Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science, and Technology 5th Day Gala celebrating our 41st Anniversary, 5th Day celebration of The Children's Museum of Utica, NY 41st Anniversary celebration, and Great Friends to Kids Award ceremony
Children's Museum 41st Anniversary
Saturday, December 4th, 2004

with Great Friends to Kids Award Ceremony
5th Day celebration of The Children's Museum of Utica, NY 41st Anniversary celebration, one of the oldest children's museums in the country

41st Anniversary Holiday Gala preceded by Great Friends to Kids Award Ceremony
Saturday December 4th, 2004, Celebrating our 41st Anniversary: Our 2nd Annual "Great Friends to Kids" Award Ceremony was held Sat, Dec. 4th, from 6:00pm to 6:30pm in the Children's Museum (just prior to our Gala). We honored those who have given of themselves in outstanding ways over the years to help what the O.D. calls CNY's "Community Treasure" - The Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science & Technology. Our 19th annual 5th Day followed from 6:30pm to 10:30pm at the Museum. Attendees mingled with community leaders in a holiday setting with catered food by Seneca Inn & beverages by F.X. Matt Brewery & Bremer's Wines, did fun holiday shopping at our silent auction, viewed neat exhibits on our 4 floors, were entertained by live music by the Blue Star Duo and Don Cantwell's Cleff Dwellers featuring T.K. Howard. Tickets available from board members, online, or in the museum. View Program Book Ad form; Auction Item form; Donation Form; Auction Donors; Corporate Sponsors; OD article; 5th Day Pictures.

Guests start arriving and enjoy champagne and each other's company on the 1st floor of the Children's Museum, just prior to our Great Friends to Kids Award Ceremony
Children's Museum 2004 Great Friends to Kids Award recipients: Patty Williams, RigAll; Bill Corrigan, Wilcor; John Stephenson, GE Elfun's, Mary Jo Beach, GM Regent Broadcasting; Congressman Sherry Boehlert, Chairman House Science Committee
2004 Great Friends to Kids Award recipients, L. to R. Patty Williams, Co-Owner of Rig-All; Bill Corrigan, Owner of Wilcor & Your Store, John Stephenson, Board Vice-Chair & GE Elfun; Mary Jo Beach, VP/GM of Regent Broadcasting; Congressman Sherry Boehlert, Chair House Science Comm.
Congressman Sherry Boehlert, Chairman of the House Science Committee, introduced by Utica NY Children's Museum Executive Director, Marlene Brown
Congressman Boehlert, introduced by museum Executive Director Marlene Brown, describes Life Magazine's Special Edition he secured of "To the Moon & Back", autographed by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin! (magazine on the right)
1 of only 18 autographed by Buzz Aldrin Special Edition Life magazine Apollo  edition

Wilcor's Bill Corrigan accepts his award

Regent Broadcasting's Mary Jo Beach accepts her award

RigAll's Patty Williams accepts her award

Elfun member John Stephenson accepts his award

Up on the 2nd floor, auction items await guests. Category A: Specialty Stores Gift Baskets

Auction Category B: Getaways and Beverages

Auction Categories C & D: Holiday Gifts / Home & Office

Auction Categories E & F: Artwork / Jewelry

Auction Categories G: Restaurant Certificates

Auction Categories H & J: Sports & Bric A Brac

Catered food, courtesy of Ivan's Seneca Inn
Wine courtesy of Bremer's Wine and Liquors
Wine, courtesy of Bremer's Wines & Liquors
Food courtesy of Marc's Seneca Inn
Seneca Inn staff sets up food

F. X. Matt Brewery sets up their beer & soda & their Steins.
Beverages courtesy of F. X. Matt Brewery
Entertainment by the Blue Star Jazz Duo
Blue Star Duo performs on museum's second floor

Blue Star's Chuck Mishalanie & Al Sherline entertaining

And the auction item previewing begins...

Hononary Co-Chair District Attorney Mike Arcuri, right, enjoying with his friends & family

Congressman Boehlert & guests check out the items

The fun continues...

Mike Pilawa & wife sharing with friends & colleagues

Dr. Amidon & Tammy with Congressman Boehlert

Enjoying food, beverages, music...

...and the variety of auction items
Entertainment by Don Cantwell's Cleff Dwellers, featuring vocalist T. K. Howard
The auction ends and guests head to the museum's third floor to continue enjoying food and beverages and the music of Don Cantwell's Cleff Dwellers with the vocals of T. K. Howard

Don Cantwell's band, Cleff Dwellers (left) have performed their unique repertoire for thousands of jazz lovers world wide. This dynamic group, featuring vocalist T.K. Howard, have been presenting Central NY's finest dixieland, big band standards, classic ballads and jazz for the past ten years. T. K. Howard, vocalist, grew up in NYC and is a teacher at the Kernan Magnet School in Utica. Dr. David Blask, trumpet, is Director of Cancer Research at Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. Marty Hollister, trombone, is band director at Perry Jr. High School, New Hartford. Dean Blask, drummer, is Vice President of the Ed Blask Ford Dealership in Yorkville. Dana Jerrard, tuba, is I. S. Manager at Vicks Lithograph and Printing. Rob Hunt, piano, is Laboratory Manager at Hartwick College. Don Cantwell, leader, arranger, and clarintist, is a retired music director of Whitesboro Schools and Hamilton College Jazz Ensemble.

T.K. Howard, lead singer for Don Cantwell's band, Cleff Dwellers, entertained attendees at our '04 5th Day Gala

A singer with a magnificent voice, backed by a band known by all who live in Central NY, on from 8:30-10:30pm

Blue Star Jazz Duo entertained from 6:30-8:30pm

5th Day 2004 will be an enjoyable gala holiday event you won't want to miss!

2004 Children’s Museum 5th Day Corporate Sponsors, who took out Ads in our Program Book or donated to the event.

The Fountainhead Group, New York Mills, NY
Homogenous Metals, Inc., Clayville, NY
Oxford Medical Imaging, New Hartford, NY
ConMed, Utica, NY
Scalzo, Zogby, Wittig, New Hartford, NY
Niagara Mohawk, New Hartford, NY
Wilcor Int'l & Your Stores, Utica, NY
Carbone Auto, Utica, NY
The Burns Agency, Clinton, NY
SUNY I.T., Utica, NY
Bonide Products & Chatterbox, Oriskany & Utica, NY
The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA
Utica First Insurance, Utica, NY
Garro Drugstore, Utica, NY
Boulder Consultants, New Hartford, NY
McQuade & Bannigan, Utica, NY
Reid Sheldon & Company, New Hartford, NY
Ivan's Seneca Inn, Clinton, NY
F. X. Matt Brewery & Gift Shop, Utica, NY
Bremer's Wine & Liquors, New Hartford, NY
Tartan Textiles, Utica, NY
Joseph Flihan Company, Utica, NY

2004 Children’s Museum 5th Day Auction Items –we had over 100 great items for attendees to choose from, marked down 33 to 66%! Please visit our donors and thank them for supporting the museum.

$200. Hannaford Basket + certificate
$ 65. Ram Spring Water Gift Basket
$ 65. Ram Spring Water Gift Basket
$ 50. Walmart Gift Basket
$ 50. DeIorio’s Gift Basket
$ 50. DeIorio’s Gift Basket
$ 49. Holland Farms/Adirondack Coffee certificates
$ 25. Maria’s Pasta Gift Basket
$ 17. Bagel Grove Gift Basket

$250. Beeches Inn Overnight w/Dinner & Breakfast
$195. Holiday Inn overnight w/dinner & breakfast
$195. Radisson Hotel overnight w/dinner & breakfast
$100. Artful Lodger Bed & Breakfast overnight
$ 70. Broadway Theatre tickets Fiddler on Roof
$ 50. Adirondack Scenic RR Gift Basket
$ 50. Utica O.D. Editor for a Day
$ 45. F. X. Matt Root Beer Gift Basket
$ 45. Wine Cellar Gift Basket
$ 29. Snow Ridge All-day Lift Pass
$ 25. Decorated Wine Milton Bloch, MWPI
$ 25. Decorated Wine Rome Mayor Jim Brown

$260. Harley-Davidson leather jacket
$250. Adobe Acrobat software
$200. Assorted software programs
$140. Vitullo’s Men’s Angora Sweater
$115. Vitullo’s Men’s knit Sweater
$100. Cottontails Gift certificate
$100. U. S. autographed flag flew over capital
$ 75. Crystal Eagle by Boeing
$ 75. Crystal Eagle by Boeing
$ 50. College St Hair Design by James Basket
$ 50. Space Items Gift Basket
$ 50. Space Pins Gift Basket
$ 50. Regent Broadcasting Gift Basket
$ 50. Children’s Museum Gift Basket
$ 50. Children’s Museum Gift Basket
$ 45. Utica Zoo membership
$ 45. U. C. hockey hat & t-shirt
$ 40. B J’s Wholesale Club membership
$ 40. Stack of Village Toy Shop toys
$ 40. Stack of Children’s CD’s & tapes
$ 34. Wild Things Aquarium & fish
$ 32. Village Toy Shoppe Wooden Playset
$ 32. Village Toy Shoppe Wooden Playset
$ 25. Two HCCC stuffed animals
$ 20. Wild Things Dual Hex Aquarium + fish

$3,000. Harden Furniture four-drawer Chest
$ 350. Marcy Carpet Oriental Rug
$ 250. Meyda Tiffany Stained glass
$ 200. Grace Furniture Table Lamp
$ 150. Stanley Furniture Mirror
$ 150. Strawberry Geranium door dec/fresh tree
$ 135. Jay-K Lighted Gingerbread House
$ 89. Village Floral holiday wreath
$ 75. Handmade Kids rocking chair
$ 50. Chester’s Flowers wreath
$ 45. Strawberry Geranium silk wreath
$ 40. Clinton Florist sunflower wreath

$180. Mikimoto Picture Frame in Crystal Lacquer w/Pearl accent

$170. Nichols Jewelry Ladies Yellow Gold Watch
$160. Nichols Jewelry Ladies Pink Belai Watch
$ 90.`10 Pair Custom made Earrings
$ 80. Mikimoto Perfume Atomizer w/Pearl accent
$ 50. Gold Mine Gift Certificate
$ 50. Gold Mine Gift Certificate

$300. Swan Painting – anonymous
$240. Oil Painting – by Marie Linnell
$200.`Peppers & Pomogranates Oil painting by Susan Fountain
$125. Against a Summer Sky painting by Gerry Walters
$125. A Mother’s Day painting by Bart Carrig
$125. A Summer Rose by Matthew Marley
$125. Trains in Utica photograph by Aaron Keller
$100. Safari 2002 painting by Marsha Silverman
$ 75. Deer with Fall Foliage by John Caruso
$ 75.`Spring Fields by Rose Bryla
$ 50. Statue of Soldier painting by John Caruso

$300. Carmellas/Babe’s (12 for 1 year)
$100. Delmonico’s Gift Certificates (4)
$ 50. Bella Cuccini Gift Certificate
$ 50. Canal Side Gift Certificate
$ 45. Outback Steakhouse Gift Certificate
$ 45. Outback Steakhouse Gift Certificate
$ 25. Castronovo’s Rest (Grimaldi’s) Gift Cert
$ 25. Zebb’s two gift certificates
$ 22. Ramada Inn brunch gift certificate
$ 20. Seneca Inn gift certificate
$ 20. Café delBuono Gift Certificate

$250. Special packaged & Autographed Hot Wheels collection
$130. Wilcor Int’l 25” Back Packer

$ 70. Wilcor Int’l Portable fireplace
$ 70. Wilcor Int’l Trout Mirror
$ 65. Herb Philipson’s Coleman 2 burner camp stove
$ 60. Wilcor Int’l Hunter’s Tree Stand
$ 40. Wilcor Int’l Double folding chair
$ 40. Wilcor Int'l Double Air bed
$ 30. Wilcor Int’l Rocker Chair
$ 30. Wilcor Int’l Boat Mirror
$ 30. Dick Sonne Child's Bike Helmet
$ 25. Wilcor Int'l Back Pack
$ 25. Play It Again Sports gift Certificate
$ 20. Wilcor Int’l Welcome Wall Hanging
$ 20. Wilcor Int’l Air mattress

$130. Stoneware: Lazy Day Fishing
$115. Set of 5 Ceramic Doves
$102. Handpainted Gold Trim Plates/Dishes
$ 95. Bronze Cat
$ 95. Black hand painted dishes w/gold trim
$ 90. Stone Seal
$ 72. Decorative Ceramic Pink/Blue Set
$ 70. Ceramic Artwork: Girl in Garden
$ 60. Four Brass Shell Platters
$ 56. Large Ceramic Duck Creamer/Sugar
$ 53. Two white Ceramic Covered Dishes
$ 49. Set of 7 Assorted Candle Holders
$ 43. Antique Tea Rose Bowl
$ 38. Brass Fluted Bowl
$ 34. Tall Ceramic Burnt Orange Vase
$ 28. Covered Ceramic Dish
$ 28. Tall Bright Orange Glass Vase
$ 25. Two Japanese Glass Vases
$ 25. Solid Brass Shell Planter
$ 20. Bone China English Cup & Saucer

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Our 1st Annual "Great Friends to Kids" Award Ceremony, Friday, Dec. 5th, 2003 at the Children's Museum, honored the founders - Melva Max, Mackie Kernan, Alice Pender O'Shea - whose vision 40 years ago made our children's museum a reality and started us on the road of being one of the oldest children's museum's in the country. We also honored three men - Bill Steppe, Frank Gruenewald, Ted Kibiuk - who have given of themselves in outstanding ways over the years to provide the Mohawk Valley and Central New York with a "Community Treasure." Download flyer. View info. View pictures.

12-03 Congressman Sherry Boehlert announces his love for the museum& a new federal CM grant

2004 "Great Friends to Kids" Award went to: Bill Steppe, Mackie Kernan, Melva Max, Ted Kibiuk, Frank Gruenewald

The Congressman gets a smile out of Director Marlene Brown (L.) as he shares stories of the growth & importance of the museum

U.S.P.S.'s Joe Fraccola (L.) and Director Brown listen to Judge Anthony Garramone share how the CM Bd bought the present bldg 25 yrs ago

Oneida Nation Foundation Men's Council & Bd mbr Margaret Splain present museum with check

Representatives from The Hartford present Director Brown with a corporate donation.

Founder Melva Max receives award

Founder Mackie Kernan receives award

Donor of airplane, Ted Kibiuk, receives aware

Ted regales everyone with his stories of the building of his airplane, the initial flying of it, and the donation of it to the Children's Museum

Main St's Frank Gruenewald receives award

GE Elfun's Bill Steppe receives award

U.S.P.S. presents museum with Tour deFrance banner, signed by Lance Armstrong

Award winners enjoying the well-deserved recognition as the cameras snapped

Board Chair Dave Pendergast (R.) & Vice-Chair Dan Trevisani (L.) invite guests who attended the awards ceremony to come to our 5th day event


Bill Corrigan, in top hat, mingles w/attendees

CM Vice-Chair John Stephenson enjoys sharing the moment with other GE Elfun's

And on the 4th floor, Ted poses beside his airplane, a joy for kids to "take a ride in"

Photo of our Museum founders

Our 18th annual
5th Day, Dec 6th, 2003, 6:30-10:30pm at t
he Children’s Museum saw Honorary Chairs U. S. Congressman Sherry Boehlert & Oneida Co District Attorney Mike Arcuri, along with the Board of Directors, and museum founders celebrating our 40th Anniversary. Attendees enjoyed mingling with community leaders in a holiday setting with scrumptious food & beverages (donated by Cavallo’s, Irwin’s, Babe’s Macaroni Grill, Carmella’s, Tiny’s, Grimaldi’s, Franco’s, Daniele at Valley View, Hotel Utica, Symeon’s, Ramada Inn, Harts Hill Inn, Marc’s Seneca Inn, The Radisson Garden Grille, Clayville Ice, Catskill Spring Water, Dominique’s Chesterfield Restaurant, Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse, Holiday Inn, Casa Bella, The Hook, Kitty’s on the Canal, Castronovo’s Restaurant), did some fun holiday shopping at our Silent Auction (view donors) and viewed our 4th floor with incredible NASA & DOE exhibits! Musical entertainment by Classified and Devin Garramone Bands. Donation was only $63 per person / $120 per couple (pre-paid) or $75 at the door. Tickets were available from board members, in the museum, or online. Download flyer
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Congressman Sherry Boehlert & Museum Director Marlene Brown at evening's beginning at the bottom of our beautiful oak staircase, decorated so beautifully by Bill W. from Chester's Flowers.

Congressman Boehlert & Dr. Thodore Max enjoying Spring Fling & each other

District Atty Mike Arcuri & friends enjoying

Chuck Fougnier (Oneida Indian Nation) & wife w/Director Marlene & Board Member Terri P

The dance floor stayed busy all night!

Board Member Margaret Splain & Chuck Fougnier sharing a moment w/ Bd Chair Dave Pendergast

Earl Lewis & Marlene w/friends Dr. Joel Amidon & Tammy

The auction items made great gifts!

Bill Corrigan & wife admiring the NASA exhibit

Dr. Joel Amidon chats w/Dave Collis & wife

County Executive Ralph Eannace views 4th floor Dept. of Energy's Office of Science exhibit

Board Members Katie Drake (WKTV), Gail Scalise (Hannaford's) and Jennifer Rota (Utica Schools) enjoying each other's company & exhibits

Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito and Board Vice-Chair John Stephenson admiring 4th floor exhibits

Congressman Sherry & wife Mariane join the fun

Our Lunar Landing Model is spectacular!

Everyone loved the Space Suit & Tire exhibit

The Cosmic Ray detector was a big hit!

Co Exec Ralph Eannace enjoys coffee & dessert!

In our kitchen, the chef's stayed busy preparing an gourmet's delight of food!

Upstairs, the food was lavisly displayed & scrumptious arrayed!

Checking out auction items are Congressman Sherry & HCCC's Steve Mezik

Jeff's wife loves that globe they bought!

Classified lit up the 3rd floor with their cool sounds and hot brass!

Congressman Sherry & Board Member Anna Giacobe enjoying a good time

Congressman Boehlert & Utica O-D Publisher Donna Donovan enjoy each other's company

Guests, board members, staff, and crew dancing!

Marlene & Common Council Majority Leader Anne Sullivan enjoying jitterbugging to Classified

Donna & Jerry Donovan enjoying a slow dance on the beautifully decorated floor

Board members Joe Ruggerio & Jeff Daniel cutting a rug with their wives while Sherry chats w/attendees

Assemblywoman Destito & Congressman Boehlert share a moment with President/Director Marlene

Our staff & auction committee enjoying checkout

Everyone had fun dancing to the music of Classified

Congressman Boehlert congratulate Mark Waldrop on a fantastic catering job, what great food!

What a dreamy fun night...

Enjoying fine food, beverages, and great friends...

The MVCC Escoffier Club did a great job catering


The Beeches in Rome were superb bar hosts!
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Classified Horns website
5th Day 2003 headliner band once again is Classified

Read more here. View last year's 5th Day pix below

Also appearing were Carleton Boone & Co.


5th Day 2003 featured The Devon Garramone Band.


Mirage, the Band

Mirage was also a featured band at 5th Day.


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County Exec Ralph Eannace, Board President Marlene Brown, VP Dave Pendergast, NYS Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito, and Utica Mayor Tim Julian enjoy 5th Day 2001, a success for our Children's Museum as we move forward.

Congressman Sherry Boehlert greets guests and enjoys a sharing time with Marlene

Dancing to the music of the band

The Silent Auction provided a great place to shop for holiday presents for Bd mbr Stacy Butcher, & a comfortable rocking chair for Sherry!

Board Member Sharon Hieber w/Marlene and Mayor Julian & wife

Auction winners of flag flown over Capital!

Roann, Sherry, Marlene, Judge Bernie Romano, Dave greet each other & guests

Co-Chairs Marlene & Dave enjoy a dance

A panoramic view of the exploration marvels in the Children's Museum
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