Annual Events

Festival of Trees

December 5, 2014 - December 14, 2014

Time: N/A

The 29th Annual Festival of Trees will turn the Everson into a magical wonderland, with artfully decorated trees, wreaths and special exhibits on view throughout the galleries and gathering spaces of the Museum. Each donated item will be sold to raise funds to support the Everson’s programs and exhibitions. Visitors to the Festival will have the chance to gathering decorating ideas and inspiration, purchase displays, peruse the wonderful selection in the Museum Gift Shop, enjoy live musical entertainment and refreshments at the Holiday Cafe.


Festival of Trees Preview Gala
Thursday, December 4, 2014
5.30 - 8.30pm
$100 per person
Early Bird Special, $75 per person before November 12, 2014
Tickets required

The Everson Museum of Art Members’ Council is hosting the  Preview Gala, a fun, upscale cocktail party to kick-off the holiday season and preview the 29th annual Festival of Trees. This event gives guests the first look at the Festival of Trees and the chance to purchase over 100 decorated trees, wreaths and unique displays. The Gala will include delicious elegant passed hors d’oeuvres catered by 317 at Montgomery, complimentary wine, beer and warm wassail, full bar available (cash), live musical entertainment and a special parting gift.

Thanks to Preview Gala Sponsor Stickley, Audi & Co.

Milk and Cookies with Santa
Saturday, December 6, 1.00 - 3.30pm
$10 per person, advanced tickets required

Meet, greet, and visit with Santa. Children will decorate their own holiday ornament and enjoy a snack of milk (coffee and tea for adults) and a delicious holiday cookie. Take in the sights and sounds of the Everson Festival of Trees and make a holiday memory!  

Thanks to Milk and Cookies with Santa Supporters Byrne Dairy and Wegmans.

Everson Beer Garden: Holiday Edition
Thursday, December 11, 5.00 - 8.00pm
Included with Festival of Trees admission ($5 per person)  

Enjoy live music by Castle Creek Band, a selection of regional beers, wine and soft drinks (cash bar), and access to the entire Festival of Trees and Everson Galleries.

Thank you to Everson Beer Garden Holiday Edition supporters Middle Ages Brewery, 1911 Spirits, Empire Brewery, and TJ Sheehan.

Nutcracker Spectacular
Saturday, December 13, Noon - 5.00pm
Included with Festival of Trees admission ($5 per person)    

Families can enjoy an afternoon at the Festival of Trees with costumed dancers and music from Syracuse City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, and have the opportunity to take pictures with some of its characters. The Café will be turned into “The Land of the Sweets” for  the day featuring “chocolate from Spain”, “coffee from Arabia”, “tea from China”, “candy canes from Russia.”  


Thursdsay,  December 4 Gala            
ONYX Clarinet Quartet and Barney Molldrem & Peter Allen

Friday, December 5
Noon, Gloria (Lazipone) Wagner and Co
1.00pm, Manlius Pebble Hill Lower School Performing Arts
4.00pm, Wellwood Middle School Chamber Choir

Saturday, December 6
10.00am, City Of Syracuse Stan Colella All-Star Band
Noon, The Ballet and Dance Center
1.00pm, Music School of CNY Guitar Ensemble

Sunday, December 7
Noon, Steve Pfanenstiel
1.00pm, Tawn Marie’s Dance Centre
3.00pm, Morris Dancing by Thornden Morrris and Bassett Street Hounds
4.00pm, Sentinel Acapella Quartet

Wednesday, December 10
2.00pm, Porter Elementary School Band
4.00pm, Bishop Ludden Jr/Sr High Choir

Thursday, December 11
Noon, ESM singers
1.00pm, Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary School Music Department
4.00pm, William Gorman Jazz Pianist

Friday, December 12
Noon, The William Nottingham Music Department
1.00pm, Camillus Middle School Select Chorus
3.00pm, East Syracuse Minoa International Singers
4.00pm, Chittenango High School Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, December 13
10.00am, The Students of Carol Rothwell
1.00pm, Music School of CNY Guitar Ensemble
2.00pm, Rae’s Institute of Dance and Movement
3.00pm, Pine Grove Middle School Chorus
4.00pm, William Gorman Jazz Pianist

Sunday, December 14
Noon, Steve Pfanenstiel
1.00pm, Musical Players Club
2.00pm, Piano Students of Patricia DiAngelis
3.00pm, Harmony Katz Barbershop Chorus
4.00pm, Light of the World Ballet

2015 Everson Trips

July 26, 2015

Time: N/A

The Everson Trip Committee plans several exciting art related trips each year. If you wish to be added to our e-newsletter list and for more information or questions regarding trips, please send an email to

Save the Date:

Chautauqua Institute
July 26 - 30, 2015

The Everson Trip Committee is planning a trip to the Chautauqua Institute in 2015. The topic for the week is "Art and Politics."  Lecturers will demonstrate how art is used in politics and to influence political processes using examples from music, fine art, photography, the digital world, comedy, satire and language. For more information, please contact Nancy Karapin at

Special Events

Civic Morning Musicals

Free Wednesday Recital Series

December 17, 2014
February 4, 2015
February 11, 2015
February 18, 2015
February 25, 2015

Time: 12.30pm

Civic Morning Musicals presents a free Wednesday concert series held at 12.30pm in the Everson's Hosmer Auditorium. Each performance highlights different talented artists from our region. For more information, visit

December 17, 2014: 
CMM Annual Christmas Concert.  Enjoy this ever-popular concert featuring choral, solo and ensemble favorites  (with piano accompaniment)

Sweet Encounters: Music & Art

February 14, 2015

Time: 7.30pm

Symphoria and the Everson come together to present a one-of-a-kind evening. Art and music go hand in hand as Ken Meyer performs Rodrigo’s most famous work, Concierto deAranjuez. Artwork in the galleries pairs perfectly with works by Tchaikovsky and Faure, and are sure to make for a special Valentine’s Day treat. Refreshments available.

$5-$25 per person, for tickets.