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So what's going on with all those nutcrackers, at Sellwood's renowned Puppet Museum...?

DAVID F. ASHTON - Finishing the installation of the Nuts about Nutcrackers display for Christmas, its Portland Puppet Museums Steve Overton. Unlike any Holiday Season in the past, Sellwood's Portland Puppet Museum has gone all out this year in decorating their pint-sized puppet palace.

"We're calling it 'Nuts about Nutcrackers', with more than 300 nutcrackers from around the world on display," exclaimed museum partner Steve Overton, as he put finishing touches on the display.

"There are big ones, small ones, Christmas ornaments, authentic German nutcrackers, ones from France, Ireland Sweden, and Norway – even ones that are handmade in Texas," Overton told THE BEE.

Asked why the museum had assembled such a collection, Overton responded, "Nutcrackers are a universal image of Christmas. And, it fittingly decorates our stage, where we're giving 20 performances through the first of the year of 'Nutcracker Cracked', an enchanting, loving, heartfelt version of the Nutcracker that also happens to be an incredible kids' comedy."

Stopping by to view the fascinating puppets display is free. The address is 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. For more information about the shows, for which admission is charged, call 503/233-7723, or go online –

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