By Joseph Pratt
The Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center (SOMACC) will be naming its new plaza, unveiling their new brew and kicking off their summer plaza parties Friday, March 2, starting at 5 p.m. Jazz and Brewz will be the museum’s inaugural “plaza party,” as they officially bestow a new name onto the renovated alley: The Security Central Plaza.
They will celebrate with jazz from the Rorschach Quartet and will also roll out Left Bank Brew, the museum’s anniversary ale, produced by the Portsmouth Brewing Company. The ale was named by Vern Riffe Center for the Arts Director Joe Patti a few months back, when he won the beer naming contest held by the museum.
“This is our first outdoor plaza event in which we are kind of christening the alley with its new name, the Security Central Plaza,” Artistic Director Charlotte Gordon said. “This is the first of plaza parties that we will be hosting all summer. With nice weather and our new, beautiful plaza, we hope to showcase all sorts of artwork and live performances for the community.”
Museum staff member T.R. Beery coordinates all of the musical performances at the museum, which have been common occurrences lately, since the museum recently renovated their stage. Beery was enthusiastic to book the jazz band and give the first ever party at Security Central Plaza a theme. Beery is busy working with the museum programming to bring musical acts to the plaza all summer long.
“The band said that they will be fluid with us and the evening,” Gordon said. “They will be playing a lot in the first couple hours and will continue to play until the party winds down. They sound like really nice guys and they are really into this party.”
The museum will be serving wine along with Left Bank Brew. They will also be selling limited edition posters that museum staff member Emily Uldrich has created. There is a poster for Left Bank Brew and the Jazz and Brews evening party. There will be only 50 of these poster sold and they are $10 each. Gordon describes the posters as an attractive and creative print created with a cut paper design.
Although weather is speculated to be clear, if bad weather should occur, the party will go on in the museum and entry to the party is free of charge.
“We are really excited,” Gordon said. “We want the museum to be a place people consider coming down town to, after work, for these plaza parties. The museum is a community place and we really want to use it as a community place—both inside and outside. With this idea in mind, we hope to have musical performances and our ale flowing all summer long.”
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