Our oddball bunch of freakazoid jumbo puppets and sweet, fuzzy hand puppets invaded Open Streets Salem on Saturday the 22nd. This was the second time we’ve taken to the open streets. This time the crowd and volunteers doubled in size with 58 puppets, masks and costumes. (Dare we say doubled in fun as well?  Indeed it did!)

Thanks to the many volunteers, this event brought a whole lot of whimsy to Winter Street. My favorite part was surprising people at the Saturday Market and watching their reactions…first questioning and then full-faced smiles of wonder that made my heart swell with joy.

I was also astonished to see the creativity this year. From a large butterfly that gracefully waved her wings to a Great White Shark speeding down Winter Street, the creativity and ingenuity was outstanding. For many, this was the first puppet they ever made and hopefully it won’t be the last.

Thank You Volunteers!
Aaron Clingerman, Diane Clingerman, Alan Pennington, Emmitt  Pennington-Guthrie, Andrea Tafolla, Ashley Zapien, Eddie Zapien, Linc Zapien, Emily Zapien, Penny Zapien, Beverly Kanewske, Brooke Edmunds, Jo Jo Edmunds, Everett Edmunds, Chelsea Peterson, Luke and Madison Peterson, Chris Bradberry, Cristina Rios, Dan Stephenson, Danielle Baca, Fiona Baca, Deanne Beausoleil, Brian Tackman, Derek Boaz, Liam Boaz, Jenny Hoelter, Owen Hoelter, Jill Hohnstein, Joanna Hiltz, Kyle Van Son, Iris Hiltz, Laura Mack, Ronan Willette, Sawyer Willette, Laurel Good, Milo Good, Ezra Good, Linda Rindy, Maria Heredia Walker, Ambrose Walker, Marian Scadden, Rosalie Pearson, Ben Baer, Abram Lanoie, Marina Belloc, David Rodriguez, Marla Rich, Austin Rich, Meg Rowe, Monica Lua, Natasha Zimmerman, Penny Feltner, Ruth Hudgens, Madea Hudgens, Stephanie Curtis , Toni Emerson and Nephew, Jason Ramey, Bella Ramey, Will Ramey, Christina Vejar, Emily Skelding, Philip Skelding, Zola Skelding, Opal Skelding, Lucy Hewitt, Mary Lou Zeek, Kay Hales, Molly Garmire, Niki Paxton

We also had some great coverage from the Statesman Journal both in digital and print!

Want to start planning for the next event? Join our planning group on facebook!

Thank you Salem!

-Jessica Ramey