Ticonderoga The Ticonderoga Festival Guild will open its 2013 season with an Arts Trek presentation.
“Burt the Raccoon,” a puppet show presented by John Tierney of Wakefield, R.I., will be offered Wednesday, July 3, at 10:15 a.m. the Ti Knights of Columbus pavilion.
“Through American sign language, storytelling, audience participation, funny dialogue and life-like movements, Burt will convey to the audience how animals live in the forest, what they eat and how they survive,” said Cathie Burdick, guild executive director.
Tierney is a puppeteer and storyteller. He has been entertaining children and adults with Burt since 1985. His doctoral dissertation was on puppetry in education. He worked as a teacher of children with autism at the Groden Center in Providence and as an outreach teacher with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, Mass.
A highlight of the season will be the annual President’s Party. This year the event will feature “The Course of True Love” presented by the Adirondack Shakespeare Company Sunday, July 14, at 4 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus.
Hors d’oeuvres will be offered and a cash bar available. Ticket price is $15. The party is open to the public and is called the President’s Party because the program and format are chosen by guild President Sue Liddell.
The children’s Arts Trek programs will be held Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus pavilion. The programs are presented free to the community by donors and sponsors.
The Arts Treks are supported by grants from the Southern Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Trust, the International Paper Foundation, Essex Co. Dept. of Youth, North Country Cultural Center for the Arts (DEC), Charles R. Wood Foundation, Honeybee Community Fund, Wal-Mart Foundation, by a donations from Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union and from Stewart’s Shops, and by individual donors. ‘Burt the Raccoon” sponsors are Glens Falls National Bank and Beverly Sann.