Invention Convention – Saturday, May 17th from 10am to 1pm
The 3rd Annual Red, White and Craft Brews Fest – Saturday, May 17th from 5pm to 9pm
The 25th Annual Abilities Foundation Wine Tasting and Silent Auction – Saturday, May 24th from 6pm to 9pm
The 6th Annual Memorial Day Family Funfest – Monday, May 26th from 10am to 3pm
Largo, FL (April 30, 2014) It promises to be an event-packed month as four events make their way to the Armed Forces History Museum. The museum is happy to make the new announcement that its 6th Annual Memorial Day Family Funfest returns on Memorial Day itself – Monday, May 26th from 10am to 3pm. This indoor and outdoor event is a family favorite due to its activities and deeply discounted admission of only $10 for adults and $5 for youths 4-12.
This year, a schedule of events and attractions have been added and consist of the following:
· 10:00am – 10:30am – Meet Sandy O’Hara, Miss Armed Forces Pin-up from Vietnam in 1971
· 10:30am-11:15am – WWII re-enactors from the 1st Infantry Division conduct presentations and drills
· 11:15am – 11:45am – Martial Arts Fitness provides martial arts demonstrations
· 11:45am – 12:15pm – Clearwater High School JROTC showcase a color guard, drill exhibition and cadet duels
· 12:15pm – 1:15pm – Swing dancers showcase dancing and teach guests how to swing dance
· 1:15pm – 2:00pm – WWII re-enactors from the 1st Infantry Division conduct presentations and drills
· 2:00pm – 2:30pm – Guests can meet the Bomber Girls
Additionally, activities will be offered all day including rock wall climbing, bungee jumping, bounce house, face painting, 4 types of military vehicle rides, military dress-up, photo opportunities, tours of the museum and a concession vendor for food and beverage. (Please note that not all activities are included in the admission price). The 6th Annual Memorial Day Family Funfest is sponsored in part by Q105, Swing Gang, and Rebecca Stewart/ReMax Realtors.
In an effort to review additional May events, the museum will host two back-to-back events on Saturday, May 17th. The Invention Convention, scheduled for 10am to 1pm, will feature over 30 gifted kindergarten through fifth grade children from Pinellas County Schools showcasing and sharing their inventions to the public, as well as to judges from the Tampa Bay Inventors Council. Thus far, inventions will be for babies, camping, food utensils, school supplies, showers, sports and much more. Eleven Pinellas County schools will be participating including Bauder Elementary, San Jose Elementary, Leila Davis Elementary, Lake St. George Elementary, Cypress Woods Elementary, Dunedin Elementary, Sunset Hills Elementary, Sutherland Elementary, Skycrest Elementary, Eisenhower Elementary and Curlew Creek Elementary. Each participating school will select the top three inventions that will move onto the Invention Convention. Each school has their own judging committee to make the school based decision. These gifted children have been learning about inventors and inventions throughout this academic school year, and creating their own invention is their culminating project after learning much about history such as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Leonardo Da Vinci and more.
The Tampa Bay Inventors Council judges will be looking for creativity, originality, problem solving, model of the invention, design, and documentation. Children may also include a promotional spin inclusive of a logo, slogan or jingle. These creative children will be vying for the first place prize of $1000. The second prize will be an iPad and the third prize will be a mini iPad. The event is included in the museum’s regular admission prices of $17.95 for adults, $12.95 for youths 4-12, and $14.95 for veterans and seniors 65+. The event is sponsored in part by Walgreens, George Franklin Insurance, the Tampa Bay Inventors Council and the Pinellas County Schools.
The museum will close its doors at 2pm on May 17th to allow for preparation of the next event – the 3rd Annual Red, White and Craft Brews Fest from 5pm to 9pm. Featuring over 75 craft and specialty brews, this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever as it has expanded to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Guests can sample over 75 brews, receive souvenir tasting glasses, enjoy a photo booth, beer and cheese pairings, limited rare beer sampling, a food truck rally, and live music from Attic Records own Cutty Jones, who will be performing outdoors on a 5 ton 6×6 British military amphibious cargo carrier. Tickets are just $25. The event is sponsored in part by J.J. Taylor Distributing, Rock Brothers, Sierra Nevada, the Florida Restaurant Purchasing Group and Attic Records.
Tickets to the three aforementioned events may be purchased on line at www.armedforcesmuseum.com, by calling 727.539.8371 or in person at the museum.
And finally, on Saturday, May 24th from 6pm to 9pm, the Abilities Foundation returns with its 25th Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction. This event has set the standard for wine and food events, and attendance reaches up to nearly 1,000 guests. Enjoy premium wines and spirits, gourmet cuisine from acclaimed chefs, fabulous auction items, live entertainment, free valet parking, and a museum tour. In the past 25 years, the Abilities Foundation has netted $3.63 million for their mission that raises, invests, and distributes funds to the benefit of Abilities, Inc. of Florida d.b.a. the ServiceSource Florida Regional Office, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has provided exceptional employment and housing services to persons with disabilities for 54 years. For ticket and further information, please visit www.abilitiesfoundation.com or call 727.600.8900.
For more information on the Armed Forces History Museum, please visit www.armedforcesmuseum.com