Hutchinson, Kan. – The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center’s annual end-of-summer fundraising event is celebrating its second year with a truly spectacular lineup of special guests. August 24, 2013, the Cosmosphere will welcome Apollo astronauts Buzz Aldrin (Apollo XI, Gemini XII), Walt Cunningham (Apollo VII), Joe Engle (Backup LM Pilot for Apollo XIV, STS-51I), Richard Gordon (Apollo XII, Gemini XI) and Fred Haise (Apollo XIII); Shuttle astronauts Jeff Ashby (STS-93, STS-100, STS-112), Steven Hawley (STS-41D, STS-61C, STS-31, STS-82 and STS-93) and Bruce McCandless II (STS-41B, STS-31, CAPCOM for Apollo XI, Astronaut support crew for Apollo XIV); and Honored Guests Laura Shepard Churchley (Daughter of Alan Shepard: Apollo XIV, MR-3) and Paul Mardikian, lead conservator for the Apollo F-1 Conservation Project and co-founder and senior conservator of Terra Mare Conservation, LLC. The group of guests will be participating in various activities throughout the day, including book and model signings, a progressive dinner and the reception that gives the entire event its name, the Fly Around Dine Around.
SECOND ANNUAL FLY AROUND DINE AROUND RECEPTION
In a truly-out-of-this-world celebration, the Second Annual Fly Around Dine Around honors the heroes of space exploration with an unforgettable reception.
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Cosmosphere’s Grand Lobby and Rotunda, patrons will enjoy a unique tasting of the many delicious offerings available in Hutchinson and surrounding areas. The reception is made possible through a partnership with area eateries and caterers. Sample food selections will be provided by Anchor Inn, Carlos O’Kelly’s, Carriage Crossing, Dillons Chinese Kitchen, Dillons Marketplace, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Girst’s: Catering For You, Hog Wild, Hutchinson Town Club, Jillian’s Italian Grill, Pizza Ranch, The Raz Smokehouse, Serendipity Cupcakes, Spangles, Starbucks, and Sunflower Supper Club and Catering. Beverages will be provided by City Beverage and Egbert Liquor.
Exciting door prizes will be awarded from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. A silent auction will be held during the reception, offering myriad collectibles including signed models, photos, prints and more. Two highlighted items included in the auction will be a Navy yearbook from the USS Oriskany, signed by Alan Shepard, and an Omega Speedmaster “Moonwatch” Professional 42 MM. Additionally, a limited number of personalized, signed copies of The All-American Boys, Apollo Moon Missions and The X-15 Rocket Plane with a meet and greet opportunity will be part of the silent auction. A full list of items for auction will be available on cosmo.org 10 days before the event.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., the red carpet will roll out for the arrival of the astronauts and honored guests, who will make their way through the crowd to the Shuttle stage in the Cosmosphere’s lobby. Apollo astronauts will share memories of their missions and guests will hear firsthand stories and accounts of experiences from the early days of the Space Race. Astronauts will mingle, but will not pose for photos or sign items.
Tickets for the Fly Around Dine Around Reception are $40 for Cosmosphere Members, $50 for General Public. Tickets can be reserved by calling (800)397.0330. A credit card is required to guarantee reservation.
BOOK AND MODEL SIGNINGS
Earlier in the day, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hall of Space Galleries, several astronauts will be participating in book and model signings, giving visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture a piece of history. Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the Moon, will be signing copies of his new book, Mission to Mars, in the Kennedy Theater, located in the Cold War Gallery. In the Investigate Space: The Astronaut Experience Gallery, Shuttle astronauts Jeff Ashby and Steven Hawley will be meeting and greeting with visitors while signing personalized photos and Shuttle models.
The following books are now available in the Cargo Bay Gift Store: Mission to Mars by Buzz Aldrin, The All-American Boys by Walt Cunningham, Apollo Moon Missions by Billy Watkins with foreword by Fred Haise, and The X-15 Rocket Plane by Michelle L. Evans with foreword by Joe Engle. A limited number of signed copies of The All-American Boys, Apollo Moon Missions and The X-15 Rocket Plane are available for pre-order, and will be available for pickup after 1 p.m. August 24, 2013. Visit cosmospherestore.com or call (620)665.9350 or (800)397.0330 x350 to purchase copies of these books, or to reserve a signed copy.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE BOOK AND MODEL SIGNINGS
Hall of Space admission ($12 donation) and purchase of designated items for signings are required for all entries - including Cosmosphere Members and Reno County residents, as the day is dedicated to fundraising activities. A $20 donation is required for items to be signed by Jeff Ashby or Steve Hawley. Proof of purchase from the Cargo Bay Gift Store for items to be presented for signing is required and must be presented for admission.
Families or groups who wish to attend the signings will need to purchase separate admission for each person, but need only purchase one item for signing per family/group.
Buzz Aldrin will not be signing anything other than copies of Mission to Mars purchased through the Cargo Bay Gift Store, and will not personalize signatures. Jeff Ashby and Steven Hawley will not be signing anything other than designated models and photos purchased through the Cargo Bay Gift Store.
All books, photos and models attendees wish to present for signing must be purchased through the Cosmosphere’s Cargo Bay Gift Store. Advanced purchases are strongly recommended, and may be made any time by visiting cosmospherestore.com or calling (620)665.9350 or (800)397.0330 x350.
Visitors may take photos of the astronauts while their item is being signed.
These guidelines will be strictly enforced.
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., patrons will join all of the honored guests for an elegant, five-course dinner in the Apollo and Mollett Galleries. A limited number of seats are still available for $200 per person and include admission to the Fly Around Dine Around Reception.
Progressive Dinner patrons also have the option of purchasing a photo with the entire group of honored guests for $100.
Tickets to the Progressive Dinner can be reserved by calling (620)665.9310. A credit card is required to guarantee reservation.
The Cosmosphere reserves the right to assign seating.
The recommended dress code for all events on August 24, 2013, is Business Casual.
The Hall of Space Museum will close to the public at 12 p.m. August 24, 2013, in preparation for the Book and Model Signings. The Cosmosphere will close to the public at 4 p.m. August 24, 2013, in preparation for the Progressive Dinner and Fly Around Dine Around Reception. The Cosmosphere will open at 9 a.m. Sunday, August 25, 2013 to accommodate out-of-town travelers who stay overnight.
All proceeds from the events on August 24, 2013, will go toward Cosmosphere fundraising initiatives.
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