Maggie Winston, artistic director of Lost and Found Puppet Company showed up first - bringing with her sewing machines, human size puppets and plant graphics (what else would you bring to art farm, we ask?). For a week, while waiting for her co-creator Mary Ruth to arrive, Maggie worked on some preliminary sketches for their new creation - a musical puppet show, Christmas Carol meets Alice in Wonderland, that sends a local developer deep into the tense fraught world of plants - and dove into some of her art farm tasks (as residents, artfarmers help to keep the art farm going through work-to-stay projects around the five acres of leased land) - including cleaning and organizing the toolshed, drainage around the cob kitchen and getting the vegetable garden ready for planting. When Mary Ruth arrived, the two artists got down to work. The plan? In three weeks they needed a full show: puppets, set, script, music (their musician, Kendall, was coming for the last week from Montreal) - so no time to waste.
And as you can see, time was not wasted.