Skeeter’s Toybox Presents Exclusive Space Mission Exhibit

Never-before seen Gemini 5 photos on display through July

Putnam, CT, June 26 – Skeeter’s Toybox will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with an exclusive photography exhibit and special space-themed reception. The exhibit, “Gemini 5: Bridge to the Moon” will feature never-before seen photos of the recovery of the Gemini 5 space capsule and astronauts. The photos were taken by the store owner’s father, David Bielski, Sr., when he was stationed aboard the recovery aircraft carrier in 1965.

“My dad was a meteorologist aboard the USS Lake Champlain,” said David Bielski, Jr., owner of Skeeter’s Toybox. “He was an avid photographer, and he captured the moments the capsule came up and out of the water. With the Apollo 11 anniversary upon us, I thought it was time the world got to see these images of history in the making.”

The photographs will be unveiled at the next First Friday, July 5th, in the Montgomery Ward Atrium at 5pm. They will be on display until the end of the month. Admission is free.

Mission artifacts, vintage space toys and other items will be added to the exhibit throughout the month of July. The complete exhibit will open on Saturday, July 20th to coincide with the anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. On that day, Skeeter’s Toybox will host a special space-themed reception in the Montgomery Ward Atrium from 1-3pm. The event will feature a space-themed LEGO build table, and light refreshments will be served. The public is invited, and admission is free.

About Skeeter’s Toybox: Skeeter’s Toybox is an independent, specialty toy store located in downtown Putnam, Connecticut. Located in the old Montgomery Ward building, Skeeter’s Toybox features a curated collection, designed to encourage creative, unstructured, and open-ended play.

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