Sandglass Theater’s Crankie! Weekend


The weekend of December 15th and 16th will bring together a dynamic collection of artists to share their work, song, and magical cranking devices in the celebration of the storytelling medium which has recently become so popular across New England.

With the serenade of ballads, stories, comic songs and originally composed music, an exciting team of artists will present an assortment of beautifully handcrafted crankies for your delight and entertainment. Crankies are scrolling illustrations, wound inside a wooden box and then hand-cranked so that the images move across a viewing screen. Once called “moving panoramas”, crankies were as close as it got to films in the early 19th century. Recently crankies have made a fresh and invigorated appearance throughout the nation, appearing in circuses, music events and yes…puppet theaters. Performances at Sandglass Theater by Anna Patton, Julie Vallimont, Meredith Holch, Brendan Taaffe, Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass, Donald Saaf and Matt Sharff.

Saturday December 15 at 4 and 7:30 pm & Sunday December 16 at 3 pm at Sandglass Theater, Kimball Hill Putney, VT. Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Please reserve your tickets at or by calling 802 387 4051.

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