Friday, November 21, 2008 – Children's Museum 45th Anniversary Gala & Festival of Trees (6:30-10:30pm); Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 – Family viewing of Festival of Trees (10am-4pm)
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Above: Congressman Mike Arcuri & Sabrina view Festival of Trees with County Executive Tony Picente & Eleanor Right: The crowd gathers, enjoying the festivities

County Executive Tony Picente congratulates the Children's Museum on its growth as a community asset

Executive Director Marlene Brown, L., and Board Chair Dan Trevisani, R., as Mayor Dave Roefaro praises CM

Above: District Att'y Scott McNamara shares his thoughts on the past number of year's growth & events.

Joe Ruggiero receives "Board Member of the Year" award

Elected Officials & Award Winners applauded

Elected Officials & Award Winners applauded

Enjoying the Award Ceremony

Executive Director Brown w/Utica's 1st lady, Cindy Roefaro

Caterer Aqua Vino

Caterer Fianchetto

CM member Dr. Nancy Shaheen shares with Director Brown

how much her children love the Children's Museum

Guests enjoy the beverages of wine & non-alcholic punch

Along with the assortment of beers & ales

Enjoying the food, beverages, and fellowship!

Left: Purusing the many neat holiday gift auction items; Above: our neatly attended beverage area

Above: Being interviewed by's CNY homepage
Right: Board member Mike Pilawa & wife Debbie enjoying

L: neat holiday auction items * Above: cool conversation

It was an evening of great fun and enjoyable networking

Pierre with his beautiful Fianchetto's table

In the foreground: AquaVino's pretty setup

Gathering and enjoying * Right: Director Brown with two of her daughters - Stacy Butcher & Christina Buschmann

Board member Ed Waszkiewicz, right & colleagues

Our able volunteer bartender, Colin

Enjoying the music & desserts on the 3rd floor

The third floor Festival of Trees was an awesome sight

17 unique entries in our 1st Annual Festival of Trees

Santa & Mrs. Claus once again delight youngsters the next day at our Family Festival of Trees event

Left: "Who's this guy"? Above: Parents & Grandparents enjoy picture taking with their children & Santa

Board member Joanne Palumbo-Mozloom having fun with her children and the first floor exhibits

Enjoying interacting w/the 4th floor Space exhibits

Taking "a ride" in our real 4th floor airplane

Author Mike Zarnock by the 4th floor Hot Wheels Hall

Piano Lab's Kindermusik fun with the little ones

Right: Hot Wheels author Zarnock enjoys Carbone tree

2008 Festival of Trees Entries
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Tree Awards
GPO Federal Credit Union
Beth Park/JoAnn Rosecky
A Woodland Holiday
Best In Show Tree
Meyda Tiffany
John Nogas
A Meyda Fine Holiday
Best Regional Tree
Goldmine Jewelers
Nancy Lennon
A Silvery Christmas
Most Original Tree
The Burns Agency
Berry Merry Holiday
Most Creative Tree
National Grid
Debbie Pilawa
A Nautical Christmas
Best Int'l Theme Tree
Oxford Medical Imaging John Nogas The Next Frontier Best Futuristic Tree
First Niagara Bradley Zacek Christmas in Paradise Best Small Tree
Walmart Superstores
John Nogas
Flowers of the Night
Best Large Tree
Carbone Auto
Dave Gordon
A Carbone Christmas
Best Hobby Tree
John Nogas
A Touch of Gold
Best Traditional Tree
Dove Eye & Laser Center
Joanne Mozloom/Chester's
Peace on Earth
Best Nature Tree
Bradley Zacek
The Happy Meal Tree
Best Children's Tree
Color Ad Signs
Susan Wolanin
Winter Candy Cane
Best Overall Holiday
Serianni Signs Paul Serianni A Sporty Christmas Best Sports Theme
WKTV News 2
Madeline Stephenson
American Christmas
Best Patriotic Theme
Dan Trevisani
Dan Trevisani
Kids of the World
Best Musical Theme
John Nogas
John Nogas
Candy Lane Tree
Best Non-Traditional

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The Day Before the Festival - hard work done by many

Two stunning new signs installed on our museum roof

New rope lites and beautiful large wreath adorn the front of our Children's Museum building

The amazing new chandelier from Meyda Tiffany arrives

Got hung and shines in all its glory in the Children's Museum's inner front foyer area

Our sign facing North Utica seen from over the bridge!

Our sign facing downtown Utica seen from up Genesee!

Sponsors & Designers set up their trees for our Festival

The Children's Museum looking prettier & prettier!

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Color Ad Signs
New Roof Sign Company
Aqua VIno Restaurant and Banquets, Utica NYFianchetto's Restaurant is involved in catering at our Children's Museum Gala & Festival of Trees on November 21st, 2008
Caterers Aqua Vino Restaurant & Fianchetto's Restaurant
Serianni Signs
New Roof Sign Company
CNY Utica NY television
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Meyda Tiffany, manufacturer and designer of the world's largest  chandelier. The Bill Keeler Show is a sponsor of our Children's Museum Gala and Festival of Trees
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.....Friday, November 21st, 2008 The Children’s Museum combined its Annual Anniversary Gala with a Community Festival of Trees! The event, which took place at the Children's Museum, 311 Main Street, Utica, marked a celebration of our sponsors and designers and was integrated into an evening of hors d’oeuvres, beverages, live music, terrific raffles and auction items!
.....Event attendees had the first opportunity to view & purchase the following holiday items: 1.) uniquely designed tall trees, 2.) uniquely designed trees shorter trees, 3.) holiday wreaths, 4.) holiday centerpieces, 5.) holiday gift baskets. In addition to this wonderland adorning our four floors and free raffle items, was the unveiling of our new roof signs and chandeliers!
.....The evening began with a VIP Reception 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the museum; Wine & Beer w/ Heavy Hors D’oeuvre 6:30–8:30pm on the 2nd floor; Awards Ceremony 8:30pm on our 3rd floor along w/ Dessert & Coffee. Announcement of Raffle & Auction Bid Winners 9:30–10:00pm on the 3rd floor. Donation $45 per person in advance or $50 @ at the door. Tickets were available on our website's secure shopping cart. Information on how to attend the VIP reception!
... Honorary Co-Chairs, Congressman Mike Arcuri & Sabrina, Utica Mayor Dave Roefaro & Cindy, and County Executive Tony Picente & Eleanor, joined Board Members Dan Trevisani, Mike Pilawa, Joe Ruggiero, Art Rapp Jr., Joanne Palumbo-Mozloom, Jeannette Swiderski, John Stephenson, Ed Waszkiewicz, Matt Chmielewski, and CPA Vin Gilroy. This yearly benefit supports the museum's programs & the Future Vision for the children & families we serve.

....Saturday, November 22nd, 2008, the Festival was Open to the Public from 10:00am-4:00pm. Reduced General Admission of $7.00 per person (members & children under 2 free). Visitors viewed the Wonderland of Trees, and bid on items left over. Performances: Kindermusik for young ones, Santa & Mrs. Claus heard children's wishes, Hot Wheels Mike Zarnock autographed magazines for fans; Magician Jeff demonstrated Animal Balloons; Andrew Buffington created caricatures. Kids got washable tatoos & created holiday arts & crafts of all faiths.

....Saturday, November 29th, 2008, our Annual Holiday on Main Street takes place from 10:00am-4:00pm. Reduced General Admission of $7.00 per person (members & children under 2 free). Visitors view the Wonderland of Trees & place final bids. Performances: Kindermusik for young ones, Santa & Mrs. Claus heard children's wishes, Learning to Juggle for all ages; Magician Jeff demonstrates Animal Balloons; Andrew Buffington creates caricatures. Kids get washable tatoos & createholiday arts & crafts of all faiths.

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2008 Children’s Museum Gala/Festival Corporate Sponsors & Auction Items. Friday night attendees enjoyed early holiday shopping at reduced prices while getting a tax write-off AND supporting our museum! Please thank these businesses!

Oxford Medical Imaging, New Hartford, NY
GPO Federal Credit Union, New Hartford, NY
National Grid, New Hartford, NY
Walmart Superstores, Utica, NY
M & R Heating/Air Conditioning, Utica, NY
Meyda Tiffany, Utica, NY

ColorAd Signs, Utica, NY
Serianni Signs, Frankfort, NY
WKTV News Channel 2 CNY homepage
Dove Laser Center, New Hartford, NY
ConMed Corporation, N. Utica, NY

MacClark/McDonald's, Utica, NY
First Niagara Bank, Utica, NY
The Burns Agency, Clinton, NY
Gold Mine Jewelers, Utica, NY
Carbone Auto Group, Utica, NY
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The Laser Spa Center ($150. goodies & certificate)
Fitness Mill ($260. shirts & products & certificates)
John Latini Salon ($150. products & goodies)
Deb's Hair Design ($75. products & goodies)
College St Hair Design by James ($50. products & trim)

Prints Charles Photographers ($150. includes certificate)
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards ($128. wine & private wine tour for 8)
Enchanted Forest ($165. goodies & admission tickets)

Countryside Stove & Chimney ($50. assorted scented candles)
DeIorio’s Frozen Foods ($50. Pasta & Certificate)

F.X. Matt Brewery ($75 Gift Basket of Beers etc.
Paragon Athletic Club ($862. Membership plus classes/products)
Outback Restaurant ($60. Gift basket of wine & certificates)
99 Restaurant ($50. Gift basket of wine, beer, certificates)
Lichtman's Wine & Liquor ($75. Gift basket of wine & beer)
Category C+: Other GIFT BASKETS Items:
Lennon-Wilcox Jewelers ($900 gold & diamond necklace)
Freeman & Foote Jewelers ($325. 14k Yellow Gold Bracelet & $50 certificate)
Gold Mine Jewelers (four Gift Baskets each with $50. Certificate)
Grace Furniture ($200. stand alone mirror)
Twin Ponds Golf ($60. two greens fees & cart)
Carmella's Cafe ($200. in gift certificates)
Raspberries Cafe ($100. in gift certificates)
Utica Symphony ($150. two tickets for three concerts)
O. J. Gulla Pools ($159. automatic above ground pool cleaner)
Raspberries Cafe ($399. set of golf clubs)
Yankee Limited/Cottontails ($50. Collectible Muffy Bear)
The Hook & Kirby's ($40. in gift certificates)
Advantechcny ($370. Dell 19” Widescreen LCD;
Lexmark X1270 all-in-one printer; 10’ USB Cable; Linksys Wireless N USB Adapter; Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 4000)
Kindermusik ($170. Gift Basket w/certificate)
A. Vitullo ($200. Tommy Bahama shirt & glasses)
Kids World ($100. Diaper bag filled w/babies clothing)
R. J. Nudo Company, Utica ($50. decorated wreath)
Strawberry Geranium ($90. Permanent Angels Wreath)
Clinton Florist ($45. Permanent Holiday Wreath)
Village Floral, New Hartford ($120. Children's Delight Christmas Tree)
Village Floral, New Hartford ($120. Children's Delight Christmas Tree)
R. J. Nudo Company, Utica ($60. decorated centerpiece)
Dr. Nancy Shaheen
Trenton Technologies
NBT Bank
Stage Music Co.
Bette & Cring, LLC
Police Benevolent Assoc.
William Corrigan
Utica National Insurance
Kids Oneida
New Hartford Animal Hospital
JetNet, LLC
Utica First Insurance
Fianchetto’s Restaurant
L. B. Security
Nuttry Corporation|
Todd & Jan Hutton
John Creedon PBA
Frank Grunewald
Dr. & Mrs. Melva Max
Category F: FREE ATTENDEE RAFFLE DRAWINGS (must be present):
$150. Microwave Oven
$120. Barbecue grill
$100. Travel Certificate toward vacation
$75. Basketball set
Category G: CHINESE AUCTION ITEMS (5 tickets for $10; 20 for $20):
$340. Cartier Sunglasses
$160. Ladies Gray Belai Watch
$100. Mikimoto Pearl accent Perfume Atomizer
WKTV News Channel 2 CNY homepage
The Bill Keeler Show
Regent Broadcasting
Utica Observer-Dispatch
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1 of only 18 autographed by Buzz Aldrin Special Edition Life magazine Apollo  edition
H. - SPECIAL ITEMs -Rob Esche, Clinton Comets Autographed shirt - $300.
Life Magazine Limited Edition "To the Moon and Back" autographed by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who took part in the historic Apollo Moon Walk - $400!

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