An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until September 4, 2021
The exhibit Unexpected! promotes unusual or out of the ordinary careers that people in this area have pursued. Photographs, memorabilia, specialized tools and equipment, and examples of their work will be on display.
The exhibit features such careers as a dog trainer, a Secret Service agent, a professional ballerina, a political cartoonist, a railroad engineer, an emergency management team leader, an orthopedic/prosthetic designer, a farrier, an acupuncturist, and a wildlife removal expert, among other interesting and unexpected careers.
“This exhibit topic was suggested by our teen board, as they thought that an exhibit featuring careers would help them make some good choices about their futures. But everyone can enjoy investigating atypical careers rather than the ones that they are most familiar with,” said BAMA educational coordinator Alison Darby.
Along with this opening celebration, there are tie in opportunities throughout the summer. In July, Cara Gary, local girl who has spent her adult ballet career traveling around the world with the Joffrey Ballet Company, will be conducting a ballet camp for area ballerinas, culminating in a public display of their dance routines at the depot on Friday, July 23. To sign up your child or to gather more information, contact Amber Tysl at Flourish Creative Arts Studio, (864) 392-1914. The public is invited to view the exhibition on Friday free of charge.
Summer Camps at the Belton Area Museum Association will be held July 27-29 from 10 AM – noon and Aug. 3 – 5 from 10 AM – noon with unusual careers as the focus. Summer Camp I, entitled Mission Impossible, will deal with law enforcement careers such as an FBI agent, police officer, and private investigator and campers will learn spycraft techniques like finger printing, self defense, and secret coding. Summer Camp II, entitled Inventioneers, will feature classes where the students get to be the inventors who come up with simple ideas to make our every-day lives better. For more information, please contact Abigail Burden at the museum, 864-338-7400.
And the summer’s ending activity is a wine tasting and behind the scenes tour of local City Scape Winery to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 10, beginning at 6 PM. For $30 per person, each attendee gets a look at production techniques of the wine making process, enjoy tasting 8 different vintages, and take home a souvenir glass. Registration is required by Aug. 9 by calling the museum at 864-338-7400.
The exhibit Unexpected! ends on Sept. 4.
Thanks to Clinkscales Drugs and City of Belton HTAX funds, the exhibit is free to view.
The museum is open Wednesday thru Friday, 9 AM – 2 PM, and Saturdays, 10 AM – noon. Pre-arranged group tours are available as well by calling 338-7400.
The Belton Area Museum Association is a place where people of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities can learn about and experience our area’s history and culture. Museum admission is free.