May Newsletter

Holy cow, it’s already May! Things are moving right along here at Red Yarn Productions–making progress on my new album, The Deep Woods, enjoying all my shows and the sweet families who come out each week, and leading several school residencies and afterschool classes. 
In other news, Red Yarn has finally entered the 21st century: you can now follow my adventures on Twitter and Instagram, in addition to Facebook. I still need a better website–if you or anyone you know is a web designer, please contact me!
Here are my special events and regular show schedules this month:
Special Shows:
Saturday, May 18
10:30am-4pm (I perform from 12-12:45). $5/person.
I’m honored to be a part of this event organized by the Columbia Association of Puppeteers. I’ll be performing my “Deep Woods” show. Other performers include Tears of Joy Theater and Dragon Theater Puppets. Visit the webpage for more info. 

Sunday, May 19
6-8pm. $7/person.
Yessss! I’m opening for the amazing Mo Phillips and his full band at this very special show. I perform for ~30 minutes starting at 6pm. Tickets are only available at the door, so you should show up early

Saturday, June 1
2:30-3:15pm. Free!
In this musical puppet show, 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.
Regular Shows:

Tuesdays from 10:30-11am
$3/walking person–No show on May 21
1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays from 10:30-11:15am
$3/walking person
2nd & 4th Wednesdays from 10-10:45am
$5/family

Most Thursdays from 10-10:45am
$5/child (adults are free)–No show on May 9

Fridays from 10-10:45am

$5/family–No show on May 10


A reminder: due to a busy schedule of out-of-town shows and summer camps, my regular shows will go on hiatus after the first week of June and resume in September. Don’t worry, I’ll be performing local shows throughout the summer. I’m also leading summer day camps for school age kids at Friendly House and KCLC; check out my April newsletter for more info.
Whew! Thanks for all your ongoing support. I hope to see you and your family soon!
Best,
Andy Furgeson

Red Yarn Productions

April News

Happy Spring! Surrounded by so many signs of nature’s renewal, I hope you and your family are finding your own rejuvenation. Here at Red Yarn Productions I’m looking forward to a relatively calm April and May before a busy summer of out-of-town shows and camps. Just a heads up: my regular shows will go on hiatus in June and resume in the fall. I will miss seeing so many of your sweet families each week, but welcome the opportunity to reach families all over Oregon. I’ll have some local shows, just not so often.

Some of you have asked when I’m making an album. I’m finally digging into recording this month! I’ll post updates on my Facebook page, including information about a community recording session for backing vocals, stomps and claps. I hope to release the album sometime this summer.
Below you’ll find my regular show schedule this month, plus info about special events and summer camps for school-age children.
Regular Show Schedule:
Tuesdays from 10:30-11am, $3/walking person
1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 10:30-11:15am, $3/walking person
2nd & 4th Wednesdays from 10-10:45am, $5/family
Most Thursdays from 10-10:45am, $5/child (adults are free)
  –>NO SHOW ON APRIL 11
Fridays from 10-10:45am, $5/family
Special Shows & Events:
Family Jam at Friendly House
Friday, April 12
6:30-7:30pm. $5-$10 suggested donation per family.
Families are invited to bring acoustic instruments for a raucous all-ages jam session. All skill levels are welcome!

Sister Tricksters at Sellwood-Moreland Library
Saturday, April 13
11:00-11:45am. 7860 SE 13th Avenue. Free!

Red Yarn presents an exciting new musical puppet show inspired by Robert and Daniel San Souci’s book Sister Tricksters. This performance features two of American folklore’s unsung heroines – Molly Cottontail and Sis Goose. Children will sing, dance and act out parts of the show as they enjoy the adventures of these clever female tricksters.

Summer Camps:

“Puppetpalooza” Puppetry Camp at KCLC
August 5-9, $225
Students will build puppets, create a show, see performances by local puppeteers, and visit the Oregon Zoo. 

“Friendly’s Got Talent” Music Camp at Friendly House
August 19-23, $235
Students will learn about different music genres, form bands, write and perform songs, and visit PCPA. 

Thank you as always for your continued support. I have to pinch myself each day to believe that I’m living this dream. You and your families make it possible!
Best,
Andy Furgeson
Red Yarn Productions

March newsletter

Howdy from Red Yarn Productions! Another busy month has flown by, and March promises to be just as packed. Please find information below about special shows coming up (including several weekend dates), my regular show schedule in March, and spring afterschool classes. I’m especially excited for the March 9 debut of Sister Tricksters, a new library program inspired (and endorsed) by children’s author Robert San Souci. A quick note for those of you looking for school age summer camps: I’m leading a puppet camp at KCLC from August 5-9 and a music camp at Friendly House from August 19-23. Visit their websites for more info.
For more regular updates about shows, classes, and other projects, follow Red Yarn on Facebook!
Special Shows & Events:

– Saturday, March 2 at Mississippi Pizza

4:00-5:00pm. 3552 N. Mississippi Ave.  

$5-$10 suggested donation per family. 

– Monday, March 4 at World Forestry Center
10-10:45am. Mommy & Me Mondays 
Included with museum admission.

– Saturday, March 9, Sister Tricksters at St. John’s Library

11:00-11:45am. 7510 N Charleston Avenue. Free!

Red Yarn presents an exciting new musical puppet show inspired by Robert and Daniel San Souci’s book Sister Tricksters. This performance features two of American folklore’s unsung heroines – Molly Cottontail and Sis Goose. Children will sing, dance and act out parts of the show as they enjoy the adventures of these clever female tricksters.

– Sunday, March 17, St. Paddy’s Day show at Mississippi Pizza

5:00-6:00pm. 3552 N. Mississippi Ave.

– Monday, March 25 at World Forestry Center
10-10:45am. Mommy & Me Mondays. 
Included with museum admission.

– Thursday, March 28, The Deep Woods at Lebanon Public Library

11:00-11:45am. 5 Academy St., Lebanon, OR  97355. Free!


Regular Show Schedule:
Tuesdays, 10:30-11am. $3/walking person.

Milagros Boutique

1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15am. $3/walking person.

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 10-10:45am. $5/family.

Thursdays, 10-10:45am. $5/child (free for adults). 

NO SHOWS MARCH 14 or MARCH 28 🙁

Fridays, 10-10:45am. $5/family.
Spring Afterschool Classes:

POP SONG CHORUS for 2nd-6th graders
3:45-4:45pm on Mondays, April 8-June 3 
at Friendly House (1737 NW 26th Ave.) 
Are you inspired by the new music you hear on the radio? Then this class is for you! Students will choose their favorite radio pop songs and develop choral arrangements with help from teaching artist Andy Furgeson. After adding instrumental accompaniment (guitar, keyboard, percussion and drum machine), the group will prepare a performance for friends and family.
SEE REGISTRATION FORM BELOW

ECO-PUPPETS for K-5th graders
3:15-4:15pm on Thursdays, April 11-June 6 
at KCLC (MLC’s afterschool program, 2033 NW Glisan)
Let’s save the planet… one puppet at a time! In this 9-week class, students will practice creative reuse by building puppets from recycled materials and papier mache. After decorating their puppets with paint and cloth, students will write an environmentally-themed musical puppet show. Finally, they’ll perform their show for family and friends.
CHECK KCLC’s WEBSITE IN A FEW WEEKS FOR REGISTRATION INFO
Thanks for your support!
Andy Furgeson

Red Yarn Productions

February Newsletter

Happy February! It’s another busy month for Red Yarn Productions, so I want to let you know about upcoming events and a few slight changes to my regular show schedule. Please note that I start my new 1st & 3rd Wednesday mornings at Milagros tomorrow (10:30am), I’m leading another Family Jam at Friendly House this Friday evening, and I’m performing a new show, A Horse Named Bill, this Saturday morning at Albina Library. 
Special Shows & Events:
– Friday, February 8, Family Jam at Friendly House

6:30-7:30pm. $5-$10 suggested donation per family. 
After the great success of the first Family Jam in November, we’re making this a more regular event. Families are invited to bring acoustic instruments for a raucous all-ages jam session. All skill levels are welcome!
– Saturday, February 9, A Horse Named Bill at Albina Library

10:30-11:15am. 3605 NE 15th Avenue. Free!
Join children’s performer Red Yarn and his best friend – a talking horse named Bill – for this engaging musical puppet show. Audiences will journey across the country with Bill and Red, sharing adventures through a mystical desert to the Wild West as Red Yarn weaves classic horse songs together with puppetry and interactive storytelling.

– Tuesday, February 12, Boogie Woogie Concert at Salem Library

10:30-11:15am. 585 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR 97301. Free!

– Tuesday, February 19, Bob Rabbit on Mr. Man’s Farm 

  at Sunnyside Library in Clackamas County

6:30-7:15pm. 13793 Southeast Sieben Park Way, Clackamas, OR 97015. Free!

– Saturday, March 2 at Mississippi Pizza

4:00-5:00pm. 3552 N. Mississippi Ave. $5-$10 suggested donation per family. 

– Monday, March 4 at World Forestry Center
10-10:45am. Mommy & Me MondaysIncluded with museum admission.

Regular Show Schedule:
– Cafe au Play, Tuesdays, 10:30-11am. 

  $3/walking person.

  NO SHOW NEXT WEEK, FEBRUARY 12

– 

Milagros Boutique, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15am. 

  $3/walking person.

– Woodlawn Swap’n’Play, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 10-10:45am. 
  $5/family.
– The Treehouse Boutique, Thursdays, 10-10:45am. 

  $5/child (free for adults). 

  NO SHOW FEBRUARY 14

– Warehouse Cafe, Fridays, 10-10:45am. 
  $5/family.


As always, thanks for your support! You can follow me on Facebook for more regular updates. I hope to see you and your family at a show or event soon!

Best,
Andy “Red Yarn” Furgeson

Red Yarn Productions

Songbag-a-Day update

If you were following my Songbag-a-Day project, you’ve noticed that I haven’t posted songs in a few days. Don’t worry, I’m still recording a folksong a day. I’m going to post them in chunks from now on to save myself a little bit of time and energy. Plus, since a lot of folks use this website to check on Red Yarn’s shows, I didn’t want to bury my schedule where folks can’t find it. Stay tuned, more songs from Carl Sandburg’s American Songbag to come!

January/February news

Hello! Here’s an update about my school offerings and my show/event schedule, with more out-of-town library shows and a few changes in my regular gigs. Please note my special show at Lilikoi Coffee tomorrow, Monday, from 10-10:45am, and the next Family Jam at Friendly House on Friday, February 8. 

School Performances & Residencies:
I recently added a performance program to the Young Audiences roster. It’s called “The Deep Woods: Animals in American Folksongs” and it’s geared toward PK-3rd graders. If your child’s school is looking for an engaging musical puppet performance for an assembly or family night, please recommend me! I continue to offer my “Folk Song Puppet Show” residency through YA, and I joined the Right Brain Initiative‘s roster of teaching artists in the fall. I should be available for residencies/performances through Right Brain in the spring.
Regular Show Schedule:
Cafe au Play
Tuesdays, 10:30-11am. $3/walking person.

NO SHOW THIS WEEK, JANUARY 15 

Woodlawn Swap’n’Play
2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 10-10:45am. $5/family.

Thursdays, 10:15-11am. $5/child (free for adults). 
RESUMES THIS WEEK, JANUARY 17

Fridays, 10-10:45am. $5/family.


Milagros Boutique has been Fridays, 3:30-4:15pm. 
January 18 will be my last Friday afternoon there for a while, as I’m starting a new afterschool class at Bridlemile. In February and March I’ll be at Milagros on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday mornings, 10-10:45am(alternating with Woodlawn Swap’n’Play). We’ll see how that goes and possibly switch back to Fridays afternoons in April. $3/walking person.


Special Shows & Events:
This Monday, January 14 at Lilikoi Coffee 

10-10:45am. 2620 SE Powell Blvd. $5/family suggested donation. This sweet spot is booking more family entertainment lately, so I’m happy to have a chance to perform there.
Thursday, January 31, “The Deep Woods” at Canby Public Library

6:30-7:15pm. 292 N. Holly, Canby OR 97013. Free!

Monday, February 4 at World Forestry Center

10-10:45am. Mommy & Me MondaysIncluded with museum admission.

Friday, February 8, “Family Jam” at Friendly House

6:30-7:30pm. $5-$10 suggested donation per family. After the great success of the first Family Jam in November, we’re making this a more regular event. Families are invited to bring acoustic instruments for a raucous all-ages jam session. All skill levels are welcome!
Saturday, February 9, “A Horse Named Bill” at Albina Library
10:30-11:15am. 3605 NE 15th Avenue. Free!
Join children’s performer Red Yarn and his best friend – a talking horse named Bill – for this engaging musical puppet show. Audiences will journey across the country with Bill and Red, sharing adventures through a mystical desert to the Wild West as Red Yarn weaves classic horse songs together with puppetry and interactive storytelling.

Tuesday, February 12, “Boogie Woogie Concert” at Salem Library

10:30-11:15am. 585 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR 97301. Free!
Tuesday, February 19, “Bob Rabbit on Mr. Man’s Farm” 
    at Sunnyside Library in Clackamas County
6:30-7:15pm. 13793 Southeast Sieben Park Way, Clackamas, OR 97015. Free!
Thanks for your ongoing support. Follow me on Facebook for more regular updates. I hope to see you and your family at a show or event soon!

Best,
Andy Furgeson

Red Yarn Productions

Songbag-a-Day 10

Red River Valley

Songbag-a-Day 9

The Monkey’s Wedding

Songbag-a-Day 8

Sweet Betsy From Pike

Songbag-a-Day 7

Turkey in the Straw