Puppets at Penland

>> Thursday, June 19, 2008

Here's a little peek at one of the main reasons we moved here - Penland School of Crafts. They're just finishing up a special session called The Body and one of the classes was a Puppet Laboratory - culminating in a "Happening" tonight on the knoll. Look at this amazing work.

Think this bird is awesome? You should have seen it dance down the hill. Those are stilts!

The face alone was really cool - but then the clouds started floating out of his mouth and it was fabulous.

Jo thought the body parts trying to arrange themselves were very funny.

And they got a big round of applause when they got it right.

These birds were my favorite comic relief. I don't know why, but it cracked me up whenever they turned in unison.

And this was the spectacular closing act. How magnificent is this giant, god-like creature rising up in front of those mountains?
There was a nice crowd out to see the show - including lots of people we know.

This little one wanted to take a closer look at the puppets.

And how cool is it that after the show they let the kids try on the bird puppets?

I love this place. We decided to move to the high country after Alan came to the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games to research Something Wicked. We looked at all kinds of communities from Boone to Burnsville and we decided on Spruce Pine in order to be close to Penland - and because they have a fabulous Montessori school. There's always a great vibe at Penland even when there's nothing going on, but when there's a happening like tonight's show, or the most amazing Easter egg hunt ever - then it's just amazing and I can't believe how lucky we are to live only ten minutes away.


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