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  • 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

  • Harry Potter Icon Brand New Magical Year

    Posted on by Drew

    Happy New Year everyone.  Firstly, allow me to thank Rock Hill for allowing me the opportunity to perform for their ‘Harry Potter’ night.  My first gig of 2017, but definitely not the last.  I created many a prop, costume , and puppet for that event.  Everyone in the vicinity of Fountain Park, they have many wonderful events, so keep a lookout for me roundabouts.   Secondly, there seems to be a problem with people getting in contact with me.  In that eventuality, should you need an immediate response, look to my contact page and follow those instructions.  I’d love to contact anyone who is serious about my craft.  And having said that, please feel free to drop me a line.  Welcome to a new chapter.

    Harry Potter Pages

  • snow-globe The Holiday Hours

    Posted on by Drew

    Well this holiday has been full of so many gigs thus far, but alas the majority have been for private functions.  I’ve created the Grinch, Santa, Sam the Snowman, and several more to perform both classic and contemporary Christmas jingles.  However there is still hope, for in the next week or so preceding Christmas I will have quite a few shifts at the Polar Express, located at the Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC.  I can’t give specific dates, but regardless it’s worth stopping by and having a truly festive ride and enjoy a few moments of child-like innocence.  Have a Merry Christmas everyone.


  • Dino Eye Turkey with Dinosaurs?

    Posted on by Drew

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  Normally I give my loyal fans a bit more forewarning, so I am sorry for the tardiness of this post.  In the past during the fabulous parade in Uptown Charlotte I have walked in Renaissance garb, juggled, and even ridden.  However, for this year I did the dinosaur march with ‘Sally’ the T-Rex.  I had a bit of trouble with her this go around, but all and all the parade was a success.  If you didn’t catch it live then perhaps you can catch the reruns.  Who knows what next years will bring.


  • gengar All Hallows Eve Draws Near

    Posted on by Drew

    The chilling time or year is upon us and the puppet guru has a non-stop schedule for performances.  Starting today, Oct. 22nd, I will be in Lancaster with several stilt characters.  The following week, several different outfits, dinos,  and puppets will be making some local appearances.  Then on the 29th I’ll travel back to the Tryon Equestrian Center for their spooky evening.  As for Halloween itself I’m not too sure, but as always I’ll try to enjoy myself as much as possible.  Have a spooktacular time my loyal followers.


  • Fossil Treasure A Labor Day To Go Down in History

    Posted on by Drew

    Well Labor Day is officially here and I have been working tirelessly to try and make a historic, or perhaps a prehistoric, dent in the 2016 North Carolina Festival Season with ‘Dakota and Friends’.  This endeavor is just beginning, so if you are in or near Rowan County, Surry County, the Mt. Airy area or any other location with a fall festival then check the line-up to see if our dinosaurs are going to make an appearance.  Labor Day marks the final day at our Hickory location, so stop on by and check us out.  Thanks for all the support everyone and lets move forward into a great holiday season.  Ok, break time is over… back to work.

    Labor Day

  • Festive Child Matthews Alive Comes Alive

    Posted on by Drew

    The summer is nearly at an end, but things are still looking up for the puppet master.  Two seasons ago I thrilled audiences at Matthews Alive with my rendition of ‘Peter and the Wolf’.  Now I am going to return by popular demand with an original show I call ‘The Underwater Museum’.  I don’t want to give too much away, but for my loyal followers I’ll be performing Saturday and Sunday with this wonderful show.  It’s interactive, it’s mime, it’s fun, and of course it’s puppetry.  Come on by and see.  And if you are early enough to catch the morning parade on Saturday, I’ll be walking with one of the dinosaurs from Dakota and Friends.  Enjoy what remains of the sunny season and I’ll see you in September.  Below is a little hint for those who can’t stand a good surprise.

    Hermit Crab Art

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