Puppets in Paradise comes to Retreat Farm

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BRATTLEBORO — Puppets in Paradise, Sandglass Theater's community event and biennial fundraiser, returns for its eighth edition this weekend.

Now in partnership with Retreat Farm, this year welcomes a roster of first-time and returning performers including Joshua Holden, Chad Williams, Finn Campman, Liz Joyce, Faye Dupras, Rose Friedman and Justin Lander, Honey Goodenough, Cynthia Parker-Houghton, Eva Lansberry, Elena Day, Julia J. Slone and Sandglass co-founders Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass. Each company will perform four times and the puppet parade will process three times throughout each day. Allow 2 hours to experience all of the shows.

In addition to the short form puppet shows, there will also be musicians and food trucks joining in. In the main courtyard musical entertainment will be an accordion welcome by Robert Tucker. Saturday's performances are by Ben Carr and Melissa Dawson, and The DiTrani Brothers. Sunday will present Larry Siegel and Laurie Indenbaum, and Singcrony (Ruth Allard, Andrea Matthews, Carrie Walker, Beth Kiendl).

Food trucks will include Mach's Mobile Wood Fired Pizza, Dosa Kitchen, Jamaican Jewelz, Grafton Market, and Cai's Dim Sum Teahouse & Catering.

Puppets in Paradise runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., last performance begins at 3:45 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday. A hay wagon will facilitate accessibility options for most performance locations. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children/students/seniors, $8 per person for families of four and up, EBT and medicaid cardholders and can be purchased online at sandglasstheater.org or at the door. Tickets purchased in advance can be used at any time of the day.

Support for this event is provided by Vermont State Employee Credit Union, New Chapter, and the Windham Foundation.

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