SOLD OUT: March 29, 2019 - Dinner with a Slice of History

Join us as we welcome Wally Funk, one of the Mercury 13, for an incredible evening of stories and inspiration. Funk, who now has over 18,000 hours of flight time, went through testing at Lovelace Clinic in the early 1960s to try to become one of the first female astronauts. Thirteen women (known as the Mercury 13) qualified for this program and passed all of the tests, only to have the program shut down by Congress. It was over 20 years later when America finally had a female astronaut. After the cancellation of the program, Funk continued to fly as a goodwill ambassador, taught over 3,000 students as a flight instructor, and was the first female to be an Air Safety Investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board. She has participated in several air races, appeared on various television and radio programs and enjoys encouraging young people to get into aviation. Funk still hopes to get into space as part of the Virgin Galactic Space program. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with presentation to follow.

Purchase "Wally Funk's Race for Space" book here. Limited copies remain.

The 2019 Dinner Series is made possible from the residents of Cuyahoga County through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

May 4, 2019 - Family Day
Join us on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for our annual FREE Family Day. This event is open to the public and is fun for all ages. Play games, make crafts, and participate in activities all day long. Scheduled community resources include: NeoLUG, U.S.S. Cod, Cleveland Police, Cleveland Airport System Fire Department, FreeRange SkinCare, Girls' Robotics, Cleveland Metroparks, International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS), Tours of Cleveland, LLC, Discover Aviation Center, and Girl Scouts of North East Ohio.

10:30 a.m. - Cleveland Division of Police: Mounted Unit
11 a.m. - Cleveland Division of Police: Helicopter
12 p.m. - Cleveland Airport System Fire Truck Demo

Raffle items courtesy of:
Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Cleveland Monsters
Lake Erie Crushers
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Western Reserve Historical Society
COSI Columbus' Dynamic Hands-On Science Center!
Sky Zone Highland Heights
RollHouse Entertainment Parma
African Safari Wildlife Park
Lolly The Trolley, Cleveland Ohio
Adrenaline Monkey
Kiddie Jungle
Beck Center for the Arts
Adventure Zone Family Fun Center
Pioneer Waterland & Dry Fun Park
Rinky Dink Family Fun Center
Fun 'n' Stuff
Great Lakes Science Center
Columbus Crew SC
Busy Bees Pottery & Arts Studio - Mentor, OH
Play Arcade and Kitchen

Additional information to come.

This event is sponsored by Foresters Financial and Dominion Energy with support from Costco.

June 12, 2019 - Rocket Day
Join us from noon to 3 p.m. as we spend the afternoon learning all about the science of rockets! We will team up with the Great Lakes Science Center and NASA’s Glenn Research Center for an afternoon of fun learning about the science of rockets. Children can hear about the history of rockets, witness the launching of various rockets, and set off film canister rockets (weather permitting).

Admission is $1 a child via cash or check. Payments made online via credit card or PayPal will be subject to a service fee. Space is limited and the last two years have sold out. Registration will be required. Children in attendance will receive a goodie bag to take home at the end of the event.

Registration opens soon!

July 26, 2019 - Come From Away at Playhouse Square
Join Playhouse Square and IWASM for a performance of Come From Away on Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. Come From Away is based on actual events that took place on September 11, 2001, and the days that followed when 7,000 airline passengers were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland. The show depicts the humanity, grace, and unity that was shown that day in Gander when 7,000 people showed up unexpectedly in their small town.

Tickets must be purchased by June 29. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to IWASM. Stop by the museum before the performance and learn more about Beverly Bass, the first female pilot to be named Captain by American Airlines, and the inspiration for this play.

To purchase your tickets visit:

Oct.4, 2019 - Dinner with a Slice of History
Join us on October 4 for a presentation with Ric Gillespie, Executive Director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR). In 1985, Gillespie and his wife co-founded TIGHAR with the mission to conduct science-based aviation historical research. He is best known for his investigation into the 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Gillespie has led 11 expeditions to Nikumaroro, a remote uninhabited atoll in the Republic of Kiribati, searching for evidence of the missing Earhart. Gillespie has been featured in numerous television documentaries and publications. Limited copies of his book “Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance” will be available for purchase at the end of the presentation.

On sale starting April 1.

The 2019 Dinner Series is made possible from the residents of Cuyahoga County through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Save the Date!

Aug. 30, 2019 - Corks in the Concourse

Aug. 31 - Sept. 2 , 2019 - Cleveland National Air Show

Nov. 2, 2019 - Books, Breakfast, & Book Signings

Nov. 8, 2019 - Dinner with a Slice of History

Nov. 9, 2019 - WOW STEM Conference