'MEHA Mingle' festival to celebrate Columbia culture downtown

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 | 2:58 p.m. CDT; updated 5:41 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 7, 2011

COLUMBIA — In an effort to raise awareness about downtown cultural venues, The District will hold its first "MEHA Mingle" on Sept. 20.

"MEHA stands for museum, entertainment, history and art," said Persephone Dakopolos, district director of business services.


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The initiative is a collaboration between The District and the city's Office of Cultural Affairs; it is also supported by the Missouri Arts Council.

Seven groups in The District will be participating in the festival, including four museums, two music theaters and an observatory, according to the event's website. All the venues are within walking distance of one another. With a $10 guest pass, attendees will be able to visit every venue, which will hold extended hours during the festival.

Few people in Columbia know about the numerous cultural centers downtown, Dakopolos said; MEHA will serve as a bridge to connect them under one title and allow people to discover places similar to ones they may already enjoy.

Free carriage rides will be provided for attendees' convenience, and food will be provided at each location by several downtown restaurants, including Shakespeare's Pizza, Bleu Restaurant & Wine Bar and Main Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe, Dakopolos said. Wine will be provided by Les Bourgeois Vineyards.

The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20, at several downtown locations. Guest passes can be purchased at MU's Jesse Hall or through the University Concert Series, 882-3781.

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