EVENTS

Houston’s National Museum of Funeral History adds Adam West to THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES Exhibit

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Celebrity funerals capture public attention around the globe—from the magnificent to the truly outrageous. Thanks for the Memories provides an up-close and personal look at the grand farewells for some of the world’s most iconic figures.

Adam West, star of TV’s Batman, died in Los Angeles June 9 at the age of 88. He is memorialized in the Museum’s Thanks for the Memories Exhibit next to the A Tribute to George Barris special exhibit, which features a replica of the 1966 Batmobile. Museum visitors have come by to sign a memorial book in his honor. 

Also see authentic printed memorial folders and memorabilia used in the funeral services and burials of Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Frank Sinatra, Jim Henson, Whitney Houston, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne and others, along with tributes to more recently deceased personalities, such as Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Walker and Robin Williams.

Another new addition to the Thanks for the Memories exhibit are a pair of hiking boots worn by Robin Williams in the movie RV, where he delivers in a hilarious and jaw-dropping comedy as the role of Bob Munro, the patriarch of a dysfunctional family.

Wizard of Oz fans will appreciate the salute to Meinhardt Frank Raabe, famous for his role as a Munchkin coroner who certified the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, as well as his longtime position as a spokesperson for Oscar Mayer. And Disney fans can see a unique glass-paneled coffin made to resemble the one featured in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.There’s even a section dedicated to famous animals, including Old Yeller, Lassie, Benji and Mr. Ed.

Also in the exhibit are tributes to lesser-known people who impacted American culture, including Charles Foley, the co-inventor of the game Twister, and Arch West, Frito-Lay executive who invented Doritos. Plus, Wendy’s restaurant founder Dave Thomas, and Billy Mays, the household name for household products, such as OxiClean, Orange Glo and Kaboom.

The National Museum of Funeral History is located at 415 Barren Springs Drive. More details at http://nmfh.org/exhibits/permanent-exhibits/thanks-for-the-memories.

Enjoy Lunch with an Astronaut at Space Center Houston

Start your weekend with a cosmic lunch with a NASA astronaut like John David Bartoe or Jerry Ross. For a limited time, Space Center Houston will offer its Lunch with an Astronaut experience on Friday and Saturday.

This event gives you the opportunity to hear first-hand stories from a NASA astronaut while enjoying a delicious lunch prepared by our in-house catering staff.

As a special memento of your visit, you will receive a personalized photograph from our guest astronaut. Ticket price also includes admission to Space Center Houston where you can experience over 400 things to see and do, including a behind-the-scenes look at NASA on the NASA Tram Tour.

Reserve your seat, and pick your date for these monthly luncheons at https://spacecenter.org/attractions/lunch-with-an-astronaut.  Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased in advance.

The vision, passion and design behind Buffalo Bayou Park revealed in new book, From Rendering to Reality: The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park

Reception on June 27 at Brazos Bookstore

Buffalo Bayou Partnership is thrilled to announce the release of From Rendering to Reality:  The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park that takes readers through the concepts, people, and unique public private partnership that shaped Buffalo Bayou Park into one of this country’s great urban greenspaces.

The book also includes historical images and maps, along with fascinating insights into the thoughtful design behind the park’s success. From Rendering to Reality: The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park highlights the enriched native landscape and wildlife habitat, wide range  of trail improvements, creative lunar cycle lighting scheme, multi-faceted destinations and their architectural considerations, plus major public art installations.

Coauthored by Sandra Cook, Anne Olson and David Theis, the book was designed by Pentagram in Austin, and features spectacular photographs by Jim Olive, Katya Horner and others.

Join Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Brazos Bookstore for a reception and the unveiling of the commemorative book, From Rendering to Reality: The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park on June 27 from 7-8 p.m. at Brazos Bookstore located at 2421 Bissonnet St.

Stephen Fox, who wrote the book’s foreword, will provide a brief history of Houston’s planning and the importance of the iconic greenspace, Buffalo Bayou Park.

Please RSVP to Jessica McFall at jmcfall@buffalobayou.org by June 20.

The book is now on sale ($40 plus tax) at Buffalo Bayou Park’s Visitor Centers at The Water Works (105 Sabine St.) and Lost Lake (3422 Allen Parkway) or online at www.buffalobayou.org.  Distributed by Texas A&M University Press, the book will soon be available from fine booksellers.

 

HMNS Travel
Northern Lights & Vikings: Iceland and Norway
March 15-26, 2018

Travel Night – Iceland & Norway; Tuesday, March 7 | 6:30 p.m.
Free Informational Meeting.
Tonight you can learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime journey, learning about the aurora phenomenon and meet the trip leaders, plus sample Norwegian treats and meet the Vikings!
Registration incentives will be offered to all those who register by March 13, 2017.  Details: www.hmns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2018NorwayTripBrochure.pdf