Delta Music Museum recruiting members

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 11, 2010

FERRIDAY — It’s going to be a busy couple of months at the Delta Music Museum.

It starts tonight with the museum’s annual membership drive.

The event will be at the Arcade Theater, and will feature the music of Sylvia Johns-Ritchie, Doug Delvecchio and the Rendez-Vous band, Delta Music Museum Director Judith Bingham said.

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The drive starts at 7 p.m. and will have food, entertainment and dancing.

The $20 fee for a single person or $40 for a couple to attend the event counts as their membership fee to the Friends of the Delta Music Museum Foundation, Bingham said.

“The monies that are collected go toward enhancement of exhibits and the promotion of events in the arcade,” she said. “A lot of the things the Friends of the Delta Music Museum buy are items that the state can’t afford through their budget, and it also helps pay for traveling exhibits.”

The museum will be playing host to a traveling exhibit starting next week.

The exhibit, titled “LSU: Building an American Renaissance,” features 30 display boards documenting the architectural history of Louisiana State University.

The exhibit will arrive at the museum Monday, and an opening reception will be at the Arcade Theater from 1 to 3 p.m., Feb. 21. ººBingham said Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne would be in attendance.

The arrangements for the Delta Music Museum to host the exhibit were between the secretary of state’s office, which funds the museum, and LSU, Bingham said.

In April, the museum will also host the traveling exhibit “Voices of the Atchafalaya,” a photo and recorded word exhibit about the Atchafalaya basin.

That exhibit will be hosted at the museum thanks to the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Bingham said.

The annual Delta Music Festival will be April 3.