Museum offers virtual program

Museum offers virtual programThe Maturango Museum Docents have re-invented its popular Children’s Hour offering to accommodate social-distancing restrictions associated with COVID-19.

“Now your children can enjoy the Children’s Hour again!” said Charlotte Goodson.

The museum partnered with Mark Pahuta, a professional videographer and film-maker, to make a “Hoot like an Owl” video, which captures the experience for young viewers and their families.

“What a creative endeavor this has been!” said Goodson. “With the expertise and guidance of Mark we have produced a story time that we think will enthrall all ages.”

The museum will post the video on its website,, starting on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The link will remain for about a month.

To request a link to the video, e-mail Education Coordinator Nora Nuckles will send a PDF of owls for youngsters to color, as well as a survey to gather feedback from parents.

“All of the story docents are very excited about having this opportunity,” said Goodson.

“Even though we will not all be together, we have every hope that the children will enjoy the puppets, poetry, stories, and songs, along with learning about the beautifully photographed owl models.

“When it’s time for doing songs or pretending to be owls, the children will see a few docents showing them what to do like was done before at the Museum.

“In fact, while making this video, each of us docents felt inspired by our recollections of the children’s enthusiastic participation and happy faces in past Children’s Hours.

“We will very much look forward to any responses you’d like to share.”

Pictured: Docent Cindy Klissus talks about Great Horned Owls at a previous Children’s Hour. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2020-09-18