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Nov 24

A Rafter of Crankies

November 24, 2023 @ 7:30 PM - November 25, 2023 @ 8:30 PM

A Cozy Family Event.
Sandglass Theater’s A Rafter of Crankies is back at Green Mountain Orchard for the third consecutive year! Performances will take place on Friday November 24 at 7:30 PM and on Saturday November 25 at 5 PM and 7:30 PM at Green Mountain Orchards. Once again, the Crankies event will be part of the Putney Craft Tour on Thanksgiving Weekend.

Heating will run before and between shows; the temperature in the building should be somewhere between outdoors and cozy. Bring layers! Cider and baked snacks will be available by donation.

Crankies are panoramic scrolls that are “cranked” on the handles of a box that the scrolls wind through. The effect is like watching the analog ancestor of a movie, or a comic strip that combines with a song or story. Together they create a performance that is charming, and often wildly funny or strikingly haunting. Although they are often associated with Appalachian folk tradition, today’s crankies embrace cultural, musical, and artistic expressions that are contemporary and as unpredictable as the weather!

This year’s performing artists include “Rafter” founders Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass, and Brendan Taaffe, all with new crankies created especially for this event.

New to the event are:

Emily Schubert, from Pennsylvania, who has enriched the national crankie scene as director of the famed Baltimore Crankie Fest.

Alexandra Gorlin-Crenshaw, from Montreal, performs with hand-made fold-out books, a cousin of crankies. And to add spice to the event, she performs in Yiddish!

And Brattleboro’s own John Ungerleider, known locally as a songwriter and social justice activist, will enter the crankie arena with a first-ever scroll of his Mr. Mariposa, a work about climate change, illustrated by Maddy Conley.

And why a Rafter of Crankies? Rafter is the group name for turkeys (just as fish group in schools or geese in gaggles). Just look at the ceiling of Green Mountain Orchards and you’ll see why the name fits for a group of crankies as well. And on Thanksgiving weekend, what better way to tie the rafter together than with the traditional meal and a crankie performance!

Sandglass will also be part of the Putney Craft Tour with puppets and crankies for sale at Sandglass Theater’s workshop at 17 Kimball Hill Rd. in Putney Village. The Putney Craft Tour takes place 10am to 5pm, Friday November 24th through Sunday November 26th.

Tickets are $20.00 General Admission,$18.00 for Seniors/Students, $16.00 for Seniors/Students/EBT or Medicaid card holders and can be purchased online or at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.


November 24, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
November 25, 2023 @ 8:30 PM


Green Mountain Orchards
130 West Hill Rd
Putney, VT 05346 US
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Sandglass Theater
(802) 387-4051


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