Monday, September 20, 2010

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Join us for a celebration of Asian culture and harvest traditions!


2:00 - 3:15

Journey to Japan: A Puppet Extravaganza!

Tears of Joy Theatre will bring their award-winning puppet show, “Little One Inch,” to the Birthplace! Based on a Japanese folktale, Issun Boushi, the play features Marlinton’s own Emily Newton.

Little One Inch, a miniature boy, proves his strength by defeating a rat and sets off to save Japan from a great ogre. His parents give him a rice bowl to use as a boat, and a chopstick to use as an oar. In his adventures he befriends a kappa, rides a koi through the rapids, and becomes the playmate of a princess before defeating the ogre in a hilarious battle. Performed in the traditional Japanese bunraku style of puppetry, this play will delight audience members of all ages.

3:15 – 4:00
Journey to Japan Workshops
Tears of Joy Theatre will hold three workshops on Japanese Culture, featuring:
                        Japanese Clothing             Japanese Music            Origami
Children and adults are invited to attend any of these events, where they will experience aspects of Japan’s ancient culture firsthand!

4:00 – 5:30
The Stulting and Sydenstricker homes will be open to the public for tours. Tears of Joy puppets will be roaming the grounds; there will also be a raffle, where one lucky person will win a puppet!
We’ll also have free cider pressing demonstrations and mooncakes! For those of you interested in local foods, we’ll be selling soup made from butternut squashes grown at the Birthplace, as well as our own grape jelly! Thai spring rolls will also be for sale.

5:30 – 6:30

Local music legend Richard Hefner will perform on the front lawn of the Birthplace! Pull up a hay bale, grab some apple cider, and join us! 

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