The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History has something on the docket for all sorts of personalities this weekend.
On Friday evening the museum will play host to folks trying to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Museum executive director Matt Edwards said a Saint Patrick’s Day bash will take place at Old North State Winery from 8-11 p.m.
“It will help that St. Patrick’s Day actually falls on a Friday this year,” said Edwards. “It’s a great day to celebrate.
Every year since 2010, the museum hosts three parties at the winery, explained Edwards. The St. Patrick’s Day party is one of a trio which also includes a New Year’s Eve outing and a Halloween party.
He said Friday is the perfect opportunity to pull out the green clothes and leprechaun hats and have a good time while supporting the museum during what is a wee bit of a slow time of year for admission fees at the museum.
“Through our partnership with the winery, we are able to collect all revenue from the door,” said Edwards.
He noted the Mediocre Bad Guys will be performing, a band which has, of late, not performed together often.
“They’ve been laying a little low, so this is a good opportunity for fans to come out and see them,” remarked Edwards.
Edwards said those who are concerned about missing an NCAA basketball tournament game need not fret, as games will air live at the winery.
The event, historically the smallest of the three parties, averages a crowd of about 125 people, and a good turnout nets between $2,000 and $3,000 to help operate the museum, according to Edwards.
Tickets are available for purchase at the museum and the winery and are $10 if bought in advance and $15 if purchased at the door.
Arts program continued
For those who don’t party too much on Friday or those who want a nice, quiet activity on the day after they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the museum is offering the second session in a series of art workshops.
On Saturday Glenda Edwards will teach a bead embroidery workshop at the museum. The three-hour class will begin at 1 p.m.
Early in March the museum played host to a blacksmith workshop, and future programs include pottery, stained glass and painting sessions. Edwards said the workshops tie to an arts show the museum hosted in February and March and were made possible by a grant the museum received through the Surry Arts Council.
Edwards said Glenda Edwards learned the art of bead embroidery from Choctaw Native Americans and has worked for years to perfect her skills.
The cost to take part in the workshop is $25 for museum members and $30 for non-members, and advance registration for the event is highly encouraged.
“All materials are included, and each person will walk away with their own piece of bead embroidery,” added Edwards.
For inquiries regarding either event, those interested may contact museum staff at 786-4478.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.