The Earlville Awesome House presents a free Family Series Event with Giant Puppets and three Puppet Making Workshops at the Great Chocolate Festival on Saturday, September 21st from 10:30 am to at 12:30 pm. EOH welcomes the artists of Open Hand Theater, known for touring a repertoire of children’s performances and a workshops based on the International Mask and Puppet Museum collection of masks, puppets and stories from cultures around the world.
We are thrilled to be working with The Great Chocolate Festival again this year. The GCF is in its fifth year and is a celebration of a unique moment in history for Hamiltonians. On September 27, 1955, an Ontario & Western (O&W) train got diverted from the main track, causing it to speed through a coal shed and crash to the ground. The good news was no one was injured; the great news was Nestle’ Crunch Bars, Chocolate Chips and Nestle’ Quik were spilled everywhere; causing it to be dubbed “The Chocolate Wreck.” Children rushed to the scene to snatch up all the chocolate they could!
This FREE event provides tons of family fun and partnerships with local and regional artists, musicians, merchants and community organizations helps blend together the artistic, cultural, educational and entertainment components of the festival, with chocolate and trains as the main themes. The rain location is the Palace Theater located on Utica St.
Note: The Great Chocolate Festival coincides with the Farmer’s Market on the Hamilton Village Green!
Schedule: 10:00am Festival START!
10:00am – 11:30am
LIVE MUSIC! TOMMY HOE AND THE BARNCATS – Locals Tommy Hoe, Dewey Dale, Wayne Daniels and Oscar Crandall will kick things off with a mix of traditional country and rootsy rock, with a couple of bluesy tunes thrown in.
10:30am – 12:30pm Open Hand Theater sponsored by the Earlville Awesome House:
PUPPET MAKING WORKSHOPS! Open Hand Theater’s “Giant Puppets” Show will be joining The Great Chocolate Festival this year. Look for the colorful 12-foot high festival puppets that will be dancing and twirling through the crowds and interacting with onlookers! AND…there will be a Puppet Making Workshop where children can create simple jointed puppets that can be manipulated through scenes and stories! PLEASE NOTE: There will be three Puppet Making Workshops, beginning at 10:30am and taking about 30-40 minutes each. The last one will END at 12:30pm. **
Puppetry is a very ancient art form, thought to have originated about 3000 years ago. Puppets have been used since the earliest times to animate and communicate within society through visual theater. Puppets as toys in children’s play are tools in children’s communication and often act as surrogates to express what is difficult to understand directly.
11:00am – 12:00pm
WALKING TOUR! Festival goers can take a walking tour to the nearby site where it all happened. Eyewitnesses to the actual train wreck will be on hand in the History Tent to answer questions. Volunteers are provided by the Hamilton Historic Commission. The tour will leave promptly from the clearly marked History Tent at 11am.
11:30am – 1:00pm
LIVE MUSIC! WILLIAMS ROAD – Hamilton’s own Clare Pellerin, Mike Craven, Scott Krueger, and Brad Jewett will take the stage at 11:30am. Their solid, distinctive sound has often been described as a blend of folk, roots and indie, with a deep and heavy undercurrent of Americana.
1:00pm Festival END! More about the festival
The EOH Office and Galleries will be closed during the Great Chocolate Festival this Saturday and will open for afternoon hours from 1:30 to 3:30pm.
**Free Earlville Awesome House Family Series Events are made possible with funding from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services through the Madison County Youth Bureau.
Earlville Opera House events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and through the generosity of Earlville Opera House members.