Day 3…”Center for Puppetry Arts” Part One: The “Sesame Street” Collection
Thursday, June 3rd, 2021
When looking for things to tour and check out in Georgia, I came across the “Center for Puppetry Arts” located in downtown Atlanta. As a Muppet fan, Sesame Street fan, Dark Crystal fan and Labyrinth…well, this was the top of the Mountain for me today. And Walter? He was more excited than I was! Honestly it just worked out really well that my Mascot just happened to BE a Muppet. I have enjoyed many a thing up until this moment…but people…this was like meeting myself as a child…and we stood face to face among all of my childhood friends.
So with mask optional, I wore it while touring, but I did take it down for pics (we were alone in most of the rooms most of the time). The Jim Henson Collection was what I came for…I literally took a deep breath before I stepped into the Exhibit Hall. See, I didn’t look into what was there…I just knew that they had a Jim Henson Collection with a large Sesame Street collection. I’m that person that wants to be surprised…I don’t need to know every little last detail about a thing or place because I want that excitement in coming across it for myself. And let me tell you, this method has never failed for me. If I missed out on something, I would never know because it’s already past or gone. So queue the moment when I walked in…
First, they go through Jim Henson’s History, showing off his office and his Emmys and then onto a Creation area on how they created the Muppets. But it’s the entrance to Sesame Street that took my breath away…seeing Ernie and Bert there to greet me….oh the tears welled up. There was Big Bird and Oscar…across the way was Elmo, Grover, and Cookie Monster. I wanted to sing, color, learn my alphabet all over again with my childhood heroes. It was just a moment I will never forget. And if you think I am being immature….hell yeah I am and you clearly don’t know me. I am HELLA proud of my childlike heart…it grounds me in this World of cynics and critics. Give me a Muppet any day.
This was just ONE collection of the Jim Henson wing, so I decided to split them up in different posts for an easier read. I was here for hours I was so in love with this place, I just marinated in my childhood. It. Was. The. Best! Check out the next section, which is “The Muppet Show” and the Muppet Movies.
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