USF planetarium announces WinterFest 2013 weekend events

Feb. 1, 2013 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The University of Saint Francis and the Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium will open the first weekend of WinterFest 2013 on Friday through Sunday, Feb. 15-17, with music laser light shows.

Friday and Saturday shows are at 5, 7, 8 and 9 p.m., and will combine laser lights with music by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and many others. Each of the eight shows feature different play lists.

All seats are $5. Ticket sales begin 45 minutes prior to the first show of the day. Planetarium seating is limited. When the show is sold out, tickets will go on sale for the next available show on that day.

Two Sunday afternoon family matinee laser shows for children, “Legends of the Night Sky,” will present the ancient stories associated with constellations. Family matinee times are 2 and 3 p.m. Tickets for “Legends of the Night Sky” laser shows are $4, with a maximum of $18 per family (two adults and children).

WinterFest 2013 continues Feb. 22-24.

A planetarium open house featuring the restored and redesigned black light zodiac mural, which spans three of the planetarium’s four walls, will be Friday from 4:30–8:30 p.m. The mural artist and planetarium staff will be present, light refreshments will be served and several screenings of the 15-minute planetarium show, “Welcome to the Universe,” will be presented during the evening. There is no schedule for the free event, and visitors can come and go as they please.

Saturday will feature a family matinee for younger children and their adult friends at 3 p.m. and a planetarium show for fifth-graders through adults at 7:30 p.m. Another show for fifth-graders through adults will be presented on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for these planetarium shows are $4 for adults, $3 for children under 18 and $3 for senior citizens, with a maximum of $14 per family. University students with IDs are $1. Parking is free for all WinterFest 2013 events.

Visitors should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to show time to purchase tickets. Early arrivals will be seated in the adjacent auditorium until the show starts. All shows include a formal multi-media show and staff-led tour of the night sky. Allow 90 minutes for planetarium shows. Visit our website for more information.

  The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

Media Contacts

For all University-related matters, please contact:

Trois Hart
Associate Vice President of Marketing
T: 260.399.8050
C: 260.415.2401

Yvonne Schroeder
Director of Communication
T: 260.399.7700 ext. 6413

Sandie Phalen
Director of Marketing and Development
Crown Point
T: 219.488.8888 ext. 5421


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