The Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center hosted their annual Gala on Oct 15. This year’s theme centered around all things Galactic and guests had a blast.
While attendance was slightly down, that did not put a damper on the evening.
“Events like this cycle from year to year,” said the Museum’s Artistic Director, Charlotte Gordon. “It can be hard to plan for the fall, you’ve got football season and if you go any later you run into the holidays, so we try to bring in new things every year and we’ve been playing with the dates as well.”
The guests enjoyed a buffet-style dinner which featured Galactic themed items like “planetary potatoes,” and “flying meatballs.”
The Watershed Distillery also presented a special drink, The Supernova, during the open bar.
But the highlight for most was either watching or participating in the virtual reality games presented by Yost Engineering.
“Charlotte and Mark came in and they wanted us to see if we could do a virtual reality demo here so what we brought is the HTC Vive,” said Yost Engineer, Daulton Fox. “One of these programs is Google’s Tilt Brush. It lets you create whatever you want, it’s like being surrounded by a canvas. You can paint whatever you want, you can use oils, ink, and things like fire and stars as well. It’s really hard to explain to anyone who has never tried it before. What we see on the screen is different from what they’re seeing. When you’re wearing the set, it’s all 3D and you can see it all around.”
The other game was held in the upstairs Ackerman Gallery and was centered around the popular Star Wars franchise. It allowed users to go through lightsaber training and embark on missions in the galaxy.
“It’s a lot of fun and the guests really enjoy it, my favorite part is their reaction when they put the headset on for the first time, they’re always amazed. Then when they take it off you can see the shock on their face when they come to the realization that the stuff they just did or made isn’t actually there,” said Fox.
In addition, guests had the opportunity to bid on several items, like trips, gift packages, and a rare 1937 Redbirds baseball as part of the silent auction.
“Taylor and I always come to support the museum, and we always have a wonderful time,” said Kelly Babcock. “We always walk away with a great auction, and there’s always good food. It just feels great to get out and support the museum.”
If you missed the Gala, there are still exhibits on display and the museum frequently hosts other activities as well. In addition to three permanent exhibits, the Eloquent Object, works by Ray Kleinlein and Jennifer Holt will be on display until November 4.
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