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Sellwood hosts a unique, nonprofit museum -- and what it holds adapts very well to the Holidays

DAVID F. ASHTON - Getting ready for Holiday shows in Sellwood, heres the Portland Puppet Museums Steven Overton - with help from Mrs. Claus, and Santa. There's no "long winter's nap" this time of year at Sellwood's nonprofit Portland Puppet Museum – nor time to rest for their staff, either.

While getting puppets ready for the season, museum co-founder Steven Overton told THE BEE, "Coming through the Holidays, we're presenting 'Hats Off to Frosty' – a rollicking snowball fight in the North Pole that includes a 'winter hat competition' for the characters.

"We'll also be presenting 'The Nutcracker Cracked', our madcap send-up of the beloved Nutcracker Ballet, to Tchaikovsky's enchanting music, acted out with 84 rod puppets, all in just 38 minutes – making it perfect for families with young kids."

Anytime that the museum is open, folks are invited to stop in; its current theme is "Nutcracker Fantasy" and, on display, will be toys from all over the world – some of them more than 200 years old," Overton said.

To learn more, including show times and museum hours, see their website: www.puppetmuseum.com

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