Well kids (big kids too, of course) — here’s the scoop on one of the busiest times of the year here in Mississippi Mills. But lest you think that there’s nothing but puppets on the horizon, let us assure you that these events run the gamut from the sublime (Tea on the Lawn, Emilie Capulet) to the ridiculous (the Puppets Up! Cabaret, and Cowguys juggling in Carleton Place)! Here’s a brief run-down, but don’t forget to check the Humm’s calendar of events for more details on these and even more happenings:

Start your week on a refined note, by dropping in at the Mill Of Kintail for some lovely Tea on the Lawn, served every Wednesday and Saturday from 2–4pm by the Ramsay Women’s Institute. This tradition dates back to 1958 and is still going strong! Enjoy delicious dessert loaves with either tea or lemonade, and rest assured that your donations go back to work in the community, thanks to the efforts of the WI volunteers.

The puppets are coming! The puppets are coming! And they’re starting with a special performance of Swan Lake performed by Docela Velké Divadlo of the Czech Republic on Friday, August 10 at 2pm at the Almonte Old Town Hall. Tickets are only $10, available from Mill Street Books. Then, all day long on Saturday and Sunday (August 11 and 12) the Puppets Up! International Puppet Festival keeps Almonte hopping with puppet shows, street entertainment, kids’ craft tent, and an amazing daily parade. Find full schedule and pricing details on the Puppets Up! website, and don’t miss the fun! On Saturday night, there’s a special treat for grown-ups: the adult-only Puppet Cabaret “Nothing Up Our Sleeves”, starting at 8pm at the Almonte Old Town Hall. Tickets are available for $25 at Baker Bob’s, Mill Street Books, or at the door (if there are any left).

And while you’re in town on Saturday… why not walk over to the annual Naismith 3 On 3 Basketball Festival! You’ll be able to cheer on school, men’s and ladies’ teams as they battle it out along Bridge Street. For more information or to register a team, visit naismithmuseum.com. And then head back to Mill Street to have your picture taken with James Naismith in person (OK, his bronze statue), or learn about how he invented the game of basketball from the great man himself (OK, his puppet).

Now that you’ve got the kids all hyped up on live entertainment, take them over to Showtime at the Station in Carleton Place on August 15 from 6-8pm. There you’ll find The Cowguys and their comedy/juggling routine. The entertainment is free, and a BBQ will be provided by Ballygiblin’s! Find out more on the Arts Carleton Place website.