Greetings from Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum!
On Friday during the Patriots Point Development Authority Board Meeting, the MUSAIC Design Group will present the first phase of the Museum Master Plan study. This study will ‘bring the Yorktown to life’ by telling the stories of her crew and allowing visitors to walk in the steps of these heroes. It will also enable the museum to realize goals set forth by the Business Plan to increase visitation by another 30,000 over the next three years.
We will use first person narratives from our veterans to make the stories REAL, and we will employ a hands-on approach. In short, we will EDUCATE and ENTERTAIN our visitors so Patriots Point will become THE ‘must see’ museum and attraction in Charleston and the State of South Carolina.
Next month will mark USS Yorktown’s 70th birthday and we’re planning a celebration fitting of ‘The Fighting Lady.’ On Sunday, April 14, we will host a ‘Tribute to the Yorktown,’ complete with a full day of activities, programs and fun for the whole family!
During the day, we will expand our popular Open Cockpit Sunday program – with even more aircraft on display! We will also host living history programs throughout the day, which will provide visitors with an opportunity to meet and interact with sailors who served aboard the ship. At 2 p.m., the Charleston Community Band will perform in Hangar Bay III aboard the USS Yorktown.
The party will kick off at 7 p.m. that evening, with performances by Charleston jazz icons Lonnie Hamilton, III and Ann Caldwell and a very special USO-style show hosted by Brad and Jennifer Moranz. Tickets for this program are available for $22 and can be purchased on the Patriots Point website: www.patriotspoint.org. I hope to see you there.
On behalf of the Patriots Point Development Authority Board and our employees, we thank you for your continued support.
R. Mac Burdette