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Puppets entertain at library

June 9, 2011

Dan Raynor talks with students before the show. (Eric Mann Photo)

    Free annual marionette shows presented at the Decatur branch of the Adams Public Library System were seen by close to 200 people on Monday.
    Two presentations of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" were given.
    The handmade wooden puppets, moved by strings, are from the Stevens Puppets company in Bristol, Indiana, owned since 1993 by Dan Raynor. The Stevens Puppets were created in 1933 and the firm is one of just three marionette troupes at work in the United States.
    Raynor says he has five employees giving shows in 26 states.
    In lower photo is a scene from the show, with a small boy in a tree blowing on the neck of Icabod Crane to scare him, while the boy's father and another man observe.
    More than 100 people viewed the daytime show and 30 to 40 attended the evening event.

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