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History Happy Hour -1993 Superstorm

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Nearly all of Cleveland, whether you were already born before the event happened or not, knows about the Blizzard of 1993. As a tribute to this infamous storm, the Museum Center at Five Points is making the large snowstorm the centerpiece for its Feb. 7 History Happy Hour — “1993 Superstorm.”

This History Happy Hour event is the second in the museum’s event series, with the first on Tall Betsy and Friends Halloween event.

Museum Center curator of education Mitch Mizell said when he and executive director Janice Neyman brainstormed for themes, they wanted to choose subjects that interested Cleveland residents. One of the most discussed topics around town over the years is the Blizzard of ’93, as most shivered through it, or may have been born after it and heard about it from their parents.

“Nearly every March, you hear people talking about the blizzard. Even if there’s a chance of snow, you’ll hear them hoping it’s not another blizzard and recalling their experiences with the storm of ‘93,” Mizell said.

“My parents told me a lot about the blizzard, because I wasn’t born yet. There was a window in their living room they’d look out and see snow drifts that were blown up against it and they had these cedar trees in their front yard; well, the snow was coming down so hard and fast they could hear the branches snapping under the snow’s weight all night.”

For this installment, News Channel 9’s meteorologist Bill Race is speaking about his experience with the storm, as he was one of several regional meteorologists tracking its movements and making predictions throughout it.

Race was working in Chattanooga at the news station during the blizzard. His story will relay his overall worry about predicting the storm, as he initially feared that he’d completely missed the mark, and would have to explain a lack of snow to an audience expecting significant snow accumulation the next morning.

“He was telling me that he was using the term ‘thundersnow,’ which was a weird phenomenon he experienced where it was thundering while it was snowing,” Mizell said. “Things collided perfectly to make this storm.”

There are four History Happy Hours each fiscal year, with two left following the 1993 Superstorm installment. The third,set for March 7, will be “Irish America.” This will celebrate Irish-American history with traditional music, food and drink. Mizell said the event will connect Irish roots with regional Appalachian roots.

The final installment on June 6 is stitled, “1944.” The date actually marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day in World War II. The Museum Center is partnering with the Daughters of the American Revolution to present this step back into time.

The 1993 Superstorm museum event begins at 6 p.m. on Feb. 7, with beer, cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres and live music, followed by Race’s presentation.

Food is provided by Impressions Catering, and beer is provided by Mash & Hops and Dry Valley Brewing.

History Happy Hour costs $15 for nonmembers and is free for members.

Mizell said this is an excellent example of the numerous perks of becoming a Museum Center member, and encourages all attendees to consider joining.

For more information, check out the Museum Center’s website at www.museumcenter.org or its Facebook page. Tickets can be purchased online or through the museum store.

Could this superstorm happen again? Possibly. They called it “The Storm of the Century,” but we’re now in a new century …

Cleveland Daily Banner


February 7
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Museum Center at 5ive Points
200 Inman Street East
Cleveland, TN 37311 United States
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