Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces 2023 Mini Maker Faire

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces 2023 Mini Maker Faire

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum will once again host the Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 22 from 10a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 West 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

Last year, the Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire attracted 65 Makers and 1,500 visitors.

Makers are encouraged to register now at: https://bit.ly/2023-bcmmakerfaire

Maker Faires are one‐day, family‐friendly events that celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology projects, and the Do‐It‐Yourself (DIY) mindset. It’s for resourceful, creative people who like to tinker and love to make things. Craftsmen, artisans, performers, homesteaders, crafters, inventors, thinkers, and doers are welcome to apply to be Makers.

The Faire will showcase cutting-edge technology such as 3D printing and robotics and have more traditional trades such as woodworking, fine arts, and sewing crafts.

Makers from hobbyists to large corporations are encouraged to apply because the Faire is about creativity and innovation everywhere. The purpose is to expose attendees to skills they have never seen or tried before, whether they’re cutting edge, centuries-old, or anywhere in between.

The Children’s Museum is once again partnering with the Bloomsburg YMCA as they present Healthy Kids Day at the Mini Maker Faire.

For more information, visit the website at https://bloomsburg.makerfaire.com/.

Celebrate the Season with a Trip to BTE’s TreeFest!

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – Beginning November 25th, more than eighty Christmas trees decorated by community groups, families, and local businesses will be displayed during the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s annual TreeFest! Visitors can enjoy the dazzling trees and festive activities in the beautiful Caldwell Consistory at 150 Market Street.

During this annual holiday event, locally grown trees, many of which are donated, are sponsored by businesses and patrons and decorated by community groups. Gift cards, toys, food, and clothing are also often gifted. At the end of the event, local families in need will take home a tree with lights and decorations for the holidays, along with gift cards. The toys are donated to Toys for Tots, and the food will go to the Bloomsburg Food
Cupboard.

TreeFest will be open to the public Fridays from 4-8pm, Saturdays 10am-6pm, and Sundays 12-4pm from November 25th until December 4th. Admission is $5, with children 12 and under free! All ticket proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.

The two weekends each feature special activities; The Children’s Museum will have its Gingerbread display at TreeFest on the first weekend, and the second weekend will have select vendors for visitors looking for unique gifts. TreeFest will be open to visitors before and after Seven Mountain Media’s Parade of Lights on November 25th at 6pm and Tree Lighting on December 2nd at 5:45pm. Outdoor entertainment at the fountain will follow
the Tree Lighting beginning at 6:15pm with Danceworks by Amber, Bloomsburg High School Fusion, and TubaFest. Come into TreeFest and warm up with food and drink by the folks at the Caldwell Consistory!

Santa will be at TreeFest Saturday and Sunday, November 26th and 27th, from 12pm-2pm. He’ll also be back at TreeFest on December 3rd from 12-2pm. There is no cost for children to visit Santa.

There are still trees available for sponsorship. If you are interested or would like more information, please visit www.treefest.org.

About BTE: founded in 1978 as an artist-driven, community-based resident ensemble, BTE creates innovative work with local and national impact. Today, BTE produces a lively mix of classic and contemporary plays and original theatre education programs for all ages. For more information about our shows and programs, please see www.bte.org.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Presents Sara Mika’s After School Art Classes

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Presents Sara Mika’s After School Art Classes

After school art returns to the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum on Thursdays. Sara Mika, independent owner of Mock Pie Studio, located in Catawissa, will be coming into the museum to teach her unique artistic style to children ages 6-12. Classes run from 6-7:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

Mika will be at the Museum each Thursday through December 15th to instruct students to create an original work of art.

Class themes include: Roll of the Dice Monsters, Day of the Dead Skulls, Patterned Owls, Collagraph Printmaking, Hand Silhouettes, Symmetrical Paper Tiles and 3D Paper Ornaments.

“I love the opportunity to engage with children each week at the museum for after school art activities,” says Sara Mika. “Working in my studio is often a very solitary experience, so visiting the museum and making art with kids is definitely a welcome breath of fresh air each week!”

Register online: https:/bit.ly/bcm-artfall22

A Fresh Take on a Holiday Classic in Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

A Fresh Take on a Holiday Classic in Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – Charles Dickens’s classic story of redemption and joy comes to life in the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s newest adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ onstage from November 25th until December 28th. Packed with live music, puppets, and faces both new and familiar, this fresh adaptation by Aaron White will be a joyful way to celebrate the holidays.

BTE’s newest Resident Acting Company member, Aaron White, both adapts and directs this season’s show. Andrew Hubatsek, Resident Acting Company member, features as the ever-dour Ebenezer Scrooge, with fellow members Elizabeth Dowd and Daniel Roth playing various roles. In addition, guest artists Abigail Leffler (BTE’s Education Director), Tanner Lenhart, Kimie Muroya, and Michael Covel return to our stage. New faces also join the adult actors; Robert Barkley and Rebecca Thomas will join us for the first time.

Many community cast members round out the production. BTE is pleased to have onstage Kyla Brookhart, Ben Crane, Grace Dickermen, Jack Dickerman, Emma Endress, Ethan Hommel, Abby Knoebel, Shaela McCrone, Lauren Rovito, Marie Saracoglu, Henry Turnbough, Blessing Zerbe, and Julius Zerbe. Audiences may recognize many of these talented young actors from previous roles, including this past summer’s ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’

BTE is proud to host our annual Food Preview on November 25th at 2:00pm. Patrons can see the show with the donation of canned and non-perishable food items. This performance is an excellent opportunity for our community to enjoy live theatre at no cost! All donations benefit the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard and the families it serves.

On Saturday, November 26th, BTE will have a 2pm Preview performance, followed by our Opening Night show at 7:30pm. ‘A Christmas Carol’ will then run Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm.

In addition, we have added performances at 7:30pm on Wednesday, December 21st, and Monday, December 22nd through Wednesday, December 28th. There are no performances on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Special school matinees can be booked by calling BTE’s School Programs Director Paula Henry at 570-458-4075 or emailing her at [email protected]

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office at 226 Center Street, Bloomsburg, Tuesday through Saturday, 2-6pm, by calling 570-784-8181 or online at www.bte.org. Group discounts, subscriptions, and ticket packages are all available!

Founded in 1978 as an artist-driven, community-based resident ensemble, BTE creates innovative work with local and national impact. Today, BTE produces a lively mix of classic and contemporary plays and original theatre education programs for all ages. For more information about our shows and programs, please see www.bte.org.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Receives $6,000 Healthy Workplace Grant from Community Giving Foundation

The Community Giving Foundation in Berwick recently awarded the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum (BCM) $6,000 to support a healthy workplace and for operational costs.

The first grant of $1,000 will be used for programs and incentives to improve staff mental health and wellbeing and the second grant of $5,000 will be used for general operating expenses to help cover the rising cost of utilities and program materials.

Director of the BCM, Dr. Ginny Weibel says, “The funds we received from the Community Giving Foundation are invaluable to the health and well being of our staff. Additionally, the operating support allows the museum to continue to enrich the lives of the 26,000 people we serve annually.”

Over the years, the BCM has utilized this grant funding to increase job satisfaction, reduce stress and increase comradery among the museum staff.

The Community Giving Foundation helps people create funds that change lives. The Foundation offers the opportunity for donors to make a lasting charitable legacy that will impact the needs and enrich the lives of those in the Central Susquehanna region.

A Fresh Take on a Holiday Classic in Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ Features Students On Both Sides Of The Curtain

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – In November and December, the Alvina Krause Theatre in downtown Bloomsburg will be filled with the sounds of school students in the audience and on stage when Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, ‘A Christmas Carol.’

Eleven special school matinees for ‘A Christmas Carol’ are scheduled for November 29, 30, December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, and 21. All school matinees begin at 10:00 am, and the cost is $9.50 for all audience members.

Matinees fill quickly, so school representatives are encouraged to call soon for the best seating availability.

This new adaptation by Resident Acting Company member Aaron White features live music and puppetry. The production is suitable for all grade levels.

Schools are encouraged to bring their students to these special matinees and celebrate BTE’s 45th season and the 19th production of Charles Dickens’s timeless tale of redemption and renewal. From the first ghostly rattle of Jacob Marley’s chains, the fun and frivolity of the Fezziwig’s party, to the ominous predictions of the Ghost of Christmas Future, students in all grade levels from kindergarten through high school will travel through time along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is confronted by the boy he was, the man he has become, and the fate that awaits him if he fails to change. This adaptation features Resident Acting Company members Aaron White as director and Andrew Hubatsek as Ebenezer Scrooge.

To make a reservation for one of these special matinees or for more information about all of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s programs for students, contact Paula Henry, BTE’s School Programs Director, at 570-458-4075, email at [email protected], or visit www.bte.org.

Founded in 1978 as an artist-driven, community-based resident ensemble, BTE creates innovative work with local and national impact. Today, BTE produces a lively mix of classic and contemporary plays and original theatre education programs for all ages. For more information about our shows and programs, please see www.bte.org.