Shuffles the Clown greeted visitors from 5-6pm, and...
Shuffles created balloon sculptures, like this bunny, for each child.
Shuffles and Christine Alger, a Friends of the Library board member who helped children create illustrated books.
The craft area was popular. Christine Alger helped children make and illustrate books.
Miss Holyoke 2011 (left), Children's Museum staff member Sarah Thompson and Director marypaz (right) at the front desk.
"Pet an Instrument and hear its story told by our talented friends the Holyoke Civic Symphony"
Miss Holyoke 2011 (Katlyn Lewicke) poses with members of the Holyoke Civic Symphony
Kids could try some of the instruments
Miss Holyoke tries the cello
This tiny violin played very well!
Look at this! A Stroh violin!
Dick, from Holyoke Civic Symphony, did a terrific job demonstrating percussion instruments and letting the children have turns with the drum sticks.
Another Friends of the Library board member (dressed in costume for The Expandable Brass Band) poses with Shuffles the clown.
Friends of the Library board member Alex Morse posing with Katlyn Lewicke, "Miss Greater Holyoke 2011."
Shuffles and marypaz, Director of the Children's Museum
Children's Museum board members ready to serve the kid-friendly food (hot dogs and fixings).
Songs and singing games with Roger Tincknell, 6:30-7:30pm
Roger interacting with audience members, who were clearly enjoying the story
"Dr. Yes" playing his Sousaphone with The Expandable Brass Band, 7:30-8pm.
Ed on trumpet and Ken (right edge of picture) with a baritone horn. The Expandable Brass Band.
The Expandable Brass Band plays on: Cooper on saxophone, Fred on trumpet, and Dr. Yes on sousaphone.
The Expandable Brass Band percussion section: Iris, Jeremy, and my drum (on floor while I took this photo). We had such fun playing for this event!