CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A landmark in Charleston is celebrating a milestone this weekend.
The Clay Center opened its doors on July 12, 2003. Since then, 1.5 million people have visited the center.
Just last year, 36,000 tickets were sold to the Clay Center Concert Series. 62,000 people visited the museum and 28,000 tickets were sold to the Electric Sky Theater.
Clay Center officials say they will have events scheduled throughout the next year to celebrate this milestone. In fact, special offers will be posted on the Center’s website on the 10th of each month.
The Clay Center is also the sponsor of a special fireworks show Friday at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston. The fireworks show is expected to begin at 9:30 p.m. after American Idol winner Kris Allen takes the stage for "Live on the Levee."
Clay Center President and CEO Judy Wellington will make remarks during the event. Clay Center prizes will also be given away, including tickets to Sunday’s performance by Discovery Channel survival experts Mykel Hawke and Dave Canterbury, as well as passes to the Center’s museum and more, according to a news release.
“Our mission is to inspire and, over the last decade, we’ve experienced countless stories of inspiration first hand,” she said. “From children whose grades have improved through our outreach programs to teachers who have been reenergized by field trips to adults who’ve seen lifelong idols perform for the first time or discovered the history of ancient cultures through the visual arts, people of all ages, backgrounds and hometowns have had life-changing experiences through Clay Center programs.”
On Sunday, July 28 from noon until 5 p.m. the Clay Center will have a day of free activities at Summer Fun Day at the museum. This annual event draws more than 1,000 people to the center.