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Puppet Palooza at North Van Arts
and Nouveau Beaujolais at Le Bistro Chez Michel

Nov 18, 2004

By Catherine Barr


The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is presenting a unique and fun holiday exhibit this month at the CityScape Community Art Space. Puppet Palooza, which features a display of hand-made puppets, marionettes and more, held its opening night event last week and invited artists, guests and members of the Vancouver Guild of Puppetry and the Talking Hands Puppetry Theatre to join them. Lively and colourful, the exhibit runs until Dec. 19 and is an ideal art display to bring the kids to see.

Also last week, North Van's Le Bistro Chez Michel hosted a special evening in honour of the Nouveau Beaujolais wines. Featuring a buffet dinner, live music, dancing and more, this 5th annual celebration attracted both wine connoisseurs and novices alike.

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North Van Community Arts Council executive Linda Feil (left) welcomed Talking Hands Puppetry Theatre's Trish McGeer and volunteer Patricia McClung.
Artist Peg Clark used her Punch and Judy puppets for much more than entertaining giving them double duty and a role in her speech therapy classes.
Artist Diana Hall, of Puppets West, created her dragon puppet over 15 years ago. To this day, he still gets the biggest smiles when onstage.
Son David Woods was only too happy to attend in honour of his mother Marjorie whose wonderful puppets thrill kids of all ages. She sadly passed away just days before the exhibit's opening.
Hand puppet artist Margaret Rey and marionette maker/artist Dirk Oertel are among the talented peopled featured at the gallery.
Le Bistro Chez Michel's chef Joseph Lassaga (left) and owner Philippe Segur's menu featured wild boar, lamb and more for this special occasion.
Sampling a bottle of Georges Duboeuf were former Joe Fortes chef Brian Fowke (left) and former restaurant manager Tim Keller who are now out to start a new venture of their own. Stay tuned.
Pouring the beaujolais behind the bar were Pacific Wines' Cindy Thalei and Le Bistro's Germain Arnal.


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