Dear Active Duty Military Service Member and Families: We cordially invite you to attend a national Blue Star Museums event, to be held at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This national event coincides with the celebration of our fourth season of Blue Star Museums, which offers FREE museum admission at hundreds of museums nationwide to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, 2013 through Labor Day, September 2, 2013. This year's fourth season promises to be better than ever with more than 1,800 museums across the United States participating (and counting)! On Saturday, June 1st at 9:00 a.m., Blue Star Families and the National Endowment for the Arts will hold a Blue Star Museums event at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This event is a FREE museum tour celebrating the Gift of the ARTS to our military service members and their families. The event will include a light snack and refreshment. Please RSVP on this website, or contact the local Blue Star Family Chapter Director below, if you wish to attend and participate in this event. We have a limited number of guests who can be accommodated. We encourage all military family members (spouses and children) who can join us for this special event to do so as it is dedicated to YOU - our military service members and their families! Having the opportunity to host a event at such a prestigious museum is an honor and privilege. This event is truly something - you don't want to miss it!The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens preserves the Miami estate of International Harvester Vice President James Deering (1859–1925). Built between 1914 and 1922, Vizcaya is one of the most intact remaining architectural examples from the era in United States history known as the American Renaissance, when the nation’s wealthy industrialists built lavish estates inspired by the palaces of Europe. Vizcaya was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994 for its national significance as an achievement of American Renaissance architecture, landscape design, decorative arts, and art collecting. In addition, Vizcaya is owned by Miami-Dade County. Vizcaya features a Main House, ten acres of formal gardens, a rockland hammock (native forest), mangrove shore and a historic village that will be restored for additional venues for programs and community outreach. Located at 3251 South Miami Avenue between Brickell Avenue and Coconut Grove. Visit www.vizcaya.org for more information on this beautiful museum and garden.Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America. First launched in summer 2010, Blue Star Museums is available to all active-duty military and their family members. Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. To find out which other museums are participating this summer, you can visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.Please feel free to contact the local Blue Star Families Chapter Director Shelley Kimball at CoastGuardMiami@bluestarfam.org should you have any questions. We hope you will be able to join us at this military appreciation event here in South Florida!
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