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The Twig Family in the Oak Tree at the Falmouth Museums on the Green

The Falmouth Museums on the Green and Dream Tale Puppets will present “The Twig Family in the Oak Tree” by Deborah Costine Nature Puppets on Thursday, August 1, at 4:30 pm. Museums’ Visitors Center is located at 55 Palmer Avenue. Additional parking for the Museums can be reached by setting your GPS to 35 Katharine Lee Bates Road, Falmouth.


“The Twig Family in the Oak Tree” is a happy gentle story about a family of imaginary “twig” people who live in harmony with nature. They are Leaf, Fern and their daughter Mossy. The Oak Tree provides them with everything they need to live and be happy. It is their home, they grind the acorns into dough for bread, they collect rainwater to drink and the leaves give them oxygen for fresh air. AND it’s a fun place to live!
What a surprise when they receive a visit from a very nervous “cousin Lawn” who is determined that they should leave their home!


Deborah Costine – Artist, Puppeteer, author, naturalist grew up in Lancaster NH in a region known as “The Great North Woods.” When she was ten she made a puppet! She had no idea how to go about it but made a papier mache clown that still sits in her studio today.


Since 1974, Debbie has been one half of the well-known “Gerwick Puppets” touring throughout New England at schools, libraries, museums and events such as First Night Boston. She writes the scripts with partner Lenny Gerwick, and makes all the puppets. She estimates that over the past thirty years she has made over two hundred puppets! The Gerwick Puppets have presented over 5,000 performances to over a million children!

Beside her work with “Gerwick,” Debbie designs, constructs and performs her own solo shows called “Small Shows for Small Groups of Small Children.” “The Twig Family in the Oak Tree” is one of these shows especially popular in pre-schools, libraries and birthday parties.

This program is supported in part by a grant from Falmouth Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


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