The third week of November, the Children’s Museum of History, Science & Technology envelopes visitors in a winter wonderland! As our primary fundraiser, the museum never shines so bright.

'09 Festival of Trees & Lights Flyer / '09 Holiday On Main Street /

View WKTV promo / WUTR promo / Program Cover & Book / 2009 Event Photos

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

Donna & Gary Evans join the party

Board Member Sabina Bajic chats with Congressman Arcuri

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!

Dr. Joanne Palumbo Mozloom & guests

The CM Director & the Congressman enjoying

as were the Senator, his wife & the CM director

Kudos to The Utica College Aramark caterers who outdid themselves

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!

...along with the melodious sound of Carlton Boone

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

Board member Ed Waskiewicz admiring the artwork

The Lawless Band performing on the 2nd floor

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

Director Brown introduces our honorary co-chairs

Congressman Arcuri thanks the crowd for coming...

as does Senator Griffo - both praising the museum's growth

Above: Board member Brad Zacek arranging freshly flown in Birds of Paradise flowers; Left: our beautiful oak staircase decorated by Board members John Nogas & Sabina Bajic
View pictures of our Saturday, Nov. 21st Family Festival of Trees below

Sujett DeSai entertains by our 2nd floor Musical Stage

His beautiful musical renditions on several instruments enthralled all

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

Our popular LED Play Dance floor drew kids of all ages

Our 3rd floor had holiday arts & crafts (above) & caricature drawins (right)

The amazing sounds of The Lawless Band filled the floor with musical joy

On the 4th floor, Mike Zarnock & The Car Room producers Ralph & Joe filming the amazing collection of Hot Wheels - View here

Six year old Samuel Butcher arrives to meet "his hot wheels hero"

Left: Samuel gets his hot wheels car autographed & above, displays his joy!

The Museum's 2009 Holiday Gala / Festival of Trees & Lights Extravaganza began on Friday, November 20th, 2009 with a 6:00-6:30pm invitation only VIP Reception at The Children’s Museum, 311 Main St, Utica, where our board members joined Honorary Co-Chairs Congressman Mike Arcuri & Sabrina and NYS Senator Joe Griffo & Lorraine in greeting our sponsors, donors & VIP’s who had the 1st opportunity to view the silent auction's uniquely designed multi-cultural large & small Trees, neat Gift Baskets, Amazing Getaways, Designer Wreaths & Centerpieces, all starting at 50% off their retail price, plus free raffle items! 6:30-9:30pm, the evening continued with Beverages & scrumptious Hors D’oeuvres catered by the Utica College Aramark chefs, plus live musical entertainment by Carlton Boone & by The Lawless Band; 9:30-10:00pm Dessert, Coffee, Raffle & Auction winners announced. Our historic building’s four floors were lit up to envelop guests in a Luau themed winter wonderland! Donation only $45 per person or $75. a couple pre-paid (by Nov. 10th) or $50 per person at door. Tickets available in the museum, from board members, or on our secure shopping cart. View WKTV promo / WUTR promo / Listen to Radio Interview / View Sponsors / Auction Items / Download Invitation / Flyer
Saturday, Nov. 21st, 2009 the Family Festival of Trees & Lights was held 10:00am-3:00pm. Reduced General Admission: $5 children 2-17; $6 for seniors; $7 for adults; members & children under 2 free. Visitors viewed Trees & multi-cultural holiday exhibits & bid on any items left over, + Santa & Mrs. Claus were there to hear children's wishes, Guinness World Record Holder Mike Zarnock was filming in our Hot Wheels Hall, there was a live Musical Performance by Sujeet Desai, The Lawless Band performed live w/Sound by Tim Perry, our Court Jester performed Magic, Andrew Buffington offered caricature painting, + holiday arts & crafts & Cultural activities representing our beautifully diverse community. Download Agenda.
Friday, Nov. 27th, 2009, a Mother/Son & Father/Daughter Dance will take place from 6:00-8:00pm at the museum. The Hawaiian-themed event includes refreshments & leis. Tickets $15 for father/daughter or mother/son pair & $5. for each add’l child. DJ Bill Thomas will be featured on our Tree Festival’s 3rd floor, & an LED Dance Floor Contest will be featured on our 2nd floor! Purchase tickets on our secure shopping cart. Saturday, Nov. 28th, 2009, our Annual Holiday on Main Street from 10:00am-3:00pm. Reduced Admission: $5 children 2-17; $6 seniors; $7 adults; members & children under 2 free. Visitors view Trees & our various holiday observance items & displays, + Santa there to hear wishes, along with our Court Jester's magic, caricature painting, holiday arts & crafts, live Holiday Music, Hot Wheels poster signing & more. View more info here.
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View our beautiful array of Festival Trees & Lights & Amazing Auction items below
- View & Purchase Trees & write them off!

2009 Children’s Museum Gala/Festival Corporate Sponsors & Auction Items. Friday night attendees enjoyed early holiday shopping at reduced prices, starting at 50% of the retail value! while getting a tax write-off AND supporting our museum! Please thank these businesses!

MAJOR SPONSORS: Large Size Decorated Trees- National Grid * The Hartford * Radiology Associates * Gold Mine Jewelers * Oxford Medical Imaging * WKTV News Channel 2 * CNY homepage * SPONSORS: Medium Size Decorated Trees - The Burns Agency * MacClark/McDonald's * Wilcor International * Joseph Flihan Co. * Carbone Auto Group * Bonide Products * ConMed Corp. * Dr. Ted & Melva Max * SPONSORS: Desktop Decorated Tree or Centerpiece - NBT Bank & Trust * Pacemaker Steel & Piping * SUNY-IT * Dove Laser Center * Business Machines * Utica National * JetNet / First & Main LLC * Utica College Aramark Catering *
AUCTION ITEMS : Getaway Gift Packages - Liberty Travel (2 nights in Lake Placid Mirror Lake Inn's Classic Noonmark Rm)* Keeler Productions (3 day/2nights: destination chosen by receipient, airfare add'l)* Turning Stone Resort (Skana spa package)* Vernon Downs Hotel & Casino (overnight suite & dinner for two) * Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards (wine & private wine tour for 6) * The Radisson (Overnight for two + Dinner & Breakfast for 2) * Hotel Utica (Overnight for two + breakfast for 2)* Holiday Inn (Overnight for two + dinner certificate)* Best Western Gateway (overnight for two with breakfast) * Red Roof Inn (Overnight for two + meal certificate) * Days Inn (Two certificates: each for 3 nights for two w/breakfast) * The Artful Lodger (50% off a 1 night stay w/breakfast) * Curves (two month pass) & Lava Spa (half hour hot lava stone massage) * Utica Symphony (three certificates, each w/ 8 tickets to any remaining '09-'10 concerts) ) * Broadway Theatre League (certificate for 2 to attend 1 of these shows: Wedding Singer, Caberet, or In the Mood) * with Adonis-Avanti Limo Svc pickup & return to the Stanley for the show chosen
Jewelry Gift Baskets / Books / Artwork -
The Gold Mine Jewelers (Five (5) baskets, each w/certificates + silver jewelry ornament) * Freeman & Foote Jewelers (pair 14k yellow gold dangle leverback earrings + certificate)* Lennon W.B. Wilcox Jewelers (jewelry item plus certificate) * Engelbert's (Two Buyer's Choice Figurines - Mr. & Mrs. Claus) * McHarris Gifts (Lead Crystal Vase) * MMB Inspiration, Sabina Bajic (3 baskets: a set of necklace & earrings, a pearl necklace, a sterling tube necklace) * Ralph Squillace (framed photograph of children) * Robert Sossen (framed photograph of canoe life) * Harris Brothers Jewelers (historical books by Allen Foote) * Life Magazine Limited Edition "To the Moon & Back" autographed by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Holiday Gift Baskets - The Laser Spa - (basket of products & certificate)* John Latini Salon (basket of products & certificate) * DeIorio's Quality Dough (two baskets of frozen dough products) * Syracuse University (S. U. assorted memorabilia) * Matt Brewery Gift Shop (basket of beer & products)* Bremer Wine & Liquor (basket of preium spirits) * Harley Davidson (basket of products etc.)* College St Hair Design by James (basket of products & certificate) * John Lloyd Young (Tony Award Winner autographed "Jersey Boys" CD-ROM, Playbill, & photo) * Babe's Macaroni Grill (basket of products & certificates) * Carmella's Cafe (three gift certificates w/bottle of spirts & glasses)* The Hook & Kirby's (two gift certificates w/bottle of spirts & glasses)* Tiny's Restaurant - (goodies & gift certificates)* Aqua Vino Restaurant & Outback Restaurant - (1 gift certificate from each)* The Fitness Mill (products & certificate) * Paragon Athletic Club (products & yoga class) * Children's Museum (Toys & Tapes & Collectible Space Pins)* Home & Office Gifts - Print Charles ($100 gift certificate for services)* Big Apple (guitar, case, tuner, book, stand, & 3 free lessons)* Kid’s World (Diaper Bag with Clothing) * Yankee Limited/Cottontails (Collectible Muffy Bear) * Barnes & Noble (2 kids floor puzzle plays) * Harley Davidson Kids Cycle Rocker Pack* A. Vitullo's (Tommy Bahama shirt)* Enjem's Flooring (area rug)* Meelan 's Flooring (area rug) * CNY Awards (gift certificate & hooded sweatshirt) * Enchanted Forest (2 Water Safari tickets)* Adirondack Scenic Railroad (DVD's) * Dick Sonne (Child’s Bike Helmet & Certficate) * Meyda Tiffany (Stained Glass Lamp)* Rocketdyne (Crystal Shuttle w/revolving base) * Dave Hayes Appliances (Microwave Oven w/Certificate)* Grace Furniture (Silverfinish Floor Lamp)* Joe Tahan's (floor model Jewelry Armoire) * Hummel’s Office Supply (Fellowes Shredder) * Wilcor International (Folding Deluxe Double Chair) Holiday Decorated Centerpieces - Village Floral (Two [2] holiday decorated & lit three [3] foot trees) * Carlo Masi, Masi Foods (decorated centerpiece in sleigh, designer John Nogas)* Bill Corrigan (decorated centerpiece with candle in glass, designer John Nogas)* John Nogas (decorated green centerpiece w/red poinsettias & candle in a glass) * Alice Pender O'Shea (bouquet of tall Hawaiian artificial flowers in large vase, designer John Nogas) * Earle Reed (decorated miniature immitation pine tree in a burlap bag) * John Nogas (decorated centerpiece w/LED lights, designer John Nogas)* Christopher Columbus School (decorated multi-cultural tree w/LED lights) * Watson Williams Elem. School (Two decorated multi-cultural trees w/LED lights)* Holiday Decorated Wreaths- Nancy & Sam Crisino (decorated green wreath w/blue & silver bulbs & sun masks) * Strawberry Geranium (permanent wreath w/sparkly gold bows & large Angel)* Village Floral (decorated green wreath w/red bow & Teddy Bears) * Clinton Florist (Permanent green wreath w/red poinsettias/red & white bows)* Dr. John Zhang (decorated LED wreath, designer John Nogas)* John Nogas (decorated LED Peace & Doves wreath w/white & silver doves & bows) * John Nogas (decorated LED Let Is Snow wreath w/blue birds & instruments) * John Nogas (decorated LED Happy Holidays wreath w/red birds & instruments) * Walmart (decorated green pine cone wreath w/silver bow & apples)* Walmart (green wreath w/pine cones, fruit, green leaves & red holly)* Walmart (decorated red wreath w/gold & silver & red bulbs & little baskets)* Walmart (green wreath w/pine cones & needles, white flowers & silver bow) * Big Lots (decorated wreath w/pine cones, white & silver ribbons & bows)* Big Lots (decorated grapevine wreath w/red berries & red apples)* Big Lots ( decorated green pine w/leaves & golden green fruit) * Big Lots (decorated green pine w/gold leaves & multi-colored ornaments) OTHER DONATING SPONSORS: Aramark at Utica College (catering our gala)* River Road Greenhouse (poinsettias for stairs & tables) * Clayville Ice (ice for the event)* Carlton Boone (pianist entertainment)* The Lawless Band (entertainment)* Bill Thomas (DJ entertainment)* Stage Music (digital piano loan)* Big Apple (digital piano loan) * MEDIA SPONSORS: WKTV News Channel 2 (promo)* CNY homepage (promo)* The Bill Keeler Show * Regent Broadcasting FREE RAFFLE DRAWINGS (must be present to win): Desktop Bottled Water Container* Fan * Cosmetic Case * Candy Cane boxes To top

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

Our famous oak staircase shown in all its brilliance

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The Bill Keeler Show is a sponsor of our Children's Museum Gala and Festival of Trees
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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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