Give a gift of culture, instead of  an iPad, annual memberships, and gift certificates are a nice alternative

By Peter Covino

Entertainment Editor

What’s better than a Christmas tie or a pair of socks?

A gift that gets you into a musem or maybe even a movie.

Just about every non profit museum and center in Central Florida offers annual memberships or gift certificates. Here are a few annual membership offers and more from some places that really need it.

Enzian Theatre

The popular independent theater screens films you won’t see anywhere else (almost) in the area. including classic and new independent films.

The Enzian offers a variety of gift certificates that are great presents on their own or can be grouped together to make an incredible package. Gifts start at just $5.

You can combine E-Buck certificates for something more memorable like an evening for two for $35, two regular film admissions, plus $15 to spend on food and drink.

E-bucks can be spent on anything at Enzian or  the adjacent Eden Bar.

Enzian memberships start at $30 and offer a wide variety of benefits such as free popcorn, discounted admission to films, table reservations, and Enzian T-Shirts.

For more information on the Enzian go to Enzian.org.

Osceola

Historical Society

The county’s major museum center, it includes a museum and historical village.

Membership levels for the historical society include:

Individual – $50

Free admission into the Pioneer Village-valid for cardholder’s admission only

10 percent discount at the Museum Store

20 percent discount on facility rentals at all locations

Reciprocal privileges at over 200 museums and historic sites nationwide through the Time Travelers Program

Subscription to the OCHS quarterly e-magazine

Invitations to previews of new exhibitions and advance announcements of concerts, lectures, and educational programs

Discounts on events, classes, workshops and lectures

Volunteer opportunities within the organization’s programs and events

Use of the Historical Society’s research facility with assistance provided, upon request

Individual Educator – $45 (Valid full-time ID required)

Individual Young Friend – $35 (Appropriate for ages 21-30 something)

All the benefits of the “Individual Membership”

Special invitation to the annual Holiday Pub Crawl event, including the opportunity to pre-purchase tickets at a 25% discount (up to 10 tickets per cardholder)

Individual Student/Senior/Military – $25 (Valid College/Military/ 65+ ID required)

Family – $100

All of the “Individual Membership” benefits for two adults and children less than 18 years

Includes two membership cards

Discounted tuition for all children’s programs, including Summer Camp

Admission to all participating museums within the North American Reciprocal Museums program.

Go to the historical society website for information on these and other memberships at http://osceolahistory.org.

Osceola Center

for the Arts

The county’s center for fine and performing arts, the center also offers many levels of memberships.

The basic patron memberships include

•Advance purchase of season tickets

• Invitation to the Holiday Gala

•Name recognition in Theatre Programs

•Free admission to all opening night Visual Art receptions

•Opportunity to attend special events

• Volunteer opportunities

•Memberships are tax deductible

Annual Patron Levels

Actor/Artist/Student $50

Seniors $75

Individual $100

Family $150

For information on art center membership go to http://www.ocfta.com/membership.html.

History Center

The Orange County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando, offers three floors of permanent exhibits exploring 12,000 years of Central Florida history. The center also features limited-run and nationally important exhibitions scheduled throughout the year and hosts special events throughout the year.

Membership levels start at $50 for the individual which includes admission to the museum for the year and discounts, store discounts, free or discounted admission to special events; reciprocal priveges at other participating museums/sites.

There is a $10 discount for memberships for seniors, students and teachers.

Family and other membership levels also are available.

For more information go to Thehistorycenter.org.

Almost every museum and  group can use community support and offer memberships.