POINT PLEASANT — A local attraction which is growing in popularity every year, the Point Pleasant River Museum has a full schedule of events lined up for 2013.
Museum Executive Director Jack Fowler spoke on the year’s events, starting with the Shanty Boat Night from 6:30-10 p.m. on April 19. Fowler said the museum would be transformed to feel like old drug store for this year’s party with a musical theme including 30s, 40s, and 50s music, with a touch of the 60s and a meal that would consist of beef stew, cornbread, salad, pie, and coffee and tea. The evening will also include dancers and an opportunity for other attendees to dance, as well.
“It’s going to be a fun evening,” Fowler said.
Next on the agenda is the museum’s annual Car/Bike Show, from noon to 3 p.m. on July 13, with registration from 9 a.m. to noon. Fowler said this event has grown each year and local businesses have been very supportive in the past with several donations for door prizes. For the competitors, trophies will be given in three classes including 1984 and older vehicles, 1985 and newer vehicles, and motorcycles and motor bikes. Fowler also noted those attending do not have to be a participant in the show to be eligible for a door prize.
Later that month will be the museum’s tennis tournament on July 25-28, and is both a men’s and women’s tournament. Fowler noted that Patrick Walker, who was considered to be the best tennis player in the state, attended last year’s event and has committed to returning this year. Fowler discussed the ideas behind this tournament, saying they hoped to encourage other locals to play the sport, adding that once the courts are finished at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School, there will be eight public courts available for local residents.
Closing out the month of July will be the museum’s annual Belle of Cincinnati Dinner Cruise. One of the more popular events, and one of the biggest money makers for the museum, the cruise is set for 6:30-9:30 p.m., with the boat leaving the Riverfront Park at 7 p.m. The two and half hour cruise will include entertainment, a buffet-style meal, a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction, and dancing in the boat’s ballroom. A photographer will also be available for pictures and the boat is handicap accessible. Even though the cruise isn’t until the end of July, Fowler said they have already sold tickets.
As the summer starts to wind down, the museum will present the Tribute to the River from Aug. 30-31. Fowler said due to inclement weather last year, some events during the Tribute had to be cancelled and the event wasn’t like it had been in the past. This year’s event is slated to include boat rides, a line throw, corn hole contests with cash prizes, children’s games with prizes, and other exhibits, as well as food, entertainment and the Sternwheel Boat Parade in the Ohio River.
Fowler also said the museum will be participating in several parades throughout the year, including the Sternwheel Regatta Parade, the Battle Days Parade, and the Holiday Parade.
Fowler also discussed some new events which are in the planning stages for the museum, saying funding options are still being explored and information on such events will be released when available. Fowler added that the museum’s Pilot House Simulator is also becoming more well-known and there are still several copies of “Silver Bridge Disaster of 1967” available to purchase at the museum.
In addition to these events, Fowler also noted that the museum is open to the public as a meeting place for local clubs and organizations, as well as a place for receptions and other dinners.
The River Museum’s normal hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. For more on the river museum, visit www.pprivermuseum.com, or call 304-674-0144.