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Watch the stars at Maryhill Museum



Daytime and evening events on July 15 will bring the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art to life. Visitors can learn about modern dance pioneer and Sam Hill's close friend Loie Fuller during an afternoon program titled "Loïe Fuller in the Garden." The event, which takes place from 1 to 6 p.m., includes lectures, performances and hands-on activities for children.

As evening draws near, visitors are invited to stay and watch the stars twinkle overhead during "Starry Night at the Museum," a campout and stargazing experience on the museum grounds. There is a charge for those who wish to camp and reservations must be made in advance; visitors who wish to stargaze without camping are welcome free of charge. Further details can be found in the schedule below

Saturday, July 15, 2017 | 1 to 6 p.m.

Loïe Fuller in the Garden

Join us for a celebration of modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller and her influential legacy at Maryhill Museum of Art. Enjoy lectures and performances as well as special hands-on activities and dance for children. The program is organized by Gonzaga University Professor Suzanne Ostersmith, MFA, and her students, and sponsored by Judy Carlson Kelley.

Hands-On Children's Activities | 1 to 2:30 p.m., 3 to 4:30 p.m. & 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Gonzaga dance students will lead children in creative dance with scarves, coloring images of Loïe Fuller and decorating crowns. Children can also become a living Rodin sculpture along a specially created "dance path."

Sun-viewing | 2 p.m. onwards

Friends of Goldendale Observatory will be here with special telescopes that allow you to view the sun directly. Takes place outside.

Lecture: Loie Fuller: Influential Star – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow | 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by a Q & A with Gonzaga University Professor Suzanne Ostersmith, who will talk about Loïe's work and how it informed her own recent contemporary work with students at Gonzaga. Takes place in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center.

Dance Performance | 4:45 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Students from Gonzaga University perform a short dance work choreographed by Suzanne Ostersmith and inspired by Loïe Fuller. Takes place outside.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 | 5 p.m. onwards

Starry Night at the Museum

Join us at Maryhill for a magical overnight campout and stargazing experience in one of the most majestic settings imaginable. Volunteers from Rose City Astronomers will provide telescopes to give visitors awe-inspiring views of the summer night sky. Catch glimpses of the Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy, Sagittarius, and even some meteors if we are lucky! Troy Carpenter from the Goldendale Observatory will inspire and inform our special views. Don't miss this fantastic, family-friendly event!

Cost for Tent or RV Campsite: $50 museum members | $60 non-members. Includes campsite in the gardens at Maryhill, and one (1) free admission to the museum for each member in your party. Tent and RV sites accommodate one tent or RV. Campers provide their own tents and camping gear. No cooking or fires permitted. There are no RV (electrical) hook-ups or showers. Deadline to register for tent or RV site is July 11.

Visitors who wish to stargaze without camping, are welcome. Stargazing only is FREE on the grounds of the museum.

Register online at or register by phone at 509.773.3733 ext. 25.


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