Martha’s Vineyard puppet festival: weekend of enchantment


The Martha’s Vineyard puppet festival took place throughout last weekend, with three days of puppet-filled events. The festival opened Friday evening with shows by Felted Hat Puppets and Spindrift Marionettes at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

The celebrations continued Saturday afternoon and evening when the Katharine Cornell Theatre opened their doors again from 3 to 4:30 pm for puppet-making. At 5 pm, led by bell-ringers, participating children and adults paraded their new creatures down Main Street, Vineyard Haven, where dancing and music were in abundance alongside life-size crafts. Puppet shows continued after the parade at the Theatre by Spindrift Marionettes and Jeanne del Giudice.

The festivities ended early Sunday afternoon at the Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury. The plant sanctuary hosted a family puppet day from 11 am to 1 pm where puppet shows took place throughout the garden and a marionette show took place in the barn. Guests enjoyed a picnic and explored the arboretum. The weekend marked a successful collection of puppet gaiety for all ages.

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