The puppets have all gone to the Lakewood History Museum where a display area has been created from the stage they performed on for fifty years. When they go on display Saturday, there will also be a video made 18 years ago so visitors can see Jeanne Charlton in action. Also on exhibit will be the painting of the Dippety Do-Awful Dan, the Dreadful Dragon, by one of the original puppeteers, Vivian Wessels. This exhibit not only marks the celebration of the new acquisition for the museum but also, marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Lakewood Puppeteer.
We’ve been able to identify most of the puppets now. And there’s hope that visitors to the museum may be able to fill in the blanks.
The exhibit opens at the Lakewood History Museum on Saturday, May 9 , at 2:00 and continues for the Month of May.
This sketch is called “Waiting For The Interurban – Lakewood Puppets style. These are the puppets gathered at my house waiting for their ride to the Lakewood History Museum They are from Left to Right – Merlin the Magician, who prefers eggplant colors, Sherlick Bones, the world famous canine detective, Mike the Moon Explorer, Olivia the Ostrich, The Wise Old Owl, and Wanda, The Wise and Wonderful Witch, behind her is a Moon Coney, who got away from Mike.
I hope you’ll all come on Saturday and see the puppets.