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Kids and Teens at Wordstock (Posted On: Friday, August 13, 2010)

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Collingwood’s Literacy Festival - WORDSTOCK, has announced their line-up for children and teens during their inaugural event being held September 11th, 2010.  All events are FREE, but space is limited so participants are encouraged to reserve tickets right away by clicking here.

A Children’s Puppet Workshop, from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., focuses on how to animate a sock puppet, perform puppet tricks and put on an instant puppet show.

Each participant will leave the show with their very own Pandora’s Sox puppet kit to build.  Designed with children of all ages in mind, puppeteer Jay Wilson’s Pandora’s Sox Puppet Show blends facets of its namesake’s Greek myth with original songs, loads of audience participation and laugh-out-loud fun, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

The Funky Mamas are a quintet of musicians, whose harmonizing vocals, charming stage presence and playful instrumentation make for a delightful hour of music and sing-a-longs between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.  Infectiously funky, these Mamas draw on both familiar and original tunes, from folk to blues to jazz to pop and swing.  Kids of all ages will delight in this comfortable, feel-good entertainment featuring instruments such as fiddles, washboards, guitars and saws.

Teens in grades 7 through 12 will find The Art of Illumination & Calligraphy Workshop to be right up their alley from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Introducing teens to the art of decorating hand-written texts and manuscripts, participants will create their own illumination-style artwork and will learn how to write their stylized first name utilizing traditional calligraphy.

Bust a Groove Song Writing Workshop helps budding lyricists organize rhymes and rhythms into verse and chorus, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Teens will find local musician Tyler Firestone helpful in demonstrating how to spin better ideas and find just the right words for their forays into song writing.  No musical training is required and participants are encouraged to bring their musical instruments along. 

Award-winning Canadian author Richard Scarsbrook shares expert advice on how to transform their experiences and ideas into great stories, during the teen’s Creative Writing Kick-Start Workshop, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  Teens who participate can expect to leave the workshop with up to a dozen beginnings to new stories.

For more information or to reserve tickets, visit our website.   

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