to get back home and nosh on the buffalo chicken dip before the game starts.

Made possible through partnership with the Confucius Institute at Middle Tennessee State University and sponsorship by the Nissan Foundation, Chinese New Year is a free event that transports you across the globe! Stop by the calligraphy table and have your name written in Chinese or stop by the tangram station and give your puzzle skills a workout. We’ll also have space for you to learn about traditional tea ceremonies and try a tasty sample. If you’re looking for something a little more active, we’ll have tai chi sessions and language classes. Finally, the pièce de résistance is a traditional lion dance performed by the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville at 3:00 pm.

I Am Potential–Science Cafe & Impromptu Concert

Patrick Henry Hughes is a well-known musician, motivational speaker, and author. In fact, he’s working hard to begin his dream career and still takes piano lessons. It would be easy to look at Patrick’s list of achievements and assume his life has been an easy one, but that’s nowhere near the truth. Born without eyes or the ability to completely straighten his arms and legs, Patrick’s story is one of strength, grit, support, and determination. Patrick began playing piano as a toddler and cultivated a love of music that led him to the marching band at the University of Louisville. Rather than play his trumpet from the sidelines, Patrick’s father pushed him around the field in formation so that he could perform with the band at every practice and game.

The Hughes family story reminds us that obstacles can be conquered and our lives are what we make of them. Patrick graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Spanish from the University of Louisville. He dreams of continuing his studies and eventually working in a Foreign Service capacity. The name of Patrick’s book (and the movie about his life) is I Am Potential. After listening to his talk, I think we all left considering our own potential. What is your potential and what are you doing to reach it?