East Liverpool OH. Kids Fall Funfest Party at the Museum of Ceramics. Saturday October 26 2013 from 10 am to noon.
The Museum of Ceramics is pleased invite you to our fifth annual KIDS’ FALL FUNFEST party. Young people in Kindergarten through seventh grades and their accompanying adults will be welcomed on Saturday October 26, 2013 from 10 am to noon, for only $1 per person. Bring your children, grandchildren, neighbors, nieces, nephews! Come one, come all!
‘Make it and Take it’ crafts will be offered to a limited number of children who sign up for a fifteen minute session . ‘Wheel Whirl’ provides kids with the chance to spend a short time molding clay on a potter’s wheel with adult assistance. That too will be by reservation. Due to limited space and time, reservations are necessary for each of these two activities. To facilitate the participation of the greatest number of children, adults may sign a child up for one or the other activity. On the morning of the party, any open spaces in the schedule will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Call 330-386-6001 between 9:30-3:30 Tuesdays through Saturdays.
No reservations necessary to enjoy the new History Mystery Scavenger Hunt, and play with old-fashioned, mechanical wooden toys. The ‘Touch History’ artifacts box will enable young visitors to handle 19th and 20th century objects. In the theater a special clay animation movie will run continuously. An artist will be painting young faces for free.
The museum, at 400 East Fifth St., is on the National Register of Historic Places and occupies the former 1909 post office. The Museum of Ceramics houses an extensive collection of the wares produced in the city long known as “The Staffordshire of America”, and “The Pottery Capital of the Nation.” One of the main tourist attractions in the area, the museum is also a rarity. It is the only museum in the nation devoted entirely to the ceramics production of one small geographic area by hundreds of potteries over three centuries. The museum’s presence enhances the quality of life in the tri-state area. Area young people participate in the summer Kids Clay Camps. School groups of all ages regularly visit. There are ongoing cultural and educational events at the museum. The museum’s collection appeals to a variety of interests, including ceramics, collecting, history, art, design, science, architecture, and politics. It provides tangible connections to these subjects for people of all ages. Generous and thorough research assistance is regularly provided.
“The Museum of Ceramics is not merely a local treasure, but a national one as well. It can only endure through the combined efforts and resources of good-hearted people and organizations.” museum director Sarah W.Vodrey said. In recent years, the museum has hosted visitors from 47 states, and 47 nations. The museum’s Facebook page has attracted visitors from all over the USA, as well as sixty nations. For more information about the museum, visit between Tuesdays through Saturdays 9:30-3:30, or visit the museum website: www.TheMuseumofCeramics.org. Call 1-800-600-7180. Regular Admission: free to members, $4 adults, $2 students.
In other news, the Museum of Ceramics Foundation’s ACCESS? ALL RIGHT! Project and Campaign is proceeding, with construction by Santini Construction of Washingtonville, and architectural plans by Scott Shepherd of A&I Architecture & Design Studio. Shepherd has overseen the project from the beginning in consultation with Ohio Historical Society staff. Throughout the museum’s thirty three year existence, people using wheelchairs have had no access to the museum restrooms, nor to the lower half of the museum. Most but not all of the funds have been raised for the project, but additional donations by individuals, businesses, and organizations are still welcome.
In 2008, when the 93% of the site’s former funding was withdrawn as a result of state budget cuts to the Ohio Historical Society, the Museum of Ceramics Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation, was established to manage the museum. The OHS still provides some funding, and serves as a partner with the MOCF to keep the museum open, and assist in various ways. Hundreds of museum members, as well as businesses, and other organizations not only in this area but across the USA also assist the MOCF by their donations.