Solar Fest Events

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Total Solar Eclipse Museum Display
The Excelsior Springs Historic Museum and Archives will be presenting a new display, the August 21st Total Solar Eclipse!, opening February 3. The display will include a replica of Galileo’s telescopes and a comparison of meteorites to earth rocks.

Up in the Sky! Presentation coming March 18
The Excelsior Springs Museum and Archives will kick off the community’s solar eclipse events with a lecture-presentation entitled “Up in the Sky!” by local resident Joseph S. Wright on Saturday, March 18. Wright is operations manager for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Warkoczewski Observatory.

Thursday, July 20 “2017 Great American Eclipse: The Day the Sun Goes Dark”
The Mid-Continent Public Library will present “2017 Great American Eclipse: The Day the Sun Goes Dark” program on Thursday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. Joseph S. Wright will be the presenter. On August 21, Missouri will truly become the Show-Me State when a swatch from St. Joseph to near Cape Girardeau will offer some of the best viewing of what’s being called The Great American Eclipse. It will be the first time in 40 years that a total solar eclipse will be visible from the continental United States and the first time in 148 years one has been visible in Missouri. Mid-Continent Public Library doesn’t want you to be left in the dark when it comes to experiencing this rare cosmic phenomenon. Join your friends at the library to learn the science behind eclipses, all about the special effects the moon and the sun create together, and when, where, and how best to safely view it!

Saturday, August 12 Solar Eclipse Primer
Jackie Beucher, an eclipse chaser, will be giving the program on this summer’s total eclipse. Jackie has been a team leader at the Powell Observatory, owned by the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, for more than 20 years and has developed many programs for the public in that time. She will be at the Van Till Family Farm Winery for the presentation, 1 to 3 p.m., 13986 Hwy. C, Rayville, MO. Admission is free.

Sunday, August 13 Solar Eclipse Primer
Jackie Beucher, an eclipse chaser, will be giving the program on this summer’s total eclipse. Jackie has been a team leader at the Powell Observatory, owned by the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, for more than 20 years and has developed many programs for the public in that time. She will be at Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery for the presentation, 1 to 3 p.m., 31010 W. 124th St., Excelsior Springs, MO. Admission is free.

Friday, August 18 BBQ Festival
Gates Open, 4 p.m.
Band – Selle Brothers Band, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Band – Cherry Bomb Band, 7-11 p.m.
Fireworks, Dusk

Saturday, August 19 Fly-in On The River
Fly-in Breakfast and BBQ Lunch
Airplane Rides, Displays and Demonstrations, Young Eagle Flights, Inflatables for the Kids
Hours 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All events held at the Excelsior Springs Memorial Airport, 1203 E. Golf Hill Drive.

Saturday, August 19 BBQ Festival
Beer Garden, 1-4 p.m.
Band – TBA, 1-4 p.m.
Awards Ceremony, 4 p.m.
All events held downtown Excelsior Springs at Hall of Waters, 201 E. Broadway.

Sunday, August 20 Solar Festival Presentation
All of the following events take place in historic downtown.
• Jackie Beucher, Vice President, Astronomical Society of Kansas City will be in Excelsior Springs to speak with the public about the eclipse, 12-1 p.m. For a copy of their brochure, click here.
• Joseph S. Wright, operations manager for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Warkoczewski Observatory will be at the Museum from 1-4 p.m., and solar display
• Booths, Food Vendors, 12-8 p.m.
• Solar Festival Information Booth, 12-8 p.m., commemorative viewing glasses and T-shirts while they last
• U.S. Postal Service special commemorative cancellation event
• Downtown shops and restaurants open
• Solar Eclipse Movies at the Paradise Playhouse
• Trolley History Tours of Excelsior Springs
• Beer Garden, 4-8 p.m.
• Band – JD & the Chasers, 4-8 p.m.
• Ghost Tour of the Hall of Waters, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Monday, August 21 Historical Solar Eclipse Day
• U.S. Postal Service special commemorative cancellation event
• Excelsior Springs Historical Museum open, solar display
• Downtown shops and restaurants open

Area Events:

Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery
31010 W. 124th Street
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Monday, August 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Van Till Family Farm Winery
13986 Hwy. C
Rayville, MO 64084
Monday, August 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Solar Eclipse Watch Party. Member price $5; non-member $20

Historic Mt. Gilead School
15918 Plattsburg Road
Kearney, MO 64060
Monday, August 21, 12 to 3 p.m.
Teachers! Your school not within the eclipse viewing area? Create a fun educational experience for your classes. Come to historic Mt. Gilead, learn the history of solar eclipses and enjoy making a solar related craft. $5/person. Open to the public. Contact Clay County Historic Sites, 816-736-8502.