Sandglass Theater's crankie celebration

PUTNEY — A crankie is an old storytelling art form that has recently become hot again. A long illustrated scroll is wound around two spools and set into a box with a viewing window. The scroll is hand cranked, the unfolding story narrated, sung or just accompanied by music. This December Sandglass Theater is holding a crankie fundraising celebration with events including performances, a crankie building workshop and an online auction of crankies built by local artists.


This year is the fourth annual weekend of crankie performances at Sandglass Theater. "Crankies!" includes performances by Sandglass founders, Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass, Molly and Ellen Gawler of the Gawler Family Band, Brendan Taaffe, Kali Quinn, Donald Saaf, Trudi Cohen and John Bell.

Shows are Dec. 2, at 5 and 8 p.m., and Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at Sandglass Theater. Tickets for Crankies! are $16 general admission and $13 students and seniors and are available by emailing or calling 802-387-4051. Reserving tickets in advance is highly encouraged as seating is limited. Reservations are payable by cash or check at the door. Sandglass Theater is an accessible, 60 seat theater in the heart of Putney, Vermont.


The crankie building workshop, "Telling Tales with Crankies," is taught by Ines Zeller Bass. Participants will build their own crankie and create their own story. If you love to express yourself in a beautiful and pure way without technical bells and whistles the crankie will be your best and loving friend.

The workshop is for people of all levels of experience, ages 18 to 85 (or more), on Dec. 5, 6 and 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sandglass Theater. Workshop cost is $150 plus $20 for materials. Space is limited to six participants, so register in advance by contacting or by calling 802-387-4051.


A crankie is a wonderful way to bring the family together for songs, stories and beautiful art. Pieces for auction include crankies by Donald Saaf, Julia Zanes, Finn Campman, Ines Zeller Bass, Jana Zeller, David Rohn, Linda Rubinstein, Dave Regan, Alice Freeman and Michele Ratte. Place your bid on a hand-built crankie by one of our area's esteemed artists during the crankie auction, open for bidding online through Dec. 10. Go to and receive your artisan crankie before the holidays.


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