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Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by theSHE124, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Well-Known Member

    Hey Everybody!!! You gotta hear this! It's from my latest season guide to the Center for Puppetry Arts:

    WE'RE READY TO EXPAND...Exciting news about our upcoming transformation!

    We're now in the midst of a transformative expansion that will allow us to touch even more lives through the art of puppetry. New museum galleries, a renovated entryway, and other upgrades to our existing spaces will enhance your experience at the Center.

    Find out how you can help at puppet.org/believeinmakebelieve

    We will be OPEN during construction!

    I'm not kidding! Just saw the link. They ARE going to include a Henson Wing after all! I noticed construction has resumed for much of Metro Atlanta for like the past year or so; that must be among the reasons. But you guys should also visit, the upcoming season has promising shows and movies. As I once heard from Drew Allison, it truly is the Mecca for puppetry. The Phoenix has risen from the trash can! :excited:
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  2. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Yeeeees!!! I am looking forward to this exhibit so badly. :)
  3. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Keep in mind that we've been to this altar before. Some years ago they announced grand plans, a new wing that would house hundreds of Henson-relayed puppets. Then the economy tanked, and the plans were put on the back burner and delayed, and delayed again, and delayed some more, with the opening always a year or two in the future.

    It's encouraging that they've been putting some oomph into this, with floor plans and a Henson-attended press conference and all that, but then I look at the page on the CPA and see the text "To complete this project, we need your help!" above a donation button. So it's not even funded?

    I'm hoping that this time the CPA will be able to follow through. However, I'm not going to get excited until I see a construction crew at work.
  4. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Well-Known Member

    We can still help'em out, Slackbot. Do you want to? I'll ask my whole family on this.
  5. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Today I went to a Fraggle Rock screening, and guess what I saw? Ground has been broken. Construction is happening! I am now officially excited!
  6. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Well-Known Member

    OMG! You must be squeeing right now! :) I was gonna see a new show I haven't seen yet in order to get some evidence for you, but you beat me to it first! Thanks, Slackbot! Can't wait to see how my family's gonna react to this...:drool:
  7. Kermieuk

    Kermieuk Well-Known Member

    Hoping to visit it next year. Just need to find out when it's opening. Might be able to meet you slackbot and some of you guys from on here!!

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  8. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Trust me, when they release any information on when it's opening I will post it here. And unless I am in the hospital I will be at the ribbon cutting ceremony!
  9. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Well-Known Member

    I hope I'll be there, too, Slackbot! :dreamy: Of course, I might post the announcement before you do...
  10. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    You think you can scoop me? Bring it on, sister! ;)
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  11. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

  12. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the video, man! :cool:
  13. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    The neatest part was when Cheryl Henson stated that they would be including rare Muppets such as Hoots the Owl and Roosevelt Franklin. Who knows how many other obscure characters will become part of the wing?
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  14. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Well-Known Member

    WING UPDATE ALERT! Gotta special letter in the mail today from the center. They're gonna open the new editions sometime this fall. Those Doozers must be working faster than I imagined! :busy::busy::busy:
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  15. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Well-Known Member

    News updates from Dwayne1115--Give'im some attention, man! :mad:
  16. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member


    I'm really wanting to set up a internet Muppet fan meet up for this event. This new wing is going to be the closest thing to a Muppet museum, but it's going to be even better because it will focus on Jim Henson and his work. It will start with the begging of his work and focus on all the major parts of his wonderful career. There will even be a room just for the Dark Crystal and his other projects. I can't wait to see this
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  17. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Well-Known Member

    Bumpdate!--Renovations at the Center is at a fever-pitched! It's not just the new wings, they're rearranging the adjacent sections to attach well to them. Half of Floor 1 closed. Floor 2 closed. Floor 3 fully operational. Gift shop now open in a new area. Both performance theaters still open for shows. Members of the Center have the privilege to see the new editions open November 14th!

    Oh, Slackbot, about the funding thing you were confused with earlier, you do realize the place is a NON-profit org, right? Being a member helps keep ticket prices low and providing free shows for field trips of schools across Fulton County and beyond. The Believe in Make Believe Foundation is not only support for the Center but as a sign you support puppetry. Even I forked in my loose change for them, but $14-mil is way more than I can ever imagine!:eek:
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  18. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Well-Known Member


    Cheryl, Heather, and Brain Henson, along with Leslie and her Abby Cadabby, are coming to the grand opening of the upgraded Center for Puppetry Arts Saturday, Nov. 14!!! :excited: Reminder: there are more than 500 puppets and other stuff from our favorite Muppet/Henson TV and film [!] that will be start in rotation for the future. Not that patient? Well, members have the perk to see the new exhibits from the 7th-13th (minus 9th, obviously).

    And...that's where some slightly bad news comes in: I'm gonna catch the Tuesday preview, sometime between 9am-1pm. Also, my Mom got some tickets for us to see a Christmas play on the 15th, also in Atlanta. But with the rest of my family scattered thin, I may not be able to join the dream opening...:sigh:

    Yet I know there's MC members in & outta Georgia that can catch the biggest event in the Center since...I dunno, the first opening? Is this even on other fan headlines?? Now's the time to go get those tickets! Don't just go because I maybe absent, but do it on behalf of the WHOLE Muppet Central! DO IT NOW!!

    :crazy: Am I the only one crazy 'bout this?!?
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  19. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    I'm very excited for this as well. While I cannot make it to the opening, I am thrilled to see that something like this is going to happen. And the best part of it is that it will be a permanent museum for many generations to come and visit. I hope we get to see lots of photos and videos of the grand opening as well as seeing what all is on display.

    And no theSHE124, you're not the only one crazy about this. ;)
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  20. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    So excited for this! I'm coming up from Alabama for it with my three year old daughter! I don't know if she or I will be more excited to meet Abby!
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