The Municipality of North Grenville recently awarded a $1,000 Community Grant to the Friends of the North Grenville Public Library in support of their Puppets Up! Festival scheduled for Saturday, June 10, at the Municipal Centre. This exciting family event will feature Noreen Young of Almonte, Canada’s foremost puppeteer. At 10 am, she will provide the children with a learn-by-doing experience in making hand puppets in a series of three workshops, assisted by Roberta Russell and other volunteers.
At 2 pm, Noreen and her team will entertain the audience in the Urbandale Arts Theatre with an assortment of puppet antics. Among her special guests will be Sir John A. Macdonald and Queen Victoria. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Barrhaven Fiddleheads, an extremely popular group in North Grenville.
The Eccentric Puppet Emporium will follow at 3:30. A wacky and wild puppet talent agent DUO, whose open doors reveal characters from around the world looking for their next gig. Hanz and Franz, the Flamingo Sisters, Ricky the Super Rat, Dancing Robots, and a cameo from Zip-E the clown! Includes talk back with the puppets at the end of the show.
Pat Babin states that they are approaching their $4,000 budget, with $3,500 already raised, including the Municipal Grant.
This special event is offered to the public with no admission fee, in recognition of the strong support provided to Friends during the last fifteen years.
Others on the Committee include Ivan and Roberta Russell and Jeffrey Murray.