Aug 26 Guild Meeting at the Puppet Fair at Fairyland, Oakland

Sat., Aug 26 Fairyland Puppet Fair 10:30-4:30 & Guild Meeting 4:30-6:45

Most Guild members will arrive and spend the day at Fairyland. However, if you are only coming for the Guild meeting, Guild members MUST enter the front gate before 4pm. This is a little different than past years, where people could arrive late and enter the back way. There is a memorial service at Fairyland starting at 7pm, and there will be security, so no late admittance after 4pm.

Admission: Admission to Fairyland is free to Guild members. At admissions, say that you’re with the Puppet Guild and have come to help. However, if you are bringing friends that are not members of the Guild and are not helping, they must pay admission (unless they want to join that day). You must be inside the Fairyland gate by 4 pm.

August 26 Puppet Fair Schedule

10:30 a.m. The Frog Prince presented by Will Lewis and Dragon Fly Theatre

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: The Adventures of Peer Gynt. This classic tale from Norway’s Henrik Ibsen comes to life accompanied by the classical music of composer Edvard Grieg. Peer is not content to stay at home and raise a family; he wants to see the big, wide world.  But after being pursued and captured by a Troll King and his daughter, home and his true love start looking better and better. But how to get there? Adapted by Lewis Mahlmann and Randal Metz.  Puppets and scenery by Lewis Mahlmann.

12 p.m. Puff The Magic Dragon, presented by The Puppet Company

12 p.m. – 2 p.m. The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. Children’s Theatre presents: Aesop’s Fables – We offer the classic tales of Aesop told through song, dance, puppetry and circus arts. Our young performers tell both the familiar stories of the country mouse and city mouse, the tortoise and the hare, and a few lesser-known classics. Adapted by Doyle Ott with and music and lyrics by Richard Jennings and Doyle Ott. Costumes by Patti Baugh.

3:00 p.m. The Puppet Man: MMT’s Michael Nelson creates his own version of traditional European street theatre. The performances are colorful, lively, spontaneous and ever-changing.  In this unique theatrical experience, the puppeteer, puppets and audience respond to each other to create the play together!

1 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland’s feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. Perez & Mondinga, a Mexican fiesta tale of a cockroach who marries a mouse. Presented by Rhonda Kay.

4:25-4:45 Help Randal Metz with cleanup


4:45 Guild Meeting

Meet your new Board of Directors, Ideas for Future Programs and more.


5:15 Potluck Supper

Please bring something to share. If your dish needs refrigeration, please bring it in a cooler. Main dishes are always appreciated. There is a microwave. Guild will provide paper products and utensils.


6:00 A repeat performance of the The Frog Prince presented by Will Lewis and Dragon Fly Theatre. Will is a dedicated Junior member of the Guild. This delightful show, created as a portfolio piece for an Arts based high school, is brought to life by hand puppets and Will’s original music. Also a behind–the–scenes after his show and Q&A.  


6:45 Cleanup. We should try to be out of the gate by 7.


Puppets for the Puppet Exhibit at Fairyland

If you would like to display some of your puppet creations, contact Randal Metz at 510 569-3144. You MUST have your puppet at Fairyland no later than 10:30 on Sat.


Guild Library will be at Fairyland

The Guild library has hundreds of books covering a variety of topics. Books & DVD’s will be available for checkout at the meeting, to people that have been members for at least 6 months. Are you looking for books or DVD on a particular topic? Contact the Guild Librarian, Lee Armstrong, 707 738-5906, and she will email the library list or do a search and bring related books to next meeting.

HELP!!!!    Volunteer at Fairyland

The guild will be hosting the craft booth, Puppet Exhibit/Information Table at Fairyland’s Day of Puppetry

Setup of Puppet Exhibit, see Randal Metz, 2 people, 9-10am

Make a Puppet Table: 1 person for each time slot, 11-12, 12-1, 1-2, 2-3

Monitor Exhibit and answer General Puppet Questions, 1 person, 10-11, 11-12, 12-1, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4:30.  

Walkaround Puppets Greeting Kids: anyone, anytime from 10-4

Also, If you are coming on Sunday, Aug 27th, Randal is always looking for people to help watch the Puppet Exhibit.

Anyone wishing to volunteerSign up at here ( On the day, if you haven’t pre-signed to volunteer, but would like to help, just find Lee (usually at the Guild Info Table). Volunteers are always welcome.


Parking: Parking is particularly tight as the park is doing landscaping. There is some parking on Bellevue Ave (City of Oakland sometimes charges $3 to park there on weekends). If you can, carpool.


Driving Directions
I’m starting from…
Marin, Richmond: Take 80 west to 580 east (toward Hayward).
San Francisco: Take the Bay Bridge to 580 east (toward Hayward).
Walnut Creek: Take 24 through the Caldecott Tunnel to 580 east (toward Hayward)Berkeley: Take 580 east (toward Hayward).

From 580 east:
Take the Harrison Street exit in Oakland and turn right onto Harrison. Turn left at Grand Avenue. Fairyland is one block away, at the intersection of Grand and Bellevue. Turn to the right and park.

I’m starting from…
Hayward, San Leandro, and Pleasanton: Take 580 west to the MacArthur/Harrison exit in Oakland. Turn left on Harrison and left on Grand Avenue. Fairyland is one block away on the right, at the intersection of Grand and Bellevue.

San Jose, Hayward, and Fremont: Take 880 north to the Oak Street exit in Oakland. Turn right on Oak, which becomes Lakeside Drive. Turn right on Grand Avenue. Fairyland is located one block away, at the intersection of Grand and Bellevue (right side).

Transit Directions
On BART: Get off at the 19th Street station. Take the 20th Street stairway to street level. Walk on 20th Street to Harrison Street. Turn left on Harrison. Turn right on Grand Avenue. Fairyland is one block away, at the intersection of Grand and Bellevue (right side).

On AC Transit: Take the #12 bus from the 19th Street BART station to Children’s Fairyland.