Returning for a fourth consecutive year, the 2018 West Fulton Puppet Festival will boast a dynamic and entertaining slate of puppetry performances and activities for the whole family. Work from New York, Chicago, Massachusetts, Providence and Florida will play in rotation throughout the two-day Festival, Friday, July 13,  5pm - 7pm and Saturday, July 14, 10am - 5pm. Click here to view the full announcement.




We asked for books, and we received them in abundance. We were overwhelmed by your generosity and can't wait for you to start sharing and reading! The Book Drive is now closed and we are not currently accepting any further donations. Thank you so much to everyone who donated, and to all the volunteers who have assisted with the Little Free Library project. See you in May 6th as we reveal the finished libraries! 


Photo courtesy of Little Free Library

Photo courtesy of Little Free Library

Three Little Free Libraries are coming to parks near you this May, and we'd like your help stocking them with books you think the community would enjoy. You can donate good to excellent condition books for children, young adult and adult readers at the following locations:

o Fulton Town Office, 1168 Bear Ladder Road, West Fulton (during Clerk’s regular hours)

o Sapbush Café, 832 West Fulton Road (Saturdays 9 am-1pm)

o Middleburgh Public Library

Can't bear to part with a much treasured book? Then, stop by Middleburgh Public Library and add your suggestion to the Little Free Library Wishlist. Simply add the titles of books you would like to borrow from a park near you!

Little free libraries coming to TOWN OF fulton

The small wooden libraries being created by local artists Clare and Neil Driscoll.

The small wooden libraries being created by local artists Clare and Neil Driscoll.

West Fulton Arts is thrilled to be supporting local artists Clare and Neil Driscoll's Little Free Libraries project. The Driscolls are designing and building three "take a book, return a book" free book exchanges that will be housed in and around the Town of Fulton. The libraries will be placed at three separate locations: at West Fulton Park, in front of the Breakabeen Grange Hall, and at Max V. Shaul Park. Each will be stocked with books from children's classics to adult fiction that members of the community can access free-of-charge.

An official unveiling will take place on May 6th at each of the locations. Visit our event page for details! 

Little Free Libraries are made possible (in part) with public funds provided by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program at Greene County Council on the Arts, and by community support from West Fulton Arts, Town of Fulton Historical Society, Max V. Shaul Park, Breakabeen Grange, Middleburgh Public Library, and Sapbush Café. 

First Friday Fun

On Friday, June 3 the West Fulton Puppet Festival Team were out in force for First Friday in Middleburgh. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say "hi!" and to the amazing MCS Art students (and creators of the Dragon Puppet that will be featured in this year's parade) who helped spread the word about West Fulton Puppet Festival, July 8th and 9th.

Students at Middleburgh High School paint the head of the dragon puppet.

Students at Middleburgh High School paint the head of the dragon puppet.

West Fulton Puppet Residency

West Fulton Puppet Festival guest artist Andy Gaukel spent one week with art students from Middleburgh HS creating a giant dragon puppet that will make its debut during the opening parade at the 2nd Annual West Fulton Puppet Festival on Friday, July 8th. New York City-based puppeteer and educator spent a week with teacher Teresa Norfolk's art class, providing a hands-on puppet-making workshop and giving students valuable practical experience and insight into puppet construction and manipulation. The result of their hard work was a gargantuan red and yellow dragon puppet that can be handled by multiple students. 

Additionally, students participated in a movement workshop with Ellen Lauren-a theater artist, educator, and a founding member and co-artistic director of New York-based theater ensemble SITI Company.  Members of the public will have an opportunity to see the puppet during the opening parade for the festival. 

High school art students, NYC artist partner to bring dragon puppet to life 

West Fulton Puppet Festival's recent residency at Middlesburgh Central High School was recently featured in the Daily Gazette.

"It takes two students to hold up its head and at least six students to hold up its long flowing body. A fiery red, the sleek head of the dragon bobs and dances as its body flutters in waves behind it..." 

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