Wednesday, December 30, 2009

3x3 Science Samplers!

Today was the last day of our 3x3 Science Samplers!

They were all filled to capacity, which was fantastic. Here are some photos of today's group:

Bring Your Doll to Tea!

What a fun time we all had!

The little girls were just ADORABLE in their fancy dresses. Some were even dressed like their dolls!

It was also a very busy day at the Museum. In addition to our Tea with the Curator, today was the last day of the 3x3 Science Samplers. AND we had a cub scout group here for a field trip. Plus our regular visitors. All of our parking lots were full!

Here are some pictures of the Tea!

Making a pin craft

Being very grown up with our tea

Fancy outfit for a fancy occasion!

Having a good time!

Reading the story

Touring the dollhouse exhibit and doing our scavenger hunts

A group photo!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Quilt exhibit on international list

Just wanted to share that my upcoming quilt exhibit is listed here in the company of several other major quilt exhibitions!

Today I heard from a staff writer for American Patchwork & Quilting magazine who wants to inlcude the exhibit in an online slide show featuring spring 2010 quilt exhibits.

I'm very excited about the exposure the exhibit is already receiving!

Upcoming events at the museum in 2010

If you see something you'd like to attend, call 330-455-7043 and make a reservation!

January 11
Tea with the Curator: "Bridal Fashions"
Learn more about the history of wedding gowns. Presented by Kim Kenney. $10 per person, pre-paid reservations required

January 27
Coffee & Crafts: "Computer Crafting"
Lynn Weber, scrapbooker and photo editor, will demonstrate how your computer can help you in your crafting. Lynn will lead you through the process of digitally designing two crafts to be printed out and assembled. $15 per person, pre-paid reservations required

January 30
McKinley Day
Celebrate the President's birthday with a full day of activities. Special price $5 per person (Members FREE)
Wreath Ceremony will be held at 3:00 PM

February 14
Life in Miniature exhibit CLOSES
Last day to view the dollhouses in the Keller Gallery!

February 15
President's Day
A perfect day to visit your local presidential library!

February 18
Soup at Six: "Roaring Twenties Review"
Presented by Chris Kenney and Kim Kenney. Dazzle your senses with a jazzy look at America's favorite decade! Kim will present a slide program about life in the 1920s, infused with period piano music played by Chris! $10 per person, pre-paid reservations required

February 24
Coffee & Crafts: "Goodies from the Hearth"
Director of Education Christopher Kenney will lead a hands-on baking workshop at the Museum's hearth. Participants will make apple pie and donuts. Chris will also explain the tools and methods of cooking over an open hearth. $15 per person, pre-paid reservations required

February 26
EXHIBIT OPENING: A Stitch in Time: Highlights from the Museum's Quilt & Coverlet Collections
View beautifully crafted quilts and coverlets from the Museum's collection, dating back as far as the 1840s! The exhibit will include crazy quilts, traditional patterns, coverlets woven by itinerant weavers, and commemorative McKinley campaign quilts.
Free exhibit opening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

March 8
Tea with the Curator: "Hearth & Home"
Join Curator Kim Kenney as she explores domestic life in the past, with a focus on cooking, cleaning, crafting, and dining. $10 per person, reservations required

March 13
History Day
Region 5 competition for National History Day.

March 18
Soup at Six: "On the Move: The Early Auto Industry in Stark County"
Join Director of Education Christopher Kenney for a look at Stark County's role in the early years of the automobile. Explore early manufacturers like Jewell and Holmes to the County's involvement with Henry Ford. $10 per person, reservations required

March 24
Coffee & Crafts: "Beading Chain"
Participants will have their choice of making a sterling silver or gold filled beaded necklace with crystal. Kathy from the Bead Boutique will be our instructor for this class. $20 per person, pre-paid reservations required

April 10
Join us for an elegant brunch and style show featuring 100 years of bridal fashion! $30 per person, pre-paid reservations required

Back to work!

I'm back to work after a few days off for the holidays! Chris and I went to New York to visit our families. Unfortunately our trip was cut short by one day due to lake effect snow. But we enjoyed the time we did have with those we love.

Today I've been getting ready for the big Tea with the Curator: Bring Your Doll to Tea tomorrow! We've got a full house, so I'm excited about that! We're making pins with flowers and gems as our craft. We'll have tea, read the story Fancy Nancy Goes to the Museum, then up to the Keller Gallery for a special scavenger hunt in the dollhouse exhibit! Should be a lot of fun.

I've also been busy with marketing projects today. I made a new calendar for the lobby -- it is unreal how many programs and events we have coming up in the next three months! (I will post that list next) I also designed a postcard for the quilt exhibit and a flyer for McKinley Day.

I'm about to make up the scavenger hunt clipboards. Then I'll see if I can help set up for tomorrow.

Busy time at the museum! We still have Christmas trees up, so come in and see us! We're closed New Year's Day, but we're open New Year's Eve and all weekend!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Quilt exhibit preview

Coming soon to the Keller Gallery!

A Stitch in Time: Highlights from the Quilt and Coverlet Collections opens on Friday February 26, 2010!

Here are just a few of the quilts that will be on exhibit:

Friday, December 18, 2009

McKinley Day 2010

I know it's not until January, but plans for McKinley Day are underway!

Please plan to join us on Saturday January 30, 2010 as we celebrate the President's birthday with a day full of family-friendly programs and activities.

Here are some more highlights from years past:

Getting ready for the next Tea!

Today I'm getting ready for the SOLD OUT Tea with the Curator: "Bring Your Doll to Tea" on December 30!

We are going to be making fancy pins as our craft, so I am making up packets of supplies for the kids. I purchased fancy gems, and we have several small flowers to use as well. The pins are either oval shaped, or shaped like a teapot!

We're going to be reading the story Fancy Nancy Goes to the Museum. Afterwards we are going to tour the Keller Gallery dollhouse exhibit Life in Miniature! I will show them some of my favorites, and then we'll work on a special Scavenger Hunt I designed yesterday just for this Tea!

Science Director Lynnette Reiner is also doing 3x3 Science Camps that week -- the first two dates are filled, but there are still 2 slots open on December 30 for "Gross Science." Call the museum at 330-455-7043 to reserve a spot!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

More building pics

Thanks to Steve for taking these photos of the building construction!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

My kitty

UPDATE: We had to have Brandy put to sleep last Thursday. It has been the most painful and difficult experience of my life, and we feel her absence in a million ways every day. She was one of a kind, and there will never be another cat like her.

"It is a fearful thing to love what death can touch." (Anonymous)

Yesterday I found out that my sweet precious Brandy has cancer.

It was a terrible shock, even though we knew she had been losing weight. But we only noticed it about a week ago.

She only has a few weeks to live, and we are just devastated. She has been the most well-behaved, fun, loving, sweet kitty I have ever met in my entire life. There is only ONE of her, and I am going to miss her so much.

Even though it's Christmastime, my heart isn't really in it anymore. We've canceled our trip to New York to spend Christmas with our families, because we just can't leave Brandy alone.

The Museum had a wonderful Holiday Open House, and since we didn't know then what we know now, Chris and I had a great time.

I am struggling to come to terms with everything that is happening, and trying not to drown in my sadness.

I continue to do my best in my job, but everything is a bit sluggish for the time being. Brandy is all I can think about.

I want anyone who reads this who has a pet to go and hug him or her right now. Overlook a few things and don't yell at them. Pet them, love them, and make sure they know how much you care about them. And I hope you never have to hear the news we heard yesterday. Ever.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Open House TONIGHT!

I hope you will be able to join us for our Holiday Open House TONIGHT (December 4) from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Members are FREE and guests are just $5!

Enjoy complimentary cookies, live holiday music, samples from the open hearth, and of course -- SANTA!

Please bring a non-perishable food item for local food banks with you when you come.

See you tonight!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Construction Update!

The photos are not working for some reason. Please check back later to see the slide show!


Thank you to Steve for taking these photos yesterday! This is what it looks like behind our building as construction continues on our new storage facility!

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Visit to make your own!