Kites and puppets this weekend
News · April 26, 2013

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum will host kite-flying and puppets this weekend.

On Saturday, April 27th, Kites Over Hoover Park will feature the 180 Go! Kite Performance Team. On Sunday, the 28th, the Eulenspiegel Puppets will perform, followed by a Children’s Workshop. All events are free and open to the public.

180 Go! Kite Performance team is a dedicated group of quad-line Stunt Kite fliers whose skill and mastery of the air is bringing a new level of excitement to kite events. They will be performing at Kites Over Hoover Park from 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday, April 27th.

180 Go! performs precision aerial maneuvers and dynamic formations against a backdrop of popular music that engages and excites crowds of all ages. There will be a kite vendor onsite – or bring your own favorite kite to fly.

The day’s activities include: children’s games, an appearance by Benjamin Franklin, kite flying and spectacular kite stunts!

This event will be held at 1 Tidewater Drive in West Branch, Iowa – exit 254 off Interstate 80 and head south. Tidewater Drive is the first street to the left.

The popular puppet group, the Eulenspiegel Puppets, will perform for free in the auditorium of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum on Sunday, April 28th at 1:30.

The presentation, Freedom Star: Gertie’s Journey on the Underground Railroad, uses near life-size handheld puppets, and hand-dyed scenery to tell a dramatic and moving story, based on local history, of a young girl who escapes from a farm in Missouri and makes her way through Iowa on her way to freedom.

An exciting play, it educates while it entertains – featuring live music with topical songs written and played by Ron Hillis, a highly regarded Iowa musician.

Following Freedom Star, Ron Hillis will present a demonstration workshop about the history of American popular music, with a focus on Civil War music. Using violin, guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele, he will show how stringed instruments fit into American history. This presentation is also free and open to the public.

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