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