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I Just Followed Baker Bob – PuppetsUp! Parade August 7th



Photos by Steve Yaver

PuppetsUp! Parade 2016 Sunday August 7–2016


Linda and Scott Reid Member of Parliament (federal) for the riding of Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington


and so the parade begins with the first dancing footsteps of Nick


Noreen Young with her young awesome charge


The Mayor of Almonte-Shaun McLaughlin


Steampunk Ottawa





Let’s just keep following the beat….


Yowsers this is great!


Les Grandes Dames de PuppetsUp!


Look at the spectators!




We’re working the street!


My friend Vicki Racey- known as Vintage Vicki to all of her friends!


Vicki and I working the street.. Baker Bob with his fans in the back of us!


I’m just following Baker Bob!!




Kris Riendeau Hansen from the Humm on the right and Kassandra on the left

If you would like to see more photos hit up PuppetsUp! Facebook page

So what happens when the parade is over after everyone turns that corner?

They say there are no faeries or clouds of magic in Lanark County, but some might disagree. The magic that the enchanting Noreen Young has created for many decades has made many of us follow the beat of this amazing woman who resides in Mississippi MIlls.

Noreen Isabel Young, was born on the 10th of May, 1952 and is a Canadian producer and puppeteer, and still actively involved in puppeteering through her corporation Noreen Young Productions. Young grew up in the capital of Ottawa, Ontario and knew from the beginning that puppets can say things that humans can’t.

Young, a founding member of the CBC children’s television programming developed a children’s show called “Hi Diddle Day” 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 the magic didn’t stop there-  the fascinating Young was also the creator of “Under the Umbrella Tree” – another popular CBC television children’s series that ran from 1987 – 1993 on the CBC network and subsequently on The Disney Channel from 1993-1997.  She received Gemini Award nominations for all her love, imagination and her mastery of puppetry in 1986, 1990 and 1994.

Dodie”, a character on Sesame Park, also became part of Noreen’s repertoire when she replaced Rob Mills on the Canadian version of Sesame Street.  Her puppet characters also appeared on many TV Ontario productions including Readalong and Telefrancais and they were also  featured in the second 1984 Care Bears television special, The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine.

Young is also known for her fabulous caricature puppets of public figures: former governor-general Adrienne Clarkson, CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge and hockey commentator Don Cherry, and also of community personalities from her beloved Mississippi Mills. She was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1995, honoured by the Canadian Institute for Child Health on November 18th, 2015 at the 16th Annual Crayons and Cravats Gala for her tireless energy and dedication to the use of puppetry to teach and entertain children.

No one had a clue what Noreen would do next until she and her astonishing puppet community brought the PuppetsUp! International Puppet Festival to Almonte, Ontario. Her band of volunteers, businesses, sponsors, angel investors, and of course the city of Almonte brought the community to another level with family-friendly original theatre.

 In 2017 the PuppetsUp! Festival sadly ended after 12 years. Noreen was quoted in the Ottawa Citizen: 

“This is not the end of Puppets Up!” she insisted, “I think that we will reinvent ourselves!”

…and so she has. 

Abracadabra! —Let the magic begin once again!

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Jane Austen and Linda Comment on the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

So What Happened to Laird Keller and His Ventriloquist Dummy Woody?

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Invest in Wearable Art at the Carleton Place Museum Vintage Clothing Sale-Photos!!



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Models- Jayne Henry and Henry Irwin shot at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.

Personally I believe contemporary designer clothes are a waste of money. Vintage clothing is wearable art with an investment value. So come on down to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum in Carleton Place this weekend. All the clothing is the iconic Vintage Vicki. Friday to Sunday, and I will be there to help you on Saturday. See you all there!!


Model Jayne Henry






Model Henry Irwin- Sorry ladies only the kilt is for sale!







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Betty can swing, the best ya ever saw-at the Vintage Clothing Sale this weekend!!






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These Boots were Made for Walking– Vintage Clothing Sale this weekend!!




Just some of the goodies at the sale coming this weekend!!









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Only $20 in my Pocket–Vintage Clothing Sale Coming Up!




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Thrift Store Shopping — Vintage Personal Thoughts

If you look up Thrift Shop in Wikipedia you will get the history of a “charity shop”, as that is what they were first called in 1899 in the UK. During the Second World War the charity shop became widespread and The Red Cross opened up it’s first charity shop at 17 Old Bond Street, London in 1941. For the duration of the war, over two hundred “permanent” Red Cross gift shops and about 150 temporary Red Cross shops were opened. The entire proceeds from sales had to be passed to the Duke of Gloucester’s Red Cross or the St John Fund. Most premises were lent free of rent and in some cases owners also met the costs of heating and lighting.

I don’t think I recall my Grandmother mentioning a thrift shop when I grew up and people used to wait for local church rummage sales to get cheaper clothing for their family. The first time I heard a thrift store mentioned was in the late 60’s when I was working as a designer/seamstress for Le Chateau in Montreal. All the cool people that wore the high-waisted gabardine pants and shag haircuts raved about the Salvation Army Thrift Store that was in an old stone building in Old Montreal. The first time I went there I was mesmerized by everything in it. After that, I began to add trips to army surplus stores for things that coordinated with my thrift store finds.
In the 70’s thrifting began to evolve and some of the cool stores I went to in NYC like Reminiscence on MacDougal Street mixed, surplus and vintage together to create unique fashion. There was such an upsurge in the vintage fashion trends that Caterine Milinaire and  Carol Troy  came out with the great book called Cheap Chic in 1975.

When I opened my store Flash Cadilac in 1974, there was very few thrifts stores in Ottawa except for Salvation Army, Ste. Vincent de Paul and Neighbourhood Services. Vintage fashion stores included: “Yes We Have No Bananas” on Elgin Street, Paddlin Maddlin’s, and my friend Catherine Landry’s shop’s “Ragtime” which evolved into her kitschy store “Pennies From Heaven.”

The quest for good vintage finds in Canada were sparse and I used to go to Flushing NY and buy 500 pound bales of silks. Needless to say Canadian customs would make us cut the compressed clothing bale open and I don’t think I have to tell you what a 500 compressed clothing bale looks like when it’s free. Many station wagon trips were made from Ogdensburg to Ottawa– but it was worth its weight in gold.

Times have changed and charity chains like Goodwill now have pickers and you can seldom find anything worthwhile, as the best is sold online. They hire staff to go through books with UPC scanners to pick out all the valuables in media and vintage clothing pickers go through the clothing. On Thursday mornings at most of the Salvation Armys in the Bay area flea marketers line up with their trucks to buy better value items never seen by the common customer.

Personally I changed my shopping habits for fun frugal fashion a few years ago.  So come on down to the Vintage Clothing Sale come April at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.





Almonte’s Vintage Wear 1,500 sq Feet of Vintage Clothing


Six miles outside of Carleton Place lies the biggest vintage store this side of Ottawa. Vintage Wear is ultimately the most reliable source of fantastic, one-of-a-kind finds in Lanark County. Vicki Racey houses an extensive collection of vintage clothing, accessories, nostalgia, curios and oddities. There’s a price point for every budget (from “change I dug up from the couch” to “brown-bagging it for a month, and I’m not even upset about it”). That perfect vintage outfit is there waiting for you – so begin your search at Vintage Vicki’s. Vintage Wear officially re-opened again on April 15 for what is planned to be a limited time only- six months.

Shop the massive collection of everything retro from the 1920s through to the 1980s . Almonte’s temple to all things secondhand takes up roughly 1,500 densely-packed square feet in a out of the way space near the Barley Mow restaurant. It’s like a treasure hunt to find her in the former Take Young People Seriously (TYPS) building at 65 Mill Street (look for the green door). Vintage clothing with excellent prices keep her customers coming back. Such a mishmash wouldn’t be complete with some retro home accessories, right? Vicki has a wonderful kitchen section that has things every retro home needs.

Did I mention the store is massive, because that’s important. It’s huge! Wearing vintage is not forsaking the timelessness of true style. Offbeat and finding the right item for everyone shines through in the store’s diverse, one-of-a-kind offerings. Take a drive to Almonte and come see Vicki. You won’t regret it!

Vintage Wear
65 Mill Street through the arch
613-858-6348 store
Vintagewear on Facebook
Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.