By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
COCOA -- In an effort to blend Florida's rich history with the arts, the Brevard Museum of Natural History and Science has started a new, exciting venture.
On Sunday, Jan. 12, Chris Kridler will be the very first author in "Author Talks" during Second Sundays at the Brevard Museum, beginning at 2 p.m. Regular admission to the museum applies.
Wanting to give the community better access by being open during a variety of additional times, Second Sundays is a new, monthly event at the Brevard Museum of Natural History and Science.
"The museum, which focuses on Florida history and celebrating local authors, is a natural progression of this mission," said Rachel Burris, assistant director and director of education at the Brevard Museum. "The museum is a great place to host talks, meetings and events; hosting 'Author Talks' allows us to demonstrate this, while supporting other arts in the community."
An award-winning writer, photographer and storm chaser, Ms. Kridler will be presenting "True Storm Chasing Tales" during Sunday's first "Author Talks."
"The presentation will be a mix of photos, videos and facts about extreme weather in Tornado Alley and Florida, as I tell stories about my experiences chasing storms," said Ms. Kridler, a Rockledge resident. "I'll also mention how the realities of storm chasing have worked their way into my novels 'Funnel Vision' and 'Tornado Pinball.'"
While Ms. Kridler said her presentation is for all ages, her novels are aimed at adults.
She will also be signing books, following her presentation of "True Storm Chasing Tales."
With her photography featured in "The Journal of Meteorology," as well as "Winderful" and Wallace and Hobbs' "Atmospheric Science" textbook, Ms. Kridler's presentation is sure to leave attendees captivated.
"Ms. Kridler has a fascinating presentation about extreme weather, which we know well in Florida," Mrs. Burris said. "The 'Talk' is a good opportunity to learn more about the combination of science and writing."
Mrs. Burris also welcomed those, who have not visited the Brevard Museum yet, to take the opportunity to explore all the museum has to offer before or after Ms. Kridler's presentation.
"I am thrilled to be speaking at the Brevard Museum, whose focus on natural science is a natural fit for a talk about extreme weather and storm chasing," Ms. Kridler said. "Plus, it's always cool to be in the same building with a mastodon."
The Brevard Museum of Natural History and Science will host the first "Author Talks," during "Second Sundays," with Chris Kridler on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.
Regular admission to the museum applies.
For more information, call (321) 632-1830 or visit www.BrevardMuseum.com.