Eclipse Activities at the River Campus

Aug 9, 2017

A shadow moves across the landscape. Birds stop singing. Crickets start chirping. The temperature falls. That’s what scientists and astronomers tell us we have to look forward to experiencing in a few weeks during the Great American Eclipse.

On August 21, Cape Girardeau will see a total solar eclipse, experiencing one minute and forty-one seconds of the moon moving in front of the sun blocking its light. You can experience this fascinating event at the River Campus with some eclipsed-themed entertainment all for free! 

"We're gonna have the marching band drum line kick off the performance with a lot of energy, as well as musical theater singers, one of them will be singing "Mooning from Greece," some dance ensemble performances including "Walking on Sunshine" and the faculty brass quintet will also be offering some performances and there will be art activities like t-shirt printing for the audiences to enjoy." - Hilary Peterson, Assistant Professor of Dance

In addition to the performances and art activities, guests will have the opportunity to visit the Crisp Museum and see a NASA: Spirit of Discovery exhibit. 

"You will see data from NASA about what a solar eclipse is, models of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo rockets, capsules from the 1960s used to fulfill the dream of President Kennedy that our nation would go to the moon before the end of decade along with a diorama of moon landings and a mannequin exhibiting a reproduction of an Apollo-era spacesuit." - Gary Tyler, Outreach Coordinator for Mobile Museum

We invite the public to view the eclipse and enjoy the performances and activities. The museum opens at 10 a.m., with other activities beginning around 11 a.m. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Solar eclipse glasses will be available while supplies last.

As always, more information is available at and I hope to see you soon at the Box Office!