Sandglass Theater celebrating 30 years in Vermont!
September 10th & 11th, 2016
10 am – 4 pm
At the gardens of Gordon and Mary Hayward, 508 McKinnon Road in Westminster West, VT
$10/ticket; $32 for a family of four with $6 for each additional family member
*no advanced purchase necessary
The occasion will be celebrated at the theater’s most beloved family event, Puppets In Paradise, this September 10th and 11th. This special event encompasses two days of puppetry, food and performance in the enchanted garden of landscape architects Gordon and Mary Hayward. Join us in a walk through the gardens, enjoy the sight and aroma of herbs, flowers, and other beautiful flora and meet puppets, theater artists, and musicians around each corner and behind every bush. Food and refreshments add to the delight of a beautiful day.
Sandglass is happy to announce the return of kite flyer, Curtiss Lee Mitchell, from AwareNest Productions. He is a globally renowned artist specializing in Kites, Puppetry, and Lighting/Projection design from Orlando, Florida. He is known to use any medium appropriate to make messages soar and will be flying his beautifully crafted kites in the field among the fruit trees. And as a special gift this year, Curtiss will be presenting a hand-crafted, original Sandglass kite, which will be for sale over the weekend as a fundraiser to Sandglass.
Lissa Weinmann and John Loggia of Brattleboro’s 118 Elliot St. will be joining the creative team with Henry In Paradise, a piece in which Henry Miller reminisces and ruminates. Coni Richards and Madeline Fan, will present a new performance in the style of a Crankie, The Full Moon Shadow Dance. Sandglass co-founders Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass will present Mud, an excerpt from All Weather Ballads, a piece celebrating Vermont’s rural culture and country life. Chris Yerlig will add a combination of silent comedy, mime and magic illusions. Finn and Tula Campman have developed a piece based on the W.B. Yeats play At the Hawk’s Well: An old man resides by an old well said to contain the waters of immortality. He and his raptor guard the well, tell its story, and so explore the complexity of waiting and everlasting life. Local favorite, Crabgrass Puppet Theater will be presenting Spinach!
Faye Dupras, who delighted audiences during Sandglass’ Winter Sunshine series, will be offering a piece from her newest work “I Spy a Butterfly”. Sandglass daughters Jana Zeller and Shoshana Bass will both make creative contributions. Jana bringing Zak and Desi Grace to the Stage, and Shoshana collaborating with Nettie Lane and Musician Riley Goodamote.
Enjoy a weekend of celebration of artistry, community and history. Puppets in Paradise runs from 10am to 4pm, last performance begins at 3:45. Please allow at least 2 hours to experience the garden and performances. $10/ticket; $32 for a family of four with $6 for each additional family member. Tickets available at the door.
Furthermore, audiences can fill out the weekend of festivities by attending the Putney Food Coop’s annual Lantern Supper on September 9th, celebrating the Coop’s 75th anniversary and benefiting Sandglass Theater. The event will feature puppets, kite dancing, the Yellow Barn Music Haul and an amazing birthday cake! The dinner will be from 6-8:30 pm on the Putney Central School Ballfield.
Directions: From I-91 north or south, take Exit 4/Putney. When off the ramp, take Route 5 North 0.5 mile into Putney Village center. Turn left onto Westminster Road and go 4 miles, making no turns, to the second entrance to McKinnon Road. That is, McKinnon is a “U”-shaped road that enters Westminster Road at two points. Pass the first and then take the second entrance to McKinnon and then immediately turn right into the field to park. (Please use zip code 05346 for GPS or mapping software).
CLICK HERE for more about Gordon and Mary Hayward’s gardens
Call for Volunteers for Puppets In Paradise! Volunteering for this event is a wonderful way to enjoy the atmosphere and be part of the community of this amazing celebration! There are many ways to get involved:
Parking and Greeting
Making or Donating Food
We want to fill these jobs for both Saturday and Sunday. They are first come, first serve! If you are interested please give your preference for the day, which shift you’d like, and the job. Please also include your phone number. If you have friends who may want to be involved send them my way!
Please contact Sandglass if you would like to be put in contact with our volunteer coordinator: Nettie Lu Lane
Click here to read the Brattleboro Reformer article about Sandglass Theater’s 30th anniversary celebration Puppets in Paradise.