Come meet Quackers, a jolly old duck, Saturday afternoon, part of Iola’s ongoing downtown holiday celebration.
Quackers is one of the puppets featured by Cindy Lucas and Jessica Qualls of Around The Corner Coffee Shop, 110 S. Jefferson.
Lucas, a long-time puppeteer, will have Quackers perform a number of Christmas-related stories, songs and other activities for a Story Time Puppet Show from 1 to 3 p.m.
The activities will take place at the same time Santa’s House is open on the southeast corner of the square.
Qualls said her mother, who led puppet shows for years at their church in Wichita, has several Christmas-themed stories at the ready, including a special one featuring Santa’s visit to Kansas. Several state landmarks and communities, including Iola, will be mentioned.
Cookies and candy canes and other treats will be served as well.
The puppet show and story time is one of several activities organized by a group of downtown merchants this year.
Future activities include the 20th annual Jingle Bell Jog and a Merry Miss and Mr. Christmas Pageant on Dec. 16 and the grand opening of Santa’s Toy Shop, following a Christmas parade the evening of Dec. 21.
In addition, Santa will hear from youngsters at his temporary quarters on the square tonight and Dec. 14 from 5 to 7, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and again Dec. 16 and 23.
PHOTO: Quackers, a puppet, is one of the featured characters as part of Saturday’s Puppet Show Story Time at Around the Corner Coffee Shop in downtown Iola, from 1 to 3 p.m. COURTESY PHOTO