Puppets at the Hilltown Spring Festival!

PachaMama Puppets on the Lawn
6th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival
Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA
May 12th, 2012

The Hilltown CDC’s 6th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival will be on Saturday, May 12 at the Cummington Fairgrounds! 2,000 people are expected at the Hilltown Spring Festival this year and entertainment will include musical performances and workshops, exhibits by artists and craftspeople, displays by local businesses, food from local vendors, a family contra-dance, kids-made craft bazaar, children’s activities and much more. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

PachaMama Puppet Theatre of Haydenville will be at the 6th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival on May 12th, 2012 at the Cummington Fairgrounds.  At noon, the Great PachaMama and her troupe will perform “The Waltz of the Polar Bear,” leading into the Maypole dance.  Later, children will have the chance to make puppets similar to those made at PachaMama’s Puppets in the Woods Summer Arts Camp.

Beth Fairservis, PachaMama’s director, loves to make puppets, both big and small. She says, “I always find it amazing that, as I start working on a puppet, a personality begins to emerge, and it leads me to finish the puppet as if it knows who it wants to be!  

“When I make a giant puppet, I work with lots of clay. Clay moves so easily in my hands and lends itself to making very expressive faces.  Over the clay face, I layer paper mache.  When it’s dry, I remove the paper from the clay, paint and mount the paper mask on a puppet body, and voila…a new being is ready to perform. Working with natural materials is an essential part of my work as an artist.

“In fact, PachaMama, the name of my theatre company, means “Mother Earth” and is spoken with great reverence by the indigenous peoples of Bolivia and elsewhere in South America. My puppet plays and my puppetry camps for children emphasize reverence for our mother planet and learning to listen deeply to her through all of our senses, especially our hearts!”

The Hilltown Spring Festival, produced by Hilltown CDC, is a simultaneous music festival, food festival, children’s festival, art and craft festival, sustainability festival, and more… MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

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