Currently on view
Living Legacy
Hours: 9am – 5pm
The W.H. Stark House Carriage House
Discover the many ways the W.H. Stark family was active and involved in the community by viewing the new exhibit display, Living Legacy, located on the second floor of the Carriage House. Included are many touching stories of how the W.H. Starks helped families, individuals and organizations. You will be introduced to never before exhibited objects from the Collection of The W.H. Stark House. Living Legacy will provide ideas of how you may become involved in the community today! Included with general admission. Members free.whstarkhouse.org
Currently on view
A Death in the Family: Mourning and Remembrance: 1880s – 1930s
Hours: 9am – 5pm; last tour begins at 4pm
The W.H. Stark House
Entrance through the adjacent Carriage House
Explore mourning death as an intrinsic part of life with elaborate rituals and social customs. For the first time, the Tower Room is used as an exhibition space, with special opportunities to learn and participate. The exhibition is the last stop on the regular tour, giving visitors an extraordinary experience in the historic setting. This thematic exhibition is organized chronologically and illuminates the changes in mourning practices from the 1880s to the 1930s, featuring objects from the Collection of The W.H. Stark House along with historic photographs, illustrations and documents. Included with general admission. Members free.whstarkhouse.org

On view through January 2, 2016

Wicked Plants: The Exhibit
Hours: 9am – 5pm
Stark Museum of Art
This new, loaned exhibition invites you to step into a macabre world where plants hold all the power. Poisonous, carnivorous, or just plain nasty, the diabolical botanicals represented throughout this exhibit have left their mark on history and claimed many an unfortunate victim. Included with general admission. Members free. starkmuseum.org
On view through January 2, 2016
Poisonous Pages: Rare Botanical Books from the Stark Museum of Art
Hours: TuesdaySaturday, 9am – 5pm
Stark Museum of Art
This exhibition highlights historic images of plants that harm. It features eleven rare botanical books form the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Each book is open to a page with a handsome woodcut or engraving that portrays a dangerous plant. Included with general admission. Members free. starkmuseum.org
On view through January 23, 2016
Bright Beasts: Animals in Illuminated Manuscripts
Hours: TuesdaySaturday, 9am – 5pm
Stark Museum of Art
This exhibit explores the roles of beasts, both natural and imaginary, in illuminated manuscripts. Four medieval Books of Hours from the Collection of Stark Museum of Art are open to images that portray animals as actors in the narrative, as symbols, or as a decoration. Animals play an important role in the narrative of the Christmas story. Included with general admission. Members free. starkmuseum.org

On display through November 7, 2015
Scarecrow Festival
Hours: TuesdaySaturday, 9am – 5pm
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
Celebrate the changing season by visiting the largest Scarecrow Festival in Texas, with dozens of hand-crafted scarecrows displayed throughout the Gardens. Created by community organizations, businesses, schools, and families, scarecrow designs range from funny, to clever, to wacky and weird! For sure, no two scarecrows are ever the same! In this friendly competition, visitors are asked to vote for their favorite scarecrow, winners will be awarded a special prize on November 7, 2015, at Autumn Fair. Included with general admission. Members free. shangrilagardens.org
Tuesday, November 3 – Saturday, November 28, 2015
Gallery Scavenger Hunt: Native American Heritage
Hours: TuesdaySaturday, 9am – 5pm
Stark Museum of Art
Weave your way through our galleries to celebrate Native American Heritage. Native American cultures have a rich history of creating tremendous textiles. Examine these textiles in detail and in context through paintings! Discover unique materials like ermine tails, human hair, and handmade thread in these works of art. After you’ve completed the hunt, you can claim a prize. On the first Tuesday each month, try out a new scavenger hunt. Prizes change monthly too, so be sure to stop by and discover new connections with art! For all ages. Included with general admission. Members free. starkmuseum.org
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Vince Gill & The Time Jumpers
Show time: 7:30pm
Lutcher Theater
Suppose you’ve been granted just one night of your life in Nashville…Tap any member of The Time Jumpers on the shoulder and the face that turns to greet you will be that of one who’s made major contributions to the richness and vigor of country music. The current edition ofThe Time Jumpers includes 10 members, each a master of his instrument. Alphabetically-which is the only diplomatic way to present such a phalanx of evenly matched talent-they are Brad Albin (upright bass), Larry Franklin (fiddle), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Vince Gill(vocals, electric and acoustic guitars), “Ranger Doug” Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar),Andy Reiss (electric, guitar), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Joe Spivey (fiddle, vocals), Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano), and Billy Thomas (drums, vocals). lutcher.org
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Lecture: Jennifer McWilliams, Plants as Reflections of Culture and Trends
Hours: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Held at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
in coordination with The W.H. Stark House
Throughout history, plant selections used in landscapes reflect the customs, traditions, fashionable trends of the time. Cemeteries offer unique insights into traditional; and trend-based plant use. As the Historic Cemetery Preservation Coordinator for the Texas Historical Commission, Jennifer McWilliams has traveled throughout Texas investigation and documenting plants that have been included in hundreds of cemetery landscapes. She will share her discoveries and discuss how and why these plants were used. Included with general admission. Members free. whstarkhouse.org / shangrilagardens.org
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Gallery Conversations: Carnivorous Plants
Hours: 11am – 12pm & 1:30 – 2:30pm
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center – Discovery Theater
Gallery Conversation series is invading Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center as Mike Howlett, owner of Petflytrap.com, introduces guests to the world of carnivorous plants. During this special conversation, learn more about Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, and more. Join us in the Discovery Theater to learn more and meet some of the carnivorous plant species featured in the special traveling exhibition Wicked Plants. Included in general admission. Members free. shangrilagardens.org
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Wicked ARToretum
Hours: 12 – 3pm
Stark Museum of Art
Create devious botanical designs during this regular hands-on art making opportunity in the Museum’s lobby. We will supply the materials and your design can then be displayed outside the Wicked Plants exhibition. Included with general admission. Members free.starkmuseum.org
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Autumn Fair
Hours: 9am – 4pm
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center

Hayrides, live music, games & more for your family – join us for the last day of the Scarecrow Festival and celebrate fall. Have fun on Shangri La hayrides, enjoy seeing live animals, uncover fun facts about carnivorous plants during a special talk, pick up a ticket for raffles throughout the day, see the presentation of Scarecrow design awards, and this year,

check out the Oh Snap! photo booth. Shangri La will remain open until 5pm.
Adults – $8; Seniors, Students, Children – $5. Toddlers free. Members free.shangrilagardens.org

Monday, November 9, 2015
Spot
Show times: 9:30 & 11:30am
Lutcher Theater
Together with Spot, students and their parents will have a new adventure in the theatre. Spot will take the audience to the farm of his father Sam, where all the animals are lost. Spot and his friend Helen are going to need the help of the audience to find all the animals and bring them back to the farm. Can everybody recognize the sounds of the animals and help Spot and Helen to find them? Grades: Pre-K – 2Curriculum Connections: Literature, Theater Arts, Relationships, Responsibility. lutcher.org
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Wicked ARToretum
Hours: 12 – 3pm
Stark Museum of Art
Create devious botanical designs during this regular hands-on art making opportunity in the Museum’s lobby. We will supply the materials and your design can then be displayed outside the Wicked Plants exhibition. Included with general admission. Members free.starkmuseum.org
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Second Saturday Specialty Tours
Tour times: 10am, 11am & 12pm
The W.H. Stark House
Come and enjoy this opportunity to study History and the Historical role of the Stark and Lutcher families with a unique specialty tour. Staff will lead you through the special exhibit, A Death in the Family: Mourning and Remembrance 1880s – 1930s and provide additional information not available on the standard tour. The exhibit explores the changes in mourning customs that occurred for the late eighteen hundreds to 1930, through the lens of the W.H. Stark Family. Included with general admission. Members free. whstarkhouse.org
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Workshop: Debbie McHenry of Cottage Cuttings, Plant a Thanksgiving Herb Garden
Hours: 10am – 12pm (workshop is full, call for waiting list)
Shangri La Lab
Non-members $20; members $10
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Not only are these herbs tasty, but they can keep us healthy! Debbie McHenry of Cottage Cuttings will provide nutrition and interesting historical information for several herbs that will be great to include in your Thanksgiving meal. Then we’ll get hands-on – everyone will create and take home a beautiful planter filled with herbs that will keep you healthy all winter long. Includes complimentary entry to the Gardens until5pm. *Workshop is full, waiting list at 409.670.9799 or shangrilagardens.org
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Saturday Adventure Series: Wide, Tangled, and Spiked: Plants Along the Bayou
Hours: 10 – 11am
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
Join us for an adventure to explore the plants that live along Adams Bayou. Tupelo trees, Spanish Moss, Palmettos and more! During this family program, we’ll discuss why these plants thrive in their swamp habitat. Children must be 4 years old to take this tour.
Included with general admission. Members free. Sign up to save your place with our online form at shangrilagardens.org or call 409.670.9799.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Room on the Broom
Show times: 9:30am & 11:30am
Lutcher Theater
The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Grades: Pre-K – 3 Curriculum Connections: Language Arts/Literature, Science, Fine Arts, Community Values. lutcher.org
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Third Thursday Evening Event
Hours: 5 – 7pm
Stark Museum of Art
Enjoy art after dark including music in the galleries, studio art activities, displays of local student art, special tours and demonstrations by a local artist. Free admission for Orange County Pre-K – 12 students with id or report card. General admission for adults. Members free. starkmuseum.org
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Wicked Plants Exhibition Celebration Event
Hours: 10am – 3pm
Stark Museum of Art
Join in the fun with activities, projects and pre-register for a CREATE! Workshop offered on the same day! This special event has something for all ages. Included with general admission. Members free. Sign up to save your place for the workshop with our online form atstarkmuseum.org or call 409.221.6685.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Create! Workshop: Wicked Inks
Hours: 10am – 12:30pm & 3 – 5pm
Stark Museum of Art
Learn about wide use of ink in botanical illustrations. Participants will learn how to create their own handmade, plant-based ink from blackberries and beetroots, as well as how to create their own feather quill pen for use with their dyes. Sign up to save your place for the workshop with our online form at starkmuseum.org or call 409.221.6685. Included with general admission. Members free.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Saturday Adventure Series: Animal Winter Games
Hours: 10 – 11am
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
Families will have a great time learning how animals survive the winter. We’ll take an easy hike on some of our back trails to find evidence of animals preparing for winter. Then we’ll play some games to discover how animals stay warm and find food. Dress for the weather.Included with general admission. Members free. Sign up to save your place with our online form at shangrilagardens.org or call 409.670.9799.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Wicked ARToretum
Hours: 12 – 3pm
Stark Museum of Art
Create devious botanical designs during this regular hands-on art making opportunity in the Museum’s lobby. We will supply the materials and your design can then be displayed outside the Wicked Plants exhibition. Included with general admission. Members free.starkmuseum.org
Friday, November 27, 2015
CREATE! Workshop: Pop-up Paper Ornaments!
Hours: 10:30 – 11:30am, 12:30 – 1:30pm & 2:30 – 3:30pm
Stark Museum of Art
Revel in the festivity, celebration and traditions of a different culture by creating fun and colorful pop-up paper ornament cards. Sign up to save your place for the workshop with our online form at starkmuseum.org or call 409.221.6685.. Included with general admission. Members free.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Wicked ARToretum
Hours: 12 – 3pm
Stark Museum of Art
Create devious botanical designs during this regular hands-on art making opportunity in the Museum’s lobby. We will supply the materials and your design can then be displayed outside the Wicked Plants exhibition. Included with general admission. Members free.starkmuseum.org
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Up Close with Nature – Live Animal Show
Hours: 2 – 2:30pm
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center

Meet Wildlife Curator, Robert Morgan, as he features one or more animals that call Shangri La Gardens home. Enjoy this exciting informational program to learn about the critters of Shangri La, their adaptations, what they eat and what might eat them! Included with general admission. Members free. shangrilagardens.org