Hey! How was Savannah? Sorry I didn't answer sooner- didn't realize that you hasd written to me. Great picture, by the way. Hope all is well with you, your family, etc.
I REALLY wanted to go to Savannah and MO but finances weren't in my favor this time around.
We're in the same state- I hope to be able to see y'all between trips to St. Cloud where I have family.
Keep in Touch!:)
What do you plan on doing next July? I'm leading an EF TOUR to Italy as a HS graduation gift for our oldest, probably in June, but I have July earmarked for Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia! Maybe we could carpool and share expenses if Hannah didn't want to go. What do you think about that? How far is Palm Bay from St. Cloud anyway? Are you near SR 192? Instead of coming home by way of the Turnpike I might just go east toward Melbourne/Palm Bay area instead.
I know exactly what you mean about family and work getting more of your time lately. My graduate classes are keeping me busy this summer. But, by summer's end, I hope to have the nonprofit up and running-The Palette Project,Inc.-a nonprofit puppetry organization.
I wish that I had been able to go. Think about what I said about Atlanta National Festival July 14-29, 2009. I'm going to start saving bit by bit starting in August. Bad storm just hit so I'll talking to you again soon. As my kids would say" L8r!:) And what about Mo.? When is their festival next year? Does anyone know yet? Hello to Hannah and goodbye for now.
I saw your comment on the Strings page on July 11 about carving marionettes. I have carved some using the techniques used in a very large book, the Dwiggins Marionettes, by Dorothy Abbe, published by Abrams, New York. This may still be available through www.puppetbooks.co.uk or I could email you some of the drawings in it. The ones I made did work very well, but took a long time to carve. The attached photos include three from the book, and a knee joint I started carving.
Saw your pictures of the Harlequin Puppet Theatre, my Dad took me there way back in 1966, one of the places that got me going on marionettes.
Another book I have on marionettes is Marionette Sourcebook, Theory and Technique, by Luman Coad, from Charlemagne Press, 1993. Lots of variations on marionettes and controls. Hope this helps.
Yes, if you come to England again, The Little Angel marionette theatre in Islington, North London, is well worth a visit, if you haven't been there. Again it is one of the places my Dad took me in the early1960s, when we saw The Little Mermaid, which at that time was performed with live voices. The theatre has two joined marionette bridges, one just behind the proscenium, and one further back, and room below floor level to work rod puppets and glove puppets.
The other permanent puppet theatre is here in Norwich, where I worked for a couple of years when it first opened in 1980. It is going through troubled times at the moment because its Arts Council Funding has been stopped.
There is also a permanent Puppet Theatre in Scotland at Biggar, near Edinburgh. They do a lot of Ultra Violet shows.
I hope that y'all fared okay with Fay. I know we rec'd much rain but not much flooding. Were you as lucky? You in my thoughts. More later. I'm getting ready to make a school run to get the girls from shcool and getting ready for my grad classes that start up again on Sat. Keep in touch when you can. Thanks for posting all the pix.:)
I just returned from SC by way of Winter Park for a previously scheduled Massage Advanced Training. My nephew and my goddaughter were on their way to school when they were in a fatal accident, one week before his birthday (April 2). She survived and is getting rehab now. It has been very surreal the past three weeks. I have two papers dues in next two weeks to graduate with my Masters in Nonprofit Mgmt. from FAU on April 30th.
It is one of my highest prioroties to get to the National Festival in Atlanta. I hope to see you there.
I'll write more later about two puppet projects I've been developing. Love & Light to you and yours and Happy Easter, Passover, or just Happy Spring! Is that politically correct enough? :)
Hey! Started to reply earlier but my PC crashed on mie...again! Updates: I did graduate on April 30th with my Masters in Nonprofit Management from FAU (Go OWLS!) and as for Atlana, I'm counting my blessings and hopeful for more- as in the money to be able to afford to go. Things are SO tight.. we started a lawn care business for my husband this year in response to being out of work for six months last year. It's growing slowly, so we are grateful and hopeful about that. I recently finished advanced training as a Compassionate Tuch Practitioner specializing in frail elder and end stage of life massage. I am currently marketing into the skilled nursing facilities and while I still do corporate and individual clients at their homes, I want to focus on this population more and more. Like puppetry, it 'calls' to me. Before my PC goes out again I'll send this.
Can't make it to Atlanta this year. I am going for a week long puppetry workshop for teachers in West Liberty, IA the last week of June. It's put on by Monica Leo from Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater Co and also featuring Karen Konnerth (Calliope Puppets)
from New Orleans. http://www.puppetspuppets.com
Thanks for the message, though.
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