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Children will be treated to a free puppet show this week during the Noon Kids Concert, presented by Columbus Area Arts Council and Columbus Parks and Recreation Department.
The one-hour show at noon Thursday at Donner Park Shelter House features the Adzooks Puppets and their take on the classic Aesop’s Fable “The Tortoise and the Hare.”
“It’s geared mostly toward younger kids, preschool to grade school,” said Arthur Smith, the arts council’s director of marketing and media.
Smith said the event offers a nice setting for families to come out to the park and even pack a picnic lunch or go to the pool after the show.
Adzooks Puppets is based in Martinsville and features David Wright and Robin Lee Holm, who create the puppets. They present shows across the country.
The puppeteers previously have been to Columbus for shows and puppet-making workshops and were so well received the arts council asked them back for another performance, Smith said.
The Noon Kids Concerts are a summer tradition and will include a second show this month. Ruditoonz, with Indiana musician Scott Rudicel, who combines imaginative songs and storytelling. He will perform at noon June 21 at Donner Park.
Smith said the free Noon Kids Concerts and First Fridays for Families during the winter months always draw good-sized crowds.
More than 100 usually attend the summer Donner Park shows.
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