By BOB OLIVER
DEARBORN — The Dearborn Historical Museum found success in its “Party at the Museum” beer tasting event for the second straight year.
“We sold 1,645 tickets to this year’s event,” Chief Curator Jack Tate said. “We planned for 2,000, so we were a little short, but still up from last year.”
The inaugural event in 2013 brought more than 1,200 visitors to the museum.
The museum is expecting to net a profit of about $7,000 from this year’s event, which will go toward operational costs.
Tate said the several steps the DHM took to make this year’s event run as smooth as possible for visitors worked out.
“We planned for a bigger crowd, so we had three entrances, one for guests paying cash, one for guests using a credit card and a third for people who had already purchased their tickets,” Tate said.
“We also had four beer pouring stations to cut down on lines and then the food trucks so people could eat. We looked at last year’s event and tried to make improvements for party-goers.”
Tate said the event ran smoothly until about 9:30 p.m., when the beer distributor informed him that the pouring stations were out of beer.
“If we had been informed of it early, we could have moved to bring in more beer, but by the time we found out, the stations were out,” Tate said. “It’s something that we will correct and won’t let happen again.”
Tate said that despite the beer running out, the party was a success and that the museum will “definitely be continuing to host the event.”
“I’m very happy and pleased with the response that the event has gotten and very thankful that the community has continued to support the museum through events like this one,” Tate said. “Like last year, we’ll look at what worked and what didn’t when planning the next event. One thing I know is that we’ll be bringing in more beer.”
Souvenir mugs commemorating the party are for sale in the museum gift shop.
(Bob Oliver can be reached at [email protected])