Fall Festival at Bush-Holley Historic Site
Sunday, October 8
Joshua and Sienna Charlton flank their original creation at the 2015 Fall Festival
Fall Festival at the Greenwich Historical Society will feature a puppet show, games, crafts, touch-a-truck, and our perennially popular scarecrow competition. Throughout the event, visitors can see Kermit, Oscar the Grouch, and Grover at the Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play exhibition in the Storehouse Gallery and take a family-friendly tour of Bush-Holley House.
Puppeteer Chad Williams and Friend
WonderSpark Puppets will perform “Fox Fables,” the story of a fox who loses his tail and seeks a new identity, in the Vanderbilt Education Center at 2:00 pm. WonderSpark was founded in 2009 by husband and wife team Chad Williams and Lindsey “Z” Briggs (also manager of the Jim Henson Foundation). In addition to their regular gigs, they often bring laughter and joy to the patients at Mt. Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital in Manhattan.
The theme of this year’s scarecrow competition will be “friendly monsters” in the honor of Sesame Street characters Grover and Oscar the Grouch, who appear in our current exhibition. Basic scarecrow building materials (straw, burlap bag and armature/“bones”) are included in the fee, but participants are welcome to bring “accessories” to customize their creations. Prizes will be awarded in various categories.
Sunday, October 8
12:30 to 3:30 pm
Bush-Holley Historic Site
Admission: Children under 3: free; All other children under 18: $5;
Adults: $10; Family: $25
Separate fee for the Scarecrow Competition: Members: $10; Nonmembers: $15
Sunday, November 5
A free, inspiring, and educational puppetry performance and workshop lead by Jim Henson’s daughter Heather Henson and her company IBEX Puppetry, Harmonious Migrations playfully explores the co-existence of people and the endangered whooping crane in North America.
Developed to teach children ages 5–12 about the interconnectivity of the environment and all species, this program focuses specifically on cranes through puppetry, storytelling, and crafts.
Participants are introduced to the Native American concepts of the Four Directions, four elements, four medicinal herbs, and four stages of life.
Students will leave this workshop with a new understanding of interconnectivity and respect for indigenous cultures. Harmonious Migrations is science with a conscience and a whole lot of fun!
This program is being offered in collaboration with Greenwich Reads Together. Participants will enjoy an hour performance followed by an interactive workshop with an opportunity to complete a hands-on activity relevant to the show.
IBEX Puppetry is an entertainment company dedicated to promoting the fine art of puppetry. Founded in 2000 and receiving multiple UNIMA awards, IBEX Puppetry supports puppet art in film, stage, gallery exhibits, workshops, and artist presentations.
Sunday, Novemer 5
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Vanderbilt Education Center
Free. Reservations required. Click here to make reservations through EventBrite, send an email or call 203.869.6899 ext.10 and let us know how many adults and children (with ages) in your reservation. All ages are welcome!
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