Now in its tenth year, Museum in the Moonlight is Ships of the Sea Museum’s annual free evening open house. We like to think of it as Savannah’s most romantic free event, featuring live music performed on instruments not often heard in a live setting, an opportunity to stroll through our collection and illuminated gardens and enjoy refreshments in the Scarbrough Garden.
Additionally, it will be a rare opportunity to see our large installation, Gestalt, illuminated for the evening.
Museum in the Moonlight began as a celebration of our tenth year in the Scarbrough house, and now celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Museum. Mills B. Lane, Jr., our founder, was a great lover of Hawaiian music and loved to play the ukulele and steel guitar. His musical heroes included legendary Hawaiian musicians Sol Hoopi and Tommy Castro. He loved “to drink a little okolehau and make a little welakahau.” Wearing a grass skirt over rolled up trousers, he once won a hula dancing competition at the Hawaiian Room at the Lexington Hotel in New York.
Wicked Cakes has generously donated not only sheets cakes for tonight’s event, but a glorious ukulele cake which will be ceremoniously cut and offered to the tiki gods at 8 pm. Hula food will be provided for sale by the Gaslight Group food truck: pulled pork tacos, smoked spam tacos and sliders, BBQ pork plates, blackened pineapple and other salads. The Museum has secured the original Mai Tai recipe from a Los Angeles bartender in a direct line from Trader Vic and you can purchase one tonight complete with a little umbrella.