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L. to R.: Mario, Andrea and Rob with the CM St. Pat's Parade float.

Baby Brac heading down Genesee Street in Utica, NY

The Kilian's w/Dave Dudajek
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The Munchkins enjoying the parade

The deer sculpture is progressing

To be joined in the park -- next door to the Museum -- in the spring by the fawn, also under artful construction


On 2nd floor, donated Computers set for educational programs
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In the Living Science area, Sweetie happily thrives!

Stanley Performing Arts Center Utica Symphony Orchestra's Family Series Concert, "Musical Heritage"

Children were treated to a music/visual art program featuring traditional Irish & Polish music

Then on to the Children's Museum for Pizza & Soda & fun learning!

A demonstration of paper cutting


Creating "Heraldic letters", which will be part of the Musuem's "Children's Folk Festival" in April
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Fri, March 2nd, Museum hosted another birthday party, with Jordyn (in tiarra) & friends, twins Sarah & Genna

Dr Ross of PRI and Fossils

Arts & Crafts is a great favorite

Mario works on the Fawn.

Puppies from Steven Swan

Elena and her Dad bring in fossils found in Frankfort

Sarah Watson mixes cement w/Liz

Unity Choir of Utica College

Making a Bean Bag Toy

Gridding out the archeological site

Troop 41 of Fonda on an Acheological Dig

Dehlia Foley of the MV Ballet

Munchkins learn to bend in ballet
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Flower the Clown at CM

Tony D'Apice and the Lewis House

Viewing the CM weather station, sponsored by GE Elfuns & WUTR TV20 *
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Dr. Brian Jackson of New Hartford looks at the Children's Museum new interactive energy & conservation exhibit - sponsored by Niagara Mohawk - with his children Julia & Anna. Read Utica O-D article

Wreath making was big crowd pleasers


Valley Tumblers demonstrated Gymnastics

Adelphia crew work on Main Street lights (Frank Gruenewald & grandson Kevin)

Rig -All arrives with their Crane
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The littlest Symeon enjoys her birthday party at the Children's Museum

Gold Star Entry Area, sponsored by Wilcor International & Your Store

Erie Canal Exhibit in Museum!

Enjoying the new Robot Arm!

Story telling fun at the Museum

Learning how telephones worked on one of Museum's many interactive exhibits

Cooking in the Iroquois Longhouse

Big sister's reading to me about dinosaurs!

Press Conference on WUTR TV 20 Grant: L. to R.: Treichelle Johnson, Marlene Brown, John Stoothoff, Barb Roberts, Tony Duke Mosakowski, Anthony D'Apice

Evening BPW holds meeting at Museum


Museum Weather Station with Doppler Radar, sponsored by GE Elfun's & WUTR

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Sherry's granddaughter enjoying a fun day at the Children's Museum!

Boat Building at the Museum


8/4 The Erie Canal School Boat sets sail for out of Lock 20. More pictures here.

 

Feb. 22nd: The Children's Museum was the destination for hundreds of children and families from the Mohawk Valley -- as near as Syracuse and as far away as Germany -- during the President's Day Holidays. All week there are special programs and special guests and the fun will continue on Friday, February 23 with a visit of Dr. Rob Ross, a paleontologist from PRI in Ithaca. Rob will be presenting three programs on dinosaurs, fossils and the Ice Age in Central New York.

The President's Day Holiday Programs began with a visit from modelmaker Tony D'Apice who presented a talk on his experience as a child working in the Lewis House, the stopping place in Utica, 70 years ago for Erie Canal workers. On Monday, Professor Domser from MVCC presented the "Science of Toys", an interactive program for children, and Sally Sommers presented a puppet theater with "George Washington", a marionette from the Children's Museum collection.

Tuesday was a day to celebrate Black History with songs, games and crafts and on Wednesday the theme was continued by a performance of the Angelic Voices of Unity Choir of Utica College. The woman presented sing-alongs of African-American Gospel songs. Also on Wednesday Dehlia Foley and the Mohawk Valley Ballet performed a special Music for Munchkins to a full house. Always a favorite at the museum, the Dancers involved the children and the parents into the wonders of dance. We were visited by the Steven Swan Humane Society on Thursday with a program on animal adoption, featuring Hank the Snake and the other museum animals.

Also, the CM presented several interactive programs for kids. They included Arts And Crafts, An Archeological Dig and of
course the work on the the "Deer Pond" which will be installed in Bagg's Square Park this Spring. The new Virtual Lock Ride was a big hit. Visitors guided a canal boat through Lock 20 and sailed down to Utica. Flower the Clown made a special appearance on Saturday March 24th for the Dental Poster Contest Awards Ceremony.

The fun continued at the Children's Museum on Friday, February 23. Melony Zimmer's "Story Time" drew large crowds in the morning and Rob Ross, Paleontologist and Educator of PRI, always a Museum favorite, drew a full house of kids interested in dinosaurs and sharing their research on fossils. Rob also did a special program on Ice Age Creatures with special emphasis on the Mastodons which roamed New York in the Ice Age. The Virtual Lock was a popular favorite of our new Erie Canal Exhibit. Visitors can guide a canal boat through Lock 17 and head toward Utica.

Work continued on the Bagg's Square Sculpture Garden during the week. Armitures for all the animals were completed and cement work began on the Doe and fawn. Mario Colon, an Advantage After School Proctor High School Student was assigned to the Fawn. To pictures * To top * To text

Feb. 7th: On Wednesday February 7, the Children's Museum was given a $2000 donation by the New York Power Authority. Representing the Power Authority that day was John and Sharon Lis Hieber. If that name sounds familiar, that is because for many years John's great-grandfather John Christian Hieber owned and operated Hiebers Dry Goods from the building that the Children's Museum now occupies at 311 Main Street. Sharon and John also donated from their personal collection a framed portrait of John Christian Hieber and an original stock certificate for Heifer's Dry Goods. Our thanks to our friends Sharon Lis Hieber and John Hieber for their special devotion to our Museum. We are proud to count the New York Power Authority and the Hiebers as supporters of the Children's Museum. To pictures * To top * To text

Feb. 3rd:The Children's Museum has signed a contract with Utica Community Action for after-school programs for Proctor High School students from Jan 30 - June 30. After- school workshops in Sculpture, Environmental Arts, Mural painting, and Docent Training have begun at the Museum. The Advantage After School Program is funded by the Office of Children and Family Services of the State of New York. The contract is for $8,000. The money is mostly to pay staff including CM's Artist-in-Residence, Liz Leyh, for materials and also for two interns.

We addressed "Prat" students at"MWPAI" on Wednesday and will interview potential interns this and next week. If you know any talented Proctor High School students who need to build a portfolio or community service resume - this is a great program. There is another Advantage After School program for Columbus School through the Boys and Girls Club. So far this program has not begun-- stand by for more details.

Children's Folk Festival is being planned for Friday, April 20 and Saturday April 21. This NYSCA funded Program ($9,500) will feature Native Americans, Bosnian and other ethnic cultures. Watch for details. Also in April will be Child Fair on Saturday April 28 -- watch for details. Andrea was featured on WKTV News at 6pm and 11pm for a delightful Ground Hog Day Project that was featured on Friday Afternoon at the Museum. The Arts and Crafts Thursday morning program has become one of our most sucessful new programs.

On Wednesday, Feb 7, the Museum will accept a check for $2000, a grant from the Power Authority presented by Sharon Hieber. At the end of February, Tony and representatives from a colation of organizations preparing the new environmental Exhibit will interview the three finalists who will plan the exhibit. Our Execuitive Director will leave for New York City to attend the NYSCA seminar at the Public Theater in on Tuesday. To pictures * To top * To text

Jan. 26th: The Children's Museum will be participating in the Advantage After School Program. Beginning on January 29 and continuing until June 30, 15 high school students from Utica's Proctor High School will be participating in Arts and Science Workshops in sculpture, mural painting, environmental arts, and docent training. This program is funded by the Office of Children and Family Services of the State of New York. The Museum will be one of several sites for after school programs but the only one which focuses on creative and productive training workshops. Students will be participating in creating sculpture for Bagg's Square Park and creating a Mural for the Living Science Learning Center. To pictures * To top * To text

Dec. 21st: Every year at this time Santa makes a a special appearence at Music for Munchkins at the Children's Museum. He participates in the singing, strolls through the crowd and then sits down to hear some Chritmas request from our munchkins. We then all have cookies and juice and spend some quality time at the Museum. This year JoANn Yacovella was surprised by our special visitor from the North Pole as she led the Muschkins in "Santa Claus is Coming toTown".

The relationship has been mutually beneficial to the School and the Museum. Last January, students raised almost $800 to help the Museum recover from our flood. This year, more than $350 was raised in a penny drive as part of the Gold Star Program at the Museum. Columbus school will get recognition in our Entry and the satisfaction of contributing to the a bright future for children in the Mohawk Valley. To pictures * To top * To text

Dec. 9th: One of the services that the Children's Museum loves to provide for our corporate members is exclusive Christmas Parties at the Children's Museum. For four hours as many as 300 children and adults can enjoy the exclusive use of the Museum for a company Christmas Family Event. Par Technology has for the last few years held their party at the Museum and they come prepared with food, gifts and Santa. Everyone enjoys the Museum and taking photos with Santa, good food and fun throughout the day.

This year AFSA Data (one of our newest Corporate Members) asked us to cater the food and drink and to provide education programs for the kids--we were more than happy to oblige-- They brought cookies and Santa and from all reports had a ball. Instead of the sterile atmosphere of a catering hall or a company cafeteria, why not provide hands-on fun for young and old alike at the Children's Museum. Call the Museum at 315-724-6128 or use our easy online form for details! To pictures * To top * To text

Nov. 26th: Happy thanksgiving and now the official start to the holiday Season. Christmas on Main Street was a great success, about 900 admissions at the reduced rate of $2. Despite cold weather, lots of crowds to see Santa and to enjoy Horse and Buggy rides.

We had a full program of Zoomobile, Tin Soldier Making, Arts and Crafts and Tumblers, Story Telling --all day and great coverage in media including an OD editorial supporting our efforts on Friday. Wreath making and other science activities were crowd pleasers, with a full contingent of volunteers doing arts and crafts to keep the place neat and clean throughout the day. Thanks to all that contributed to this wonderful day.

Nov. 25th: Thousands of visitors jammed Union Station, line Main Street and several sites along Genesee Street in the Fifteenth Annual Christmas on Main Street Celebration. 900 visitors participated in family fun at the Children's Museum. While everyone awaited Santa's arrival, they rocked with Joe Angerosa's Elvis Christmas tribute at Union Station or sang along with JoAnne Yacovella at the Museum. The ZooMobile brought animals, including a rabbit, ferret and snake and all day visitors watched Bob Robertelli cast tin soldiers.

The Valley Tumblers demonstrated Gymnastic Tumbling and Lisa Roach told holiday stories. There was Arts and crafts all day including wreath and bird feeder making and everyone was in the Christmas spirit. After Santa's arrival, a horse and wagon circled the Children's Museum and at 5:30 the lights on Main Street and Bagg's Square Park were lit and fireworks followed. To pictures * To top * To text

Nov. 24th: Final preparations for Christmas on Main Street. Early in the morning , as they have done for fifteen years the crane and crew from Rig-All, the crew from Adelphia and the Electrician's from Local 43 Electricians Union led by Bernie Coffee arrived to install the lights on the Children's Museum and to finish the lighting of Bagg's Square Park.

The Observer-Dispatch Editorial , today encouraged everyone to visit Christmas on Main Street on Saturday. People arrived at the Museum , some as far away as from Sweden to see the preparations --many including 5 year old Benjamin Mastrionni from NYC will be back to see Santa tomorrow. To pictures * To top * To text

Nov. 15th : As preparations are being made for our two Holiday events, Marlene B. Brown has been busy on the Ad Book -- we have surpassed last years totals! and with Room Sponsorships. To date we have secured the following sponsors: TOPS Markets, WUTR TV 20, and Furino & Hamlin Orthodontics. Adelphia has agreed to install a Power Link in the Museum.

Mike Cameron, the WUTR Chief Meteorologist, will be working with the staff and with the GE Elfuns on Weather Programs for this coming year. GE Elfuns have installed the Christmas decorations in the Park and on Sunday the Boy Scouts will be raking snow covered leaves in preparation for Saturday, November 25th. If you are available that day, we expect 2000 people and we need as many volunteers as we can muster.

Monday morning the lights will be installed --Niagara Mohawk will have a crane to help install the lights that run along Main Street, then, all week Local 43, Adelphia and Engler Electric will be stringing lights. On Friday Rig-All comes with the Big Crane to put the finishing touches on the lights on our building.

The Christmas on Main Street celebration starts at 11:00 a.m. with Joe Angerosa's Christmas Show at Union Station. Entertainment is free, and everyone is welcome. Children will enjoy face painting by the clowns and horse drawn wagon rides. Frank Gruenewald, President of Christmas on Main Street, invited a horse that shakes hands.

Next door at Children's Museum, volunteers ready the museum for the celebration. North Utica Cub Scouts Pack 115 will clean Bagg's Square Park, volunteers from GE Elfun Society will decorate the Park with holiday creations Deerfield Seniors have restored to their original beauty. 20,000 lights will be strung and lit for the Festival of Lights, the lighting ceremony and fireworks extravaganza that is the grand finale for the day.

At 10am, a day of music, arts, and crafts will begin at the Children's Museum. Joanne Yacovella will present her Christmas Program at 11am; the Utica ZooMobile will introduce Birds of Prey from 1-4pm; Joe Robertaccio will show how to make toy soldiers from 11-6pm, and Lisa Roach will tell Native American and Christmas stories from 3:30-4:30pm. To pictures * To top * To text

Nov. 10th Gold Stars: Today at a Christmas on Main Street meeting, William Corrigan Sr. of Wilcor International (camping supplies) and Your Store(costumes), agreed to sponsor the Gold Star Membership. This will allow us to by 50 Gold Stars and engraving of 50 gold stars and engravings for our new Gold Star Recognition Museum sponsorship Area. Bill wants to know his money will help us make money and of course bring happiness to children. Bill and his wife Eleanor live in Remsen and last year had a wonderful time at Fifth Day--They will be attending again this year. He also has become active in the Christmas on Main Street Committee which is now busy planning the event for Saturday, Nov 25th. To pictures * To top * To text

Nov. 9th Sponsors & Grants: Tops Markets, Inc., which has two stores in the Mohawk Valley, has awarded grants to the Children's Museum. Tops, for the second year will join Gaffney Communications as major sponsors of the Christmas on Main Street Celebration on Saturday, November 25, 2000. They will also provide free hot chocolate, coffee and cookies at Union Station during the event.

All children accompanied by adults will be admitted to the Children's Museum free that day with coupons that will be available at the Top's Market at Mohawk Street in Utica and Tops Market in New Hartford. Additionally Tops has become the sponsor of a renovated Interactive Supermarket for children at the Children's Museum, providing the initial costs and maintenance of the exhibit on the first level of Exploration Station at the Museum. The Sponsorship program at the museum is coordinated by board member Marlene B. Brown To pictures * To top * To text

The Children's Museum is one of twelve outstanding organization that have been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Ackerley Group, the parent organization of local WUTR, Channel 20. The Museum was asked by Station Manager, Barbara Roberts of WUTR, to write a grant that was made available to local affiliates to celebrate Ackerley's twenty-fifth Anniversary. The Children's Museum submitted a grant for a new Erie Canal hands-on Water Exhibit with two working locks. The exhibit will be coordinated with the Herkimer BOCES SchoolBoat Program and be added to the new Erie Canal exhibits that are being prepared by the Museum staff.

The Children's Museum is the Utica site of the Herkimer BOCES SchoolBoat program. Starting this fall, students will be able to board the Schoolboat on the Erie Canal in Marcy lock through Lock 20, sail to Harbor Point in Utica, and then be taken to the Museum for an educational tour of the Museum's new Erie Canal exhibits. The exhibits will feature a model of an Old Erie Canal lock and an Erie Canal General Store created by Architectural Miniaturist Anthony D'Apice, which was funded by a grant from the Metropolitan Life Foundation.

The new Ackerley funded exhibit will soon be added and will be featured on the first floor of the museum. The exhibit will demonstrate how locks work, and will be designed and built with the help of the GE Elfun Society. It will be ready by the fall of 2001. When the exhibit is installed, the Children's Museum will join other children's museums in North American with water exhibits that engage children's participation and educate them on the dynamics of water.

The Weather Station is online! Thanks to a generous grant by the GE Fund and the hard work and dedicated work by the GE Elfun Society, volunteers like WKTV's Matt Dinardo and Museum Staff, the Children's Museum Weather Station is now On Line! Soon, kids and families will be able to fun, learn about meteorology and report and record weather phenomenon. WUTR's Mike Cameron is working with Museum Staff on some exciting programs that will be upcoming this fall. Check back here on our website, and in our newsletter, Fingerprints, for the latest news from our Weather Station and come to the Museum to see the new Weather Station.

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