Next Guild Meeting

Two Shows By Famous Puppeteers, Puppet Activities & Prizes

at our 65th Anniversary Guild Holiday Celebration

Sun., Jan 26, San Rafael area.

Hear-Ye all Puppet Enthusiasts!

Please mark your calendars for the SFBAPG 65th Anniversary celebration of the Holidays and New Year. You may ask why January. It’s because many puppeteers have a very busy December.

WHEN and WHERE is this shindig supposed to occur?!

Sunday, Jan 26th from 3-7:30 pm

Christ Presbyterian Church, 620 Del Ganado Road in beautiful Terra Linda (San Rafael area) California!


This is festive party is perfect for inviting family (including children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and distant cousins) and friends. You don’t need to be a member to attend! There will be great entertainment and fun activities for all ages in a gracious setting.

It’s also the perfect time to reach out to that teacher, librarian or teen that has shown an interested in this art form. Let’s share our puppet enthusiasm.

There will be prizes for…

  • the member who invites (and gets the most people to come) to the Party
  • the person (member, or not) traveling the furthest distance to the Party
  • raffle for librarians and teachers who attend
  • free membership for any middle, high school or junior college who attends and would like a year-long online membership
  • people who become members at the Party & more!

Prizes will feature a variety of beautiful Folkmanis Puppets and other puppet-related items.


Magical Moonshine Theatre (MMT) will present “the Gunnywolf”. MMT has performed in 15 countries in 8 different languages. MMT is the recipient of 3 UNIMA-USA Certificates of Excellence and other awards including the Golden Apple Award for Best Children’s Play at the World Puppet Carnival in Kazakhstan!

The Gunnywolf” Little Rabbit goes into the forest to pick flowers even after her mother tells her not to. There she meets the Gunnywolf who wants her to sing him to sleep… This musical show is presented with Bohemian style marionettes on a table top stage. Recommended for ages 3-103 and up. MMT will offer a show and tell after their presentation.

Camilla Henneman will present “Anansi Tales.” Camilla is a retired educator and film special effects artist. Her films include: Ghostbusters 2, Fight Club, Gorillas in the Mist, Harry and the Hendersons, Cocoon, George of the Jungle, Childsplay and others. 

Anansi Talesis the premier performance of Camilla Hennemans story of the African trickster spider, Anansi. The stage is made as a pop-up book, inspired by Monica Leos pop up stage workshop at the 2018 National Festival.  The puppets are needle-felted rod puppets and Bohemian style marionettes.

A Very Loose Schedule (it’s a party after-all)!

2:00 Setup, decorate a table, setup puppet display, etc.

3:00 Start of Party – Meet & greet plus puppet activities

3:30 Show “The Gunnywolf” by Magical Moonshine Theater

4:15 Puppeteer Scavenger Hunt

4:30 Short Guild meeting

5ish Potluck supper

6ish Show “Anansi Tales” by Camilla Henneman

6:45 Slam-Potpourri/Raffle Winners

7:15ish Cleanup


Individuals and companies are invited to host and adopt a dining table. Table cloth will be provided. Bring in any decorations to make it a wonderful table to dine at. You can host the 4th of July table, the Halloween table, etc. There will be prizes for participation, but the greatest prize of all is knowing that you’re lending your artistry to make the holiday party festive!

To adopt a table, contact Ilene Kennedy at 707 731-3232 or Also, holiday decorations for the room will be greatly appreciated. Doors open at 3:00, so bring in some decorations at 2:30 (no nails please) to trim the room. At the end you just take your decorations down and take them home.


Please your favorite dish/beverage to share with others. Appetizers, salads, deserts and of course main courses are always appreciated. Microwave and refrigerator available. Dinnerware will be provided.


Do you have a short, family-friendly puppet piece, up to 5 minutes, that you’d like to perform? We challenge all Crankie workshop participants (Oct. workshop) to bring a vignette! Or perhaps you did a piece somewhere else and would like to polish and perform again? Sign up by contacting Judy Roberto If you’d like a call back, please include your phone #.


Do you have a puppet that you’ve made, that you’d like to display? A table will be provided for an informal puppet exhibit, so bring your puppet (on a stand, if needed) and share your puppet(s) with others.


Puppet items, useful and unique are raffled off, with proceeds going to the Founder’s Scholarship Fund. If you have a raffle item you’d like to donate, please contact Valerie Nelson at and put Raffle in the subject line or visit Sign Up Genius,


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? Check out the booklist at If you want the Guild Librarian, Lee Armstrong to bring a particular book or topic, email her at or call 707 738-5906.


Please consider lending a hand. You can see what needs to be done and sign up at Sign Up Genius, or contact Lee Armstrong at images or call/text at 707 738-5906.

Directions to the Christ Presbyterian Church at 620 Del Ganado Rd

From 101 North, just past the Civic Center exit, San Rafael or 101 South, just past Lucas Drive exit

Take exit 455, Terra Linda/Freitas Parkway, West, toward Terra Linda

Merge onto Manuel T Freitas Pkwy, 1.2 mile

Turn right at Del Ganado Rd, 203 ft. Lots of Parking.