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Air Force Space & Missile Museum: 449-4444. Focuses primarily on the early unmanned space program, with artifacts from the 50s and 60s and a rocket garden. The only way to visit the museum is through Cape Canaveral Then and Now bus tours from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Visitor Complex hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during winter. Closing hours vary at other times of the year.
Alma Clyde Field Library of Florida History: 435 Brevard Ave., Cocoa Village, 690-1971. Runs in conjunction with the Florida Historical Society. Research library includes exhibits of Florida history and historical documents. Book and gift shop. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
American Police Hall of Fame and Museum: 6350 Horizon Drive, Titusville, 264-0911. 50,000-square-foot facility allows visitors to sit in an electric chair, lie under a guillotine, sit on a police motorcycle, shoot an actual police weapon and fly 130 mph in a helicopter. Facility also has a state of the art indoor shooting center. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except for Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Astronaut Hall of Fame: 6225 Vectorspace Blvd., Titusville, 269-6101.World's largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia. Dedicated to Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs. Also features historic spacecraft and simulator rides. KSC is off SR 405 in the Titusville area. Astronaut Hall of Fame is on SR 405 five miles south of the KSC Visitor Complex off site and open 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m
Brevard Museum of Art and Science: 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne, 242-0737. The county's only fine arts museum has five galleries where rotating exhibitions by international, national and regional artists are displayed. The museum is also host to cultural lecture series, a book club, jazz performances, children's activities and art classes. The Ruth Cote Clemente Science Center has colorful, hands-on exhibits for children. The Renee Foosaner Education Center offers studio classes.
Brevard Museum of History and Science: 2201 Michigan Ave., Cocoa, 632-1830. Collecting museum also brings in traveling shows with accompanying text panels. On permanent display are a Florida timeline, a nature center with 22 acres of trails and a recreation of the famous Windover
Dig, which unearthed 7,000-year-old remains of prehistoric man.
Brevard Veterans Memorial Museum: Veterans Memorial Center, 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island, 453-1776 Education museum houses artifacts from all wars in which the United States has fought, from swords and cannon balls to World War II rationing stamps and V-mail and much more. Exhibits are rotated to provide new displays.
East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame Museum: in Ron Jon Watersports, 4275 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, 784-3005, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ecsurfinghallandmuseum.org. Exhibits presents history of surfing through old surfboards, magazines and photos, surf music, collections of old items related to surfing and exhibits about national surf champions Kelly Slater, the late Bruce Valuzzi and inductees into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame. There's also a small theater that shows old surf movies.
The Enchanted Forest - Located on the north side of State Route 405, 1/2 mile west of U.S. Route 1, in south Titusville. You will descend 15 to 20 feet from the desert-like Scrub on the ancient Atlantic Coastal Ridge into the shadowy, moist Mesic Hammock with its huge canopy. The interrelationship of elevation, soil, water, nutrients, and botany becomes evident.
Grant Historical House - 5795 South US Highway 1 Grant, FL 32949-2106 This home was built in 1916 and has been completely restored. It houses a collection of antiques and furniture that capture that period in time. It is a monument to the early pioneer days.
Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park - 2180 Freedom Avenue, Mims 32754 Phone: 321-264-6595, Fax: 321-264-6596 Opened on April 9, 2004, the 5,000 sq ft Cultural Center is located on the property of the original Moore family home site and is universally accessible. Dedicated to preserving African American history, it is a repository of Moore family artifacts, historical documents, and currently features a timeline of strategic events of the pre-civil rights era beginning with slavery.
Historic Rossetter House: 1320 Highland Ave., Melbourne, 254-9855 or visit www.rossetter housemuseum.org. Botanical gardens and house museum circa 1930. Large collection of antiques. Explores history of Eau Gallie and the Rossetter Family, social and business leaders in the area during the 20th century. Gardens available for weddings.
Liberty Bell Memorial Museum - 1601 Oak St., Melbourne, 727-1776 Run by Honor America. Contains artifacts and facsimiles from important moments in U.S. history, such as the Dec laration
of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and a full-size replica of the
Liberty Bell. Permanent exhibits range from Revolutionary War period to
Operation Iraq. Hosts military concerts and presents patriotic events.
North Brevard Historical Museum - 301 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, 269-3658. Operated by the Historical Society of North Brevard. Houses historic items dating from 1890 to the 1980's.
Two Feathers Gallery Museum: 833 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, 733-1227. Collection of American Indian jewelry and artifacts, Western artifacts, and cultural and spiritual myths and practices.
U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum: Searstown Mall, 3550 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, 264-0434 or visit www.spacewalkoffame.com. Nonprofit museum established by space workers in December 2001. On display are rare photos, space patches, pins, space hardware, flight suits, shuttle tiles, bronzed handprints of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts, and numerous scale models of aerospace vehicles and facilities.
Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum: 6600 Tico Road, Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville, 268-1941 or visit www.vacwarbirds.org.
Walk around a 30,000-square-foot hangar and see warplanes from before
World War II, a C-47 from the D-Day invasion, a restored Wildcat from
the bottom of Lake Michigan and a present-day F-14.
Brevard Theater Ensemble - first professional storytelling ensemble in the state of Florida, and has been dedicated to serving the Space Coast since its beginning in 1988. The members of the Ensemble have performed for more than 200,000 children and adults in Florida, South Caroline, California and Georgia. They've been on live television, and performed weekly on WFME (90.7 Orlando's NPR) National Public Radio for 3 years. They've performed at Disney's EPCOT Center and Nickelodeon Studios.
Cocoa Village Playhouse - Built in 1924, the Aladdin Theatre was constructed in the Italian Renaissance style popular during that era. In the 1940's the theatre was a movie house known as the State Theatre. Today, the Cocoa Village Playhouse, restored to its original beauty, is host to many plays and musical productions
Gleason Auditorium - The Gleason Performing Arts Center is a theatre-style, multi-use facility for all varieties of professional and community productions, as well as large-scale meetings, lectures, and video-conferencing. Florida Tech College Players: This student group produces shows in Gleason Auditorium at Florida Tech. Call 674-8767
Henegar Center for the Arts - Located in a renovated school - the oldest public building in Brevard County-this center is a magnet for civic and cultural activities under the direction of the Brevard Regional Arts Group. 625 F. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, 723-8698, 636-0789
Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts - 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL. 32935; Ticket Office: (321) 242-2219. 2000 seat performing arts center offering the finest in Broadway, dance, opera, classical, popular and children's theatre. Art exhibits are featured monthly in the lobby gallery
Melbourne Civic Theatre - 817 E. Strawbridge Ave. Melbourne, FL 32901, Box office: 321-723-6935 An award-winning community theater that performs at the Le Gallerie in Historic Downtown Melbourne. Auditions are open to the community.
Playwrites Workshop of Brevard - A community outreach program of Brevard Community College, this program solicits original one-act plays by area playwrights. The group meets monthly for readings of members' plays and mounts three community productions of original one-acts a year. Brevard Community College Experimental Theatre, 1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, 783-0801 or visit www.playwrightsworkshopbrevard.org
Special Spotlight Theatre: Dedicated to the cultural enrichment of special-needs people, this organization presents one production a year featuring special-needs entertainers. Henegar Center for the Arts, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 951-2420 [no website]
Surfside Players - This busy 45-year-old community theater produces five shows a year, including comedies, musicals and a drama. It also has a summer production of an original play by a local playwright. It runs Surfside Youth Players, which has children's acting classes and at least two annual children's productions. There is also a Teen Outreach Group, which takes presentations throughout the community and volunteers during the regular season. Location: 320 S. Fifth St., Cocoa Beach. (321) 783-3127
Theatre Company of Palm Bay - This young organization is gathering acclaim for its creative and artistic productions in a small lecture auditorium on the Palm Bay campus of Brevard Community College. Its staff and acting company are well known for their talent and skill. BCC-Palm Bay, 250 Community College Drive, Palm Bay. Call 723-3056
Titusville Playhouse, Inc. - This community theater produces a full season of dramas, comedies and musicals. It presents music programs by local and national musicians. The playhouse also runs the Rising Stars and also hosts a children's summer camp. Emma Parrish Theatre, 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 268-1125 or visit www.titusvilleplayhouse.com
Voices of Storytelling Guild: This group presents oral storytelling, musicians, dramatic presentations and more third Wednesday in the Melbourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Ave., Melbourne. Call 259-3822 or e-mail email@example.com [no website]
Brevard Chorale: was started in 1966 by Dr. Tom Whiteside and has been bringing people of every age, life experience and vocal background together to sing for the pure joy of singing. Since then, the Brevard Chorale has had several conductors, including Larry Boye, Mark Hanson, Claire Baggarly and Vern Boushell. Membership is made up of male and female; voice ranges from first soprano to bass. They perform three or four concerts each year. More than 80 members of all ages form this community chorus. It is a function of the Brevard Community College. Call 433-7385 or visit www.brevardchorale.org
Brevard Community Chorus and Orchestra: This high-quality organization brings together more than 100 voices in concert with professional musicians for music by Beethoven, Handel and Mozart. Performances are at the King Center for the Performing Arts. Call 433-7385
Brevard Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Christopher Confessore, this 47-year-old organization and 100-plus-member professional orchestra offers six symphonic concerts at the 2,000-seat King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. Free concerts include the Fourth of July at Front Street Park in Melbourne, holidays and an autumn family event. Presents annual fifth-grade concert in partnership with the Brevard County School Board.
Community Band of Brevard Exists to educate its members, entertain its audiences, and serve its community. Our website and concert schedule can be found at www.communitybandofbrevard.org/ Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights from 7:00 PM to 9:15 PM in the band room at Edgewood Jr/Sr High School, Merritt Island. Audtions are not required to join. E-mail should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org For paper mail please use Community Band of Brevard, 256 Humkey St NE, Palm Bay, FL 32907-1215
Indialantic Chamber Singers is a small, professional-quality group of volunteer choral musicians who reside primarily in Brevard County, Florida. Brevard County is located on the beautiful Space Coast of Florida. Currently numbering twenty-eight singers, the ICS hope to eventually grow to forty.
Melbourne Chamber Music Society Melbourne Chamber Music Society: A respected presenting organization, this group brings in five world-class chamber music groups to perform each season at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 2030 N. SR A1A, Indialantic. Call 751-4998 or 727-2785 or visit www.melbournechambermusicsociety.com
Melbourne Community Orchestra Professional conductor Witold Dobrzynski leads retired professionals and advanced amateurs of all ages in six free concerts annually at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Presents ensemble concerts throughout the county. Affiliate of the Space Coast Pops.
The Melbourne Municipal Band
Made up of 100 retired professionals and advanced amateurs. Performs free concerts, primarily at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne. Presents Swingtime Big Band in monthly dances in the auditorium, Burnished Brass, throughout the area, a Dixieland Band and a Youth Band.
Platinum Coast Chorus This group offers music education and vocal development and traditionally performs one big show a year and is also available for performances and social functions. Part of the Sweet Adelines International. Membership 321-255-5280 and Performance 321-727-0921
Rock the Silence: This organization brings Christian music to hearing and hearing-impaired audiences. It performs throughout Florida and other states. The organization also teaches sign language classes to the community and Brevard County teachers. Call 446-1802 or www.rockthesilence.homestead.com
Space Coast Chorus: The chorus performs one big show a year with the Greater Canaveral Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and smaller concerts throughout the season. Call 254-9223 or 636-0900 (no website)
Space Coast Flute Orchestra: This organization features about 42 musicians who play a wide collection of flutes, ranging from piccolo to standard C flute and a rare double contra bass flute. Under the direction of Nancy Clew, the group performs free concerts throughout Brevard County. Call 723-7145 or 757-3931
Space Coast Jazz Society: The society meets in the afternoon second Sundays for live jazz performances, at the Cocoa Beach Country Club. Annual events include a picnic, Christmas Party and benefit. The group awards scholarships to Brevard students studying jazz in college. Call 632-4420 and 453-4191 or www.spacecoastjazzsociety.com
Space Coast Pops - This 20-year-old professional organization is conducted by Robert Coleman of the St. Louis Symphony. The organization offers a four-concert subscription series each year at the 2,300 seat Merritt Island First Baptist Church and other free concerts throughout the year. It sponsors the Brevard Young Performing Artists Competition. Call 632-7445 or visit www.spacecoastpops.com Swingtime Jazz Band: A unit of the Melbourne Municipal Band, the Swingtime Jazz Band appears in three-performance "Big Band" concerts in Feb. and July plus eight ballroom dances at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne. Call 724-0555. This band is a smaller group from the Melbourne Municipal Band.
Space Coast Symphony Orchestra - The SCSO is a lively and passionate Central Florida orchestra comprised of professional musicians, music educators and mentored amateurs of exceptional ability. The Orchestra was formed by Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron T. Collins with a two-fold mission: to provide mentoring and performance opportunities for Florida's finest young musicians as well as to provide professional concerts at genuinely affordable prices. The ultimate goal of the organization is to help ensure the symphonic tradition for the enjoyment of future generations. 33-year old Aaron T. Collins is garnering recognition for his achievements. LEAD Brevard named the ambitious Collins one of their "4 under 40" Young Professionals, the youngest-ever recipient of the honor. Space Coast Business magazine listed him as one of Brevard's "100 Most Admired Businesspeople." Through his personal involvement with more than a dozen performing arts groups, pioneering reciprocal ad program and social media cross promotions, Collins has gained a reputation for generosity; championing other arts organizations throughout Central Florida for the cultural enrichment of the community. The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra performs in several very comfortable venues in Brevard and Indian River counties, with advance general admission tickets priced at just $20. School-aged children 18 years and under are admitted free of charge, as are college students with a valid ID. In keeping with their mission, the symphony provides a unique Symphony for Everyone ticketing program, a "pay-what-you-can" option designed to provide substantially discounted admission to any Space Coast Symphony concert. Relying on a non-traditional orchestra model and a slim budget, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is one of only 17 U.S. orchestras to perform year-round. In addition to maintaining the Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra and Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra, the non-profit organization provides numerous separate and free ensemble performances. More information about the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra's upcoming concerts, ticket sales, venues, directions and sponsorship opportunities is available at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org by calling toll free (855) 252-7276.
A Dancers Voice: For local Dance news and events for Brevard by Laura Beers
Broadway Bound Dance Centre: This group presents performances throughout the community and works with the Moscow Ballet when it comes to the King Center. It is based at 1270-A Lake Washington Road, Melbourne. Call 259-4778
Galmont Ballet Centre for Dance Education: The center, which is home to Brevard Ballet Theater, presents two major productions a year and educational outreach programs. It offers a training program for children, teens, adults and professionals. 5575 Schenck Ave., Suite 11, Viera. Call 634-5466 or www.galmontballet.com
Golden Steppers: This organization produces two shows a year at Gleason Auditorium and Cocoa Village Playhouse. Proceeds, in part, benefit at least three local charities. Call 783-5931
Imperial Dance Company: The performing arm of the Dussich Dance Studio, this group selects one nonprofit group each year for a "Sharing Through Dance" fund-raiser/performance. Membership is by audition only from students of the Dussich Dance Studio. Call 452-2046
Kaliko's Polynesian Dancers: The group performs throughout Florida for major hotels, corporations, home parties and children's birthday parties. It includes male and female fire dancers, percussionists and Polynesian dancing and is based in Indialantic. Call 984-2789.
Paul Stella Productions: The group presents annual ballroom dance exhibitions featuring amateurs and world-champion ballroom dancers. The exhibitions benefit a local charity. Call 777-1212
Precision Contemporary Dance: This group presents full-scale dance programs at the Henegar Center. Membership is by audition only. It is open to community dancers, regardless of studio affiliation. Location: 571 Haverty Court, Suite T, Rockledge. Call 433-0420
Serenade Dance Company: The performing arm of the Dance Zone, this group performs at the Henegar Center for the Arts at various times during the year. Membership is only for students of the Dance Zone. Call 242-2442
Space Coast Ballet: The Space Coast Ballet is under the artistic direction of former Kirov Ballet dancers Boris Chepelev and Janna Kirova. From gorgeous classical ballets that have captivated audiences for centuries to the latest masterpieces by today's best choreographers, the SCB is committed to present its unique vision of live performance to the Space Coast community, sparing no detail to achieve perfection in every area of the production."