It’s here, the week of the Puppeteers of America Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Puppet Homecoming 2012! We have great lineup of performers and workshops, and so many people from different guilds have worked hard to put it all together.
A few last-minute notes, if you are using a GPS to get there, the address for Ramapo for Children is 101 Anchorage Trail, Rhinebeck NY 12572. Their website has driving directions here. It is also recommended that you bring your own towel and pillow. Registration starts at 4 PM on Friday, full schedule here.
Finally, we have recently uncovered the Secret Story of Puppet Homecoming, which we are reprinting below. Enjoy!
The Secret Story of Puppet Homecoming, by Justin Dupont
Once in a while the puppets in the Northeast like to take a break from all the birthday parties, children’s library openings, shopping malls, and even the downtown late night avant-garde art happenings and slams. So they organize a Puppet Homecoming. They choose a place far away from their daily lives; quite often somewhere up in the woods so they can “rough it”; loosen their strings, so to speak. And since a lot of puppets are made in part or completely of wood, they have a natural affinity for the trees.
The puppets begrudgingly bring along their humans; mostly for carrying the luggage. But the humans occasionally provide some entertainment with impromptu “Human Shows” for the puppets’ enjoyment. There is a lot of puppet socializing and getting together with old friends, and some catching up on new ideas or favorite puppet routines. A few of the more gregarious puppets provide performances in an informal setting. And Saturday night the strings get completely un-tied with open-ended experimentation and exploration.
During the day there is a freeform Trading Post where puppets can catch up on the latest puppet fashions, buy material for new ideas, and often get needed spare parts. Some of the most unique and beautiful puppets show themselves in an Exhibition, which is less about showing off and more about the pride and the enjoyment of the shapes, colors, and forms of puppetry. There are special workshops for puppets and humans. The puppets learn to hone their skills, and the humans learn how to take better care of the puppets. They all end the weekend invigorated, and ready to go where no puppets have dared to go before.
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