January newsletter

Happy new year! (A little late, I know.) I hope you had wonderful holidays. My wife and I enjoyed a great trip to Texas and some relaxing time in Portland, too. We’re gearing up for a big change in our lives: our first baby is due in less than a month! (Due date is 2/11.) I’m hoping to take at least two weeks off once the baby comes, so keep an eye on my Facebook page and website for updates. We feel blessed to bring a child into such a loving community, and all you Red Yarn supporters are a big part of that!

In other big news, I was recently awarded a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council to produce the pilot episode of The Deep Woods kids’ TV show! I have a talented crew of artists on-board to help. The project must be completed in 2014; hopefully we’ll have something to show by the fall. Stay tuned!

I’m also excited to be launching a music program at Joyful Noise Child Development Centers, and to lead residencies at Atkinson, Arleta, Woodstock and Happy Valley elementary schools this winter and spring.

Finally, I’m thrilled to be a part of the Rainy Day Family, a new collective of children’s entertainers including the Alphabeticians, Penny’s Puppets, Tallulah’s Daddy, Pointed Man Band and more. We have our first group show on Sunday, January 26 from 4-5:30pm at the Village Ballroom. Tickets are for sale online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/549562. I suggest you buy in advance, because these big shows at Village Ballroom have been selling out.

Thanks for all your ongoing support! Hope to see you soon!

Andy/Red Yarn

Regular Show Schedule:
**Please note: I’ll be taking two weeks off from performing when my baby comes. I will try to get subs for my regular shows, but some might be cancelled.
First Mondays at World Forestry Center, 10-10:45am
Through April2/3, 3/3, and 4/7
Performance included with museum admission
Tuesdays at Cafe au Play, 10:30-11am
$3/walking person suggested
Wednesdays at Village Ballroom, 10-10:45am 
$5/family suggested
Fridays at Warehouse Cafe, 10-10:45am 
$5/family suggested
First Saturdays at Mississippi Pizza, 4-5pm
2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3…
$5-$10/family suggested
Sadly, I’m no longer doing regular shows at Treehouse Children’s Boutique. See their website for their ongoing show schedule. 
 
October newsletter
Dear Friends,

Hooray for October! My debut album, The Deep Woods, will be officially released on the 15th (but those sneaky critters are already selling CDs at my shows). Digital and CD pre-orders are available now at redyarn.bandcamp.com.  My 7-piece band will celebrate with TWO shows: one for adults on Sat, Oct 19 at the Waypost and one for families on Sun, Oct 20 at Village Ballroom. Buy tickets now for the family show!

Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite critters!

The album is already getting a bit of radio play, and we’re crossing our fingers for some good press, too. Follow Red Yarn on Facebook for updates.

Find our full performance schedule below or visit the calendar on our new website. Please note, I won’t be at TreeHouse this Thursday, but an excellent family performer named Chuck Cheesman (new to town from AZ) will fill in for me.

I hope to see you and your families soon!

-Andy/Red Yarn

Weekly Show Schedule

Tuesdays at Cafe au Play
10:30-11:00am, $3/walking person
10:00-10:45am, $5/family
Thursdays at TreeHouse
10:00-10:45am, $5/child (adults are free)
**No Red Yarn on 10/3–Chuck Cheesman subs
 —
Fridays at Warehouse Cafe
10:00-10:45am, $5/family

Special Shows & Events 

Saturday, October 5, 4:00-5:00pm
Red Yarn at Mississippi Pizza (every first Saturday)
$5-$10/family suggested donation
Sunday, October 6, 2:30-3:15pm
“The Deep Woods” at Eugene Public Library (downtown). 
Free!
Monday, October 14, 12:00-1:00pm
Noontime Showcase at Portland’5 (PCPA) Antoinette Hatfield Hall.
Free!
Saturday, October 19, 9:00-11:00pm
The Deep Woods Adult Release Show at the Waypost
21+. $5 suggested donation. 
Sunday, October 20, 3:00-6:00pm
w/ storyteller Will Hornyak and old-time music duo Maggie & Patrick Lind
All ages. $5/walking person. Food & drink service from Oregon Public House. 
October newsletter
Dear Friends,

Hooray for October! My debut album, The Deep Woods, will be officially released on the 15th (but those sneaky critters are already selling CDs at my shows). Digital and CD pre-orders are available now at redyarn.bandcamp.com.  My 7-piece band will celebrate with TWO shows: one for adults on Sat, Oct 19 at the Waypost and one for families on Sun, Oct 20 at Village Ballroom. Buy tickets now for the family show!

Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite critters!

The album is already getting a bit of radio play, and we’re crossing our fingers for some good press, too. Follow Red Yarn on Facebook for updates.

Find our full performance schedule below or visit the calendar on our new website. Please note, I won’t be at TreeHouse this Thursday, but an excellent family performer named Chuck Cheesman (new to town from AZ) will fill in for me.

I hope to see you and your families soon!

-Andy/Red Yarn

Weekly Show Schedule

Tuesdays at Cafe au Play
10:30-11:00am, $3/walking person
10:00-10:45am, $5/family
Thursdays at TreeHouse
10:00-10:45am, $5/child (adults are free)
**No Red Yarn on 10/3–Chuck Cheesman subs
 —
Fridays at Warehouse Cafe
10:00-10:45am, $5/family

Special Shows & Events 

Saturday, October 5, 4:00-5:00pm
Red Yarn at Mississippi Pizza (every first Saturday)
$5-$10/family suggested donation
Sunday, October 6, 2:30-3:15pm
“The Deep Woods” at Eugene Public Library (downtown). 
Free!
Monday, October 14, 12:00-1:00pm
Noontime Showcase at Portland’5 (PCPA) Antoinette Hatfield Hall.
Free!
Saturday, October 19, 9:00-11:00pm
The Deep Woods Adult Release Show at the Waypost
21+. $5 suggested donation. 
Sunday, October 20, 3:00-6:00pm
w/ storyteller Will Hornyak and old-time music duo Maggie & Patrick Lind
All ages. $5/walking person. Food & drink service from Oregon Public House. 

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August show & event schedule

Hey folks! Here is my August show and event schedule. Portland people, pay special attention to Rox in Sox in Lake Oswego on Saturday, August 3 (an all-day kids’ music & book festival–I’m doing a roving bard routine early in the day), Alberta Street Fair on Saturday, August 10 (I’m on Center Stage with the Red Yarn Puppet Band around noon and leading crafts later in the day), and Play-Palooza at Cafe au Play on Sunday, August 11 (1st annual festival with favorite local kids’ entertainers). 

AUGUST SHOW & EVENT SCHEDULE
 
Wednesday, July 31, 10:30-11:15am–Molalla, OR
“Garden Tales” at Molalla Public Library. Free!
Thursday, August 1, 10-10:45am–Sandy, OR
“Garden Tales” at Sandy Public Library. Free!
Friday, August 2, 11-11:45am–White Salmon, WA
“Garden Tales” at White Salmon Community Library. Free!
Friday, August 2, 3-3:45pm–Goldendale, OR
“The Deep Woods” at Goldendale Community Library. Free!
Saturday, August 3, 10:30am-1:30pm–Lake Oswego, OR
Red Yarn “roving bard” at ROX IN SOX @ the West End Building. Free w/ donation.
All day Children’s Music & Book Festival w/ Aaron Nigel Smith, Mo Phillips & more!
August 5-9–Portland, OR
“Puppetpalooza” school-age art camp at KCLC.
Wednesday, August 7, 2-2:45pm–Gresham, OR
“Garden Tales” at Gresham Library. Free!
Wednesday, August 7, 4-4:45pm–Portland, OR
Red Yarn acoustic set at Moreland Farmers Market. Donations appreciated.
Saturday, August 10, 12:10-12:55pm–Portland, OR
RED YARN PUPPET BAND at Alberta Street Fair. Free!
(Center Stage @ NE 21st)
Saturday, August 10, 3-6pm–Portland, OR
Red Yarn puppet crafts at Alberta Street Fair. Free!
(PDX Kids Calendar Kids’ Corner @ NE 18th)
Sunday, August 11, 12-12:30pm–Portland, OR
Red Yarn at Bite of Oregon Kids’ Area. $5/person (kids under 12 are free).
Sunday, August 11, 3-7pm–Portland, OR
Red Yarn at PLAY-PALOOZA @ Cafe au Play. $7/walking person (free for babies).
Kids fest w/ Olive & Dingo, Tallulah’s Daddy, the Alphabeticians & fun activites!
Wednesday, August 14, 5:30-6:15pm–Hood River, OR
“Garden Tales” at Hood River Library. Free!
Saturday, August 17, time TBA–Portland, OR
Red Yarn at Multnomah Days Parade. Free!
Saturday, August 17, 4-5pm–Portland, OR
Red Yarn at Mississippi Pizza Pub. Donations appreciated.
August 19-23–Portland, OR
“Friendly’s Got Talent” school-age music camp at Friendly House.
Saturday, August 24, 10-11am–Portland, OR
Red Yarn at TreeHouse Children’s Boutique. $5/child (adults are free).

July news: Shows all over Oregon!

Happy summer! I hope your family is enjoying the sunshine and all the fun times that come with it. My summer is going great–I mostly finished my upcoming album, The Deep Woods (which I hope to release in September), and just returned from a much-needed vacation. Now I hit the ground running with library shows all over the state. I’m performing a new show called Red Yarn’s Garden Tales, which combines some of my best stories, songs and puppets with new material (including a precious new critter named Gracie Groundhog). If you are in Portland, you can catch the debut at 3pm this Tuesday, July 9th at Northwest Library or in the suburbs throughout the summer. I’m also performing locally most weekends, including this Saturday, July 13 at 4:30pm during the Mississippi Street Fair.
Below you’ll find all of my performance dates in July. If you have family or friends in the towns where I’m headed, please forward this along to them!
In August I’m leading two summer camps–“Puppetpalooza” week at KCLC from August 5-9 and “Friendly’s Got Talent” music camp at Friendly House from August 19-23. If you’re looking for a fun, creative option for your school age child, check out these camps.
You can get updates on my shows, album and other adventures by following me on FacebookTwitter & Instagram. I hope to see you and your family soon!
Best,
Andy Furgeson
Red Yarn Productions
JULY SHOW SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, July 9, 3pm–Portland, OR
“Garden Tales” at Northwest Library
Wednesday, July 10, 2pm–Cottage Grove, OR
“The Deep Woods” at Cottage Grove Public Library
Thursday, July 11, 11am–Portland, OR
“Garden Tales” at Garden Home Community Library
Thursday, July 11, 6pm–Cascade Locks, OR 
“Garden Tales” at Cascade Locks Library
Friday, July 12, 10am–Portland, OR
Red Yarn at Warehouse Cafe
Friday, July 12, 3pm–Scappoose, OR
Red Yarn at Scappoose Pow Wow
Saturday, July 13, 4:30pm–Portland, OR
Red Yarn at Mississippi Street Fair (Mississippi Pizza Kids’ Stage)
Tuesday, July 16, 10am–Welches, OR
“Garden Tales” at Hoodland Library
Tuesday, July 16, 2pm & 4pm–West Linn, OR
“Garden Tales” at West Linn Public Library (2 shows)
Wednesday, July 17, 3pm–Lake Oswego, OR
“Garden Tales” at Lake Oswego Public Library
Thursday, July 18, 11am & 12:30pm–Wilsonville, OR
“Garden Tales” at Wilsonville Library (2 shows)
Friday, July 19, 11am–Canby, OR
“Garden Tales” at Canby Public Library
Saturday, July 20, 4pm–Portland, OR
Red Yarn at Mississippi Pizza
Tuesday, July 23, 2pm–Klamath County, OR
“Garden Tales” at Malin Branch Library
 
Tuesday, July 23, 6pm–Klamath Falls, OR
“Garden Tales” at Klamath Falls Library (Family Night)
Wednesday, July 24, 10:30am–Klamath Falls, OR
“Garden Tales” at Klamath Falls Library (under 7 yrs old)
Wednesday, July 24, 2pm–Klamath County, OR
“Garden Tales” at Chiloquin Branch Library
Thursday, July 25, 10:30am–Albany, OR
“The Deep Woods” at Albany Public Library (PK)
Thursday, July 25, 2:30pm–Albany, OR
“Garden Tales” at Albany Public Library (K-5th)
Friday, July 26, 10am–Portland, OR
Red Yarn at Warehouse Cafe
Saturday, July 27, 10am–Portland, OR
Wednesday, July 31, 10:30am–Molalla, OR
“Garden Tales” at Molalla Public Library

Community Recording Session!

You are all invited to my Community Recording Session at the Village Ballroom, this Wednesday, June 19 from 9:30-11:00am.

I’m in the process of recording an album of animal folk songs that I’ve collected and adapted over the years. The album, called The Deep Woods, is nearing completion, but now I need your help! Join me on Wednesday morning to record group vocals, stomps, claps, and crowd noises. The Village Ballroom (700 NE Dekum St.) has generously donated their lovely space for us to use, and the wonderful folks at Woodlawn Swap’n’Play are co-hosting.
This is a FREE event, with bagels, fruit and coffee donated by TastebudWoodlawn Coffee & Pastry, and Cherry Sprout. Participants will also receive an advance mp3 of a song from the album.
All ages are welcome, but please note that this will not be a typical Red Yarn show. It will require some patience and quiet focus as we work through each song. If you and your children enjoy singing, stomping and clapping at my shows, then I would love to have your voices on my record!
See the Facebook event and flyer below for more info, and please spread the word! Thanks for your support, and I hope to see you on Wednesday!
Best,
Andy Furgeson

Red Yarn Productions
 
 

June newsletter & calendar

Wow! Summer is nearly upon us. Hard to believe that it’s been a full year since I took the plunge into Red Yarn Productions as my full-time job. Thanks to all of your support, it’s been a success and an amazing experience so far. I’m excited for the summer–many changes and big projects are afoot. I hope your family has some fun plans too!
Due to a busy summer schedule of out-of-town shows, camps, and travel, I’m going on hiatus from my weekly shows after next week. I will miss seeing so many of your families each week, but you can catch me in Portland most weekends. I will resume my regular shows in September. During June, July and August I’ll be at Mississippi Pizza each 3rd Saturday from 4-5pm, and at Treehouse Boutique each 4th Saturday morning from 10-10:45am. Plus libraries, street fairs, and other events (see flyer and June schedule below).
I’m also making good progress on my album, The Deep Woods. On Wednesday, June 19, you’re invited to a Community Recording Session at the lovely Village Ballroom from 9:30-11am. Bring your family to help me record group vocals, stomps, claps and crowd sounds. There will be free snacks and coffee, and participants will receive an advance mp3 single from the album. All ages are welcome, but know that this will not be a typical show. It will require some patience and quiet focus. I would love to have your and your children’s voices on my record. Thanks to Woodlawn Swap’n’Play for helping organize this free event!
For schedule updates, news, and photos from my summer adventures, you can follow me on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.
Shows & Events:
Saturday, June 1

2:30-3:15pm. Free!

Red Yarn will lead audiences into the Deep Woods, a magical forest inhabited by the animals of American folklore. Mixing live musical performance with puppetry and interactive storytelling, this program engages children with the songs and stories of our national heritage.


Sunday, June 2
Puppet Craft at Woodstock Farmers Market
10am-2pm. Free!
I’m excited to team up with PDX Kids Calendar to offer a fun puppet craft at the opening day of this wonderful market. Come make Crazy Critter Puppets with paper, fabric, and other cool recycled materials!

Tuesday, June 4
Cafe au Play (last Tuesday show before hiatus)
10:30-11am. $3/walking person
Thursday, June 6
Treehouse Children’s Boutique (last Thursday show before hiatus)
10-10:45m. $5/child (adults are feee)
Friday, June 7
Warehouse Cafe (last Friday show before hiatus)
10-10:45am. $5/family


Saturday, June 15
1-3pm. $7/adult, $5/walking child, free album download with admission.
To celebrate the release of “Songs for Johnson Creek,” a benefit album with tracks by 12 local kindie artists, Matt Clark has organized this awesome release show. Other performers include Matt, Mo Phillips, Mr. Hoo, Tallulah’s Daddy, and Buttercup Bill Aubrecht. Not sure what time I perform, probably near the beginning. 

Saturday, June 15
4-5pm. $5-$10/family suggested donation.
The first installment of my summer residency at Mississippi Pizza, every 3rd Saturday from 4-5pm!

Wednesday, June 19
Community Recording Session at Village Ballroom
9:30-11am. Free, plus advance mp3 of a song off the album for participants.
I hope you and your family can come help record vocals, stomps and claps for my new album! More info above.

Thursday, June 20
2-2:45pm. Free!

Saturday, June 22
10-10:45am. $5/child, adults are free.
The first installment of my summer residency at Treehouse, every 4th Saturday from 10-10:45am!
Sunday, June 23
10-10:45am. $3/walking person suggested donation.
I’m excited to fill in for the Alphabeticians at their regular Sunday morning show at Cafe au Play.

I hope to see you and your family soon!

Best,
Andy Furgeson
Red Yarn Productions