I Will See You at PuppetsUp! Today



Me on the cover of Florida’s Screamin Mamas Magazine– photo by Sherry Crummy


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There’s a reason why I’m counting the days until the PuppetsUp! International Puppet Festival comes to Almonte. Years ago I became a fan because the facade of my home was used as the opening intro to PuppetsUp! artistic director and founding member Noreen Young’s  CBC children’s television program called “Hi Diddle Day”.

The children’s program was once a CBC Ottawa production designed to entertain and inform young viewers from 1968-1976. The uniquely-produced series starred a number of puppet characters (created, manipulated and voiced by Noreen Young) who lived in an unusual household. It was originally seen only in Ottawa, Montreal and the Maritimes and by 1970, its popularity led CBC to turn it into a national children’s series.

But it didn’t stop there. Noreen Young (Order of Canada, 1995) was also the creator of “Under the Umbrella Tree” – another popular CBC television children’s series that ran from 1987 – 1997 on the CBC network and subsequently on The Disney Channel.

No one had a clue what Noreen would do next until she and and her puppet community brought the PuppetsUp! International Puppet Festival to Almonte, Ontario  12 years ago.  Her band of volunteers, businesses, sponsors, angel investors, and of course the city of Almonte have brought community to another level with family-friendly original theatre in the heart of Almonte. So what is PuppetsUp! and  why do you and your family need to attend?

My puppet room



Puppets Up! is a great day or weekend out for everyone with all the activities happening within the downtown core of Almonte, along Mill Street. There are puppet shows, buskers, food vendors and also a small market bazaar, where you can take home a souvenir of Puppets Up! like I do every year.

So meet me at PuppetsUp! TODAY and I will personally see you at the parade today from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. Sunday, on the main street of Almonte. Look for Elvis and he will thank you very much for coming!


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The Morphy Cram House — Springside Hall

The Hi- Diddle-Day House of Carleton Place – Puppets on a String

The Ghost Lovers of Springside Hall – A True Love Story

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Feeling Groovy by the Lake Ave East Bridge

October 13, 1977 George W. Raeburn of Lake Ave East— Artist and C. P. R. Man

What if You Had a Fire and No One Came?


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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