By Emma Smith, Educator
Jekyll Island Authority Museum
As one of the new educators for the Mosaic Museum, I am very excited to be a part of Jekyll Island. I came into this position with a lot of ideas for programming at the Mosaic, along with the museum’s outdoor space, known as the “Paddock”. The ability to move some programs outside provides a unique way for us to educate and entertain our guests. In fact, we’ve already begun utilizing the space.
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On October 18, the Mosaic will host its first 21+ event: Cocktails and Costumes. This program harkens back to the costume parties held by Jekyll Island Club members. It will be held in the “Tack Room”, the multi-purpose room within the building, as well as the Paddock. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in costume and enjoy a spooky evening with us.
We are hosting an Archaeology Day event on November 15 to give guests the opportunity to participate in their own dig, make pinch pots, throw atlatls, and explore other family activities. Archaeology can get a little messy, so the Paddock provides a great space for this hands-on interaction with the island’s history.
We’re already thinking ahead to Spring Break and next summer. The Paddock will be the site of camps, hands-on history crafts and demonstrations, historic games, and nature programming. We have so much history to explore, and we plan to keep our guests busy!
The Paddock gives us a great place to extend our programs outdoors. We can spread out and allow guests to interact with games or activities and even get a bit messy. It also allows us to simultaneously host separate events in the Tack Room and the Paddock without bumping into each other. The Paddock area covered, making it usable year-round. When finished, the Mosaic terrace will provide the perfect extension for our programming. To help complete this educational space, visit Jekyll Island Mosaic.