Halloween show & November news

I’m posting my November newsletter a few days early to make sure you know about Red Yarn Puppet Band’s Halloween Spectacular at Mississippi Pizza, 5-6pm on Wednesday. See the flyer below; here’s the Facebook event to share with your friends. We’ll be pulling out all the stops; expect spooky stories, haunted American folksongs, the Big Bad Wolf, a giant skeleton, and more. Please know that this show could be scary for younger kids–I’m recommending it for fearless 4-year-olds and up. Younger ones are welcome with the understanding that some content might be frightening. Hope to see you and your family there!
Weekly Shows
-Tuesday Mornings at Cafe au Play
10:30-11am, $3/person suggested donation
2nd & 4th Wednesdays at Woodlawn Swap’n’Play/Village Ballroom
10-10:45am, $5/family suggested donation
-Friday Mornings at Warehouse Cafe
10-10:45am, $5/family suggested donation **no show Friday, Nov. 23
Friday Afternoons at Milagros Boutique
3:30-4:15pm, $3/person suggested donation 
Other Shows
From November to April, I’ll be performing on the first Monday of each month at the World Forestry Center’s Mommy and Me Mondays. Come out at 10am on November 5th for my first show there. I’m debuting my Social Skills Stories for Preschoolers, mixed with good ol’ animal folk songs and stories. 
Elementary School Residencies
If you have a school-age child, please consider me for an arts residency at his/her elementary school. I offer a program called “Folk Song Puppet Show” through Young Audiences. I’ll visit your child’s class 3-5 times and help them adapt a classic American folksong into a musical puppet show. Each child builds his/her own elaborate sock puppet. For more information, visit my artist page on the Young Audiences website, or read a description on my website

And of course, keep me in mind for your child’s next Birthday Party! You can always show your support by “Liking” Red Yarn on Facebook and spreading the word to friends. I hope to see you soon!
Best,
Andy “Red Yarn” Furgeson

Red Yarn celebrates National Food Day 2012!

Tomorrow, October 24, is National Food Day 2012! To celebrate, all of my shows this week will be food-themed with messages about healthy eating. Thanks to the Portland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for contacting me and inspiring me to get involved!

October Shows & News

Whew! Things are busy here at Red Yarn Productions! September was an action-packed month, my busiest yet with 23 distinct performances. New performance and teaching opportunities are opening up all the time, and on Saturday I went to Salem to showcase my offerings for librarians from all over the state (see video here). Below you’ll find a list of my upcoming shows this month, and info about an afterschool enrichment class I’m offering at MLC.
Weekly Shows
-Tuesday Mornings at Cafe au Play
10:30-11am, $3 suggested donation *no show on Oct. 9
2nd & 4th Wednesdays at Woodlawn Swap’n’Play/Village Ballroom
10-10:45am, $5 suggested donation
-Friday Mornings at Warehouse Cafe
10-10:45am, $5 suggested donation **starts Friday, Oct. 12
Friday Afternoons at Milagros Boutique
3:30-4:15pm, $3 suggested donation *Olive & Dingo sub for me this week, Oct. 5
*Please note, I’m out of town Friday, Oct. 5 through Tuesday, Oct. 9
Library Shows
You have two more chance to see my new library program, Bob Rabbit on Mr. Man’s Farm
-Thursday, Oct. 4 at Midland Library, 4:00-4:45pm
-Saturday, Oct. 20 at Gresham Library, 2:00-2:45pm
Halloween Show at Mississippi Pizza!
Mark your calendars: Red Yarn Puppet Band will perform a special Halloween show on Wednesday, October 31 from 5-6pm at Mississippi Pizza! We’ll be pulling out all the stops… expect family-friendly ghost stories, haunted American folksongs, a giant skeleton, and critters in costumes! We’ll be done in time to squeeze in some trick-or-treating, so bring the family, eat some pizza, and start your Halloween off right! More details to come. 
Afterschool Enrichment Class
Red Yarn Productions is offering an afterschool enrichment class called Musical Puppets for K-2nd graders at KCLC (the afterschool program at MLC, NW 20th & Glisan). Thursdays, 3:15-4:15, October 11-December 6. Only $60 for 8 one-hour classes. For more information see KCLC’s Club Guide and Registration Form
Musical Puppets: Join teaching artist Andy Furgeson of Red Yarn Productions for this exciting 8 week enrichment class. Students will adapt an American folk tale into a musical puppet show, weaving in classic folk songs and original music. After choosing a story, participants will build sets and elaborate sock puppets of the characters. Then they’ll adapt dialogue, develop silly voices and practice puppet manipulation. Andy will teach the group several folk songs and lead them in a songwriting exercise. Finally the group will perform their new show for families and friends at the Club Showcase!

I’ve updated this website with all of my show and class offerings; check out the Musical Puppet Show and Education Programs pages. Keep me in mind for birthday parties and residencies or events at your child’s school. And as always, you can show your support by “Liking” Red Yarn on Facebook and spreading the word to friends! Hope to see you soon!
Best,
Andy “Red Yarn” Furgeson