We found a good but temporary spot! It’s small but we have a storage unit too, generously donated. We are moving to a classroom in a building owned by the Trinity Methodist Church in West Asheville. It’s only 1/6 the size of our current space, but it’s sunny and affordable with a nice pavilion outside. We will be there through May 2021. This is a landing place, giving us time to regroup.
There’s been a lot of sorting and giving away of stuff over the holiday period. The piles are growing, with sticky notes on them. The white board task list is constantly revised. Today we started actually moving stuff and plan to be done by January 3rd. Whew!
We have a hardworking and good spirited team of critters making this all happen.
Once we are settled and get a little rest period, we will be back to dreaming and scheming to find our forever home.
We had a yard sale on Sunday and though it was a lot of work, it was pretty fun too! We were blessed with the only warm sunny day all week, and we got to see lots and lots of people we know, plus met some cool neighbors. We should have been doing these once a year! The best thing was that we were successful in meeting our 2 goals – get rid of stuff, make some dough!
We still haven’t found our forever home. Looks like we will be moving into a temporary situation of a small donated meeting space plus various forms of storage, for up to half a year. Perhaps we will be like the monarch caterpillar, building a chrysalis, going into a quiet dark place to turn into caterpillar soup, and then maybe by summer, being reborn as a brilliant Monarch butterfly…
Hey wonderful puppet people – thank you to all who supported our Giving Tuesday fundraiser! We passed our goal of $1000. And Facebook is supposedly going to double at least some of that. W00t W00t!
Also things are happening behind the scenes. People are finally calling us back! More options are arising. We are feeling optimistic that the right place is going to come along soon. If you are the praying, candle lighting, finger crossing type – please hold the vision of the Street Creatures flourishing in a new space that allows us to connect, energize and beautify the Asheville Community in even better ways.
We have SEVEN patrons now on PATREON and have reached our first goal already. We so appreciate the support! Most of the patrons are already Street Creature artists. We are not only putting our time, energy and creativity into the mission, we’re now putting in our hard earned dough!
People of all ages and backgrounds need beauty and playful experiences that connect us. We are showing up to help make that happen in Western North Carolina.
It’s heartening to be reaching this new level of growth and commitment. In a difficult year, we are called more than ever to take care of each other and imagine a better world.
It’s not always a pleasant process and there isn’t a map. But here we are walking together (holding dragons!).
We have a Patreon now! Moving out of our low cost Puppet Clubhouse is making us focus on fundraising. We will have to pay more rent in a new place. We are starting this with Patreon, a platform for creatives to find ongoing financial support. We have lots of other ideas too – birthday party parades, silly masks for sale, and writing more grants. But meanwhile, January looms. So help us out by visiting our Patreon page and donating what you can. Every bit helps. Your monthly patronage will keep the Critters in the Streets!
And you can support us every time you buy something from Amazon. I know, they are the devil incarnate, but sometimes you still use it and you might as well help out some broke puppeteers in the process, right? Add us as your chosen charity (we are listed under Asheville Puppetry Alliance).
We did two parades in one day, after doing NO parades for 7 long months!
Saturday was a perfect autumn day! We started in Black Mountain at the Givens Estate, an assisted living retirement community. Asheville Mardi Gras brought their horns and beads and fabulousness. We brought our giant caterpillar, monarch butterflies and milkweed! The old folks loved it!
It felt great to be dancing along under that bright blue sky, surrounded by those ancient mountains.
Then we headed downtown to parade again, at dusk with lanterns. We were invited by LEAF and the YMI Center to help them wrap up their ReImagine mini-festival. We started at the adVance monument and paraded down Biltmore, joined halfway by an awesome trumpet and tuba from the Save Our Brass Band. We ended at the stage by Triangle Park and helped create a magical atmosphere during the candle light vigil for all those lost in 2020.
We did it all with masks on!
In other news, we are still looking for a new Puppet Clubhouse, can you help?
We’ve been informed that the Asheville Parks & Rec Department, from whom we have rented the wonderful Puppet Clubhouse for the last five years, is not going to renew our lease. Because of COVID19, they are reconfiguring their programming and need more space. We have been in discussion with them about ways to cohabit the building but it’s not looking likely. We have to be out by the end of December.
Uh oh! What are a bunch of Street Creatures going to do?
Find a new space, that’s what. And we could use your help. Please go to our Studio Search page to find out how you can do that.
Street Creature was the official Royal Krewe for the 2020 Asheville Mardi Gras! Two of our members were royalty – King Bam Booey and Queen Nora (mom to Geneva and about to be grandma to the youngest Street Creature, due in April).
The Krewe worked tirelessly for months to bring the Dragon theme to life! The weather was perfect and Asheville felt the love.