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Entertainment briefs - Aug. 14 edition

Puppet pageant slated for Aug. 15

The annual Puppet Pageant is Friday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. outdoors behind the Cultural Center in New York Mills

Anne Sawyer-Aitch is providing artistic direction to this year's Puppet Pageant (Anne's fourth year with the Pageant) with the help of a wonderful cast of community volunteers, kids, and parents. As in the past several years, this original play is drawn from the Finnish national epic poem, the Kalevala. The title is "The Battle of the Bards."

Adding to the large scale puppets and the stilt-walking children this year will be a community chorus singing traditional Finnish songs in English translation.

The Pageant is open to everyone at no charge and is made possible by the members of the Cultural Center and by the generous support of the New York Mills Civic and Commerce Association.