Sunday, August 9, 2009
Bread and Puppet alive and well
Dirt Cheap Money Circus with Bread and Puppet is alive and well and glad to be entertaining every Sunday. I've been going for the past 30 years, not every year, but many. When I took my young children it was small and quite intimate and I watched on my children's level complete with a picnic lunch. A few year's ago Bread and Puppet had grown so large that there were camps springing up all over Glover and it was out of control. Somehow there was even a death from a fight breaking out in one of the campgrounds....so many people came for the group experience in the overnight camps with partying. Many of the campers never made it to the show. Well, this had to stop and Peter Schumann called a quits to Bread and Puppet...but it couldn't be stopped and slowly it has grown into a Sunday thing which is growing again. I was surprised by the size of the crowd, but happy too at the wonderful assortment of characters enjoying the circus with me. The sun was under clouds and rain misted, warning us of more to come and it did while we were in the woods with the pageant dinner...such fabulous bread with aoli!....I could hear the rain, but the trees were close and protective and when we made our way to the large field, the rain was less and the performers were committed to finish their story. The crowd held, the performers came from several directions to meet at the finale, an uplifting gathering when the inhabitants of the ship of fools dropped their pretenses and joined the choir singing...uplifting and more bread was presented at the bread shack and we formed a parade of cars leaving the site all talking of what we had seen. the wonderful children, the puppets, the capability of the stilt walkers up hill with wet pine needles, and genius of Peter Schumann that he can still pull it off with a bunch of volunteers. How lucky we are to live in Vermont!