Vegrandis - Pronounced wee•grahnd•iss. Latin for tiny or diminutive.


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Vegrandis 2013 is the Museum’s second annual fundraising gala,
which will raise funds to support Sizing Up My World, The Mini Time Machine Museum’s ambitious program to provide outreach and museum field trips for every 2nd grade student in Pima County so that they may learn through discovery at the BIG world of small delights.

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

Saturday, November 2, 2013
Festivities begin at 6:30 pm

Advance Tickets

Tickets purchased after
October 25, 2013

Become a
Lantern Luminary

This year, Vegrandis is happily paired with the Museum’s fall exhibit Netsuke and Diminutive Carvings from Japan, and the traditional Tori-no-Ichi (Day of the Rooster) Lucky Rake Festival. In Japan, Tori-no-Ichi is celebrated in November on the Days of the Rooster, which fall every 13 days. Food vendors and colorful market stalls line the streets tempting festival goers with scrumptious delights as paper lanterns light their paths. Lucky rakes festooned with charms symbolizing prosperity and good fortune promise increasing wealth and opportunity in the coming year and are available in a variety of sizes to fit your hopes and dreams.

Vegrandis 2013 ~ Tori-no-Ichi will open with the dramatic beating of taiko drummers Odaiko Sonora, welcoming guests to the Mini Time Machine Museum for an evening of fun and fortune. Traditional Japanese and American delectables, sake and a variety of refreshing beverages, performances by talented local artists, a silent auction, raffle, photo booth and much more awaits Tucsonans and visitors from around the world, at this celebration of Far Eastern culture and traditions. Proceeds from the event will provide transportation and free admission for as many as 10,000 2nd grade students in Pima County to “size up their world” through the incredible experiences of The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures.

Purchase your Tickets!

Advance tickets are $60 if purchased by October 25, 2013. Regular price tickets are $75. Ticket price is not tax deductible. Must be 21 or over.

Be a Lantern Luminary by rounding up your ticket purchase to $100. This fully tax deductible contribution of $40 will send twelve 2nd graders to the museum. A beautiful Japanese paper lantern with your name(s) will light up the evening and is yours to keep after the event.

To purchase tickets by check or credit card, please use the button above. If paying by check, you will need to mail your check to the address provided on the form. If you would like to purchase tickets by phone, CLICK HERE TO MAKE A
please call 520-881-0606 with payment information. Tickets may also be purchased in person or at the door. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to make a donation, please use the button to the right.

Please click here for information on becoming a sponsor or vital donor for this event.

Silent Auction and Raffle Highlights

Wonderful treasures are yours for the taking in our Silent Auction and Raffle. Bid on unique experiences such as behind-the-scenes tours, a beer school adventure or romantic get-aways. Pamper yourself with fine wines, yoga classes and delicious dining experiences. Our list of auction and raffle items is growing daily!

Donors and Sponsors

Tucson Lifestyle
Nusinow Design
Arizona Daily Star
Go Web Solutions
Reproductions, Inc.
Desert Leaf
Madden Media

Restaurant Partners

Tapas Fusion
RA Sushi Bar
Relish Kitchen and Wine Bar
Noble Hops
Isabella's Ice Cream
Café a la C'art

Silent Auction and Raffle Donors

The Amerind Foundation, Inc.
Arizona Opera
Arizona State Museum
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Arizona Theatre Company
Borderlands Brewing Co.
Brooklyn Pizza Company
Café a la C’Art
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
Fourth Avenue Yoga
The Fox Tucson Theatre
International Wildlife Museum
Noble Hops
Paca de Paja Bed & Breakfast
Pima Air & Space Museum /Titan Missile Museum
Reid Park Zoo
Rosa’s Mexican Food
Sky Bar
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Tucson Museum of Art
Vero Amore
White Stallion Ranch