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Get Your Rhythm Going at Montshire Unleashed: Drums & Percussion

Mar 08, 2017 04:26PM ● By Linda Ditch
March comes in like a lion this Friday at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, with Montshire Unleashed: Drums and Percussion. This is an adult-only event where you will build your own drum and check out the exhibit Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments. The special guest for the evening is Steve Ferraris, an expert in West African and Afro-Cuban hand-drumming and touring artist of the New Hampshire Arts Council.

Beth Krusi, director of Marketing and Communications at the Montshire, answered a few questions for us about the “Unleashed” programs.

Q: How long have you had adult programs at the museum?

A: We have always done adult education programs, and the Montshire Unleashed (adult nights at the Museum) have been taking place for about four years.

Q: What is the atmosphere like at a Montshire Unleashed event?

A: The atmosphere is always a little different, but it’s fun and upbeat. The Norwich Inn serves wine and beer, and The Cheese Board at Vermont Farmstead Cheese has grilled cheese sandwiches, so people make a night of it. 

I am always amazed at how engaged the adults are with the various activities and exhibits. We see people of all ages, mostly people under 40—some who haven’t been to the Montshire since they were kids, and others who are young professionals or empty nesters, as well as those who have never been to the Museum before.

Q: Anything else you’d like people to know?

A: It’s any easy environment to meet people, talk about a range of topics, and try different exhibits. Each Unleashed has a different theme or topic and different activities. People often come with friends or colleagues but should not feel intimidated if they want to come alone. 


The Montshire Unleashed: Drums and Percussion fun lasts from 6 to 9pm. Admission is free with the purchase of a museum admission. Details are available on the museum’s website,

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