A New Year, New Puppets & New Skills!

I hope your Holiday Season was fun and creative with lots of time spent with family and friends.

Although I haven’t been very good about posting on a regular basis, there are many exciting things brewing here at Puppeteria for the New Year. Thanks to Aaron King, Dani Richardson, Christopher King and Sarah Haber, I am registered for an on-line course starting in January called “Content Brew” through MomComm. The course description reads, “In Content Brew, you’ll learn how to plan & create fresh content ideas for your blog, Facebook and Twitter. You’ll also learn ways to find content to share and tools to make doing all of this easier.” Yay!! – I can hardly wait!  As someone who is far more comfortable with fabric, scissors, glue and goggly eyes than with computers, I think this course will help me tremendously.  Thank you to my insightful family members who realized some help was needed in this department and came to my rescue.

This photo is of the materials that will be used in the creation of a brand new puppet! Puppeteria is taking on a new chef to help promote our delicious offerings of workshops, creativity and fun. I’ll keep you posted on his progress as this stack of textured colour takes on a life of its own.

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There are lots of other great things happening in the new year.  Three elementary schools in Haliburton County have hired me to teach a total of 17 Puppetry Arts workshops between now and the end of the school year! Students from grades 1 to 6 will be making their own unique puppets, creating scripts, making props, designing sets and honing their performance skills.  A special thanks to the Haliburton Highlands Arts Council for making the Artist in the Schools program possible!

Puppeteria is forging new partnerships in the new year in the Community Services sector to use puppets for Anti-Abuse Training, Independent Planning Facilitation and social skills.  I’ll keep you posted on these and all the other Puppeteria adventures as we charge enthusiastically  in to 2014.

Happy New Year to all!  Wishing you a year filled with love, joy and creativity!