Bloomington Staff Transforms Former Limestone Mill Into a Gala Venue

Science Night Out is WonderLab’s annual gala to fund its “Connecting to the Community Fund,” which makes it possible for low-income children and their families to discover the world of science and learning at this hands-on museum. Markey’s  has been the audiovisual partner for this special event for seven years, and this year’s gala was interesting in that it was in an outdoor venue, with plenty of ambient light to consider when choosing projection and lighting options.

The event took place September 5, 2014 at the Woolery Stone Mill, formerly a limestone mill that has been renovated into an outdoor event space.  Seating for the main stage events was in the mill, and a tent was set up adjacent to the space to hold the silent auction items and the staging for the band.  There were science experiments and activities on the lower courtyard as well, for which Markey’s provided sound.

For the stage where the live auction took place, Markey’s provided a 40’ truss rig, ground supported, with (2) 6.75’ x 12’ Stumpfl screens.  The screens were illuminated with 14k projectors, chosen for their brightness which would combat the natural light filtering into the venue.   We rigged 4 lights into the superstructure of the building to light the stage and add visual interest to the bar area.  To give a gala feel to this venue, Markey’s positioned 25 Chauvet Slim par 64 uplights around the room to light the walls with color.  To clearly project sound in this open venue, we selected a 4-speaker sound system using JBL CBT 100 Mini Arrays, 2 wireless microphones, and a Presonus 16 channel board

In the adjacent tent where the silent auction items were displayed, Markey’s provided (20) Martin 410 uplights to accent inside the tent and the exterior portions of the mill.