Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Red Yarn has a new website!


From now on we will be posting our schedule, news and blog posts there and not on this page. Feel free to explore, but please see the website for up-to-date information.

Thanks for your interest & support!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September news

What a summer! I hope you and your family had a great one too. Now it's back to school and a more regular schedule for Red Yarn. This week I resume all my regular shows, listed below. Other than trips in early November and around the holidays, this schedule should stay consistent through the fall. Lots of weekend shows this month: World Forestry Center, St. Johns SwapnPlay, Slabtown Fest and more.

My new album, The Deep Woods, is being duplicated as we speak! CDs will arrive in mid-September. The official record release show is Sunday, October 20 at Village Ballroom in the 3-6pm rangeSave the date! It will be a Deep Woods costume party with my full band performing, great opening acts, food & drink from Oregon Public House. 

Thanks for all your ongoing support. You make this dream of a career possible. I hope to see you and your sweet families soon!

-Andy/Red Yarn

Weekly Show Schedule

Tuesdays at Cafe au Play
10:30-11:00am, $3/walking person

10:00-10:45am, $5/family

Thursdays at TreeHouse
10:00-10:45am, $5/child (adults are free)

Fridays at Warehouse Cafe
10:00-10:45am, $5/family

Weekend Shows & Events

Saturday, September 7, 4:00-5:00pm
Red Yarn at Mississippi Pizza (every first Saturday)
$5-$10/family suggested donation

Sunday, September 8, 10:00-10:45am
$12/adult, $5/kids, kids under 2 are free

Saturday, September 14, 10:00-10:45am
"The Deep Woods" at St. Johns Swapnplay
$3/person for members, $5/person for nonmembers

Saturday, September 21, 11:00am-1:30pm
Red Yarn Puppet Band at Slabtown Community Festival
We lead a kids parade from Wallace Park at 11:00am and perform from 12:30-1:30pm. Our friend Penny's Puppets performs from 11:30-12:30! Free.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

August show & event schedule

Hey folks! Here is my August show and event schedule. Portland people, pay special attention to Rox in Sox in Lake Oswego on Saturday, August 3 (an all-day kids' music & book festival--I'm doing a roving bard routine early in the day), Alberta Street Fair on Saturday, August 10 (I'm on Center Stage with the Red Yarn Puppet Band around noon and leading crafts later in the day), and Play-Palooza at Cafe au Play on Sunday, August 11 (1st annual festival with favorite local kids' entertainers). 


Wednesday, July 31, 10:30-11:15am--Molalla, OR
"Garden Tales" at Molalla Public Library. Free!

Thursday, August 1, 10-10:45am--Sandy, OR
"Garden Tales" at Sandy Public Library. Free!

Friday, August 2, 11-11:45am--White Salmon, WA
"Garden Tales" at White Salmon Community Library. Free!

Friday, August 2, 3-3:45pm--Goldendale, OR
"The Deep Woods" at Goldendale Community Library. Free!

Saturday, August 3, 10:30am-1:30pm--Lake Oswego, OR
Red Yarn "roving bard" at ROX IN SOX @ the West End Building. Free w/ donation.
All day Children's Music & Book Festival w/ Aaron Nigel Smith, Mo Phillips & more!

August 5-9--Portland, OR
"Puppetpalooza" school-age art camp at KCLC.

Wednesday, August 7, 2-2:45pm--Gresham, OR
"Garden Tales" at Gresham Library. Free!

Wednesday, August 7, 4-4:45pm--Portland, OR
Red Yarn acoustic set at Moreland Farmers Market. Donations appreciated.

Saturday, August 10, 12:10-12:55pm--Portland, OR
RED YARN PUPPET BAND at Alberta Street Fair. Free!
(Center Stage @ NE 21st)

Saturday, August 10, 3-6pm--Portland, OR
Red Yarn puppet crafts at Alberta Street Fair. Free!
(PDX Kids Calendar Kids' Corner @ NE 18th)

Sunday, August 11, 12-12:30pm--Portland, OR
Red Yarn at Bite of Oregon Kids' Area. $5/person (kids under 12 are free).

Sunday, August 11, 3-7pm--Portland, OR
Red Yarn at PLAY-PALOOZA @ Cafe au Play. $7/walking person (free for babies).
Kids fest w/ Olive & Dingo, Tallulah's Daddy, the Alphabeticians & fun activites!

Wednesday, August 14, 5:30-6:15pm--Hood River, OR
"Garden Tales" at Hood River Library. Free!

Saturday, August 17, time TBA--Portland, OR
Red Yarn at Multnomah Days Parade. Free!

Saturday, August 17, 4-5pm--Portland, OR
Red Yarn at Mississippi Pizza Pub. Donations appreciated. 

August 19-23--Portland, OR
"Friendly's Got Talent" school-age music camp at Friendly House.

Saturday, August 24, 10-11am--Portland, OR
Red Yarn at TreeHouse Children's Boutique. $5/child (adults are free). 

Monday, July 8, 2013

July news: Shows all over Oregon!

Happy summer! I hope your family is enjoying the sunshine and all the fun times that come with it. My summer is going great--I mostly finished my upcoming album, The Deep Woods (which I hope to release in September), and just returned from a much-needed vacation. Now I hit the ground running with library shows all over the state. I'm performing a new show called Red Yarn's Garden Tales, which combines some of my best stories, songs and puppets with new material (including a precious new critter named Gracie Groundhog). If you are in Portland, you can catch the debut at 3pm this Tuesday, July 9th at Northwest Library or in the suburbs throughout the summer. I'm also performing locally most weekends, including this Saturday, July 13 at 4:30pm during the Mississippi Street Fair.

Below you'll find all of my performance dates in July. If you have family or friends in the towns where I'm headed, please forward this along to them!

In August I'm leading two summer camps--"Puppetpalooza" week at KCLC from August 5-9 and "Friendly's Got Talent" music camp at Friendly House from August 19-23. If you're looking for a fun, creative option for your school age child, check out these camps.

You can get updates on my shows, album and other adventures by following me on FacebookTwitter & Instagram. I hope to see you and your family soon!

Andy Furgeson
Red Yarn Productions


Tuesday, July 9, 3pm--Portland, OR
"Garden Tales" at Northwest Library

Wednesday, July 10, 2pm--Cottage Grove, OR
"The Deep Woods" at Cottage Grove Public Library

Thursday, July 11, 11am--Portland, OR
"Garden Tales" at Garden Home Community Library

Thursday, July 11, 6pm--Cascade Locks, OR 
"Garden Tales" at Cascade Locks Library

Friday, July 12, 10am--Portland, OR
Red Yarn at Warehouse Cafe

Friday, July 12, 3pm--Scappoose, OR
Red Yarn at Scappoose Pow Wow

Saturday, July 13, 4:30pm--Portland, OR
Red Yarn at Mississippi Street Fair (Mississippi Pizza Kids' Stage)

Tuesday, July 16, 10am--Welches, OR
"Garden Tales" at Hoodland Library

Tuesday, July 16, 2pm & 4pm--West Linn, OR
"Garden Tales" at West Linn Public Library (2 shows)

Wednesday, July 17, 3pm--Lake Oswego, OR
"Garden Tales" at Lake Oswego Public Library

Thursday, July 18, 11am & 12:30pm--Wilsonville, OR
"Garden Tales" at Wilsonville Library (2 shows)

Friday, July 19, 11am--Canby, OR
"Garden Tales" at Canby Public Library

Saturday, July 20, 4pm--Portland, OR
Red Yarn at Mississippi Pizza

Tuesday, July 23, 2pm--Klamath County, OR
"Garden Tales" at Malin Branch Library

Tuesday, July 23, 6pm--Klamath Falls, OR
"Garden Tales" at Klamath Falls Library (Family Night)

Wednesday, July 24, 10:30am--Klamath Falls, OR
"Garden Tales" at Klamath Falls Library (under 7 yrs old)

Wednesday, July 24, 2pm--Klamath County, OR
"Garden Tales" at Chiloquin Branch Library

Thursday, July 25, 10:30am--Albany, OR
"The Deep Woods" at Albany Public Library (PK)

Thursday, July 25, 2:30pm--Albany, OR
"Garden Tales" at Albany Public Library (K-5th)

Friday, July 26, 10am--Portland, OR
Red Yarn at Warehouse Cafe

Saturday, July 27, 10am--Portland, OR

Wednesday, July 31, 10:30am--Molalla, OR
"Garden Tales" at Molalla Public Library

Monday, June 17, 2013

Community Recording Session!

You are all invited to my Community Recording Session at the Village Ballroom, this Wednesday, June 19 from 9:30-11:00am.

I'm in the process of recording an album of animal folk songs that I've collected and adapted over the years. The album, called The Deep Woods, is nearing completion, but now I need your help! Join me on Wednesday morning to record group vocals, stomps, claps, and crowd noises. The Village Ballroom (700 NE Dekum St.) has generously donated their lovely space for us to use, and the wonderful folks at Woodlawn Swap'n'Play are co-hosting. 

This is a FREE event, with bagels, fruit and coffee donated by TastebudWoodlawn Coffee & Pastry, and Cherry Sprout. Participants will also receive an advance mp3 of a song from the album.

All ages are welcome, but please note that this will not be a typical Red Yarn show. It will require some patience and quiet focus as we work through each song. If you and your children enjoy singing, stomping and clapping at my shows, then I would love to have your voices on my record!

See the Facebook event and flyer below for more info, and please spread the word! Thanks for your support, and I hope to see you on Wednesday!

Andy Furgeson
Red Yarn Productions

Friday, May 31, 2013

June newsletter & calendar

Wow! Summer is nearly upon us. Hard to believe that it's been a full year since I took the plunge into Red Yarn Productions as my full-time job. Thanks to all of your support, it's been a success and an amazing experience so far. I'm excited for the summer--many changes and big projects are afoot. I hope your family has some fun plans too!

Due to a busy summer schedule of out-of-town shows, camps, and travel, I'm going on hiatus from my weekly shows after next week. I will miss seeing so many of your families each week, but you can catch me in Portland most weekends. I will resume my regular shows in September. During June, July and August I'll be at Mississippi Pizza each 3rd Saturday from 4-5pm, and at Treehouse Boutique each 4th Saturday morning from 10-10:45am. Plus libraries, street fairs, and other events (see flyer and June schedule below).

I'm also making good progress on my album, The Deep Woods. On Wednesday, June 19, you're invited to a Community Recording Session at the lovely Village Ballroom from 9:30-11am. Bring your family to help me record group vocals, stomps, claps and crowd sounds. There will be free snacks and coffee, and participants will receive an advance mp3 single from the album. All ages are welcome, but know that this will not be a typical show. It will require some patience and quiet focus. I would love to have your and your children's voices on my record. Thanks to Woodlawn Swap'n'Play for helping organize this free event!

For schedule updates, news, and photos from my summer adventures, you can follow me on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Shows & Events:
Saturday, June 1
2:30-3:15pm. Free!
Red Yarn will lead audiences into the Deep Woods, a magical forest inhabited by the animals of American folklore. Mixing live musical performance with puppetry and interactive storytelling, this program engages children with the songs and stories of our national heritage.

Sunday, June 2
Puppet Craft at Woodstock Farmers Market
10am-2pm. Free!
I'm excited to team up with PDX Kids Calendar to offer a fun puppet craft at the opening day of this wonderful market. Come make Crazy Critter Puppets with paper, fabric, and other cool recycled materials!

Tuesday, June 4
Cafe au Play (last Tuesday show before hiatus)
10:30-11am. $3/walking person

Thursday, June 6
Treehouse Children's Boutique (last Thursday show before hiatus)
10-10:45m. $5/child (adults are feee)

Friday, June 7
Warehouse Cafe (last Friday show before hiatus)
10-10:45am. $5/family

Saturday, June 15
1-3pm. $7/adult, $5/walking child, free album download with admission.
To celebrate the release of "Songs for Johnson Creek," a benefit album with tracks by 12 local kindie artists, Matt Clark has organized this awesome release show. Other performers include Matt, Mo Phillips, Mr. Hoo, Tallulah's Daddy, and Buttercup Bill Aubrecht. Not sure what time I perform, probably near the beginning. 

Saturday, June 15
4-5pm. $5-$10/family suggested donation.
The first installment of my summer residency at Mississippi Pizza, every 3rd Saturday from 4-5pm!

Wednesday, June 19
Community Recording Session at Village Ballroom
9:30-11am. Free, plus advance mp3 of a song off the album for participants.
I hope you and your family can come help record vocals, stomps and claps for my new album! More info above.

Thursday, June 20
2-2:45pm. Free!

Saturday, June 22
10-10:45am. $5/child, adults are free.
The first installment of my summer residency at Treehouse, every 4th Saturday from 10-10:45am!

Sunday, June 23
10-10:45am. $3/walking person suggested donation.
I'm excited to fill in for the Alphabeticians at their regular Sunday morning show at Cafe au Play.

I hope to see you and your family soon!

Andy Furgeson
Red Yarn Productions

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Newsletter

Holy cow, it's already May! Things are moving right along here at Red Yarn Productions--making progress on my new album, The Deep Woods, enjoying all my shows and the sweet families who come out each week, and leading several school residencies and afterschool classes. 

In other news, Red Yarn has finally entered the 21st century: you can now follow my adventures on Twitter and Instagram, in addition to Facebook. I still need a better website--if you or anyone you know is a web designer, please contact me!

Here are my special events and regular show schedules this month:

Special Shows:
Saturday, May 18
10:30am-4pm (I perform from 12-12:45). $5/person.
I'm honored to be a part of this event organized by the Columbia Association of Puppeteers. I'll be performing my "Deep Woods" show. Other performers include Tears of Joy Theater and Dragon Theater Puppets. Visit the webpage for more info. 

Sunday, May 19
6-8pm. $7/person.
Yessss! I'm opening for the amazing Mo Phillips and his full band at this very special show. I perform for ~30 minutes starting at 6pm. Tickets are only available at the door, so you should show up early

Saturday, June 1
2:30-3:15pm. Free!
In this musical puppet show, Red Yarn will lead audiences into the Deep Woods, a magical forest inhabited by the animals of American folklore. Mixing live musical performance with puppetry and interactive storytelling, this program engages children with the songs and stories of our national heritage.

Regular Shows:

Tuesdays from 10:30-11am
$3/walking person--No show on May 21

1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays from 10:30-11:15am
$3/walking person

2nd & 4th Wednesdays from 10-10:45am

Most Thursdays from 10-10:45am
$5/child (adults are free)--No show on May 9

Fridays from 10-10:45am
$5/family--No show on May 10

A reminder: due to a busy schedule of out-of-town shows and summer camps, my regular shows will go on hiatus after the first week of June and resume in September. Don't worry, I'll be performing local shows throughout the summer. I'm also leading summer day camps for school age kids at Friendly House and KCLC; check out my April newsletter for more info.

Whew! Thanks for all your ongoing support. I hope to see you and your family soon!

Andy Furgeson
Red Yarn Productions

Thursday, April 4, 2013

April News

Happy Spring! Surrounded by so many signs of nature's renewal, I hope you and your family are finding your own rejuvenation. Here at Red Yarn Productions I'm looking forward to a relatively calm April and May before a busy summer of out-of-town shows and camps. Just a heads up: my regular shows will go on hiatus in June and resume in the fall. I will miss seeing so many of your sweet families each week, but welcome the opportunity to reach families all over Oregon. I'll have some local shows, just not so often.

Some of you have asked when I'm making an album. I'm finally digging into recording this month! I'll post updates on my Facebook page, including information about a community recording session for backing vocals, stomps and claps. I hope to release the album sometime this summer.

Below you'll find my regular show schedule this month, plus info about special events and summer camps for school-age children.

Regular Show Schedule:
Tuesdays from 10:30-11am, $3/walking person
1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 10:30-11:15am, $3/walking person
2nd & 4th Wednesdays from 10-10:45am, $5/family
Most Thursdays from 10-10:45am, $5/child (adults are free)
Fridays from 10-10:45am, $5/family

Special Shows & Events:
Family Jam at Friendly House
Friday, April 12
6:30-7:30pm. $5-$10 suggested donation per family.
Families are invited to bring acoustic instruments for a raucous all-ages jam session. All skill levels are welcome!

Sister Tricksters at Sellwood-Moreland Library
Saturday, April 13
11:00-11:45am. 7860 SE 13th Avenue. Free!

Red Yarn presents an exciting new musical puppet show inspired by Robert and Daniel San Souci's book Sister Tricksters. This performance features two of American folklore’s unsung heroines – Molly Cottontail and Sis Goose. Children will sing, dance and act out parts of the show as they enjoy the adventures of these clever female tricksters.

Summer Camps:
"Puppetpalooza" Puppetry Camp at KCLC
August 5-9, $225
Students will build puppets, create a show, see performances by local puppeteers, and visit the Oregon Zoo. 

"Friendly's Got Talent" Music Camp at Friendly House
August 19-23, $235
Students will learn about different music genres, form bands, write and perform songs, and visit PCPA. 

Thank you as always for your continued support. I have to pinch myself each day to believe that I'm living this dream. You and your families make it possible!

Andy Furgeson
Red Yarn Productions

Friday, March 1, 2013

March newsletter

Howdy from Red Yarn Productions! Another busy month has flown by, and March promises to be just as packed. Please find information below about special shows coming up (including several weekend dates), my regular show schedule in March, and spring afterschool classes. I'm especially excited for the March 9 debut of Sister Tricksters, a new library program inspired (and endorsed) by children's author Robert San Souci. A quick note for those of you looking for school age summer camps: I'm leading a puppet camp at KCLC from August 5-9 and a music camp at Friendly House from August 19-23. Visit their websites for more info.

For more regular updates about shows, classes, and other projects, follow Red Yarn on Facebook!

Special Shows & Events:
- Saturday, March 2 at Mississippi Pizza
4:00-5:00pm. 3552 N. Mississippi Ave.  
$5-$10 suggested donation per family. 
- Monday, March 4 at World Forestry Center
10-10:45am. Mommy & Me Mondays 
Included with museum admission.
- Saturday, March 9, Sister Tricksters at St. John's Library
11:00-11:45am. 7510 N Charleston Avenue. Free!
Red Yarn presents an exciting new musical puppet show inspired by Robert and Daniel San Souci's book Sister Tricksters. This performance features two of American folklore’s unsung heroines – Molly Cottontail and Sis Goose. Children will sing, dance and act out parts of the show as they enjoy the adventures of these clever female tricksters.
- Sunday, March 17, St. Paddy's Day show at Mississippi Pizza
5:00-6:00pm. 3552 N. Mississippi Ave.
- Monday, March 25 at World Forestry Center
10-10:45am. Mommy & Me Mondays. 
Included with museum admission.
- Thursday, March 28, The Deep Woods at Lebanon Public Library
11:00-11:45am. 5 Academy St., Lebanon, OR  97355. Free!

Regular Show Schedule:
Tuesdays, 10:30-11am. $3/walking person.
Milagros Boutique
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15am. $3/walking person.
2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 10-10:45am. $5/family.
Thursdays, 10-10:45am. $5/child (free for adults). 
Fridays, 10-10:45am. $5/family.

Spring Afterschool Classes:
POP SONG CHORUS for 2nd-6th graders
3:45-4:45pm on Mondays, April 8-June 3 
at Friendly House (1737 NW 26th Ave.) 
Are you inspired by the new music you hear on the radio? Then this class is for you! Students will choose their favorite radio pop songs and develop choral arrangements with help from teaching artist Andy Furgeson. After adding instrumental accompaniment (guitar, keyboard, percussion and drum machine), the group will prepare a performance for friends and family.

ECO-PUPPETS for K-5th graders
3:15-4:15pm on Thursdays, April 11-June 6 
at KCLC (MLC's afterschool program, 2033 NW Glisan)
Let's save the planet... one puppet at a time! In this 9-week class, students will practice creative reuse by building puppets from recycled materials and papier mache. After decorating their puppets with paint and cloth, students will write an environmentally-themed musical puppet show. Finally, they'll perform their show for family and friends.

Thanks for your support!
Andy Furgeson
Red Yarn Productions