- The Children's Museum of the East End
) in Bridgehampton, held its first annual Summer Family Fair "Under the Sea," a day of family fun to benefit the three-year-old non-profit museum. The event marks CMEE's first fundraiser for families, and was held on Saturday, July 25, on the museum's property in Bridgehampton.
Kimberly Slayton with daughters Grace, 5, and Georgia, 9.
The Family Fair included live music from the always entertaining Laughing Pizza, and offered sea-themed carnival games, art activities, bouncy castles, face painting, balloon twisting, drummer, magician, picture taking and other activities that all contributed to a fun filled day.
CMEE's "Under the Sea" benefit was coordinated by event planner, Divalysscious Moms
and the Event Co-Chairs included Natalie Barth
, Pan Henes
, Marci Klein
, Zibby Right
, Mary Snow
, and Amy Tarr
and Associates: A Higher Form of Realty was the corporate sponsor.
Additional entertainment was provided by Arnie Kolodoner Magic; face painting by Fantasia Faces; Funky Divas, MPA Events Balloonologists; Wendy the Pipe Cleaning Lady, Super Soccer Stars and Yogi Beans. Arts and Crafts were held by Miss Brittany's Organic Preschool Fun Dough; Eleni's Cookie and Cupcake Decorating; Sea Life Beading and Sand Art. Rides and Carnival Games included Under Sea Adventure Ride, Finding Nemo Bouncy Castle; Art Farm Pony Rides and Petting Zoo; Pluck A Duck and Duck Pond.
There were indoor activities as well which included Fish Photo Frame Decorating; Fish Magnet Craft; Mermaid Dress-Up, as well as showings of "Finding Nemo" and "The Little Mermaid." The Hamptons Ballet Theater Company also put on performances of "The Littlest Mermaid."
CMEE was crowded with families enjoying the entertainment, warm weather, food and crafts activities.
Food was catered by Peter Ambrose
of the The Seafood Shop
, and featured an "Under the Sea Snack Bar," with mini-cheeseburgers, crab cake burgers; Pizza Bites; Chicken of the Sea Tenders, toasted mini-lobster rolls; hot dogs and pretzel cars, and special desserts. The staff kept the lines moving quickly and the tasty offerings were delicious.
Maddie, age 19 mos. posed as a princess for her mother, Cherie Gauthier.
A rousing good time was had by all as children of all ages with adults in tow participated and enjoyed the numerous activities offered during this creative event, and given the number of children of varying ages who were offered such a multitude of activities nary a tear was seen nor a cry heard.
Catching a moment with the very busy and cheerful Eliza Rand
of the CMEE she relayed that "We are thrilled with the turn-out, despite the warm weather, everyone seems to be enjoying themselves and we are very grateful to our sponsor and everyone who made this day happen for families." Further commenting that "This is the first event that we have done for families and we hope to establish an annual event, as there does not seem to be too many family events that take place [out here], as most seem to be geared to adults only."
Rand certainly echoed the sentiments previously expressed by Executive Director, Steve Long
, that "Since before CMEE's building opened, the Museum's summer fundraiser "Under the Stars," was vital to supporting our efforts to meet our mission. With the Museum now attracting 40,000 visitors each year, dozens of parents asked the Museum to host a fundraiser that their children could also enjoy, and so the Board and Co-Chairs of the fundraiser decided to shift the event's focus to a fun day out for families."
A very stylish Julia 'No Last Names Please,' age 4, exclaimed how much she loved her new hair color.
According to their release "Funds raised from CMEE "Under the Sea" will help support and enhance the myriad of year-round programs, classes, workshops, exhibits and special events at the Children's Museum, with a special focus on school programs, literacy classes, mentorship workshops, parenting groups, and community-based exhibits. In the last year, CMEE served 40,000 children and families from diverse backgrounds, with groundwork and initiatives in the works to extend their reach in the coming year."
"The Children's Museum of the East End's mission is to create year-round opportunities for children and families to discover their community and world through interactive exhibits and educational programs; to nurture curiosity, self-directed learning and the joy of discovery. CMEE provides children with affordable programs and the opportunity to work with talented professionals in the areas of the arts, sciences and history in a safe environment."
CMEE is located at 376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, in Bridgehampton, and is open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is open on Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information go to www.cmee.org.
Some very hard working young ladies welcomed families to "Under The Sea" (from left) Meghan Miller, Samantha Suser, Melissa Berkowitz and her cousin Nicole Berkowitz, and are to be commended for trying to keep the take home goldfish happy and healthy in the heat.
Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.