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  • Toy Soldier A Small Holiday Sampling

    Posted on by Drew

    Well I know it’s not a puppet, but this character image was featured on High Point University’s Christmas page.  It took several days for me to make this toy soldier outfit and I thought it was kind of the campus to use this image as a promotional picture.

    HP March-27-31-2-1024x512

  • Santa Thumb Christmas is Here

    Posted on by Drew

    Seasons greetings to you all.  Over the course of this December my puppets and I will be performing at Christmas venues up and down the Carolinas.  Look for me in places such as Rock Hill, at High Point University, Kings Mountain, Northlake Mall, the Spencer Polar Express, and other locales with the joy of the seasons in my cheeks and a carol in my heart.  Oh, and a big shout out to the artists Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass for their holiday programs, such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and inspiration throughout my childhood.


  • Icon Hand Puppet2 A Shocking Surprise

    Posted on by Drew

    You know, in this line of work I’m rarely shocked in a huge way, but yesterday I was shocked.  I was working at Matthews Alive for their 2017 season and during my show my younger audience members were so excited that they started getting a little rowdy and one young girl, about 7 years old,  in particular was almost heckling me.  No Problem.  I’ve handled things like this before, it goes with the territory, but when she started repeatedly yelling ‘your dinosaurs are fake’, her mother showed up and snatched her out of the performing tent.  Now that’s not the shocking part.  I really had no harsh feelings toward this young lady (whose name I’ll keep secret so as not to embarrass her) cause she’s just a kid, but as I was loading up after my set was done that same little girl and her family approached me.  They introduced themselves and the young lady gave me a sincere apology as did her father for her behavior.  THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE.  It really caught me off guard, but I thought to myself what a great example positive child rearing and compassion for your fellow person.  So I accepted the apology, shook the dad’s hand, and gave the girl a dinosaur toy as a show of good faith.  How cool is that?

  • Dino Roar Matthews, Matthews, and More News

    Posted on by Drew

    For the forth year in a row, I’ve been asked to come and exhibit my puppets at Matthews Alive.  The Children’s Stage will be blessed not with fish, not with fairytale animals, not with hermit crabs, but this year with ….. you guessed it… Dinosaurs.  I finally have enough of my own puppets to have a complete show.  It will be similar to the one I presented at the Cheerwine Festival, but I’ve had time to give the public a little something new.  So stop on by in the afternoons from Saturday til Monday and I’ll hopefully see you then.  We will also be in the opening parade and I guarantee it’s quite a sight.  Hope to see you then, but if not there is still hope.  Now that it’s September we’re also getting under way for several county fairs in the North Carolina area.  Keep life interesting and keep roaring.

    Matthews Alive


  • Dinosaur-with-Book Summer Reading with Raptors

    Posted on by Drew

    Hello loyal fans of all things puppet related.  I have had a hard couple of weeks, but all things considered as I move forward I’m feeling good.  The dinos of Dakota and Friends will be in great demand in the next month for libraries in Bland, Chilhowie, and Saltville (VA).  Then we’re heading out for a week in Greenville and Charleston.  But we’ll still find plenty of time to stop by Concord and Rock Hill near Charlotte, NC for our local fans if those other cities aren’t on your summer vacation roster.  And on a minor note, I’ll be making a personal appearance at Discovery Place for one of their night functions sporting a Game of Thrones puppet and garb.  Later.


  • Icon Hand Puppet Long Live the Arts

    Posted on by Drew

    Whoa, everyone.  This is truly exciting news.  TOMORROW  I will venture to downtown Charlotte and be a part of the Long Live the Arts Festival sponsored by the Levine Arts Center.  I’m gonna bring puppets of all shapes and sizes from performances past and parade them around one more time.  It’s an open event, so if you are in the vicinity, please stop on by.

    Art Abstract

  • Icon Hand Puppet2 Festivals in Full Swing

    Posted on by Drew

    Puppets, puppets, puppets.  It seems that’s all audiences want for the touring festival season and I’m right in the thick of it.  It’s time to get them out and performing, so don’t miss your chance to see me at Hello Huntersville, of course in Huntersville, and again at the Cheerwine Festival in Salisbury later on in the month.  I’ve been so busy trying to get things ready for these two events, but hopefully they will be well received by audiences since they are both brand new.


  • Dragon Clown Cirque Italia

    Posted on by Drew

    Buongiorno everyone.  It’s me, your puppet pal and do I have a tale for you.  A week or so ago I was asked to repair some dinosaur walking suits that had fallen under quite a bit of disrepair.  This past Saturday, I met with the owner of Cirque Italia, who commissioned me to do so for a future show he has in the works.  And now, remarkably enough, this coming weekend in Greenville, NC Dakota and Friends will have a special spot in the circus line-up.  Technically I do not have any of my own original puppets in the show, but this opens up a brand new line of audiences.  Ed and I are NOT going to run off with the circus, but it’s nice to spice things up.  Hope to see you there.



  • Victrola A Jazz Giant

    Posted on by Drew

    Well my would be followers, tomorrow I unveil a giant puppet for the Levine Museum’s annual, and very formal, fundraiser.  I made a new towering puppet for a decreased price… ya know because it’s non profit, but it still rocks.  It is playing a trumpet and will be wandering around for about an hour meeting and greeting.  This is a private function, so you need a ticket and a nice outfit, so if I don’t see all my fans there I’ll forgive you.  Keep reaching new heights.

    Trumpet Player

  • Superman Beware Superheroes for a Dino Invasion

    Posted on by Drew

    Greetings puppet fans.  Up til now the new year has been rather slow, but now I’m coming back with ferocity.  Dakota and Friends are off to Aiken, SC the first weekend of March to invade Agamacon.  We’ll be there from Friday til Sunday, so dust off the cosplay outfit and stop on by if you wish.  It should be pretty awesome.  Last time we were at a con, our raptors chased volunteers battled with Dr. Who.  Oh, but don’t think the path of dinosaur pandemonium ends there.  Dakota and all her friends will be back for more at the end of the month back in South Carolina and touring through libraries in the Spring and Summer seasons.  So hold on tight, cause we’re on the move.

    Batman Dino

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