NEW YORK FOLKLORE QUARTERLY
Vol. XVIII, No. 1, Spring 1962
FOLKLORE AND MARIONETTES
IN a quandary for a new and different Yorker convention
project, we racked our brains for a unique idea. We finally
settled on marionettes with which we would perform three
plays concerning the folklore of upper New York State. In January
this seemed to be an insurmountable project which would devour
much time and demand a great deal of resourcefulness on our
part. As the next four months sped on, we realized that our little
people made a very enjoyable project.
Our first thought was transportation. The marionettes were
really no problem, but a large truck would be required to carry
the theater to and from Lake Placid where the Yorker convention
was to be held. We lacked sufficient funds for a costly haul, so we
decided on a portable, yet serviceable theater that would fit easily
in a car.
Our theater was fashioned in heavy cardboard to resemble an
old story book, having three pages measuring four by three feet.
It was made at a bookbinders to insure its authenticity and durability.
When finished, we titled it “My Grandfather Said.”
We then wrote three short plays: “Tom Quick,” concerning a
fearless and resourceful woodsman; “A Great Day in Galway,” a
play retelling a humorous episode in Galway folklore; and a play
introduced by folksinger Frank Warner and his friend Yankee John Galusha as they visited together in Yankee John’s kitchen
in Minerva, New York. This play dealt with the hot times the
lumberjacks had on Blue Mountain Lake....
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