Hand Puppets Ooltewah TN

Local resource for hand puppets in Ooltewah, TN. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to paper hand puppets, character hand puppets, animal hand puppets, glove puppets, sock puppets, rod puppets, finger puppets, and many more.

Hobby Lobby Creative Center
(423) 892-7923
2288 Gunbarrel Rd # 10
Chattanooga, TN
 
HobbyTown USA
(423) 648-4880
2200 Hamilton Place Blvd
Chattanooga, TN
 
Battlefield RC
(706) 866-8540
512 A Chickamauga Avenue
Rossville, GA
 
Luv 2 Dance Studio
(423) 310-3912
2007 King Edward Avenue
CLEVELAND, TN
 
Caywood School of Karate
(423) 421-1769
2980 Westside Drive
Cleveland, TN
 
Gamestop
(423) 899-1899
2100 Hamilton Place Boulevard # 316
Chattanooga, TN
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Hobby and Model Stores, Hobbies, Video Games, Computer and Equipment Dealers, Computer Software
Hours
Mon-Sat 10Am-9Pm
Sun 12Pm-6Pm

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Chattanooga Depot
(423) 622-0630
3701 Ringgold Road
East Ridge, TN
 
All Around Fun
(423) 892-5253
2100 Hamilton Place Blvd
Chattanooga, TN

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Play Dog Excellent
(423) 870-7740
4113 Dayton Blvd
Chattanooga, TN
 
Just R/C Hobbies
(423) 802-7484
2521 Cloud Springs Rd
Rossville, GA

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Puppet Power: Raise Your Hand�Preferably With A Puppet On It

Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 14 September 2010 18:42

Yes, I am a sucker for sock puppets, shadow puppets, rod puppets, marionettes, ventriloquist dummies (oooh, I hate that term, very politically incorrect). I adore seeing an object that has been whittled or stitched, painted and varnished, morph into a miniature person with a large, dominating personality.

I first fell for puppets when I saw the film “Lili,” starring Leslie Caron and Mel Ferrer. It tells the tale of a lost, waiflike girl, portrayed by Caron, who wanders onto a carnival fairgrounds. She is desperate and despondent, and she finds herself brought back to life by her interactionlesliecaroncarrottop with a puppeteer, but, more important, it is actually the puppets that she is captivated by. She becomes besotted with Carrot Top (who bears an uncanny resemblance to CSI’s David Caruso), Reynardo the fox, Golo the Giant, and Marguerite the ballerina. Unable to deal with reality and real-life problems, Lili grows up and becomes a well-adjusted adult due to the nurturing of this motley crew of puppets. She, in turn, helps their puppeteer (a bitter but extremely handsome wounded war veteran) learn to love and trust again. Sappy? Yes. Beautiful and haunting and able to turn a second grader’s head? You betcha!

After this initial introduction to the world of stagecraft, I clamored for puppets of my own, and my obliging parents . . . well, they obliged. I played with bumblebee hand puppets, monkey marionettes, canines and felines, and people representing all ages, genders and costumes. I was a little Shari Lewissharilewisandlambchop in training, and in solidarity with her “Lambchop” puppet, I stopped eating the traditional Easter lamb dishes. (Yes, puppetry was the advent of my becoming politicized as well. More on that later.)

One of the greatest breakthroughs in puppeteering was the broadcasting of Jim Henson and his marvelous Muppets. Initially a local TV performer, Henson and his talents exploded globally throughout the late 1960s, 1970s, into the 1980s. His most famous creations, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, launched feature films, records, TV specials, books, dolls, and, of course, puppets.

A couple weeks back, Henson’s family donated the original Kermit the Frog puppet to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. The capital city, known for its relentless pursuit of greenbacks and empty promises to go more “green,” gave the green amphibian a hero’s welcome. Back in 1955 in Washington, that little frog figure made his TV debut on a local program called “Sam and Friends.” The endeavor ran until 1961, and many of the characters that cavorted on the show became forerunners for “Sesame Street” and “The Muppet Show.” This old-time crew is now part of our national archive.

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I was delighted to read this because I used to live in Washington, DC—some of my happiest memories revolve around that crazy town. And I was fortunate to be a resident there when a slew of pupp...

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