Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Night of the Mask

Last year at Berdyne's Store, I bought a couple of masks thinking that I might use them in programming. I have not used them yet, but when the grandkids found them, well, let's just say the masks have been well used.

Kate was first. I was surprised at how realistic these masks are, particularly around the eyes. Kate aged about 15 years in front of my eyes, becoming a gypsy woman with a flirty smile.



Clayton liked the gendarme hat (I suppose that's what it is--can anyone tell me what it really is?). Poor guy, it aged him too but not in a good way!


Kate lived up to her role though, and so did Clayton.


Grace decided she liked my fan from the Glenville folk festival as a mask...


but Kate helped her into the gypsy mask, and...

voila! A sassy-faced gypsy emerged.


I thought about buying more masks when we were at Berdyne's the other day. I think I need to go back and see what else is there. The kids convinced me; next summer's programs will have to have a few stories with masks. It's just too much fun to see how the masks change both their faces and their personalities.

5 comments:

Jaime said...

You wouldn't think paper could do that much but wow! Those are almost creepy neat. I think the kids in your program would have a blast with them.

Anonymous said...

And next year's theme for the collaborative program is cultures around the world. Masks would fit in just fine. Batsy in Idaho

Jai Joshi said...

Cool! Masks are great devices to use in storytelling. In classical Indian dance and storytelling they are a major part of the act because they give so much to the atmosphere and tension.

You guys look like you had tons of fun!

Jai

Nance said...

Your grandchildren had life changing experiences with the masks! They saw their future and their past! Seriously, what fun! I think I drove by Berdyne's a year ago when I was in your lovely State but it was a Sunday and Berdyne's was not open for business. Next time, I am coming back on a Monday!

Twisted Fencepost said...

I love those masks!
I don't think we ever really outgrow playing dress up.

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