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We just finished the Christmas season with a Santa’s Village set up in our studio at 168 Armistice Blvd. in Pawtucket, RI.  Guests were welcomed in to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and they could take as many photos as they wanted with their own cameras, cellphones, or tablets.  We had games and crafts for the children to play and do in out studio space!  It was great to see scared children become very friendly with Santa after he played a game of Knock-Hockey with them!  We had great publicity and made WPRI’s The Rhode Show three times the week of Christmas.  On the 23rd and 24th, they ran the article about theSanta’s Workshop, and then on Christmas morning they ran an interview with Santa an dMrs. Claus after retiring for their flight around the world!!

February saw us face painting at the R.I.Spring Flower and Garden Show!!  Four days of long lines and lots of kids!!  We painted over 450 faces!!

We are looking forward this Spring to offering our MAP OF THE UNITED STATES project.  When I was doing arts workshops for the Providence Recreation Department at the George West Playground, I made a cardboard template. of a map of the United States 18′ X 32′.  The children nd I made the map on th playground, and we did another one at the Washington Park Community Center.  I told this story to Andrea Distill,a reacher at the Carl Lauro School in Providence where I was volunteering as a reader through he SAG Foundation, and she suggested I do it again.  So, I made a new map template from, plywood,a and we painted one on the playground behind the school.  If you would like one of your playground, recreation center, or library, just contact us.

 

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A new Puffit Comes to Life!!
A new Puffit Comes to Life!!

 

 

Here is a;hot of a puppy;et that I call a PUFFIT!!  I invented this puppet when the Puppet Workshop was asked by the Executive Director off the RI State Council on the Arts too design a puppet which could be made on the streets of Providence.  We started with cardboard tube from th bolts of cloth.  Over time, I evolved a piece of foam rubber to insert into the tube to hold the head on the index finger.  In 1977, I received a patent for this puppet (No.4,010,570).  From that year until the closing of The Puppet Workshop made over 25,000 of these puppets with children, adults, special needs adults and children, teachers, and librarians.  This year, i decided that this puppet could change the way puppets are used in educational and therapeutic situations. It offers a puppet which can be made easily and somewhat quickly, and when the participant decides the name,, age, and othe details about the puppet AFTER they complete it, a whole world of creativity is discovers. The puppet then becomes the source to create biographies family trees, personality traits, stories, plays, and possibly even short novels!  So, I have these puppet ears and bodies for SALE!!  They are $1.50 for a head and body,  You can order them through our email marcwkohler@aol.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi:  Fran and I  are completing our fifth year face painting at the Crescent Park Carousel.  We are there Saturdays and Sundays from Easter until Columbus Day.  I spent my summer working as a Recreation Leader for the East Providence Recreation Summer Camp held at Pierce Athletic Complex.  I worked with The Rainbow Wolves, one of the 6-8 year-old groups, and the children were fantastic!  We painted plaster pieces, created mosaic pieces, puppets, murals, learned about rhythm, and painted bricks that we found buried in the playground!!  They were very old!!  In June, i played Owen Glendower for The Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater’s production of Henry IV Part I held at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence.  I was also invited to present three workshops at the Puppeteers of America Northeast and Mid-Atlanic Regional Homecoming Festival.  I presented two workshops on using puppets in educational and therapeutic situations and one on easy to make puppet with emphasis on The Puffit.  The Puffit is an easy to make puppet that I invented, hold a patent on, and am marketing now.   We face painted at the East Greenwich Arts Festival, the Pawtucket Arts Festival, and the K-Rob Festival held at the Carousel.  You can see both of us appearing as mr. and Mrs. Claus in the Federal Hill Columbus Day Parade.  Fran starts playing Mrs. Claus at Winter Wonderland at Slater Park, Pawtucket.  This will be her 16th year there:: December 7,8,14,15.  I will be at Providence Place Mall with a red suit on!! We are available to do Santa and Mrs. Cl;aux visits throughout December.  Please take a look at the programs that we offer schools, families, libraries, recreation centers, and any group that needs quality children’s programs. If you have any questions for us, please call or email us:                                                                 Cell: 401-441-2129 Home: 401-438-4921    Email: marcwkohler@aol.com

 

Here we are at the Federal Hill Columbus Day Parade!! We sat on the back of an antique pick-up truck!!
Here we are at the Federal Hill Columbus Day Parade!! We sat on the back of an antique pick-up truck!!
This is the most popular face for boys!!
This is the most popular face for boys!!

 

 

We use air dry clay, so the kids can take home there work that day, and they will dry very hard and last for years!!
We use air dry clay, so the kids can take home there work that day, and they will dry very hard and last for years!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Puffet takes a walk!!
A Puffit takes a walk!!