Visitors to experience Mid-Century Modern tastes, sounds, design
Photo: Photo Provided/Midland Center For The Arts
Starting this Thursday, visitors to the new Pendulum Lounge at the Midland Center for the Arts can step back in time. The Pendulum Lounge will provide a weekly gathering space to enjoy refreshments, live entertainment and learn about Mid-Century Modern designs and culture.
“As we continue to find ways to engage our community, embrace our history and origins, and create exciting offerings for our patrons, the Center for the Arts is excited to open the Pendulum Lounge, a new bar and lounge experience for specialty cocktails and small plates with a connection to what makes our building unique – Mid-Century Modern design and architecture,” said Terri Trotter, president and CEO at Midland Center for the Arts in a press release.
The center has been working on the lounge since mid-winter to provide a safe, yet fun space to gather. The Pendulum Lounge occupies most of the museum’s lobby as well as the former gift shop area with overflow seating in the brick lobby. Colorful sofas and chairs reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s style are spaced out in the lounge; visitors can also sit in swan chairs that have been around since the center was built in 1951.
“We tried to be intentional with the seats, so people have adequate space to spread out and take in the surrounding environment,” said Josh Holliday, communications and public relations manager at the center.
The lounge’s name comes from the pendulum at the entrance to the museum. Although the museum’s power has not been restored since last May’s floods, the pendulum is now at the center of a circular bar area and is the focal point of the lounge. Further in is a stage area which will feature musicians, artists, mixology demonstrations and Mid-Century Modern trivia nights. The Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art will act as a backdrop.
“We looked at our building and considered what we could offer that’s unique to the community,” Holliday said.
Guests will be able to not only experience the sounds of the mid-20th Century, but they can taste classic foods with a modern twist. The lounge will offer signature cocktails, wine and beer along with small plates including meatloaf, deconstructed deviled eggs, a charcuterie board with Spam and root beer floats for dessert. There will also be a rotating set of attire from the era on display along with pictures of Mid-Century Modern architecture and blueprints of the original Midland Center for the Arts building.
Holliday believes the Pendulum Lounge will appeal to a wide selection of groups from young professionals and families to long-standing patrons of the center. He hopes visitors will enjoy the design and intent of Dow’s vision and remember what they love most about the center.
“Alden’s work continues to inspire us. His legacy is definitely continues on in Midland,” Holliday said. “If Alden were here, he could look and see the influence his engineering and design had on the community.”
The Pendulum Lounge will open from 4:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday starting March 4. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.