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October 3, 2013

‘Awesomely ’80s Birthday Bash!’ to mark museum’s anniversary

The average price for a gallon of gas was 91 cents, the Hubble Space Telescope was put into operation, “The Cosby Show” was the most viewed show on television, Super Mario Brothers 3 was the top-selling video game, and the Terre Haute Children’s Museum first opened its doors.

The year was 1988, and at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, the Terre Haute Children’s Museum will celebrate its 25-year anniversary with an “Awesomely ’80s Birthday Bash!”

The museum invites you to put your hair up in a scrunchy, pump up your Air Jordans, break out your leg warmers and boom boxes and relive the ’80s while raising funds to support the museum.

The 21-and-over event will also include a special tribute to the museum’s founders, Bernard Ridens, Susie Schnabel and Jerry Mansfield, who each pulled $20 out of their pockets more than 25 years ago to begin their quest to create a place in Terre Haute that would communicate the excitement of science to children.

The party, which will take place at the newly renovated Indiana Theatre & Event Center, will feature 1980s-inspired food, music, auction items and games. Partiers can play video game classics such as Pacman, Donkey Kong, Pole Position and Q-Bert, and they can bid on 1980s sports and entertainment memorabilia.

If you come dressed either in ’80s clothing or as an ’80s icon, you could win an award:  best-dressed male, female, duo and group.

The party would not be complete without songs by ’80s pop icons and one-hit wonders. Mullet Over will take guests back with hits by Journey, Bryan Adams, Van Halen, Blondie, Guns & Roses and Queen.

And, if “busting a move,” is more your style, Grammy Award-winning 1980s artist Young MC will be in town to serve as the headlining performer.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50 per person and include lower-level seating for the program and performances as well as admission to a pre-event VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. with food, drinks and a meet and greet with Young MC.

General admission tickets are $25 per person and include light snacks and upper-level seating for the program and performances. Doors open for general admission at 7:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit thcm.eventbrite.com or contact Lynn Hughes at 812-235-5548 or lhughes@terrehautechildrensmuseum.com.

The “Awesomely ’80s Birthday Bash” is being presented by Duke Energy, with support from Refreshment Services Pepsi; Indiana Theatre & Event Center and eBash Video Game Centers; DreamAuthentics; Indiana State University; Hamilton Center Inc.; Larry Paul Tanning Spa; Lucky Reddy/Reddy Law Firm; Simple to Elegant; Terre Haute Savings Bank; The Tribune-Star; Walmart; Wolfe’s Auto Auctions; and WTWO/WAWV.

The Terre Haute Children’s Museum is a nonprofit institution dedicated to enriching children’through exploration of science and technology. The museum is at 727 Wabash Ave.

Visit www.thchildrensmuseum.com.

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