March 2015 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friend,

What are you reading? I was asked this question recently during a party and responded, “Last night, I read The Big Red Barn and the night before, it was Corduroy.” Other than newspapers and the occasional magazine article, I only read “board books” these days. Since my son, Bennett, was born 11 months ago, I can’t remember

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February 2015 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friend,

This past week has been a somber one at CMEE. Sadly, Henry the Bunny has passed away. It’s strange to walk into the Museum and not see him relaxing in his hutch or munching on a snack that a family had brought in especially for him to eat. While we all really miss him, the CMEE staff is

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January 2015 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friend,

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were full of friends and family, joy and laughter.

Is there any happier sound in the world than a child’s giggle? Nothing entertains me more than hearing my nine-month-old son, Bennett, let out a good laugh (especially if I’m the reason for it). He’ll often giggle if you blow on his

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December 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friend,

My favorite part of the day is first thing in the morning when I go into the room of my son, Bennett. He pokes his head up above the crib and flashes me a smile that just takes over his whole face! I also love when I pick him up; he drapes his arms around my shoulders and

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November 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends,

I am excited for Katharine Holabird’s—author of the wildly popular “Angelina Ballerina” series—return to CMEE later this month to read from her new book, “Twinkle!” We conducted a brief interview with Katharine that you can read here. One of the questions we asked was, “What is the best piece of parenting advice you have ever received?” Katharine responded,

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October 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends,

A few months ago, my wife, Gabrielle, asked me, “Where can I meet other new parents?” Her question caught me off guard. “Don’t you know where I work?” I responded. The exchange reminded me that while we focus on how children’s museums benefit kids, we also need to develop ways in which we can assist parents, too.

This

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September 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends,

I became very excited this past month when my son Bennett first put his foot into his mouth. It was not because he said something inappropriate (he is only five months old, mind you) but because he reached a developmental milestone by playing with his toes and sticking them into his mouth.

Like many parents, I’m constantly checking

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August 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends,

I’m obsessed with sleep. “How are you sleeping?” is the #1 question I have been asked since my wife and I welcomed our baby, Bennett. Initially, the sleep deprivation wasn’t so bad, but now after four months, I daydream constantly about sleeping uninterrupted through the night. I haven’t participated in a meeting at work without yawning. In the …

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JULY 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends,

Three months ago, my wife and I were overjoyed to welcome our first baby, a boy named Bennett. Since I work at a children’s museum, I’ve been regularly bringing Bennett along with me to the office. Fortunately, I am lucky to work with an incredible group of colleagues who have welcomed his presence. There’s been more than a …

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JUNE 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends,

What is centripetal force? This is one of many physics-related questions that players are asked on the exhibit panels that dot CMEE’s newly-opened miniature golf course. Rather than instantly providing the explanation, CMEE encourages children to deduce the answer by playing the hole. On the “Loop de Jour” hole, they discover that centripetal force is what keeps the …

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MAY 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends,

Is there a “right” age range for CMEE to target? Since our audience is the defining characteristic of the Museum—more so than any collection or activity—and all of our programs and exhibits are in response to the needs of that audience, defining the “children” of the Children’s Museum is imperative for continued growth and success.

In our efforts …

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APRIL 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends,

CMEE Executive Director Stephen Long, Jim Stewart, Robert Stewart and Brigid Stewart Collins play with a sand table at CMEE on March 4. (Photo courtesy of Tessa Raebeck).

Can a visit to CMEE be therapeutic? Lois Silverman certainly suggests it should be in her book, The Social Work of Museums. “With their unique resources,” she writes, “museums …

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March 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends,

This year, CMEE will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its groundbreaking. In this 2004 photo of CMEE’s grounds, you can see Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Turnpike in the background.

On February 25, CMEE hosted its annual “CMEE in the City” fundraising dinner, which was attended by a capacity crowd of 180 people. With help from the honorary event …

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February 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends,

Can you describe a parabola, define coefficients of friction, or explain how a gravity well works? If, like me, you’re a little fuzzy when it comes to physics, you’ll definitely want to play the new “putt-putt” golf course opening at CMEE on the Saturday before Memorial Day.

At first, our exhibit team began to develop the Museum’s new …

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January 2014 – Letter from the Director

Dear Friends,

Earlier this month, CMEE Educator, Chef Alan built a scale model of CMEE out of gingerbread, which was then decorated by children at the Museum. This is the view from the Museum’s amphitheater.

Happy New Year! On December 31, hundreds of children and parents “rang in” 2014 at the stroke of noon during our 6th Annual New Year’s

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December 2013 – Letter from the Director

Dear Friends,

What an exciting year for CMEE!  Looking back at 2013, we welcomed almost 60,000 visitors, increased our educational programming and community partnerships, and have planned fantastic updates to the Museum.

Next month, CMEE is planning to begin work on a new “putt-putt” course, which will be located on the Museum’s grounds!

This year, I am especially proud that:

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Letter from the Director – November 2013

Dear Friends,

While kids assembled their stomp rockets, families had the chance to view the model of CMEE’s new energy exhibit.

It was wonderful to see hundreds of people come out on Columbus Day weekend for the liftoff of CMEE’s capital campaign at our annual Rocket Day Festival. Thank you to Town Councilmember, Bridget Fleming for being on hand to

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Letter from the Director – October 2013

Dear Friends, 

After a week of cleaning and refreshing the Museum in September, CMEE is set for a new season of programs, workshops, and special events! Every week at the Museum, there’s something new to do! In addition to art classes presented by Butter Lane Art Academy and music classes by Music by the Dunes, CMEE has an array of

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Letter from the Director – September 2013

Dear Friends,

It was our best summer yet at the Children’s Museum. Thank you to everyone who played at CMEE, participated in classes, watched terrific performances in our amphitheater, or attended CMEE’s annual Family Fair fundraiser.

We’re already geared up for a fantastic fall. In addition to our “Play” classes, CMEE is hosting a Music Fair on September 21 in

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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.

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

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Letter from the Director – July 2013

Dear Friends,

Happy Fourth of July! CMEE is open on the holiday, so please come by to play as part of your celebration.

In June, we were delighted to honor the ten graduates of Head Start at CMEE who will enter Kindergarten in September. We also celebrated the end of a successful semester of Cantemos, which was recently reported

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Letter from the Director – June 2013

Dear Friends,

I hope you’re enjoying a great start to the summer. Thanks to the almost 2,000 of you who helped us kickoff of the season by visiting during Memorial Day weekend!

In fact, all of May was a busy time for CMEE. In addition to completing our annual spring cleanup, we welcomed hundreds of students on school field trips

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Letter from the Director – May 2013

Dear Friends,

At CMEE, we are very excited about our collaborative programs coming up in the next couple of weeks. This Saturday, we will again host Peconic Family Fun Day with almost ten partner organizations committed to educating children about the environment. On May 11, CMEE is partnering with Bay Street Theatre on a production of Martha Speaks. Tickets are

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Letter from the Director – April 2013

Dear Friends,

Happy spring! Thank you to everyone who visited last week during Spring Break and helped make our new “drop off” program such an enormous success!  This month, we have more great programs scheduled, including CMEE’s inaugural Egg Drop Challenge and our annual Jackson Pollock Day.  Looking forward this spring, we’re excited to host Peconic Family Fun

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Letter from the Director – March 2013

Dear Friends,

I’m delighted to announce CMEE is launching a new “drop off” program during spring break this month in response to requests from members. Each morning, your children will have the opportunity to participate an array of activities, including cooking, art, nature walks, and gardening. For moms who need a night out, we’ve scheduled CMEE’s annual winter “Ladies

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Letter from the Director – February 2013

Dear Friends,

In this month’s Newsletter, you’ll see there is plenty of activity at CMEE in February, starting tomorrow with “Pizza and Pajama Night” and followed by our “Get Creative” and storytelling workshops, and winter vacation week programming.

In January, we were very happy to welcome our new Education Coordinator, Vanessa Geppert to the Museum. You can get to know

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Letter from the Director – January 2013

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! After a fantastic December, CMEE was delighted to ring in 2013 earlier this week with over 500 people attending our 5th Annual New Year’s Eve “Ball Drop.” You can check out some of the photos from the “Ball Drop” in this month’s newsletter.

I am very grateful to the Museum staff including Ben,

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Letter from the Director – November 2012

Dear Friends,

I hope you made it through “Super Storm” Sandy without too much difficulty. Our hearts go out to those in our community who have suffered losses due to the storm. We are grateful for all of the cleanup crews who are working diligently to get life in the East End back to normal.

Although CMEE doesn’t have telephone,

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Letter from the Director – October 2012

Dear Friends,

After ten days of cleaning and refreshing the Museum last month, CMEE is set for a new season of programs, workshops, and special events! Don’t miss “Pizza and Pajama Night” this Friday, “Play with Clay” on October 13, and our annual Halloween Bash on Friday, October 26. CMEE is always delighted to collaborate with arts, cultural, and service

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Letter from the Director – September 2012

Dear Friends,

CMEE has had a tremendous summer! Many thanks to the thousands of you who visited CMEE, participated in our classes, watched a musical performance in our amphitheater, or enjoyed lunch at the Museum! A special thank you to supporters who purchased a Name Plate for CMEE’s boardwalk, now known as “Lucy’s Way”! The first batch of 4×5” bronze

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