Can you host a puppeteer celebrity?

Tanglewood
Tanglewood Marionettes return often to the homelike atmosphere in Almonte.

Puppets Up is into countdown mode, and billeting coordinator Glenda Jones is sincerely hoping the puppeteers will not be relegated to sleeping in the performance tents.   Glenda has been working the phones and email to find billets to provide B&B for the puppeteers. However, it would appear the festival is pulling in so many families of volunteers that these B&B’s are now in short supply.

Hosting a puppeteer in your home is an opportunity to be on the inside track of Puppets Up, including an invitation to the opening night party, a day pass for all the shows, as well as the honour of getting to know the performers personally.

The host family need only provide bed and breakfast for the puppeteer, nothing fancy, just a comfortable place to stay while they are here.

Artistic Director Noreen Young and Glenda Jones make a special effort to connect the performers with their hosts, and can assure our billeting families a positive experience.

The performers are so grateful for a family experience, and the families have all learned a bit more about puppeteering. According to Noreen, one of the draws of Puppets Up continues to be the close relationship the puppeteers feel to our community, something the organizers have fostered from the outset of this festival.

Most of the performers will be arriving Friday, so the host would likely have their billet for two nights. Some puppeteers leave directly after the show, others need a rest Sunday night before they head out. The hosts often go beyond B&B, treating their guests like family, but that is entirely up to each family.

By hosting a puppeteer in your home, you are boosting the value of the festival to the performer, the community, and far from least, yourself. Please contact Glenda by phone (613)256-6479, or email : aljones@xplornet.com for more details. You’ll be glad you did!