Discovery After Dark


Local. Art by Chris Brockman.
Local. Art by Chris Brockman.

On Feb. 8, Don Harrington Discovery Center hosted the Discovery After Dark Event for adults only.  This event was Ale-ology: Ye Old Science on Tap. The Ale-ology event activities included ale-inspired cuisine that is prepared by Chef Bud Anderson. The Penny Traveler provided live music.  The event also included several activities such as a Beer Goggle challenge, a Wheel of Medieval Myth and Mirth. There were also Home Brewing Demonstrations.

“Our adults-only events are designed for attendees to relax and have a great time with good food and music, plus we always incorporate science into the party so everyone has learned something or been exposed to something unique,” Amy Juba, Director of Development and Marketing at Don Harrington Discovery Center, said.

Discovery After Dark events raise money to provide funding for educational exhibits and programs.  These events began in 2010 with the Science of Chocolate and the Science of Cooking events. Since then, there have been three events a year in the Discovery After Dark series.  Each year since 2011 has included a Beerology themed event.  This tends to be a favorite of Discovery After Dark attendies.

“The Discovery Center’s mission is to spark curiosity, inspire passion for lifelong learning, and bring families and communities closer together,” Juba said.  We want the whole community to feel like the Discovery Center is a place they can learn and have fun, from toddlers to grandparents.

Ale-ology is the first of the three events in 2014. The next event will be on June 20 and it is themed Pirateology: Swashbuckling Science.

“Beerology has been our most popular event annually, which is why we include this theme or a variation of the theme, like this year’s Ale-ology, each year,” Juba said.  “The great people at Budweiser are terrific about donating beverages for our events, and we couldn’t put on our adult parties without their support.”

This event was also sponcered by Cat-man-du along with Budweiser.  The amount of money that was raised by Saturday’s event for the Don Harrington Discovery Center is not known yet.  The DHDC did sell many more memberships for the next year and more than 250 people ultimatly attended the sold out event.

This event and others like it help to fund the Don Harrington Discovery Center itself.  The funds raised also help the Discovery Center to bring in traveling exhibits and other such things like the Family Science Night.  Also, events like this help to fund scholarships to the Discovery Center summer camps for children.