Delicious barbecue by Dave Poe’s BBQ, live music by Old Mill Road Band, tours of the museum’s current exhibit, “America’s Pathways to Independence” and a fabulous silent auction will highlight the event. Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert Flournoy III will emcee the evening.
“The museum has been a vital part of the Cobb County community since opening its doors in 1970. Community support will allow the museum the privilege of continuing to present our program to all area students,” said Director of Education and Development Karla Osman.
According to its website, “The Youth Museum is a nonprofit educational resource center offering children the opportunity to learn about significant historical, social, and cultural events through instructional activities, which integrate arts and education while emphasizing personal involvement and participation.”
Located in Kennesaw National Battlefield Park, each year the museum serves about 12,000 students from throughout metro Atlanta. School tours are offered twice a day on weekdays from September through May. Summer tours are available on weekdays in June and July.
“The museum’s goal is to expand our opportunities for community involvement through the development and expansion of programs including summer day camps, scout badge programs, private events and adult learning programs,” the east Cobb resident said.
In order to meet its goals, the museum needs community support at this event, the only time during the year the museum seeks financial assistance from the community.
“In recent years we have lost combined funding from the Cobb County School District and the Marietta School System of $40,000. Funds generated through the annual BBQ in the Woods are utilized to help cover this deficit so that we may continue to provide this excellent curriculum based service to all area students,” said Osman, who first associated with the Youth Museum as a volunteer through the Junior League of Cobb Marietta in 2001. In 2004, she became a member of the staff and served as a docent and tour coordinator before being chosen as director of education and development.
“I am passionate about the Youth Museum,” Osman said. “As an interactive history center, our programs are unique to this area. The Youth Museum not only educates young people about our nation’s history, but also opens their minds to the importance of learning about our past. And they have a lot of fun in the process.”
Sponsorships are available at all levels. Tickets are $30 for adults and $12.50 for children younger than 12. Call the museum during business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at (770) 427-2563. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.theyouthmuseum.org. The museum is at 649 Cheatham Hill Drive, Marietta.
Shuttles, operated by Cobb County Sheriff deputies, will run from Marietta High School to the park beginning at 5 p.m. There will be no parking at the Youth Museum.