Cape Fear Rotary Helps to Expand Museum’s Portable Planetarium Program

Posted August 30, 2018 at 9:49 am     Category: NewsMuseum

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum has been awarded a $1,995 grant from Cape Fear Rotary to expand program offerings in the Museum’s portable planetarium. The grant will fund Seasonal Stargazing, a set of four digital films, one for each season which will highlight the most prominent and easy-to-find stars and constellations. This stargazing program teaches audience members how to find things in the night sky and gives them a taste of some of the most beautiful objects in astronomy.

Museum Director Sheryl Kingery Mays said, “Thank you to Cape Fear Rotary for their generosity to further develop our planetarium program so that we may better serve county residents, especially those living in our surrounding neighborhoods. Each of these films are both fun and educational and will help to better acquaint our visitors with the starry night.”

Cape Fear Rotary is one of five Rotary clubs in Wilmington and meets at Jungle Rapids for breakfast on most Friday mornings. This financial gift was made possible from the proceeds of the annual Cape Fear Rotary golf tournament.

About Rotary: Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market Street, is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended summer hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m. through Labor Day; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information:

Photo: Patrick Bradford (Cape Fear Rotary Vice President), Sheryl Mays, Kitty Yerkes, Katie Gloe

News Release Contact: Barbi Baker,, 910-798-4367

814 Market Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4370 • Fax 910-798-4382
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