Any puppeteers, puppet builders, or puppetry fans in or around the Chicagoland area? I'm feeling rather adrift out here lately, and it would be nice to have some kind of public meet-and-greet/networking opportunity.
I live about 3 hours from Chicago, and go up there a few times a year. I will be there next week when I return from my trip, flying back into Midway and staying at least one night with a friend in the suburbs.
We have a great Guild here in Chicago, that has been experiencing a real period of growth. I am the editor of The Puppet Patter, which is published monthly and I would be very happy to put you on the email list. We have several day of puppetry events coming up this month, a picnic in June monthly meeting begining again in August. I have uploaded the two most recent Puppet Patters for you. I hope you enjoy them.
I"m afraid there has been a little change to the Chicagoland Guilds calendar. Due to the fact we are having areally big day of Puppetry on April 25 and then our president is getting married to one of our members [ Did I mention we are a really close Guild? LOL]on May 2nd, It was decided that we should dispence with the May meeting. So unfortunaly no May meeting. BUT!!!! Coming up June 14 will be our Guild picnic. Our picnics are pretty great ,lots of food, puppets and a puppet pot pourrie program by the members. Final plans are still being made and we are deciding between two locations. I will send you the May Puppet Patter with all the details. In the mean time I hope you will be able to attend one of our five day of puppetry programs. All of the programs will be great ,but I think you would really enjoy seeing the work of the Melikin Puppets at the Garfield Ridge Library Mel and Lavern Biske are really the first family of Chicago puppetry, and are beloved by all, plus their shows are absolutley top notch. The details are in the March puppet patter I sent.
I'm David. I go to school here in Chicago and with the exception of summers (when I've taken acting jobs in other states), have lived here for the past few years. I got into building puppets a couple years ago with my best friend who is now on tour with Sesame Street Live, and while it's hard to be a build team anywhere from 60-1200 miles away at times, it's been pretty cool.
I haven't met many other Chicago puppeteers, which is crazy, I know...but school takes up all of my time. I hardly even get time to build...
I wont be around again this summer (I'll be working at StoryLand in NH), but I'd like to find out more about the Chicagoland Guild for when I come back. It is my goal to start performing live shows in some capacity when I'm back so it would be great to link up with others doing the same thing.
Thanks for all the info posted, I am going to have to join the guild, those are really nice looking newsletters. I'm not sure yet what my short term plans will be as far as a visit up there goes, I just had arthroscopic knee surgery, and the results show I need major knee surgery that will lay me up for around 6 months. I am going to kind of what and see how things pan out over the next few weeks, but hope to be able to make some sort of visit up there in the near future.