Live music and a puppet show will be featured at the 35th Annual Doll Fair, in addition to the traditional roster of games, crafts and doll-inspired activities. The fair starts 1 p.m. Saturday at the Sheldon Museum.
Scott Pearce, the museum’s new education coordinator, has scheduled a performance by the four-piece band Sweet Sunny North. Local artist Tresham Gregg will also put on the fair’s first puppet show.
Gregg had success using a puppet show as part of his summer exhibit at the museum, which Pearce said inspired him to invite Gregg to perform at the fair.
While some of the fair’s other events – like dress-up and a tea party – seem ostensibly geared toward girls, having Pearce at the helm will help bring more boys out to participate, said museum director Jerrie Clarke.
“We’ve tried to get boys to come, to bring their toy soldiers,” Clarke said. “Boys have dolls, too, they just call them action figures.”
Puppets are at 1:30 p.m., the parade at 2 p.m., and the tea party at 2:30 p.m. Also planned is an interactive demonstration on the construction of paper dolls from around the world.
The museum has transitioned to winter hours and is now open from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.