Friends of the Children’s Museum of NH have an opportunity to celebrate its 35th Anniversary at a special after hours party on Saturday, September 29, 7:30-9:30pm. The evening will be filled with desserts, drinks, live music and a live art auction.
“We’re looking forward to having a little grown-up fun with our museum fans as we celebrate our beginnings and look ahead to our future,” shared Jane Bard, CMNH President. The evening begins with Dover Dine Around, a ticketed event featuring dinner at one of six Dover restaurants including Blue Latitudes, Christopher’s Third Street Grille, Ember wood fired grill, Patty B’s Ristorante Italiano, Sonny’s Tavern, and Stages at One Washington. Dover Dine Around tickets are $100 per person and include three courses plus the After Party. “If you aren’t able to come to dinner, you can still join us at the After Party back at the museum,” said Bard. Advance online tickets to the After Party are only $25 per person, or $35 at the door.
After Party guests will be serenaded by jazz guitarist Ken Ormes of Boston, while enjoying complimentary desserts, coffee, and libations thanks to generous donations from Three Sisters Cake Shop, Paints & Pans, Terra Cotta Pasta, Lickee’s & Chewy’s Candies & Creamery, Chapel + Main, Tuscan Kitchen, Garrison City Beerworks, Sea Hag Distillery, and Flight Coffee Co.
In addition, guests can take part in a live auction of select art work from the museum’s Gallery 6 art exhibition “35 Friends: 35 Years of Art and Creativity.” Artworks range from two cat sculptures from the popular “Cats of Mrs. Calamari” exhibit, to larger than life colorful abstract paintings by local artist Sam Paolini. “Many of the artists who have generously donated their art to this exhibition and auction will be there that evening,” shared Bard.
If After Party guests prefer any of the other art on view in the exhibition, they can also purchase a $5 sheet of raffle tickets and bid on those as well. The After Party will be the last chance to take part in the raffle because winners will be drawn on Sunday, September 30 at 2pm at the Museum.
The real stars of this After Party will be the guests themselves. “In all sincerity, the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire was created for families, and the parents of the three decades of kids who have explored the museum over the last 35 years are the ones who have informed all of our decisions,” said Bard. “They are the ones we are hoping will join us at this After Party, so we can thank them in person, reminisce about the past, and tell them what we have planned for the future!”
That future includes exhibit updates that have already begun. The museum’s One World exhibit, created with a generous gift from the Thompson Fund, will open on Saturday, September 22, 2018. This exhibit highlights the food, spices, clothing, masks and musical instruments of Indonesia, India and Mexico. And within the next five years the museum is planning a Play Expansion Project that will include an outdoor Play Patio space for messy play with bubbles, water, paint, and a picnic area. “But for now, we want to take some time to celebrate our accomplishments with a fun party,” said Bard.
Tickets and more information about both Dover Dine Around and the 35th Anniversary After Party can be found online at www.childrens-museum.org. The museum thanks Lead Anniversary Sponsors, Kennebunk Savings Bank and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.
About the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
The not-for-profit Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington Street in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children from newborn to middle school. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art and natural history. Open year-round, the Silver LEED-certified museum specializes in creating memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies and educators. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit www.childrens-museum.org