Museum Musings

April 2015 Volunteer of the Month

Minnie -Collins -April -VOTM-300We are pleased to honor Minnie Collins as our April Volunteer of the Month

Minnie loves meeting new people, which makes her a perfect fit for a role in Polaris. It was her friend and fellow volunteer Jean Lewis who encouraged her to join the group two and a half years ago.

An active person by nature, she makes an effort to step outdoors every day, whether it’s to attend her weekly yoga and Zumba classes or a travel club meeting.

Regarding her time with the Museum, her favorite memory is watching Alaska in our IMAX® Theatre, saying “It was the most enjoyable film I’ve seen here!”

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at Fernbank Museum. You can also call us at 404.929.6360 or e-mail volunteer@fernbankmuseum.org.

—Kate Naylor. Member and Volunteer Services Coordinator

Written by Fernbank Museum at 09:44

Springtime Adventures

This year, we introduced a new format for our annual spring-themed event. Instead of a traditional egg hunt, visitors received eggs by participating in games and by following clues which lead them through Museum exhibitions.

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The highlight of the event—baby animals from Sam’s Path Petting Zoo. We had ducklings, chicks, lambs and more.

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My favorite was a 2-3 week old baby goat. During setup, I was able to bottle feed him!

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We hoped you enjoyed this new format! See the full set of photos here.

—Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing

Written by Fernbank Museum at 15:05

A Drink “To Die For”


Inspired by our series of poison recipes (here and here), our master mixologist Sara Brumfield provided this recipe for one of our Martinis & IMAX® featured cocktails. I volunteered (natch) to be a taste-tester and can tell you this is the prefect drink for toasting the arrival of spring! Drink Blog

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Get Preppin’

Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin, Thatchers Cucumber Liqueur, Lime Juice, Fresh Mint. 

Get Shakin’

  • Put a scoop of ice in to a shaker. Add 2oz Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin, 1oz Thatcher’s Cucumber Liqueur. Squeeze quarter of lime into shaker and add fresh mint.
  • Shake contents and strain into a martini glass. 
  • Garnish with a thin cucumber slice.

You can try more of Sara’s mixology mastery every Friday at Martinis & IMAX®. Check out a sample menu available here.

—Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing

Written by Fernbank Museum at 10:46

Dinosaur Q&A


While I’m a fan of the idea of Chris Pratt leading a gang of Velociraptors, nothing compares to the original Jurassic Park. And, nothing compares to watching this most iconic of dinosaur films with an actual paleontologist! 

Author and paleontologist Dr. Anthony Martin of Emory University will lead the special presentation Science on Screen: Jurassic Park at Fernbank Museum, Sunday, March 22.* Before Dr. Martin delves into the science behind the film (can we talk about thatTriceratops poop??), I had a few questions for him.Tony Martin Blog

What is your favorite part of being a paleontologist?
My favorite part of being a paleontologist is going outside and searching for fossils, especially with other paleontologists. I’m really happy whenever I get the chance to do this.

Why are my arms so short?
Blame your ancestors and evolution for that. Your great-great-great-great grandparents probably didn’t need big arms to survive a typical day during the Mesozoic Era, so your arms reflect that history, which is perfectly, normal. Besides, long arms are overrated.

What is your favorite dinosaur?
Oh, that’s easy: Oryctodromeus cubicularis. This was a small ornithopod dinosaur from Montana that lived during the Cretaceous Period, about 95 million years ago. One reason why it’s my favorite dinosaur is because it’s the only known burrowing dinosaur, fossilized in its den with two younger dinosaurs of the same species. Even better, I was lucky enough to co-name it! Its name literally means “digging runner of the den.”

Have you ever met Jeff Goldblum?
No, I haven’t. But you know what’s really sad for him? He hasn’t met me yet, either. Hopefully it will happen someday: after all, life finds a way.

Do you have any snacks?
What did you have in mind: Chihuahuas or Great Danes? Wait a minute: why are you looking at me like that?

Black and blue or gold and white?
I like dresses of all colors, regardless of how people perceive them.

Do you think feathers would look good on me?
Oh, for sure. I’m thinking iridescent black for most of your body, with some yellow and red feathers on your arms, and hot pink on the top of your head. With an ensemble like that, think of how you’d rock the Buckhead night life!

When can we go to Jurassic Park?
I’m sorry to report that ‘Jurassic Park’ closed about 145 million years ago. Fortunately, though, we can still see the living descendants of dinosaurs today as birds. Which is pretty cool, because that means you can watch the relatives of ‘Jurassic Park’ in your backyard every day.

You can find Dr. Martin on Twitter at @Ichnologist. And you can find me on Twitter at@giga_a_dino and on Facebook

—Giggy A. Dinosaur

*Admission to Science on Screen: Jurassic Park is free, but space is limited and. reservations are required. 

Written by Fernbank Museum at 11:45

A Sweet Treat “To Die For”


Continuing our series of “poisonous recipes” inspired by Fernbank’s
Dangerously Delicious Tasting Events, here’s a sweet treat from Laura Heiman, Grants and Sponsorship Coordinator. Laura graciously shared a batch of these with staff and I can attest to their deliciousness! 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies 

1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin
½ cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ t. salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups chocolate chips
½ cup nuts (optional)



Directions:

  • Combine sugar, pumpkin, vegetable oil and egg.
  • In a separate bowl, add flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Stir well.
  • Combine baking soda, milk and vanilla to dissolve and add to dry mixture.
  • Add dry mixture to wet mixture and mix well.
  • Add chocolate chips (and nuts, if desired).
  • Drop by spoonful on lightly greased baking sheet and back at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Do you have a “poisonous recipe” you’d like to share? Send to social.media@fernbankmusuem.org.

—Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing

Written by Fernbank Museum at 16:28
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