BRATTLEBORO — Children and adults, seasoned museum-goers and curious newcomers, are all invited to Free Family Day at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) on Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., attendees of all ages can view the museum's summer exhibits, with artists and docents on hand to answer questions; watch huge woodblock prints being created on the giant mobile printing press of Big Ink, and take part in a variety of hands-on art-making activities. When it's time for a refreshing snack, visitors can pedal their own fresh-fruit smoothies into existence with one of two DIY smoothie bikes.
The Caterpillar Lab, a travelling collection of caterpillars in various stages of development, will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with knowledgeable staff ready to introduce even the most insect-phobic visitors to the wonders of these tiny creatures.
From noon to 3 p.m., the artist trio responsible for Brattleboro's Ask the River public art project will lead a sketching and painting session alongside the Connecticut River, followed by a community cyanotype-making project.
From 3 to 4 p.m., artist Angus McCullough and a local historian will offer "Unpacking the Station," a guided history tour of the BMAC building, which will include rarely seen nooks, crannies, and vestiges of the building's history as Brattleboro's Union Station.
From 5 to 8 p.m., the galleries will stay open late, with food trucks and live music in front of the museum, including hometown indie-pop favorites Moxie.
Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is located in historic Union Station, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142.
Major support for BMAC is provided by its members and Allen Bros. Oil, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Four Columns Inn, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.