Peterborough tradition welcomes giant puppets
Organizers have scheduled several professional puppet performers as well as organized several school groups from area schools to perform puppet shows for the festival.
Local high school students are joining the Bread and Puppet Theater of Vermont behind the Historical Society at 2 p.m. on Saturday to perform “Circus of the Possibilitarians.”
The festival started in the spring of 1994 after Jeannie Connoly, Nancy Brown and Laura Hanson received a grant so Peterborough Elementary students could make a claymation film, on the condition the film was shared with the community.
From its humble beginnings the event has blossomed into an all-day celebration of children and art every May.
“This is a totally free and community supported event, and I think that’s the amazing thing about that it’s been this for 20 years. That’s a statement about this thing,” Reeves said. “It really means community cause it’s just amazing how this has been community supported financially, and people giving up windows, and space, and volunteer time. It’s an extraordinary community gathering. I’m surprised it’s still going and still community supported.”
Aside from vendors selling food the event is entirely free, she said. “We want to have people to come down and not have to pay anything expect for buying their lunch.”
Anyone can march in the parade and they are encouraged to create a giant puppet matching each year’s theme to march with.
There are several events, performances and workshops scheduled downtown throughout the day till 3 p.m.
For a full schedule go online to www.childrenandthearts.org.