Letter from the Director – August 2013

Over 800 people enjoyed waterslides, arts & crafts, games, performances, music, and great food at this year's Family Fair.

Over 800 people enjoyed waterslides, arts & crafts, games, performances, music, and great food at this year’s Family Fair.

Dear Friends,

Thank you to everyone who supported CMEE’s 5th Annual Family Fair benefit last month. You helped to make it the best one yet! We were thrilled to have the event featured in the Wall Street Journal! Please mark your calendar on July 19, 2014 for next year’s Fair.

CMEE is in the midst of redesigning several exhibits and I was delighted to share the preliminary plans with many of our founding trustees and elected officials, including New York Assembly Representative, Fred Thiele and Southampton Town Councilmembers, Bridget Fleming and Chris Nuzzi. With the help of our founding moms and community leaders, CMEE can enhance its exhibits while retaining the original spirit and vision for the Museum. We’ve now installed models in CMEE’s lobby that show the proposed updates to the exhibits. Please let us know what you think!

 

Gary the Great performed plenty of magic in CMEE's Library during the Fair. (Photo by Rossa Cole.)

Gary the Great performed plenty of magic in CMEE’s Library during the Fair. (Photo by Rossa Cole.)

This month, there are a ton of CMEE Special Events, including Grandparents Day on August 10, two meetings of the CMEE Book Club (which are attended by the authors of the books we read), Shopping Night at J. Crew on August 15, and Twirligig Tuesday Concerts for Kids in our Amphitheater. In addition, we have our ongoing programs such as “Pizza and Pajama” Night, Waffle Day, Lego Club, and a new session of Summer Classes. Check out our calendar for more details.

 

Chef Alan helped children like Leo make meatballs known as Kofta during the “Little Chefs” class.

All of our classes are fantastic, but “Little Chefs” has been one of my favorites. During the last four weeks, Chef Alan had taught children how to make homemade pasta, empanadas, kofta, and sushi. Having had the chance to taste the children’s creations, I’m incredibly impressed! The class is delectable! I also love our “Clay Play” class taught by Lynn Leff where children have been making coasters with nature imprints, animal shapes, and even cups that are safe to use for drinking!

 

In Lynn Leff’s “Clay Play” class, children molded and glazed mugs, coasters, and animal art like this dog. It’s a great way for preschoolers to develop fine motor skills.

In addition to Chef Alan and Lynn Leff, we have a great team of education and visitor services staff at CMEE. We’re pleased to feature profiles of two of them – Gwen Clarke and Julia Latham.  Click here to read about CMEE’s Summer Staff!

On behalf of our great team at CMEE, thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you again at the Museum soon!

Sincerely,
Steve Long
Executive Director