Bread and Puppet

The directions to get to the Bread and Puppet Museum in Glover, Vermont from nearby Barton were simple enough.  Still I managed to take a wrong turn which I noticed only after I had my first bread and Puppet siting:BreadAndPuppet-shrunk1

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and this very enticing motel

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with seven rooms to choose from.   (I’d like the Aardvark’s Attic please!)

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I know if I don’t stick this excellent, excellent sign I saw in  Lyndonville now I’m going to miss the opportunity to show it to you altogether.

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OK, on to Glover! On this, the first of three visits to Bread and Puppet, I pulled into the uncongested parking lot

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I slipped right in beside the B and P vehicle that was not paying a visit to the mechanic:

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crossed the street to the BIG barn

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adorned with the signature Bread and Puppet signage

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and found a hive of activity in the yard. It was the Friday before the last Sunday performance of the season and there was still paper-mache-ing to be done!

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I chatted awhile with this fellow and headed up the wooden stairs to the upper floor of the barn which houses five decades of puppets from Bread and Puppet performances around the globe. I’ve visited the museum four times now, but each time when  I reach the top of the stairs and catch my first site of the collection it takes my breath away.

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Here I am in the converted dairy barn, given to Bread and Puppet visionary , Peter Schumann and his wife Elka,  by Elka’s parents, the last farmers on this property in Glover, Vermont. The barn,  now known as the Bread and Puppet Museum, houses, as Peter describes his creations, “the retired warriors from the battles against the tides.” There is no shortage of causes that Peter and his ever-changing cast of puppeteers have taken on over the decades and so the barn is stuffed to overflowing with every manner of puppet who has fought the good fight. Every inch of floor except the central walkway,

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every inch of the walls,

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and every plank between the ceiling rafters is covered.

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One recognizes familiar heroes here and there.    Our founding fathers:

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(Our memory of elementary school history lessons is jogged by proper museum signage)

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I see an understandably doleful Abe Lincoln:BreadAndPuppet-shrunk119

And over there, isn’t that Oscar Romero?!?!

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We are awed by the mythical beings of gigantic proportions

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several soaring to the rafters to look down upon the little folk populating the earth at  their feet.

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there are deities, demons and demigogues

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There are victims and perpetrators.

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and grandmothers who have seen it all

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Laborers:

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Bureaucrats:

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Royalty (Let them eat cake”) :

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Impresarios (or perhaps our elected officials):

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And beasts–let us not forget the noble beasts:

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And reminders here are there of the impermanence of the collection:

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Suspended through-out the museum are globes which simply cannot contain and sustain the burden assigned to our humble sphere, Earth.

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There are little drawings lined up like storyboards.

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This one, a one word poem:

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And everywhere, everywhere images of fire:

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Contained in the Bread and Puppet Museum:

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I return to Bread and Puppet in October and have a happy encounter with Peter Schumann. With Peter leading the way I will visit the Memory Forest and Paper Mache Cathedral in my next post…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northeast Kingdom Part 2

As promised, there’s more, much more, to see in Glover, Vermont. I’m continuing down the road from the Museum of Everyday Life to my day’s destination: a visit to the Bread and Puppet Museum. But first: sustenance! A beacon in the form of a of an inner tire dressed as a doughnut beckons.

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I have found The Red Sky Trading Company where there is oh so much more than donuts and coffee for sale!

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Decidedly NOT on Rte 66, but if you drive through Glover Vermont you can’t miss the Red Sky Trading Company.

Here’s my caffeine.  I help myself as it’s made very clear–there are no clerks at Red Sky.

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I am, however,  offered a hand at the door:

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and am drawn forward to the room with the polka dot floor.

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where there’s so much on offer and so much to READ:

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Any more questions?

This knife display would feel right at home in the Museum of Everyday Life:

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Oh–I do have a question: can I buy just the rack?

In the middle of everything I find this lost boy:

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I snag a very nice pail for the garden.

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OK, time to pay up.

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Next stop, I promise: Bread and Puppet Museum!