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OMSI's 'After Dark' delights adults

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Christie Schleich and Amy Vanditti get a sample of Gigantic Brewings Nao Ohdera. Gigantic is located in the Reed neighborhood in Inner Southeast. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) has been holding monthly events for five years now, geared to grownups, called “OMSI After Dark”.

“It’s a 21-year-old-and-older evening, here at the museum,” explained OMSI Events Director Andrea Middleton at the September 25 edition. “People can come and check out the museum, enjoy local beers, wines, and snacks – with no kids around.”

OMSI originally tried the idea, Middleton said, because adult patrons kept commenting, “I love kids, but I don't want to spend my time here being elbowed aside by a seven-year-old when I’m trying to look at an exhibit.”

The evening has turned into a popular “date night” venue, she added. “We host hundreds of visitors during our ‘After Hours’ events. It seems that adults really do enjoy coming here for fun – and, at the same time, perhaps learn a little bit while they’re doing it.”

Guests encounter a different theme every month. “We provide new demonstrations, hands-on science activities, and we invite in local vendors that are related to that theme. We also have DJs playing music, and other types of entertainment and fun, in an energetic environment. It’s an elevated museum experience,” summarized Middleton.

These evenings are typically held on the last Wednesday of the month. But this year, there will be a single November/December event held on December 4. “The theme for that ‘After Hours’ will be ‘Forensics’, coinciding with the new Sherlock Holmes exhibit.”

The regular After Dark schedule will resume in January. Learn more by visiting their website: www.omsi.edu