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November 2013 

Greetings!  

 

With over 240 trees providing beautiful displays, the Home for the Holidays celebration is in full swing at Roberson Museum and Science Center.  Upcoming weekends are full of activities including musical performances,  holiday crafts, Digital Planetarium Shows and some very special visits from Santa!  We invite you to rediscover the magic of this beloved community tradition and see for yourself why Roberson IS Home for the Holidays! 

 

This holiday season, don't forget institutions like Roberson that give the gift of education and culture to our community all year long. Roberson celebrates 60 Years in 2014! Your contribution today will ensure Roberson Museum and Science Center continues to provide unique learning opportunities and fun and memorable experiences for many years to come. You can learn more about our Annual Fund Drive in the article below.  Happy Holidays and thank you for your continued support!  

What's Happening at Roberson...
Giving Back: Support Roberson's Annual Fund Drive
2013 Home for the Holidays
Season's Savings: Roberson's Museum Shop
Rentals at Roberson: Celebrate your Special Event with us!
Support Roberson:  Annual Fund Drive

Dear Friend:

 

We know we don't act our age. You see us teeming with energy when you look at our New Year's Masquerade in the Mansion party; at RoberCon, our recent Science Fiction Convention; at our glittering annual Home for the Holidays event and at our many youthful partnerships.

 

But guess what...

We're turning 60!

 

Yes, that's right. Roberson has been a center of activity for six decades...and we're stronger than ever. Thank you for helping us to be such a pillar in the community and for allowing us to deliver excellence in all of our exhibitions, educational programming and events.

 

Our 60th anniversary will feature a touring exhibit loaned by our new friends at the New York State Museum in Albany. Hosting the treasures of New York State is just one of the ways we're bringing new energy into our galleries. Another way is to raise the bar for museum education. On March 14, Roberson will be hosting the very first NY regional conference that will bring together classroom teachers and administrators with instructors from libraries; informal learning centers; and, of course, museums to discuss Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core. We're serious about museum education.

 

While our spirit at Roberson is young, there is one area where we're showing our age...our facilities. Thanks to a grant through the Regional Economic Development Council, Roberson has hired professionals to assess our aging facilities and recommend a prioritized plan for implementation.

 

Within a weeks of receiving this, Roberson will learn the outcome of another Economic Development grant for major improvements. We're planning to be around for the next 60 years.  And we're asking YOU to be part of our momentum.

 

Roberson is excited to be celebrating our 60 year anniversary. Please show your support for the successful exhibitions, educational programs and community-engaging events that reflect our community and region. Every gift helps.

 

With sincere thanks,

 

Terry McDonald, Executive Director

P.S. Stop by later this winter to see our display of items loaned by the New York State Museum!

 

2013 Home for the Holidays

 

2013 Home for the Holidays Hours

Monday - Wednesday:  11am - 5pm

Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 9pm

Sunday: 11am - 5pm

 

Please note:  We will be closing at 5pm on Saturday, December 7 and Saturday, December 14 as the museum and mansion are booked for private holiday parties.

 

Home for the Holidays welcomes thousands of visitors who enjoy dazzling displays and explore holiday traditions from around the world.  The display features our Showcase trees, an International Forest and the Historic Roberson Mansion.

 

Here is a glimpse at some upcoming weekend activities during Home for the Holidays.  CLICK HERE for a complete programming list. 

 

 

Friday December 6: Weekend Sponsored by The Binghamton Philharmonic

The Orange Blossom Special - Oldies and Country Music (library) 6-8

Binghamton Philharmonic - (Visitor Center) 6-7

Joyful Ensemble -instrumental (Wurts) 6-7

Planetarium 7, 8

 

Saturday December 7  **Please Note: We will close at 5pm due to private holiday party**

Girls Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Holiday fun (craft cave) 11-3

Holiday Girl Scout Badge 12-2 *Registration Required

Humane Society (theater) 11-2

Charlene Thompson & Martin Bidney -piano and violin (foyer) 1-3

Polar Express as told by The Conductor, Bill Brower (Dickinson West) 1-1:30

Visit From Santa - (Dickenson West) 1:30-3

Irene Martin-Holiday Piano Music in Mansion 3-5

Holiday Crafts in Craft Cave (Museum 2nd Floor) 12:30-3:30

Mansion Tours 2 and 3

Planetarium 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30

 

Sunday December 8

Planetarium 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30

BC Stitchers Demonstration (Wurts) 1-3

Irene Martin-Holiday Piano Music in Mansion 1-3

Visit From Santa - (Dickenson West) 1:30-3

Holiday Crafts in Craft Cave (Museum 2nd Floor) 12:30-3:30

Mansion Tours 1, 2 and 3

Planetarium 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 

 

Saturday December 14

  **Please note: we will close at 5pm due to private holiday party. Holiday Girl Scout Badge

 12-2 *Registration Required

Holiday Crafts in Craft Cave (Museum 2nd Floor) 12:30-3:30

Visit From Santa - (Dickenson West) 1:30-3

Teen Opera of the Southern Tier (library) 1-2:30

Polar Express as told by The Conductor, Bill Brower (Dickinson West) 1-1:30

Kelly Dyson on Piano (library) 4-5

Planetarium 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30

 

Sunday December 15

Four of Hearts Barber Shop Quartet (Wurts) 12:30-2

Holiday Crafts in Craft Cave (Museum 2nd Floor) 12:30-3:30

Irene Martin-Holiday Piano Music (foyer) 1-3

Visit From Santa - (Dickenson West) 1:30-3:30

German-American Club of Binghamton Choir (throughout museum) 2-3

Czechoslovak Moravan Club Dancers (ballroom) 2-2:30

Mansion Tours 1, 2 and 3 -

Planetarium 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30

 

Friday December 20:  Weekend Sponsored by Zappia's Athletic Products

Shepard and Ewe - cello and piano duo (Mansion) 5-9

Planetarium 7, 8

 

Saturday December 21 

Holiday Crafts in Craft Cave (Museum 2nd Floor) 12:30-3:30

Mansion Tours 1, 2 and 3

Madrigal Choir of Binghamton (foyer) 12-1

Claudia Kachmarik - piano (foyer) 1-3

Kopernik Sidewalk Astronomy (outside) 12-3

Polar Express as told by The Conductor, Bill Brower (Dickenson West) 1-1:30

Visit From Santa (Dickenson West) 1:30-3:30

EU Chamber Music Ensemble -strings (library) 3-4

Planetarium 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7, 8

 

Sunday December 22

Holiday Crafts in Craft Cave (Museum 2nd Floor) 12:30-3:30

Irene Martin-Holiday Piano Music in Mansion 1-3

Mansion Tours 1, 2 and 3

Simple Gifts - recorder and guitar (Wurts) 1-2

Visit From Santa (Dickenson West) 1:30-3:30

Recorder Ensemble (Wurts) 2-3

Planetarium 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30

Quick Reference Guide: Upcoming Events

Home for the Holidays 

On Display through January 5

 

Roberson presents our 59th Annual Home for the Holidays celebration.  We are open 7 days a week with expanded hours.  CLICK HERE for more information on Home for the Holidays activities, performances and special programs.

 

 

Masquerade in the Mansion

December 31, 9am-2pm

Ring in 2014 in elegance and style as Roberson and BingSpot present "Masquerade in the Mansion."  It is THE place to be for New Year's Eve.  Tickets are on sale now for $45.  CLICK HERE to reserve your spot. 

 

Model Train and Doll Show

February 23,  9am-4pm

Roberson will host various vendors providing items and ideas to add to your collection.  Stay tuned for more details of this annual event. 

 

Roberson's Museum Gift Shop

 Shop and Save this Holiday season in Roberson's Museum Shop!

 

 

 

If you want a memorable shopping experience that provides special finds and an educational appeal, make The Museum Shop at Roberson Museum and Science Center a destination this holiday season.

 

Roberson's Museum Shop offers one-of-a-kind items for the holidays and beyond.  Not only will you shop and save, your purchases help support Roberson's public programs, educational opportunities and special events.  

 

 

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.

 

New Year's Eve "Masquerade in the Mansion"
ACT FAST -- TICKETS ARE NEARLY SOLD OUT!
There's only one place to be this New Year's Eve...

Break out your mask, dust off your feathers, and get ready to ring in 2014 in style! 

 

The Historic Roberson Mansion will play host to a masquerade ball and cocktail party Tuesday, December 31 as over 400 guests ring in the New Year. 

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

CLICK HERE to Reserve your spot.   Masquerade in the Mansion has sold out each year.  Get your tickets early! 


Guests at Masquerade in the Mansion will enjoy the celebration on multiple floors of the Roberson Mansion including live music, dancing in the ballroom, fun and unusual entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, the Home for the Holidays displays, a champagne toast, bar service provided by Terra Cotta and much more.  Tickets are just $45.
 
Masquerade is presented by Roberson and BingSpot

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.   

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  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

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...

 

Volunteers

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 info@roberson.org 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
Decorations
Linens
Knives, serving utensils

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

 

 
Broome County Arts Council
NYSCA
 
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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Sincerely, 
Roberson Museum and Science Center