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Well, Ipie van der Veen has done it again! She has crafted another handsome puppet.  Ipie is our resident ‘worker of magic with fabric and thread’;  she is a long-time volunteer with the CCM and if you are around the museum on a Monday or Thursday afternoon, drop in to the Artisan’s Gallery and tell her how fantastic she is!

Now for introductions: Everyone, meet Jacques or Claude or Pierre (he is not sure what he wants to be called yet)!  He is an experienced voyageur with lots of stories to tell.  He is true worker and likes the hard life of being a voyageur.  He has seen many trails, rivers and lakes.  He’s wintered over many times and is so well versed at his craft that he can be found around the Museum instilling wisdom to some of the new recruits.

As you can see Jen Burnard (foreground) is quite smitten with Jacques and if you would like to meet this fine fellow (and Jen), you can find him over March Break in our new Puppet Theatre on the 2nd floor in the mornings.  Or if you are visiting with a school group, perhaps he will come along to share a story or two!

Welcome Jacques to the Canoe Museum’s community!

The theme for this year’s Peterborough Santa Claus Parade was “Christmas movies,” which presented us with a problem: most Christmas films don’t really feature canoes.  So we stretched it a little bit and decided that the definition could include shorts about New Year’s Eve.  Thus our Chasse-galerie float was born, based on the National Film Board short ‘The Legend of the Flying Canoe,” which you can watch here on the NFB website.

Here are a few photos from the museum’s entry in Peterborough’s 2011 Santa Claus Parade (please excuse any blurriness – our photographer was also in our float!).

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