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Anniversary Vacation

September 23, 2007

This weekend Christer and I took an anniversary vacation. Yup, we’ve been married five years. Or five years and a week–we were a bit slow in planning our little trip. So we decided we needed a little vacation, and Friday after work we packed up and headed south to Brown County State Park.

It was a good, relaxing trip. It was our first time to Brown County, so we did a quick, exploratory overview. There’s a good sized state park there, and so there are also all of the usual touristy things that pop up around destinations. We fit in some hiking Saturday morning before it got too hot, spent the afternoon wandering the artist stands and shops, found some ice cream and some wine to taste, headed back to the park for some reading and napping in the shade. My favorite little discovery, though, was the Melchior Marionette Theater. It took a bit of convincing to pull Christer along, and he was quick to point out that we were the tallest people in the audience.

But despite our age, Christer was soon hooked, too. The puppeteering was amazing to watch. My pictures didn’t turn out so great, but these should give you an idea…

That was a little alien rising out of his space ship. The ship was a puppet itself, and did a few tricks before landing–then the alien came out and bounced around the audience.

And this little clown did tricks with his ball. The ball was on it’s own string, and somehow could jump from his hands to his toes to his nose as the clown performed tricks. Pretty spectacular. And while Christer was amazed by the tricks and strings, and I was awed by the construction, the three year olds in the audience were completely in love with the characters. There were half a dozen other puppets, too–I really wish my pictures turned out better because some were absolutely adorable–a little penguin with a wiggly tail, a lip syncing bee, a monkey who did flips around a trapeze (yes, all done with strings, strings wrapping around the trapeze as well, and then unhooking themselves–amazing), and an ostrich ballerina.

I wonder if I could make a marionette?

  1. LauraC permalink
    September 24, 2007 12:18 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

  2. September 26, 2007 9:50 pm

    Of COURSE you could make a marionette!!! šŸ˜€

    And I still read, what else matters. šŸ˜€

    Hope you’re having a great day!

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