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September 2013 




At Roberson Museum and Science Center, we're okay with being "out of this world."  On September 29 we'll prove just that as we host our first ever Science Fiction Convention, RoberCon.  More than just Sci-Fi, RoberCon will be a comic, gaming and pop culture event appealing to all ages and imaginations.  Check out our article below for more on this fantastic event.  

RoberCon highlights a busy September that will be sure to help with any back to school blues.  With a tremendous variety of upcoming programs and special events, Roberson is proud to help you fill your social calendar.   


Explore this edition of Confluence for more details on our upcoming programs and events, and then be sure to plan your visits! We look forward to seeing you soon.  


What's Happening at Roberson...
Get Your Style On: September Soirée, MADMEN Style
Don't Miss RoberCon: Roberson SciFi Convention
You Visit - You Vote: Regional Exhibition People's Choice Award
Roberson Rewards: Membership Program
Save the Dates: Two Rivers Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
6th Annual Outdoor Film Series
Rentals at Roberson: Celebrate your Special Event with us!
September Soir�e 
MEN Style! 
Soiree 2013

Roberson Museum and Science Center will be hosting our 5th Annual September Soir�e Fundraiser - MAD MEN style.  Get ready to mix and mingle Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 5:30 - 8:30pm.


Roberson Members $35

Non-Members $40

Roberson Hosting Mad Men Style September Soiree
Roberson Hosting Mad Men Style September Soiree

You can CLICK HERE now for tickets!

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in this MAD event showcasing New York's finest wines, great microbrews and signature drinks.  This year's event will be a truly memorable occasion for our guests as we showcase the historic Roberson Mansion. We encourage you to dress in style for the Mad Men theme.  
The style, swagger and sampling of this soir�e will take place in the mansion and out on the front lawn. We look forward to providing some old-fashioned fun in a tasteful, �ber-cool environment. 
RoberCon: Roberson SciFi Convention

Roberson Science Fiction Convention

Sunday, September 29 from 9am - 4pm


 When you think Sci-Fi in Binghamton, Rod Serling and "The Twilight Zone" certainly comes to mind.  We're proud to feature a special guest appearance by his daughter, Anne Serling, at RoberCon.  She will appear from 1-3pm offering a reading of her book "As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling." 

Serling Book
  Anne Serling will also participate in an audience Q&A and sign and sell copies of her book.  



A combination of over 20 business vendors and Fan Groups representing SciFi, fantasy, games, videos, comics, apparel, podcasts, art, steampunk, costuming and more will take part in the event at Roberson. 


CLICK HERE to visit RoberCon webpage 


RoberCon guests will be able to interact with vendors and fan groups, participate in a costume contest, enjoy multiple gaming opportunities, experience 17th Century battle and have access to Roberson's various exhibitions.


Additionally, several SciFi enthusiasts will take part in a variety of panel discussions relating to local film making, SciFi literature, costume building, Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and the legacy of Rod Serling and "The Twilight Zone." Special demonstrations will also take place in Roberson's Digital Planetarium throughout the day.  



 General admission -  $10

Students 12-and under -  $7

Roberson Members -  $5


Regional Art Exhibition: 
People's Choice Award
Regional Vote
You Visit -- You Vote! Our visitors will help pick a People's Choice Award winner in the 2013 Regional Art Exhibition. When you visit make sure to grab a ballot at the front desk, and after you've viewed the works select your favorite three. Here's where it gets fun: your contributions into the donation box will serve as the prize for the People's Choice Award winner! Stop in and see the wonderful talent on display and vote. 
2013 Regional On View

 Over 70 pieces are featured in the exhibition, representing approximately 50 regional artists.  Exhibition categories include ceramic, photography, painting, sculpture and more. 


Artists within 150 miles of Binghamton are represented in the Regional Art Exhibition - a show that was juried by John Brunelli, Director of Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts in Binghamton.  First, second and third place awards have been selected along with honorable mentions.  Those winners can be viewed at 


Works in the Regional Art Exhibition will be on display at Roberson through October 27. 


Roberson on Pinterest
Roberson Pinterest
Make sure to find Roberson on Pinterest.  
We're featuring exhibition components, special events, gift shop items, fun pictures from around our property and much more.  

CLICK HERE to check out our page. 

Roberson Rewards:

Connecting You to our Community 


Each month we highlight one of the local businesses offering discounts to Roberson Members as a Rewards participant.  This month we spotlight a new addition to the Rewards program... 



Waters Edge



Water's Edge MarketPlace

3300 E. Main Street
Endwell, NY  


Reward for Roberson Members:


Offering 10% discount on purchases at the Shoppe and on events/classes held at the Shoppe  


If you're not already a member, JOIN TODAY to take advantage of an even more REWARDING membership!




Quick Reference Guide: Upcoming Events

Outdoor Film Series - "The Goonies"

Friday, September 6

Part of our 6th Annual Outdoor Film Series.  Movie starts just after sunset, admission is FREE. 

Next Film:  


Friday, September 27: "9"


September Soiree -- MADMEN Style

Thursday, September 19 5:30-8:30pm

Get your style on as Roberson hosts our 5th Annual September Soiree, featuring New York's Finest Wines, signature drinks and great microbrews.  Tickets on sale now at  


Two Rivers Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

September 21 and September 22

The annual two-day festival returns with various artists, entertainment and food. 

10-5 Sat, 10-4 Sun.


RoberCon:  SciFi Convention

Sunday, September 29: 9am-4pm

We're hosting Binghamton's first ever SciFi convention featuring a special guest appearance by Anne Serling.   The event features vendors, fan groups, fantasy, costuming, comics, gaming and more. It's the perfect event for all ages, interests and imaginations.  


Two Rivers Fine Arts and Crafts Festival 
2013 Two Rivers

Painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry makers and original artists alike will highlight the return of a fantastic two-day fine arts and crafts festival this fall.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: 10am - 5pm

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22:  10am-4pm 

Thousands of guests are treated to stunning original works from regional artists, great food, entertainment and plenty of fun. 
   The best part... admission is FREE!


The event is held outdoors, rain or shine.

Outdoor Film Series
Outdoor Film Series
 Roberson Museum and Science Center proudly presents our 6th Annual Outdoor Film Series

Friday, September 6: "The Goonies" 
Friday, September 27: "9"

Movies are expected to start at approximately 8:30, depending on the sunset.  


Grab your lawn chair and enjoy the fun! Concessions including popcorn, snacks, water, soda and more are available during the films.  The film series has become increasingly popular as Roberson partners with the City of Binghamton and Terry Burke Audio to project the films on the exterior of the museum on Friday nights.  The event is rain or shine.  In the event of rain, the screening will take place within the theater located just inside Roberson. 


New Exhibition:  The Legacy of Link
Link on View

Roberson proudly presents a new exhibition featuring Edwin A. Link.  "Vision and Innovation: The Legacy of Edwin A. Link" includes examples of his amazing advancements as a pioneer in aviation, underwater archaeology and submersibles. The exhibit includes the amazing Link Organ, a Link Trainer and artifacts from an archaeology excursion in Port Royal, Jamaica.
CLICK HERE for more photos of the exhibition. 


Roberson's Museum Gift Shop

 Roberson's Museum Shop has gifts for everyone.

Explore our unique variety of jewelry, books, toys, ornaments, decorative cards and artwork from local artists.  The shop also features pottery, clothing, canvas bags and more.


Take advantage of high quality items at low gift shop prices.

Whether shopping for yourself or someone else, new items are added daily to Roberson's gift shop, making for a great gift-buying experience.


Give the Gift of Roberson.

Gift Certificates and Roberson Rewards Memberships are available in the Museum Gift Shop. 

CLICK HERE for more information on Roberson's Museum Gift Shop.


Roberson's Digital Planetarium

Digital Planetarium

 No matter the weather or time of year, there's always an incredible view of the stars and planets from inside our new Digital Planetarium. 


From astronomy topics to monsters of the deep sea and rockin' laser shows, the new digital software provides fun, reliable and flexible educational programs for school audiences, afterschool programs, summer camps and significantly enhances the visitor experience.


Planning a birthday or fun celebration?  Roberson's Digital Planetarium is available to rent for parties!  Contact Colleen at 772-0660 ext. 211 for more information. 

Planning a Memorable Occasion?

Roberson offers ample space and a great environment in both the mansion and museum, including our beautiful newly restored mansion ballroom.   

stewart wedding

  Rentals available for any occasion.  Whether it's birthday parties, bridal showers, receptions, social gatherings or corporate events Roberson provides a unique setting to make your event a memorable one!


For more information on rentals at Roberson click here or call our event coordinator at 607-772-0660 ext. 211

Save the Dates
Annual Halloween Spook-Tacular features two Weekends of fun:  October 18-20 and October 25-27.
2013 Home for the Holidays
November 20 - January 5.
We're starting earlier this year -- and will continue expanded evening hours until 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  
Roberson's Wish List

 If you, your business or someone you know has items you no longer use or would like to donate, please consider a donation to Roberson.



What we could use...



If you're interested in volunteering at Roberson, we want to hear from you.  Volunteer opportunities available for special events and in various museum departments.

Email if you're interested.


Facilities Wish List

Vacuum Cleaners
Pick-up Truck
 Working vehicles
 (any condition as long as it runs)

Education Department Wish List
School supplies
Craft materials
Film Canisters
Plastic Easter Eggs
Plastic Baggies

Event/Rentals Wish List
7' of 8' Artificial Trees
White Lights
Knives, serving utensils

All donations to Roberson Museum and Science Center are tax deductible. 


Broome County Arts Council
Klee Foundation
Funding for Roberson Museum and Science Center is provided in part by general operating support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; The Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.
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