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Peterborough

Here there be dragons

Peterborough: Children and the Arts returns Saturday

  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

    Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

    Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

    Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

    Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

    Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

    Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

    Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

    Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

    Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

    Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

    Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

    Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

    Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.
  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.
  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.
  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.
  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.
  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.
  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.
  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.
  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.
  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.
  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.
  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.
  • Peterborough Elementary School students work on a giant dragon puppet that they'll carry in the Children and the Arts parade.

PETERBOROUGH — The ConVal Drum Line percussionists will lead the Children and the Arts day parade down Main and Grove streets on Saturday, followed by a giant dragon puppet created by local school children along with many favorite puppets from years past.

The parade, which will set off from Peterborough Elementary School at about noon, will be a highlight of the festival, which is celebrating its 21st year with the theme of “Dragons, Fairies & Other Mythical Creatures.”

“It’s a very organic parade,” said Tina Kriebel of Peterborough, chair of this year’s festival committee, last week. “Whoever shows up will walk. We get schools, preschools, families. We never can tell who will come. It’s a pleasure to see how it all comes together.”

The giant dragon was being built last week from cardboard and papier mâché by elementary school students at the Sharon Arts Center and the Mariposa Museum. They were also making colorful pictures of mythical beasts that will be displayed on Saturday.

“We wanted something new that kids would really get excited about,” Kriebel said. “We’ll have hundreds of colorful six-inch by six-inch pieces of art hung throughout the park and in the Sharon Arts window. We’ll also be making fairy houses in Putnam Park. We want to expand the hands-on activities over there.”

Other theme related events include a storytelling session called “Fairies, Dragons, Creatures & More” by award-winning storyteller Angela Klingler at 9 a.m. at the Mariposa Museum and a performance of “The Dragon King,” described in the festival program as “a heart-warming underwater fantasy that will thrill young and old alike,” by the Tanglewood Marionettes at 2 p.m. in the Town House.

Events throughout the day include theater performances, music, dancing and puppet shows. In the morning students from Project Shakespeare will do scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Tempest” and “Macbeth” at the Unitarian Church. The ConVal drumline will warm up for the parade with a performance at the Monadnock Center and dance groups will perform at the Town House.

Kriebel said some of the dancing this year is planned to take place on Grove Street in front of the Town House rather than inside.

“I think the teams will have a larger audience, and it will be fun to just be walking by and come across something going on,” she said.

During the morning, the Peterborough Community Theatre will be the site for a showing of short animations created by fourth-graders at Peterborough Elementary School, followed by original films written, produced and directed by ConVal students

Events in Putnam Park include local teen bands, the Pantastics Steel Drummers, an African drumming workshop and an ensemble circus show. ConVal acapella groups will sing in the afternoon at the Monadnock Center.

Kriebel said the international food court, where local nonprofit groups set up their tents, will expand onto the lawn behind the Town House, where the R. J. Finlay Company will be letting the festival organizers set up tables

“It will be much nicer for families, with lots of room,” Kriebel said.

All events and performances are free. The festival is totally community funded. Kriebel said the group received no grant money this year, but local residents and businesses were very generous.

A complete schedule of all events can be found online at www.childrenandthearts.org.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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