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September 19, 2021
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle
Storrs-Mansfield, CT 06268
Man performs with large puppet shaped like a bird; People of all ages building puppets
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Free Community Puppet-Building Workshop

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Let's Build some puppets together! Workshop: Saturday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 19 Pageant: Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Celebrate Mansfield Festival

One of the more unique traditions of the Mansfield Downtown Partnership's Celebrate Mansfield Festival is our Community Puppet-Building Workshop & Puppet Pageant!

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will once again offer fall community puppet-building workshops to design and build life-size and over-life-size puppets for a new Beetles, Bittersweet, and Butterflies Species Change Pageant to be performed at the Celebrate Mansfield Festival in Downtown Storrs.

These free workshops will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18 and 19, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day at the Ballard Institute, located at 1 Royce Circle in Downtown Storrs.

Workshops will be socially distanced and follow Town of Mansfield and UConn safety guidelines. Workshop participants will be invited to perform in the community Beetles, Bittersweet, and Butterflies Species Change Pageant at the 18th annual Celebrate Mansfield Festival on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 3:00 PM.

In collaboration with Joshua’s Trust, the theme for this year's Ballard Institute community pageant for the Celebrate Mansfield Festival is CLIMATE CHANGE – it’s not just about us humans!

Climate change is affecting many plant and animal species – including here in Connecticut. Working together, workshop participants will create over-life-sized masks and puppets representing insects, trees, birds, and other species that are being affected by the changing climate in Connecticut, and think about how we can help counteract this change as a community.

These puppets and masks will then be part of the Beetles, Bittersweet, and Butterflies Species Change Pageant, to be performed at the 18th annual Celebrate Mansfield Festival on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 3:00 PM.

No experience is necessary to participate in these free community puppet-building workshops. Registration is required and space is limited, so participants must register in advance.

To comply with UConn safety guidelines, masks are required for all attendees and staff ages two and up at all times.

Participants can come for one or both days, but must register for the 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM or/and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM time slot(s).

Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

To register for the workshop, please visit If you require accommodation to participate, contact the Ballard Institute by email or call 860.486.8580.

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