MARK YOUE CALENDARS: Friday night, November 18th, 2011 Children's Museum 48th Anniversary Holiday Gala / Festival Trees & Lights (6:00-9:00pm). Enjoy our amazing Festival of Trees & Musical Light Show! We appreciate your support.
* Catered by Baggs Square Cafe
Great auction items at 50-60% off
- as a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) organization, donations are tax exempt.

Sat., Nov. 17th, 2012 Children's Museum 49tr Anniversary Gala - Festival of Trees & Lights!

Saturday, November 19th, 2012- in museum (9:15am-12:15pm) - Family Festival Trees/Lights (9:30a-12:15p)
Saturday, November 26, 2012 - CM Holiday on Main Street (9:15a-12:15p)
Among the many activities, Santa & Mrs. Claus will be there to hear children's wishes both Saturday's!

2011 Honorary Co-Chairs: NYS Assemblyman Anthony & Erica Brindisi + NYS Senator Joe & Lorraine Griffo
2011 forms: BE A SPONSOR/DONATOR: Ad Sponsor letter / Ad book form / Auction letter / Auction Form
SUPPORT US BY ATTENDING THE EVENTS: Invitation / Tickets / Event Flyer / Sponsors
2011 Catered by: Baggs Square Cafe * Entertainment by: TOP Suzuki Violin Studio (conductor Tina Oyer Ponce)

L. to R. Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, wife Erica Brindisi (CM Board member), Councilman Joe Marino (who's on our CM Board member), his wife Danielle Marino, Marilyn Dropkin (CM Board member), Lorraine Griffi (NYS Sen. Joe's wife)

NYS Senator Joe Griffo chatting with CM Bd member Celia Domser

The amazing TOP Suzuki Violin Studio (w/conductor Tina Oyer Ponce) enthrall attendees as they enter the museum with their beautiful holiday string music!

Guests enjoying the food, beverages, beautifully designed floor, while checking through the Program book to scope out the Auction Items available!

Left: the scrumptious & beautifully laid out evening's food from Baggs Square Cafe; Above: Board Member Brad Brown works the bar table for us (helped later by John Stephenson)

2011 Children’s Museum Gala/Festival Corporate Sponsors & Auction Items. Friday night attendees at our Preview Party enjoy early holiday shopping at prices 50% reduced from the retail value, and Buy Now prices for items they really want! while getting a tax write-off AND supporting our museum! Please thank the following! As a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) organization, donations are tax exempt.

2011 SPONSORS: Silver - Bank of Utica; - Evening sponsor/Large Size Decorated Tree; Bronze: -Community Foundation; Carbone Auto; The Hartford; Walmart; Best Buy; sponsors/Large Trees; Copper: Burns Agency; Wilcor Int'l; NBT; ConMed; Utica National; Brindisi, Murad, Brindisi, Pearlman, Julian & Pertz law firm- sponsors Medium Trees; Tin: JetNet; Pacemaker;; WKTV; BaggsSqCafe; Arcuri Plumbing; Utica Glass; Loew's; Hummel'sOP; ELG Utica Alloy;

2011 AUCTION ITEMS: holiday shopping of great items w/opening bids 50% off plus Buy Now bids!
Getaway Pkgs
- Vernon Downs Hotel/Casino overnite suite/dinner for 2; Liberty Travel Gift Package * Mirror Lake Inn overnight for 2 w/breakfast * Tioga Downs buffet/tickets for 4 to Elvis Tribute * Lava Spa 1/2 hr massage cert * Adonis-Avanti limo service to Crystal Chandelier w/gift certs * Enchanted Forest 2 VIP passes w/towels etc. * New Uptown Theatre Movie Basket for 4 * Marquee Cinema Tickets for 2 * Hair Designs by Michele Basket products/cert * Two 'Shrek' Tickets from Stanley's Broadway Theatre League * College Street Hair Design Basket
Restaurants- Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse gift certificate, Italian goodies, wine w/glasses * Radisson Hotel-Utica- Gift Baskets w/4 brunch tickets & 2 dinner tickets * Holiday Inn overnight for 2 w/breakfast & dinner * DeIorio’s/Violet Gift Baskets w/Goodies & certificates * Green Onion Pub Basket of Beers * Babes Macaroni Grill - Gift Basket w/wine & cert; Piers & Blake Gift Basket w/certs * Tiny's Grill Gift Basket w/certs etc. * Harts Hill Inn Basket of wine * Castranova/Grimaldi's 4 gift certs; Carmella's Cafe 3 gift certs * Bremer’s Wine & Liquor Basket * Seneca Wines Basket of wines * 99 Restaurant Basket of cert/goodies; Gift certs: Outback; Holland Farms; Symeon's; Bagel Grove
Jewelry/Fine Items - Gold Mine Jewelers baskets w/certificates & silver ornaments * Gold Mine Jewelers silver bracelet with pearls; Lennon/Wilcox Jewelers Black Pearl Necklace + cert * Freeman & Foote 14k yellow gold dangle earrings + cert * Glam Rock Watch; Gold Bracelet & 10k gold Dino ornament * Merle Norman gift bag w/cert * McHarris Lead Crystal Vase * Diamond Heart necklace & cleaner * Set 4 Lenox wine glasses * Sugar & creamer
Decorative Pieces
- Meyda Tiffany customized window to be mounted or hung * Harden Furniture cherry CD chest* Saranac Deluxe Gift Basket * Stanley Furniture: Various sizes/types of Brass decorative pieces; Various sizes/types of Wicker baskets * Various sizes/types of greenery & vases w/floral arrangements * Life Magazine Limited Edition "To the Moon & Back" autographed by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin *
Home & Office
- Shaklee Get Clean Kit/Caddy * Enjem's Flooring 6 x 9 Kane area rug * Hummel's Office+ Holiday Basket assorted items * Shaklee Clean Healthy Water† Gift Set Filter pak * Town Square Media radio station Gift Basket (t-shirts, games, certs, etc.) * Shaklee Rejuvenating Bath and Body Gift Set * Wicker Flower Stand * Table setting 4-pc Vetonifone China, silverware, glasses, napkins/rings * Shaklee Pamper Me Now Gift Set * Ruah Chocolatier box truffles * Hummels Office+ Scissors Caddy * Cook's Basket wUltaTfal *
Children's Items
- Purple Barbie Bike * Children's bike helmet & certif * Yankee Limited Collectible Muffy Bear * Baby Basket w/gift card, bed, doll, afghan * Harley-Davidson Gift Basket w/Kids Cycle Rocker* Kid’s World Diaper Bag w/Toddler Clothing * Basket w/Teddy Bear, games, books & several other children's items * Prints Charles photo certificate * K-Music keyboard lessons certificate *
Clothing/Fashions etc.
- Harley Davidson Basket of neat memorabilia items * B & C Fashions Gift Certificate * Mohawk Valley Community College Basket assorted memorabilia * Syracuse University basket assorted memorabilia * Vitullo Tuxedo rental, bottle champagne, box candy * Princess Shop gift certificates * Village Crossing gift certificate/coupon * The Shoe Port Gift certificate *
Sports/Vehicles - Syracuse University Hall of Fame Basketball autographed by Coach Boeheim * Twin Ponds Golf Club Basket w/dozen Taylor Made Burner golf balls, hat, Nike golf socks, Towel, 2 divot tools, golf tees & club cleaner, Under Armour Golf Shirt, 2 gift certs for two-some w/cart; The Yahnundasis Golf Club Gift Basket; Sadaquada Golf Club - Golf for 4 w/cart; Set of 3 Golf Clubs by Mitushiba; Clinton Auto Gift Certificates;
Holiday Centerpieces - Nogas Designs: Decorated centerpiece in sleigh w/Santa; Decorated centerpiece w/candle in glass & red poinsettias; Decorated centerpiece with Gold Angel/ candle in glass & silver bows; Decorated Centerpiece w/candle & silver design; Decorated centerpiece with red & white design; Red & Gold Poinsettia arrangement in vase * Large permanent floral bouquet arrangement in vase * Village Floral children's decorated miniature tree*
Holiday Wreaths- green w/blue & silver bulbs & sun masks* sparkly gold bows & large Angel * green w/red bow & Teddy Bears* green w/red poinsettias/red & white bows* LED modern lit wreaths by John Nogas: Let It Snow w/blue birds & instruments; Happy Holidays wreath w/red birds, instruments * green pine cone w/silver bow, apples * green w/pine cones, fruit, green leaves, red holly * green w/pine cones, needles, white flowers, silver bow *
Decorated Holiday Trees- Themes: "The Next Frontier", “Nautical Christmas”, “Flowers of the Night”, “Peace on Earth”, "Sporty Holiday”, "Mighty Fine Holiday”, “Happy Meal Tree”, “Sterling Silver Holiday”, “Berry Merry Holiday”, “Kids of the World”, “Car Christmas”, “ American Christmas“, "Ornamental Holiday", " Feathery Holiday", "Program Celebrates". + a Fifty/Fifty Raffle!

L. to R. - Museum Board Member & City of Utica Councilman Joe Marino w/former Bd Mbr & Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi; Susan Palmieri & husband Rob Palmieri, leading Mayor of Utica candidate, Robbie Jr. & sisters; Councilman Frank Vescera with Bd Mbrs John Nogas, Gloria Vescera, Mary Cardinale, Erica Brindisi, Marilyn Dropkin, Joe Marino, Brad Brown, Celia Domser. Photos by Marlene Brown at Ventura's Election Evening Party & by museum Vol Earl at Children's Museum Theatre opening.

Board Chair John & Museum Front Office Mngr Therese decorate our beautiful oak staircase for holiday events!

Newark NJ Mayor Cory Booker greets Children's Museum Exec Director Marlene Brown at Community Foundation event

Sat., Nov., 2011 Children's Museum 49tr Anniversary Gala - Festival of Trees & Lights!

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2010 Children's Museum Holiday Gala /Festival of Trees & Lights!

Museum founders enjoying: Betty Murray, Mackie Kernan; Melva Max, Duffy Matt

Board Member Nancy Crisino, Left with friends & supporters

Board member Mary Cardinale, PhD, with Utica College colleagues

Board members John Stephenson, front with Board Chair John Nogas, top

Board Member Brad Brown, L, with guests Jim & Christina Buschmann

Board Member Celia Domser, MS, Director of MVCC's Stem Program

Board Member Josh Glassberg 2nd from Left & Jennifer Klimek-Yingling, PhDc Right, both with guests


Board member Matt Chemlewski, Right with Volunteer Sam Crisino, seated, manning our electronic database, setup by volunteer Earl.

Aramark Head Chef Art, left, with Riverside Greenhouse co-owner

Irene D'Onofrio & guest enjoying the evening

Guests enjoying the evening's festivities as they support our museum

A small portion of our Musical Light Show area!

Above and Below, our beautiful centerpieces & wreaths, at 50% off

A few of some of our beautifully decorated trees, at 50% off


2010 Holiday Gala / Festival of Trees & Lights light up the fourth floor of our Children's Museum - up through the holidays! Come view them, and our Musical Light Show, and purchase any auction items leftover at 50% off, to support the Children's Museum programs and to delight yourself or those you wish to gift during this holiday season!

Donna & Gary Evans join the party

L to R: Congressman Mike Arcuri, Mike Pilawa, NYS Senator Joe Griffo & Executive Director Marlene Brown open the 2009 Festival of Trees

Jan Barendse & wife join other guests

As do Karen Corrigan Rider & friend Jack

Board member John Stephenson at the beatiful caterers table

Center: Sam Crisino & Nancy (right) enjoying the evening

Lorraine Griffo & Board member John Nogas viewing auction items

A great evening to enjoy

Guests mingle,eat, drink, and merrily networked!

Jeffrey Weissinger - Director of The Utica College Aramark Dining Services, Arthur Langdon, Executive Chef & Stacy Knutti, Banquet Setup Manager

...with the most scrumptious food, with a Hawaiian flair!

Left: Stacey Butcher & Christina Buschmann enjoying
Above: Christina & Jim Buschmann with CM Director Marlene Brown

Above: the Director & the Chef twirl around the dance floor!
Right: Jim Williams & Donna enjoying

Sound genius Tim Perry, left w/WKTV photographer & Director Brown

Congressman Arcuri thanks the crowd for coming... as does Senator Griffo - both praising the museum's growth
Saturday Family Festival of Trees

Santa & Mrs. Claus arrived, to the delight of youngsters!

our beautiful oak staircase decorated for the holidays...

The beauty of our historic building, lit up for the holiday season

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Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science, and Technology 5th Day Gala celebrating our 41st Anniversary,

A panoramic view of just a few of the exploration marvels in the Children's Museum
5th Day celebration of The Children's Museum of Utica, NY 41st Anniversary celebration, and Great Friends to Kids Award ceremony

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