Photo by Anna Ablogina
Socially-Distanced Shows in Central Park!
Ages 0-8; FREE, but donations gladly accepted via:
Esther and her puppets have been doing socially-distanced shows on the Great Hill since September, 2020. The shows usually take place on Saturday mornings at 11am (rain date is always the next Sunday), as long as the weather cooperates, and the temperature doesn't dip below 40 degrees. Please check the calendar to see when the next show is! Location: Enter the park at 108th and Central Park West, and follow the upward path, until you reach the Great Hill. You’ll see a circular path around a big, grassy area. Veer LEFT on the path, and look for me waving at you, near a big tree! Bring a small blanket to sit on, an instrument to SHAKE, and also your favorite SCARF, as we always end the show with a "Disco Scarf Dance"! Also: I often incorporate a Spanish song or two! While COVID is an on-going concern, children over the age of 2 are strongly encouraged to wear a MASK, and I even wear one, while singing, whistling, laughing, etc. It's easy! The shows are usually live streamed on Instagram, if you prefer to watch from home. Find me on IG @estocrow. The best ages for the show are 0-8, but anyone is welcome! Please email Esther to get on her mailing list to receive regular updates.
$250 for 1/2 Hour, $300 for
Hire Esther for your kid's birthday party! Esther puts the FUN in FUNKY with her handmade puppets (by Jeff Lewonczyk) and groovy tunes! She'll get all those little ones singing, dancing, and noise-making, with a variety of percussive instruments...all you provide is the space (and not too many distractions!)
*During COVID, Esther is only available for outdoor, socially-distanced parties, or
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Thunder and Sunshine!
Photos by Anna Ablogina
by Jeff Lewonczyk
Clockwise from top:
Moonice the Cow: Moonice is from New Jersey, and is a bit of a moper.
She usually wakes up on the wrong side of the pasture! But she can usually
be shaken out of her mooooooooooood with a little song and dance!
Debbie the Duck: Debbie was born in a swamp in Louisiana and raised by an alligator. She migrated to New York to become a big Broadway STAR! Won't you cast her in your next play? Or at least hire her to teach you private pilates classes? She's a real QUACKER!
Bernie the Bee: Bernie lives in the AC vent of Sal's Pizzeria in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. He's a very unusual bee, as he doesn't really care for flowers!
(Except marigolds, in the Spring.) He loves to eat anchovies and dance ballet!
Frederica Frog: Frederica is a soprano who lives in Turtle Pond in Central Park. She loves to eat flies and Szechuan food. (Give her your leftovers!)
Marjorie Mouse: Marjorie is from Australia and loves to surf and to knit
mittens for the colder months. She sleeps in a tea pot at the Crate and Barrel
on 611 Broadway in Soho.
Harry the Horse: Harry's hyper, and from Wyoming. He makes the best hay and carrot stew you've ever had! Ask him for his secret recipe...fun fact: his great grandpa was Mr. Ed's stand-in!
Oliver Owl: Oliver lives in a big elm tree in Riverside Park and 105th street.
He's originally from a grove of oak trees near Swindon, in The Cotswolds (England). His favorite thing to do is snuggle up with a hot mug of Earl Gray tea and binge-watch "The Voice"!
Photo by Jeff Lewonczyk