Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present Airness: A hilarious comedy about the competitive world of Air Guitar.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present Airness: A hilarious comedy about the competitive world of Air Guitar.

Bloomsburg – Starting September 16th, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will present Airness by Chelsea Marcantel. Airness is a rockin’ comedy “about being authentic to your true self, letting go of your inhibitions and accepting others as who they are” states Onstage Colorado. When actual guitarist Nina enters an air guitar competition, she thinks the whole thing is pretty silly, but she soon discovers that it takes real talent and charisma to become the champion. Does Nina have what it takes to do more than play pretend and seriously rock it?

Airness marks a triumphant return to live, in-person performances for BTE in the Alvina Krause theatre. Eric Wunsch, ensemble member and Airness director explains that “18 months ago, we were a week away from opening this play in our theatre. It was a show we felt proud of, and then it abruptly ended. We lost a couple of beloved cast members, and everything changed. So, it is an unbelievable pleasure to be finally presenting this show that celebrates the ecstasy of live performance and the rock star inside us all!”
BTE is also celebrating a return to the stage for Aaron White (D Vicious), a longtime friend of the company and guest artist who is starting his candidacy to become a full-time ensemble member. The passage of time also sees a return to the Alvina Krause stage for founding BTE member James Goode (announcer) as an emeritus performer. The cast also features ensemble members Amy Rene Byrne (Cannibal Queen) and Andy Hubastsek (Facebender), as well as, guest actors Marisol Rosa-Shaprio (The Nina), Dominic Santos (Golden Thunder), and Jon Schultz (Shreddy Eddy).

Even though Airness is a face-melting good time it also illustrates the importance of friendship, repairing damaged relationships, and one women’s journey to find herself through abandoning her preconceived notions of what it really means to experience true Airness.

Airness runs from September 16th through October 10th. Season tickets and subscription packages can be purchased by visiting BTE’s website www.bte.org or by calling the BTE Box Office at 570-784-8181, and do not hesitate to leave a message. Single tickets go on sale August 25th. Airness is intended for a mature audience as it contains sexual themes and adult language.

Airness is produced by special arrangement with Broadway licensing
www.broadwaylicensing.com

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum recently partnered with United in Recovery, part of Columbia Montour United Way, to bring “Hidden in Plain Sight” Temporary Exhibit to Bloomsburg

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum recently partnered with United in Recovery, part of Columbia Montour United Way, to bring “Hidden in Plain Sight” Temporary Exhibit to Bloomsburg

“Hiding in Plain Sight” is an exhibit, meant for parents and caregivers, that simulates a teen’s bedroom in which parents learn to identify objects that could provide critical insights about risky behavior. Amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies, and personal care products are items that can signal that a young person could be involved in risky, harmful, or even illegal activity. Visitors will have an opportunity to interact with the items on display.

Olivia Oden, Stigma Reduction & Education Coordinator for United in Recovery explains the importance of this exhibit.

“The ‘problem’ that our Hiding In Plain Sight exhibit addresses is substance use among young adults. Within the ‘teen’s bedroom’ that is set up, there are many places where one may hide illicit substances. Our exhibit strives to make parents and caregivers aware of not only where these hiding places are, but also of what challenges a teen may face when they use these illicit substances. We also provide resources and information for the family to take with them if interested, and the hands-on experience is a conversation starter for many individuals. This simulation is not meant to scare families and loved ones but be a conduit to have an open conversation on safety and prevention concerning illicit substance use among youth. ”

The exhibit is currently open and runs through September 18th. Visitors can view the exhibit by entering a separate program space adjacent to the Museum’s exhibit galleries. The exhibit is open during regular Museum hours Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information about United in Recovery please visit https://cmcuw.org/unitedinrecovery

For more information about the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.org

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces August Programs

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces August Programs

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 W. 7th Street, Bloomsburg, is pleased to announce its August programs.

PDF calendar attached.

The Children’s Museum is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

GENERAL PROGRAMMING
S.W.O.R.D. at the Museum: Presented by T-Mobile
Sunday, August 1, 9:00 am-7:00 pm
1 pound and 3 pound combat robots battle it out in intense one-on-one mechanical matchups! Enjoy the Museum’s exhibits and watch these combat machines try to win a match by incapacitating the opponent or pushing it off the combat stage. Kids will have a chance to “battle” with the Museum’s “playable” battlebots. Register to compete a bot for $20. This event is free for spectators and open to the public.

Dog Days of Summer
August 4: Under the Sea, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Beat the heat and come to the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum! Enjoy a special summer-themed craft every other Wednesday with free adult admission!

Saturday Sing-along with Miss Kerry
Saturday, August 7, 11:30 am-12:00 pm
Join Miss Kerry for this sing-along Saturday! Wiggling, singing and laughing with your child is so much fun—it’s easy to forget how much learning is taking place. This event is included in Museum admission.

Touch-A-Truck
Saturday, August 14 @ Rohrbach’s Farm, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Join us at Rohrbach’s Farm Market for a fun-filled day with trucks of all kinds. Get an up-close, hands-on look at loaders, campers, tractors, fire engines, and more! Free admission.

Two Dollar Tuesday
Tuesday, August 17, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day. The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10 am-2 pm.

Honey Bee Awareness Day
Saturday, August 21, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Did you know the honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by humans? Learn more about these insects and why they are important to our ecosystem. Included with regular admission.

Celebrate Peach Month
Saturday, August 28, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Join the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum as we celebrate peach month. Learn all about these delicious fruits while learning some new recipes. Included with regular admission

For a complete listing of all programs, visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Hosting Battlebot Competition this Sunday, Aug. 1, Presented by T-Mobile

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Hosting Battlebot Competition this Sunday, Aug. 1, Presented by T-Mobile

On Sunday, August 1, 2021 the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, located at 2 West 7th Street, Bloomsburg, is hosting a battlebot competition that is produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Student Wildcats of Robotic Design (SWORD).
Come see 1-pound and 3-pound combat robots battle it out in intense one-on-one mechanical matchups. While you are there you can also enjoy the Museum, grab some food, score some swag from event sponsor T-Mobile, and try out our kid-friendly battlebots in our small arena!

“The Museum hosted a battebot team for the past 6 years,” Ginny Weibel, Children’s Museum Director said. “Our team, Infectious Intelligence, is comprised of middle school and high school-aged students. We started the club as a way to get kids involved in the engineering design process. It is a real challenge to design a robot that can withstand the attacks from the other robots and it’s a lot of fun to see these machines in action.”

The competition is open to all ages but is limited to ant weight (one-pound) and beetle weight (three-pound) robots.

Ryan Bohenek is the President of the SWORD Club. Bohenek says the sport of battlebots, “gives students the opportunity to take an idea and follow through with the design, manufacture, and assembly processes until they have a functioning robot. Then at these competitions learning what worked properly and what did not and improving and building upon those skills.”

Admission to the competition is free for spectators and it includes Museum admission.

If you have a battlebot and want to compete, you can register it at www.robotcombatevents.com/events/627

Registration is $20 per robot. All proceeds are being donated to the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum. If you don’t have a battlebot but always dreamed of operating one, there will be a novice ring sponsored by Dyco Inc. and FIngertech Robotics where you can try out operating a scaled-down version of the battle bots.

Food will be available for purchase on-site.

Doors open at 9 a.m., first fights start at 10:30 a.m. Battles will continue throughout the day until 6 p.m. when the final awards ceremony takes place.

For more information about the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, please visit  https://the-childrens-museum.org/

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces July Programs

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces July Programs

GENERAL PROGRAMMING

Firework Extravaganza

Saturday, July 3, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Get ready for July 4th with firework extravaganza! Come learn about fireworks and create some crafts! Included with regular admission.

Saturday Sing-along with Miss Kerry

Saturday, July 3, 11:30 am-12:00 pm

Join Miss Kerry for this sing-along Saturday! Wiggling, singing, and laughing with your child is so much fun—it’s easy to forget how much learning is taking place. This event is included in Museum admission.

Dog Days of Summer

11:00 am-1:00 pm

July 7: Popsicles

July 21: Winter in July

Beat the heat and come to the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum! Enjoy a special summer-themed craft every other Wednesday with free adult admission!

Teddy Bear Picnic

Saturday, July 10, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Bring your favorite teddy bear and enjoy a picnic! Create your own teddy bear sized food and basket. Included with regular admission.

Two Dollar Tuesday

Tuesday, July 20, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day. The Ex-change will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10am-2pm.

May The Force Be With You Day

Saturday, July 17, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Meet and take pictures with professional Star Wars characters, make your own lightsaber, enjoy new games, crafts, food vendors. Plus dunk-a-trooper, jedi obstacle course, blast-a-trooper and new activities for this year. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character! Purchase tickets at: http://bit.ly/bcm-maytheforce21

This Day in History: Amelia Earhart Birthday

Saturday, July 24, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

On July 24th, 1897 Amelia Earhart was born. Did you know she was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean? Celebrate her birthday with an airplane-themed craft. Included with regular admission.

Water Day

Saturday, July 24, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

We will have a variety of activities for kids to cool off while having fun. Play in our lazy river, take the water balloon challenge and enjoy our inflatable water slides! Caution you will have fun and get wet. Admission is $5. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Town Pool. Purchase tickets at: http://bit.ly/bcm-waterday21

Avocado Day

Saturday, July 31, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Did you know an avocado has more potassium than a banana? Learn more about these fruits (yes, avocado is a fruit) and take home some delicious recipes. Included with regular admission.

CLUBS AND CLASSES

Preschool Under the Sea Summer Camp

June 28-July 2, 8:30-9:30 & 10:00-11:00 am

Join the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum this summer and dive right into this summer camp. Preschool campers will dip their toes in the sea, explore the depths of the ocean, make friends with a squid and cuddle an octopus…without even getting wet or jumping into a submarine! Every day will be an exploration of a different part of our beautiful oceans and the creatures that live there!

Music Together® of Bloomsburg

Every Friday, 10:15-11:15 am

Music Together is an early childhood music curriculum that’s known around the world for its ability to engage children and adults in musical play together.

Enchanted Princess Mini Camp

July 7-9, 10:00 am-11:00 pm

Dreams will come true this summer at our mini-camp perfect for the princess in your life with all kinds of royal activities. Each day will focus on a different favorite princess as our campers enjoy a week of singing and dancing along with tea parties, arts & crafts, and making new friends. A fun and magical week will all lead up to a coronation ceremony. Your little one’s fairy tale summer camp is just around the corner!

Young Engineers

3:00-4:00 pm

Friday, July 16: Hydraulic Platforms

Friday, July 23: Fans

Friday, July 30: Mechanical Hand

Grab your lab coats and goggles for these science class! Students will learn about pneumatics, circuits, hydraulics, and more! Perfect for students ages 6+

Maker Camp – SOLD OUT

July 19-23, 10:00 am—1:00 pm

What do soldering, 3D printing, sculpture, electronics, painting, laser cutting, food, and hammers all have in common? MAKER CAMP! Makers will explore, experiment and play. They are inquisitive hands-on learners who like to try new things! Ages grouped by activity. Taught by Dr. Ginny Weibel and Dr. Kristene Baldwin.

American Girl Summer Camp – SOLD OUT

July 26-30, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Campers and their dolls (any kind of doll or stuffed animal) will discover adventures a-plenty in this camp full of miniature projects and friendship. Ends with an American Girl Party.

Painting and Drawing Camp II – SOLD OUT

July 12-16, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Young artists will scribble, splatter, and create! This camp is all about learning how to draw and paint. From using teeny tiny to larger than life, we will be exploring every surface using brushes, pencils, and the unexpected! Presented by Art Space member and artist, Sara Mika. Two dates, same great camp!

DIY Art for Kids!

3:00-4:00 pm

July 6: DIY Dinosaur

July 13: DIY Tore Bag

July 20: DIY Puzzle

July 27: DIY Flower Bowl

Join the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum to create a fun DIY Craft. Suggested for ages 6+ .

Spark Labs with the Crazy Science Lady: Geology

Saturday, July 31, 10:30-11:30 am

Invent, experiment, and explore at this lab that ignites curiosity about the world around us.

For a complete listing of all programs, visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/

BTE Stages Free Family Play in the Park

“The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus” begins its free performances on July 15th

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will continue its outdoor return to live, in-person presentations this July, with free performances of The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus by Eric Coble at Totsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park. About the play:

“School’s out for the summer, and the New Mexico air is hot, even in the darkest part of the night.  But 8-year-old Sheila and her scrappy pack of pals aren’t going to let the summer heat get them down. When their fantastical junkyard fort draws the attention of a mysterious furry stranger, this band of misfit kids suddenly find themselves deep in the desert, face to face with the walking, talking critters who live there. It’s a whirlwind adventure about humans’ effect on the environment and the animals with whom we share the planet. And, spoiler alert: somebody swallows a cactus! Presented outdoors at Totsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park, The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus features a cast of BTE members and friends. This unique twist on traditional fable-style storytelling will captivate the imaginations of audiences of all ages!”

Performances are free of charge to all audiences thanks to underwriting from the Columbia County Commissioners and longtime Summer show sponsor, Renco Ace Hardware. “We don’t want there to be any barriers to keep people away from live theatre,” says BTE Managing Director, Jon White-Spunner. “This generous financial support means anyone can see our work without cost.”  “BTE has been the cultural foundation of Columbia County for as long as remembered,” added County Commissioner Chris Young. “It’s a pleasure that the Commissioners can partner and support such an iconic community member.”

BTE’s Elizabeth Dowd (Director of Sideways Stories From Wayside School) leads a creative team featuring Michael Yerges, A’nie Kirchner, Earl Martz, Thom Sirkot, and host Daniel Roth. The cast is also populated with BTE Summer Show veterans Amy Rene Byrne (The BFG), Eric Wunsch (Something Grimm), Andrew Hubatsek (Birthday Showdown at Penguin Pete’s Pizza Emporium), Violet Race (The Landlover: A Pirate Musical), Lily Eliza Wirth (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales), and BTE founding member James Goode (Lil’ Red’s Extreme Freestylin’ Fairy Tales) in his final role as a full-time member of the company. On entering this new era, Goode writes: “To you, the audience and patrons, I wish to express my gratitude for the support you have given to BTE throughout its ups and downs.”

All performances will be held at Totsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park. “The Town of Bloomsburg really keeps the park looking great,” says White-Spunner. “It’s a beautiful venue for a play like this, and really something different for us.”

The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus begins Thursday, July 15th and will conclude Saturday, July 31st. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday shows begin at 11AM, while Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7PM. Though admission is free, those with special seating requests and large groups are encouraged to reserve their spot by calling the BTE Box Office at (570) 784-8181, or email [email protected]. More information is available on BTE’s website, www.bte.org.