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MAY - 2009
Three Bags Full - The Villager- PUPPETS UP! Workshops - Fuzzy Boundaries Meeting

(Open Door Designs does not accept responsibility for any ensuing nightmares...)

Open Door Designs' Retail Store will be closed
Tuesday, May 5th and Thursday, May 7th


The Kelly Kirkham Workshop at Open Door Designs is featured on the
front page of the May 08 MY VILLAGE.


The Puppets Up! Workshops have now been scheduled. Click Here to download the PDF

PUPPETS UP 2009 - August 8th & 9th
Visit the PUPPETS UP! 2009 website. The line up this year is, as usual, very exciting with ten different troupes coming from across Canada, the U.S., Iceland and the UK.

Telling Stories
“This year, the festival’s Telling Stories theme has inspired a story writing competition and a youth production”, says Noreen Young, Puppets Up! Artistic Director. ”We are going to take the winning children’s stories and fashion them into a puppet production to be presented at the festival by a youth troupe comprised of eight local Mississippi Mills and Carleton Place children”.
The Puppets Up! story writing competition is open to children ages 8 to 15 and submissions are due by April 30, 2009. Within 1,000 words, entrants will be asked to write a story involving a bookworm and a kid (boy or girl). A panel of local authors, booksellers, librarians and artists will judge the results.
The top three competition winners will join Nick, the festival mascot, in the daily festival parade on both August 8 and 9. They'll earn prizes in the amounts of $100, $75 and $50 as well. More Info

Open Door Designs will be participating in the upcoming Canadian Library Association National Conference May 29-June 1 in Montreal
Guest passes are available.

Email us or call (416) 531-1290 if you are interested in receiving one.


This image features an area map, 1899, and a photograph of Perth Avenue, 1916, with the familiar water tower in the distance.

You are invited to attend a lively discussion about how we define our neighbourhood on Wednesday, May 13 at 7p.m. at the Perth Avenue Housing Cooperative (120 Perth). Local history buff Michael Monastyrskyj will show some old photos, and Urban Planner Beate Bowron will speak about neighbourhood identities. A Q&A will follow. All are welcome to attend this free event.

For details, contact us by email or call Kevin at 416-537-1128.
Website: www.fuzzyboundaries.ca

As in those days, nobody really knows what to call our community. A number of different names have been used since Shedden Farms became a neighbourhood in 1887.
Some local residents have formed a group called Fuzzy Boundaries to initiate a naming process for the area.


Local puppeteers looking for rehearsal space for May and June. Space could be anything from a classroom to a garage. 24/7 access. Can afford small remuneration.

Contact Mike Petersen for more information at mike.petersen@3web.net

Open Door Designs is pleased to now stock 3 Bags Full puppets from Bolivia

An Original Concept
Developed and Handcrafted by Ayni Bolivia

$40 each

Anyi Bolivia
Anyi Bolivia is a network of indigenous artisans from across Bolivia. It helps women gain self esteem by teaching them the skills necessary to become wage earners for their families. It also enables many artisans to remain in rural communities, thus avoiding the trap of urban poverty.


• Set includes 10 animal finger puppets which snap into the painted scene
• Pouches come in six themes


Check out the new PUPPET RESCUE PAGE. You will see some of the rescued, vintage and used puppets that now share lodgings with puppets by ALEXANDER MERGOLD, KELLY KIRKHAM, KRISTY WILSON, STEVEN BARKLEY and of course OPEN DOOR DESIGNS.