All Shook Up Over Elvis


All Shook Up Over Elvis

July 25, 2014.
Truth be told I never was an Elvis fan. Not one single photo of Elvis ever graced my Beatle wallpapered wall as a teen. The closest I came to having some sort of an affiliation with the rock legend was stealing a 45 RPM called “Viva Las Vegas” from the local five-and-dime in the 60’s.
Who knew that yesterday Elvis would become my new “Hunk of Burnin’ Love”. It ‘s no secret to those that know me that puppets have always been a great love and fascination of mine. Each year in August (except for last year) I religiously attend the “Puppets Up!” festival in Almonte, Ontario. I cram as many shows as they feature, and am the number 1 fan of the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers from Bar Harbor ME.
Yesterday I was given a vintage Noreen Young affiliated puppet of Elvis for my birthday by my “Bossa Nova Valley” sweetie from California.
 “Ain’t that Lovin You Baby?”
I have idolized Ms. Young for years and my children worshiped her television show “Under the Umbrella Tree”. I am lucky and honoured to live in the house they used for the opening of her 60’s CBC-TV show “High Diddle Day.” I would safely say that I don’t have a puppet fetish, but just a great admiration for those that use such creativity to entertain.
Each year as I watch the annual “Puppets Up!” parade I envy those that participate in the yearly extravaganza. This year I proudly announce I will be in that very parade mingling with the puppeteers in section B with my “King of the Whole Wild World”.
Another thing finally marked off my bucket list!
This morning I got up and smiled at Elvis, and as he looked at me he seemed to say,
“It’s Now or Never” baby!
Today, there is finally “Peace in the (Ottawa) Valley” for me.
             Puppets Up! August 8-10 Almonte Ontario
All photos by Linda Seccaspina

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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