Crafters, inventors, hobbyists, and artisans to be featured at the Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire on Sat., April 17 at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum

Crafters, inventors, hobbyists, and artisans to be featured at the Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire on Sat., April 17 at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum

FREE Admission thanks to PPL Foundation

The Children’s Museum of Bloomsburg will host its fifth Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Children’s Museum, 2 West 7th Street, in Bloomsburg.

Admission is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of PPL Foundation.

The event brings together amateur and professional artists, crafters, engineers, and performers in a combination of large spectacles and communal interactive experiences. Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of community. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. Makers range from engineers to artists to scientists to crafters to garage tinkerers. This year over 60 vendors will be present for the show.

“The Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire is a happy event that brings the community together,” Diana Hughes, Children’s Museum Board Member, and Maker Faire volunteer said. “No matter what age, you will have a great time. It’s fabulous for families and individuals.”

Follow the development of the Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire on Twitter @BloomMakerFaire, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BloomsburgMakerFaire and website Bloomsburg.MakerFaire.com.

The Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit Bloomsburg.makerfaire.com and www.The-Childrens-Museum.org or call 570-389-9206.

In order to maintain a safe experience for all guests and to comply with community standards, masks are required for entry for anyone 2 years of age and older. Attendees should also practice social distancing and make use of hand sanitizer stations throughout the Museum and Maker Faire. For more information about the Museum’s ongoing efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19, please visit: https://the-childrens-museum.org/covid-19/

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces Summer Camps

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces Summer Camps

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 W. 7th Street, Bloomsburg, is pleased to announce its summer camps for 2021. The Children’s Museum follows the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s guidelines for COVID mitigation. Masks are required for entry for anyone over the age of 2. The Museum has enacted a strict sanitation schedule to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our guests. You can learn more about our efforts at https://the-childrens-museum.org/covid-19/

Summer Camp registration is available online at https://the-childrens-museum.org/summer-camps/ or by calling (570) 389-9206.

Summer Camps for 2021 are as follows:
Snack Attack Camp
June 14-18; 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ages 6-12, $80/student
During this week-long camp, campers will learn about some easy (and healthy) snack hacks. Campers will learn about each section of the MyPlate food guide and make and take yummy treats each day. Campers will also learn about the science behind some of your favorite foods.

Painting & Drawing I Camp
June 21-25; 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ages 6-12, $80/student
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!

Preschool Under the Sea Camp
June 28-July 2; 10-11:00 a.m.
Ages 2-5, $60/student
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!

Fine Arts Mini Camp
June 28-30; 2-4:00 p.m.
Ages 13+, $80/student
Students will get individualized instruction in fine art techniques. The camp will start off with an introduction to drawing and shading with different types of pencils and techniques for shading. Students will be asked to stop and think about what they are drawing while learning about blind contouring and then try their hand at India ink rapid drawing!

Enchanted Princess Mini Camp
July 7-9; 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ages 6-10
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!

Painting & Drawing Camp II
July 12-16; 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ages 6-12, $80/student
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!

Maker Camp
July 19-23; 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ages 6-14, $80/student
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
July 26-30; 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ages 6-12, $80/student
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.

Preschool Forest Fun
August 2-5; 9-10:00 a.m.
Ages 2-5, $60
Join Miss Dianne this summer and explore the forest around us with this Montessori School-based preschool camp! This summer camp is all about empowering children to be children! Nature brings inspiration for all types of art forms. We’ll dive into a number of different ways to express ourselves: painting, drawing, music, and more, all using natural materials and inspired by the forest around us.

Build a Board Game Mini Camp
August 2-4; 1-3:00 p.m.
Ages 8-14, $70
Playing board games is fun, develop focus, memory, planning, strategy, and teamwork. This camp will help you learn about various kinds of games and strategies for playing. In addition to playing existing games and create your very own to take home with you at the end of camp. Use our 3D printers or our laser cutter to make your game pieces, design your own board and rules, and make something you can share with your whole family!

Stop Motion Animation Camp
August 9-13, 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Ages 6+, Free
Learn the art of stop motion animation with the materials of your choice. Choose Legos, clay or anything else you can put your hands on. You’ll have the chance to make more than one film so you can try them all. As you build with Legos and sculpt with clay, you’ll be learning the basics of stop motion animation, fluid movement, dramatic structure, how to score your film and share it with the world. Future animators, your career starts here. Please consider making a donation to support all of the no-cost programs that the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum does.

Digital Arts Camp
August 9-13; 1-3:00 p.m.
Ages 8+, Free
Can’t decide whether you like animation, film, or robotics best? Then try Digital Arts. This camp is Box Of Light’s digital smorgasbord. Every day has a different challenge. We’ll cover Claymation, green screen, film, digital books, and robotics. Sculpt, build, film, program, and hang with your tribe. Maybe one of these processes will be your future career. Give them all a taste in Digital Arts. Please consider making a donation to support all of the no-cost programs that the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum does.

POLICIES:
2021 Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel at least two weeks before the first day of camp, you will receive a full refund, minus the processing fees. If you cancel less than two weeks before the first day of camp, you will receive a 50% refund. No refund will be given if you cancel after camp has begun.

2021 Sibling Policy:
An adult is required to chaperone each preschool camper. Only registered campers are allowed in the camp. Infants, toddlers, and older siblings may not come to camp. Childcare with an additional adult must be arranged for infants, toddlers, and older siblings that would like to visit the museum.

In order to maintain a safe public space for our guests and comply with our community standards, masks are required for entrance to the Museum. The Children’s Museum has increased sanitation of all touchable surfaces, removed many loose exhibit pieces to reduce touchable surfaces, instituted “Discovery Bags” to still allow hands-on participation for individual learners, and increased air exchange in the Museum. For more info: https://the-childrens-museum.org/covid-19/

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present  Fair Food Foul Play: A BTE Murder Mystery

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present Fair Food Foul Play: A BTE Murder Mystery

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present
Fair Food Foul Play: A BTE Murder Mystery

A New Interactive Script by Bloomsburg Native Will Ralston

Bloomsburg – Starting April 1st, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will present Fair Food Foul Play: A BTE Murder Mystery on Zoom. “When control of the Deep Fried Duncans TM empire comes up for grabs, a cast of oddball characters angle for glory, each harboring a potential motive for murder. In this uniquely participatory format, audience members become investigators, forming a team of fellow sleuths to interrogate the eccentric suspects in real time, and bring the culprit to justice.”

Fair Food Foul Play marks a return to the (virtual) stage for BTE, after live performances came to a halt last Spring. Will Ralston, a 1989 graduate of Bloomsburg High School with a long career in television and film (including writing credits on HBO’s Treme and The Deuce) cooked up the tale specifically for the members of BTE. Ralston, who holds a BFA in film production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, is also serving as director of photography and editor of the filmed segments which accompany the live, interactive event.

Ensemble Member Amy Rene Byrne (in her first role since officially joining the troupe last year) serves double duty in the project, as both actor and director. Fair Food Foul Play also stars Ensemble Members Elizabeth Dowd, James Goode, Daniel Roth and Eric Wunsch, as well as BTE’s Abigail Leffler, Michaela Tloczynski, and Jon White-Spunner (in his acting debut). The program also features original music by Nick McGaw.

Though it winks at some of the markings of the traditional murder mystery, Fair Food Foul Play stays unpredictable by tossing up the mystery solution every weekend. Each night, participants will be split into groups of investigators, and work together to question the suspects in private “interrogation rooms.” Players have the option to sign up as individuals and pair up with other players over Zoom, or to sign up as households, perfect for a family game night at home. You can even request to be teamed up with other players on separate screens, near and far.

Fair Food Foul Play runs for three weekends, starting Thursday April 1st, and playing Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30pm (excluding Easter, April 4th, on which the show is closed). For technical purposes, tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance of the show. “Seating is limited,” says Managing Director White-Spunner, “so we suggest booking now.” Tickets are available from the BTE website www.bte.org , or by calling the BTE Box Office at 570-784-8181, and don’t hesitate to leave a message.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Receives $1,000 to Support New “Farm to Table” Exhibit, Part of Larger Health Exhibit

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Receives $1,000 to Support New “Farm to Table” Exhibit, Part of Larger Health Exhibit

The Columbia County Farm Bureau in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau has donated $1,000 to support the Bloomsburg Children’s Musuem’s “Farm to Table” exhibit interactive. The interactive is part of the Museum’s new health exhibit, titled “The Superpower of You,” which is slated to open in the Spring of 2021. The Farm to Table interactive takes visitors on a journey to learn where their food comes from, why fresh food is an important part of your diet, and why sustainable agriculture is vital to our community.
“There will be a lot of content within the exhibit to help all our visitors make the connection between the food we eat and how food can affect positive health outcomes,” Dr. Ginny Weibel, Museum Director said. “Understanding and appreciating where your food comes from is the first step in creating a healthy diet.”
James Levan, President of the Columbia County Farm Bureau commented on the need for educational opportunities that promote an understanding of the importance of agriculture. “Kids today are so far away from agriculture,” Levan said. “They don’t have an understanding of what farming is. Some kids have never been on a farm at all.”
The new interactive at the Museum features a farm tractor photo op, a farmers market where kids can shop for items to make a healthy meal, and a kitchen table where visitors can play a game about nutrition.
Photo (left to right): Charlie Porter, Farm Bureau Board Member, Ginny Weibel, Children’s Museum Director, Karen Chapin, Farm Bureau Secretary/Treasurer, James Levan, Columbia County Farm Bureau President. James Levan hands Ginny Weibel the donation in support
of the “Farm to Table” exhibit interactive at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum.
ArtFest still scheduled for Saturday, August 21st, in Bloomsburg

ArtFest still scheduled for Saturday, August 21st, in Bloomsburg

After an incredibly difficult year in 2020, a year in which too many of us did not get to do nearly enough, the boards of directors of The Exchange and Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc., look forward to a much better year in 2021, and we intend to hold ArtFest on Market Street around and above the fountain on Saturday, the 21st of August, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Two things may affect the show: Obviously, the trajectory of the COVID-19 crisis will affect whether we hold ArtFest at all; once again this year, we will ask for vendor applications in February, with a deadline in the spring, but we may not definitely confirm the show until much closer to its date, perhaps as late as early August. Please, wear your masks, get your vaccinations when available, and encourage the same among your family and friends and everyone else whom you encounter.

One other factor may affect the particular date: Bloomsburg University has not yet announced its class schedule for the fall semester. This matters because we would like to align ArtFest with the final move-in weekend, when lots of parents come to town with their students; we have seen significant numbers of these out-of-towners at the show in the past few years as customers. Additionally, ArtFest makes Bloomsburg look good (we would go so far as to say that it never looks better), and even those parents who do not attend the show will leave the town with a more positive feeling about the community that their students live in.

We expect Bloom U. to announce its upcoming schedule soon — hopefully within the next two or three weeks. As soon as we get confirmation from them, we will send out information about how to apply to this year’s show. (To those of you who paid for booth spaces last year and left those fees with us, thank you again for your faith in us; we have your booth fees safely held, and we will get in touch with you individually to confirm your plans to participate this year.)

If you have any questions, please get in touch. I missed seeing you last year, and I look forward to seeing you this year.

All the best —

— Oren

Oren B. Helbok
Executive director, The Exchange
[email protected]
570-317-2596

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Dedicating ‘All Abilities Nights’ in Memory of Erica Schultz

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Dedicating ‘All Abilities Nights’ in Memory of Erica Schultz

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is dedicating their quarterly All Abilities Nights in memory of Erica Shultz, a former employee who was senselessly slain last month.
Shultz worked as a Museum Assistant in 2013 and 2014 while she was still in high school. She regularly helped with programs and everyday tasks in the Museum.
“Erica was always happy to help in any way she could,” Dr. Ginny Weibel, Museum Director said. “She especially loved helping the children with art projects and pretend play.” Shultz, who was autistic, used her position with the Museum to gain real-world working experience. “Erica was a valued employee and contributed greatly to our mission,” Weibel said. “She was a beam of sunshine whenever she was here. Many of us stayed connected with her when she left the Museum.”
All Abilities Nights at the Museum is a quarterly free program at the Museum. During the program, families with any member who faces a challenge are invited to tour the Museum and participate in special crafts and activities at no cost for their group.
“We started All Abilities Nights to offer a time when the Museum is a bit quieter and easier to navigate than during normal operating hours,” Weibel said. “We want families to have a relaxed experience and see that we have many friendly, adaptive spaces in hopes that those families come back again and again.”
The Museum is adding a plaque in the lobby indicating that All Abilities Night at the Museum is dedicated to preserving Shultz’s memory and the contributions she made to the organization.
The next All Abilities Night at the Museum is scheduled for Friday, January 22 from 3-7 p.m. There is no cost and reservations are not needed.