Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515)
(DES MOINES) – Grab
the best seat in town to see Fire in the Sky.
The State Historical Building
will open its third-floor terrace from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005 for
an Exclusive Fireworks Viewing Party to celebrate Fire in the Sky, Des Moines’
traditional pre-holiday fireworks display. The party, a fundraiser for the State
Historical Society of Iowa, will offer festive desserts, cocktails and holiday
music. Tickets are $20 for adults/$15 for State Historical Society members and
include reserved parking. Reservations can be made by contacting Inger Hall at
515-281-8741 or Inger.Hall@iowa.gov.
The State Historical Building is located at 600 E. Locust Street in the heart
of Des Moines’ Historic East Village.
“With Fire in the
Sky moving to the East Village this year, we’re delighted to hold this special
event on our terrace,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Anita
Walker said. “The terrace is both indoors and outdoors and offers a breathtaking,
panoramic view from the State Capitol Building to downtown Des Moines. It’s
the perfect place to enjoy some good food and drink and enjoy the best-possible
view of the fireworks.”
Fire in the Sky is merging
with the East Village’s annual Holiday Promenade this year. Downtown Event
Group organizers expect more than 60,000 people to converge on the East Village
from 5 to 9 p.m. for a lighted parade, holiday shopping, children’s activities
In addition to offering
the Viewing Party, the Historical Building and its museum exhibits will be open
5-9 p.m. Admission is free, and visitors will find plenty of books, games, food
and other gift ideas in the Museum Store. Visitors can also have their holiday
photographs taken in a traditional Victorian parlor, which will be decked out
in seasonal decorations. The parlor is part of the museum’s Discover Victorian
Iowa exhibit, open through Nov. 27.
The State Historical Society of
Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding
Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides
access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation
and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates
information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education
efforts of others throughout the state.
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