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Children and the Arts was great

  • The annual Children and the Arts Day took place in Peterborough on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Meghan Pierce

  • The annual Children and the Arts Day took place in Peterborough on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Meghan Pierce


Friday, May 25, 2018

Here at the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript we have seen a lot of Children and the Arts Days, 25 to be exact.

Along the way we’ve seen attendance at the festival and participation in its Giant Puppet Parade swell and we’ve seen it dwindle.

While the festival relies on an army of volunteers and donations to keep the free festival going, community participation is key. Especially when it comes to the Giant Puppet Parade.

This year’s parade attendance seemed to be about average. Not huge, but nothing to sneeze at either.

This year, however, was something special. The reason we think so is because everyone was on board with the theme, Pirates. If fact we don’t think we’ve ever seen the community this on board with a theme before. And it made a difference. Everyone was united.

In the past the festival’s themes have taken us Under the Sea and Out of this World. It has brought us Heroes and Mythical Creatures. And while these themes have been great in their own way it has seemed that when people don’t jibe with a theme, they stray from it, or when a theme can be interpreted too broadly – such as current and past political figures as giant puppets in the Heroes parade – it’s not as much fun. (Sorry fans of past and current political figures.) This is festival for children and the arts after all.

Pirates brought us ships and sea creatures, mermaids and parrots. It brought us a giant cat puppet with an eye patch. (Who didn’t love that?) But most of all it brought us pirates.

The volunteers will tell you the parade is what people make it. And that was so true this year.

So thank-you to the volunteers and all their hard work and for picking the theme that was whole-heartily embraced. But most of all thank-you to everyone who put on an eye patch and marched.