Vegrandis 2017

Vegrandis 2017 September 30

Saturday, September 30, 2017 | 6:30pm–9:30pm

Vegrandis means “tiny” in Latin, yet invokes an understanding that anything is possible. Vegrandis 2017 will coincide with Part I of our Fall exhibit of recently acquired one-quarter-life-size Historical Figures created by artist-historian, George Stuart, titled; George Stuart Historical Figures: Early Works from the Hernandez Monsanto Collection. Taking a cue from these lavishly costumed Historical Figures from antiquity through the twentieth century, the event will feature worldly décor, food and entertainment.

Accordingly, proceeds from Vegrandis 2017 will be designated for the museum’s newly established Acquisitions Fund. This fund will enable us to not only better preserve the miniatures with which we have already been entrusted, but will open pathways for meaningful growth and diversification – ensuring that our collection will continue to resonate with audiences well into the future. 

This event will take place at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures.


Early bird (through September 10, 2017): $110 per person ($42 tax-deductible)

After September 10, 2017: $125 per person ($57 tax-deductible)

Tickets include: food, two drink tickets, and musical performances. Tickets for additional drinks, raffles, or games will be available for purchase at $3 apiece or 7 for $20. Tickets to this event are non-refundable. Member discounts and other discounts do not apply to this event. This is a 21 and over event.


Carte Blanche Catering will bring exotic tastes to the museum with food stations sprinkled throughout the galleries. Nibble on Chicken Shawarma with Charred Sweet Peppers and Onions alongside Saffron, Date, and Almond Basmati Rice served with Watermelon-Feta Salad with Marinated Olives and Preserved Lemons; Beef and Lamb Meatballs Baked in Tahini accompanied by Tomato-Pomegranate Salad with Feta, Mint, and Za’atar; Crispy Saffron Couscous Cakes with Feta and Tomato Chutney and Assorted Mini Pastries including Orange Almond Polenta Cake, Pistachio Shortbread, Mini Lemon-Glazed Apricot, Walnut, and Lavendar Cakes, Chocolate Truffle Bites and Assorted Baklava.

A cash bar will be available with beer, wine, our signature event cocktail, and non-alcoholic beverages. Each gala ticket includes two drink tickets.


Guests will be dramatically greeted by the sounds of bagpipe from Tucson Musicians Museum Inductee, William W. Don Carlos, performing in traditional Scottish attire, followed by a serenade of arias by Dr. Stephanie, M. Don Carlos, an enchanting soprano donned in 19th century garb. Throughout the evening, guests will also enjoy vignettes by performers from Belly Dance Tucson in exotic dress and spirited Russian folk performances by the colorfully costumed Arizona Balalaika Ensemble.

Two game stations in the galleries will offer additional opportunities for merriment and the chance to win fabulous prizes.

Silent Auction and Raffle

A silent auction and raffle will take place during the event. Details are coming soon.


Attire inspired by the Historical Figures presented in the exhibit, or the era or location they came from is encouraged. There will be photography at this event.


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Other Support

The following individuals and organizations have made contributions to make this event a success. We will continue to update this list as donations come in. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Emily Wolverton. We thank you for your support.

The Amerind Museum, Arizona Opera, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Arizona State Museum, Arizona Theater Company, Ballet Arizona, Ben’s Bells, Beyond Bread, Café a la C’Art, Carte Blanche Catering, Children’s Museum Tucson, Caruso’s, Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, Fox Tucson Theater, Golden Pin Lanes, International Wildlife Museum, The Loft Cinema, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Lotus Massage & Wellness Center, Old Tucson, Reid Park Zoo, The Right Touch Massage, Rosa’s Mexican Food, Tohono Chul, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson Symphony & Orchestra