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 think this beautifully furred lady is named Princess Penelope, and that the gentleman is some sort of wizard. We are not sure this is correct and we don’t know what play they may have performed in. One report though, says that the Lakewood Puppeteers performed before 350,000 children over their 50 year career. Some of those thousands are surely grown up, and those with good taste are reading The Suburban Times.
Among the 53 puppets waiting in my living room for their debut at the Lakewood History Museum on May 9 are quite a few I can identify. And there are some we can only guess at.
For the last four months, I’ve shared my home with 53 puppets, originally the property of Jeanne Charlton and the Lakewood Puppeteers. Now, as they get ready for their move to fame revisited at the Lakewood History Museum. Like any good Mom, I’m washing faces and sewing a couple of torn coats. Originally, we […]
“The party’s over. Now off to the jungle,” declares Puyallup wildlife artist Becci Crowe as she plans her 13th trip to the African continent. This one is special even for Crowe who is a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation. On this trip, Crowe will join famed primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Sanctuary in the Republic of Congo.
If your doctor has said that Tai Chi would be good for you, and he probably has, but you don’t know how to get started, and you probably don’t, a great free chance is available on World Tai Chi Day, Saturday April 25 at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Tacoma Museum of Glass. All are welcome, and it’s very beginner friendly.
Father Peter Mactutis remembers very well the last time he saw his father who was at the end of his battle with cancer. “I was just a teenager,” Father Mactutis remembers “and he couldn’t talk any more. All I could do was put out my hand and clasp his. Sometimes that’s all you can do.”
My Daddy was Irish, and he always used this occasion to tell just a few Irish stories like the story about the last snake out of Ireland – Do you know that one? Oh, good. I’ll tell it to you.
So The Phone Rings and Your Adult Kids aren’t going to get home for Christmas. They’re very Sorry But After All It Isn’t Going To Work For Them To Get there For Christmas. But you’ll be ok, won’t you, Mom?
What Do You Do? What Do You Say? Most of all, how do you get through it?
The holidays are getting closer. For some of us, there’s the realization that the inevitable holiday get together which can’t be avoided will necessarily involve folks we’re not too fond of. It is becoming clear that this is not going to be as much fun as the gatherings the greeting cards depict.
What to do?
For those of us who were used to being the Christmas Magician, the one who made Christmas happen for a lot of years, it can be a little hard to feel true joy. In fact, face it, it can be pretty hard not to feel downright unnecessary.
For instance, I just heard from my son who usually comes to help me set up the tree and put out the outdoor lights that he can’t do it this year. Naturally, I feel worse about the fact that we won’t have our special day together, than I do the fact that I can’t do the lights and tree myself. I don’t have all the answers, but I can tell you how I handle things like this.
Less than two weeks to Christmas. It could be time to start Christmas shopping. This is the time when we all of a sudden begin to know for sure that there’s no possible way to get everything done, especially with heavy traffic subtracting minutes and hours from the day. Here’s an idea or two for dealing with that holiday Stress: