Goodbye, Phebe!

We surprised Phebe with photos from some of the art projects she helped create!

This morning we said goodbye to one of our most dedicated volunteers, Phebe Snow. Phebe has been volunteering with us for 15 years! Every Thursday morning Phebe would come in and prep art projects. You know all those paper shapes and cut-outs you use in Big Messy Art, Imagination Station and Make and Take? Those were all the products of Phebe’s hard work!

We wanted to celebrate her years of outstanding service, so we decided to throw her a little surprise going away party. Phebe will be missed (many of us commented, “I won’t know when it’s Thursday anymore!”) but we are so grateful for her years and years of donated time and service.

We will miss her but we sent her off in style!

Say Cheese: No Ends Blocks Creation

Remember Gabby, our visitor services intern? She’s been a big help since she arrived, gathering input from visitors, and making observations that will help us improve. But she’s also having fun! When she saw this amazing block tower that Blaine built in the Explore Some More room, she ran up to my office to grab the camera – she didn’t want anyone to miss it! (I believe her exact words were: “Do you want to see the coolest thing EVER?”)

Our visitors never cease to amaze us!

Blaine and his mom stand behind their No Ends Blocks creation.

Thanks, Blaine and Trisha for sharing your tower with us, and thanks Gabby for capturing the moment!

Welcome Gabrielle Heggeman, Visitor Services Intern

I am happy to welcome Gabrielle Heggeman to our team as a Visitor Services Intern! You might see Gabrielle during your winter visit, asking you how she can help make your visit better or interacting with our young visitors. If you see her with a clipboard, Gabrielle is probably in the midst of observing how exhibits are used and enjoyed. Her internship will focus on visitor services and evaluation, and she will contribute to our ongoing assessment of museum exhibits and practices. We are always looking for ways to become better and are happy to have Gabrielle to help us along!

We asked Gabrielle a little bit about herself and why she’s excited about her internship:

Gabrielle in We Are Maine

“I’m currently working towards my bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Southern Maine. I’ll graduate in May, then continue for my master’s degree in Education. I hope to become an elementary school teacher once my master’s degree is completed. When I’m not at school, my job, or my internship at the Museum & Theatre, I enjoy spending time with my three sisters, my parents, friends and my lab, Porkchop. With this internship, I’m looking forward to watching children discover new things and seeing how they interact with one another. Being around children is something that I’ve always enjoyed. When I heard there was an opportunity to intern at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, I knew it was where I wanted to be!”

Even more whale watchers!

The final post of all our excited whale watchers. If you haven’t found the answer to What About Whales? then visit the Museum & Theatre to learn and discover!

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