By Peter Rousmaniere
Special To The Standard
Woodstock’s annual literary festival has splashy things for children through young adult this year. These offerings spread over Friday, July 26 through Sunday July 28and include workshops, play spaces, young adult thrillers, used children’s books, cartooning and mime.
Starting on the week of the Festival, Woodstock’s Yankee Bookshop is sponsoring a fun Where’s Waldo search and is joined by 24 local businesses around town. Last year’s Where’s Waldo search was mobbed by kids with their parents.
Those who spot Waldo can win prizes, including stickers, books, and more. There is no charge to participate. Where’s Waldo Passports are available at the information table under the Exhibitor Tent on the Green and at participating locations where a Where’s Waldo decal is displayed. Also, go here for Yankee Bookshop’s webpage on Where’s Waldo for more information.
On Friday, a free drawing and writing workshop for students 10-16 will take place in the National Park. Hosted by the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, the workshop members will visit popular spots in the Park. Kirk Kardashian, an author of a book on Vermont dairy farming, will coach. The next day, the students will have a chance to read their writings on the Green from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Joan Haley registering students at joan_haley@partner. nps.gov (802) 457 3368 ext. 44. Also on Friday, Jason Lutes will discuss the genre of cartooning and graphic fiction as part of a Celebration of Local Authors, 1-1:40 p.m., in the library mezzanine.
An accomplished cartoonist, Jason Lutes will talk about how comics work in general, using examples from his own and others’ work. Jason is an American comics creator. In his early years, he liked superhero comics, but a trip to France exposed him to European comics like The Adventures of Tintin and Asterix , which he says greatly affected his style of drawing.
The massive used book sales opens on Friday on the Green at 9 a.m., with a very large children’s section. The sale continues on Saturday until 5 p.m.
Saturday offerings for kids begin in the morning. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Center for Cartoon Studies hosts a free Club Cartoon Tent in front of Norman Williams Public Library. The Tent is open to kids of all ages, whether they are amazing cartoonists or drawing a panel for the first time be prepared to have a great time and learn something new about cartooning.
ArtisTree offers “Bookstock for little ones!” at ArtisTree, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. A mixed media workshop designed to inspire the young artist’s imagination and interest in art and books. This workshop will foster confidence and independence in your child while increasing their skills in “reading” and creating. Projects will be designed around a specific picture book and medium. Entrance fee. Call 802-457-3500.
At 11 a.m., ArtisTree’s Children’s Literature Workshop starts, and runs until 1 p.m.
Kids ages 8 – 12 will explore the magical world of literature in this fun workshop that merges art, writing and games. They will work with an existing storyline and create their own images to accompany. Fee. Call 802-457-3500.
On Saturday afternoon, Dayna Lorentz, an emerging master of the young adult thriller novel will discuss her new book, “No Easy Way Out” (3 to 3:40 p.m., Norman Williams Public Library Mezzanine). Next time you’re at the mall on a Saturday afternoon, imagine police barring the exits and a voice crackling over the PA system telling you to take shelter in the nearest store. Imagine being held there for one day, two — what would you do? Obey security? Investigate what was going on? Try to escape? This is the situation faced by two guys and two girls in this thriller. On Sunday, Rob Mermin, one of Vermont’s most celebrated performing artists, will co-host a tribute to Marcel Marceau, the genius of mime (1 to 2 p.m., Library Mezzanine). Marcel Marceau was the greatest mime of the 20th century. Born in 1923 in France, he soon fell under the spell of Charlie Chaplin. Marceau studied mime and created the character Bip, whose smashed stovepipe hat, white makeup, red carnation, and sad eyes became known the world over. Marceau essentially created the role of the mime for the modern stage.
Rob Mermin, of Circus Smirkus fame, will present his memories of training with the master. Rob will talk about the history of pantomime in the 20th century, demonstrate techniques of the silent art, and show rare film clips of Marceau performing and teaching.
Rob will be joined by Leda Schubert, author of an award winning picture book biography of Marceau, Monsieur Marceau. Critics describe the book as “superb” and “exquisite.” Schubert is the author of eight picture books.