“[Saturday’s] event itself is an opportunity for us to really say ‘thank you’ to our members and having an opportunity to unveil something of this magnitude at that event and having our members be present at that is something that makes that day even more special,” said Tom Shinall, director of marketing for the Booth. “So we’re really excited about that opportunity.
“The cannon itself is a Civil War era circa 1863 Napoleon 12-pound cannon ... and it weighs roughly 2,300 pounds and is going to be displayed prominently right near the entrance of the Civil War gallery. So as you walk into the gallery, you’re going to have this cannon right there surrounded by all the artwork in the gallery.”
Along with Shinall, the unveiling ceremony at 2:30 p.m. will feature U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., and members of the Georgia 28th Infantry re-enactment group.
Starting at 10:30 a.m., the Birthday Party and Member Appreciation Day will offer a wide array of activities through 3:30 p.m. In addition to the cannon presentation, the event will include Josh Bohnfrom LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Hawk Encounter program outside the Booth’s north entrance at noon and 1 p.m., wrangler Jim Scott’s Stick Horse Rodeo and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Booth Ballroom. Showcasing their talents throughout the event will be two puppeteers from the Center of Puppetry Arts; The Peach Pickers Band; Booth Photography Guild members; appearances from TV personality Art Matters; and demonstrations by pastel artist Mildred Torres-Speeg, colored pencil artist David McKean, acrylic artist Amy Watts and sculptor Pat Burns.
Some of the performances in the Booth’s Bergman Theatre will be Fish N’ Picks at 1:30 p.m.; Scott Douglas’ Native American Music Show at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; and Jim Dunham’s Tales of the Old West at 12:30 p.m.
Currently featuring about 1,250 members, the museum has welcomed more than 463,000 guests since the venue opened Aug. 23, 2003. Located at 501 Museum Drive in Cartersville, the 120,000-square-foot museum is known worldwide for its extensive collection of contemporary Western art. The Booth, which became an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in 2006, also offers a Civil War gallery, Sculpture Court, Presidential gallery and the interactive children’s gallery, Sagebrush Ranch.
For Booth Membership Manager Karen Mahoney, the Birthday Party and Member Appreciation Day’s purpose is twofold.
“No. 1, we like to have a day every single year that we honor our members,” Mahoney said. “So the Birthday Party is a combination of celebrating when the museum first opened to the public and also our Member Appreciation Day. So members get a free lunch. It’s really kind of built around saying ‘thank you’ to them, but we do open to the public.
“We have a lot of really cool things [planned]. There’s two big [coups]. One is getting LEGOLAND here and having their master builder on-site ... and then the Chattahoochee Nature Center is coming out. They’re bringing one of their hawks. That’s a new thing for us and that’s to tie in with one of the exhibits we have here that’s currently up called ‘Art and the Animal.’ Eleven years ago in August, the museum opened to the public here and we always like to have something around that and having a birthday party was really kind of a thing that made sense.”
The Birthday Party and Member Appreciation Day will be included in regular admission to the Booth for non-members and free for museum members. For more information about the Booth and its upcoming event, call 770-387-1300 or visit www.boothmuseum.org.