The Bread and Puppet Museum in Glover will celebrate the beginning of its forty-first season with a museum open house on Sunday, June 5, from 2 to 5 p.m., with music, shows, and bread. Traditional early-American shape note songs will greet punctual visitors at the entrance, where the little wooden museum guard slept away the winter months. Upstairs in the museum, Burt Porter and friends will strum and fiddle familiar tunes next to the giant washerwomen puppets. In the backyard, puppeteer and musician friends offer their talents: Gravy Strugglers from Sheffield, Clare Dolan from the nearby Museum of Everyday Life, The Farm Song trio, Modern Times Theater, and others. Freshly baked loaves of sourdough rye bread with aioli and mint tea will be served all afternoon. The museum store, besides the regular Bread and Puppet publications and posters, will also carry the new 2017 calendar and, for a short time only, some rare out-of-print books and letterpress volumes. Hand printed banners and products from the busy Bread and Puppet print shop will brighten the walls.
Although the museum already seems packed to the gills, the discerning eye will notice some new figures and pictures scattered about the two floors.
At 4 p.m., there will be a world premiere of “The Disordering the Existing Order of Life Oratorio” in the Papier-Mâché Cathedral, performed by puppeteers and students from Concordia University, back from two United States tours. The “Disordering Oratorio” continues every Friday at 7:30 p.m. in June, to be replaced by “Faust 3” in July and August.
This summer’s Sunday afternoon program in the circus field, the “Whatforward Circus and the Onward Pageant,” will be performed from June 26 through August 28 at 3 p.m. A museum tour will begin at 1 p.m., and sideshows will precede the circus at 2 p.m.
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and after shows until November 1. All the events listed are on the Bread and Puppet Farm on Route 122 in Glover.
The suggested donation for shows is $10, and no one turned away. — from Bread and Puppet.