Jean Enticknap 1949-2021

Puppeteers of Puget Sound is sad to announce the passing of Jean Enticknap, long-time PoPS member and officer, on New Year’s Eve. 

Her death is a huge loss to the world of puppetry and especially to us here in the Pacific Northwest. Jean was a woman of many talents, much humor, and a gregarious spark that was reflected in her dedication to puppetry and to our guild. She was a mentor to countless puppeteers and other artists, giving many young performers their first professional gigs.

Through Thistle Theatre, she produced decades of exquisite tabletop Bunraku-style puppet shows. More recently, she was also involved with the award-winning, locally-produced children’s show Look, Listen and Learn as “friend, partner, and Possum’s Mom.”

Jean Enticknap
Jean Enticknap

See: Jean’s obituary in The Seattle Times

PoPS Officers for 2022

President – Rachel Jackson [email]
Vice-President – Cassie Bray [email]
Secretary – Gina Wilhelm  [email]
Treasurer – Cheryl Hadley [email]
Membership Director – Stephani Sachs [email]
Webmaster – Marianne Le [email]

Congratulations to the new and returning officers!

Second Saturday Puppet Films

What: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas
Where: The Roxy Theatre @ 270 4th Street, Bremerton, Washington
When: December 11 @ Noon
Cost: FREE (donations welcome)
Enjoy this Jim Henson holiday special sponsored by the Valentinetti Puppet Museum (next door to the Roxy Theatre). For a full afternoon of puppet fun, visit the museum and gift shop open noon – 4pm.

Second Saturday puppet film: Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas

Puget Sound Puppetry Festival

Puget Sound Puppetry Festival logo

The Puget Sound Puppetry Festival is brought to you by Trivia Puppet Company, founded by Dustin Curtis.

When: December 4 @ 1-3pm, PST
Where: Online with registration
Cost: FREE – donations accepted

An afternoon of puppet fun! Showcasing performers from Western Washington, puppet short films by Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams, and a special guest from North Carolina.

Starring very special guest: 
Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins

Also featuring:
Rachel Jackson – Vox Fabuli 
Jason Mondine – The Zoo Pack
Kalan Sherrard – Enormousface

This event will be recorded and available for viewing several days afterwards.

PoPS Winter Meeting and Crankie Workshop

When: Sunday, December 5 @2pm PST
Where: Online

Join Puppeteers of Puget Sound online for our final meeting of the year. We’ll elect officers for 2022, find out what our fellow Pacific Northwest puppet people are up to, and have a Matchbox Crankie Workshop presented by the fabulous Sue Truman.

Please note: This meeting will be password protected. Non-members must RSVP to attend.


  • Free for current 2021 members
  • $8 for non-members 

How to RSVP:

  1. If you are a non-member, donate the $8 meeting fee with PayPal
  2. Or pay by check: email PoPSPres at gmail dot com for details.

You’ll receive the meeting link via email approximately 48 hours before the meeting.

matchbox crankie samples
Photo courtesy of Sue Truman

About the Presenter: Sue Truman, purveyor of is celebrating her 10th year of crankie-making. During that time she has made over 1,000 matchbox crankies!  This could be a world record.  She will share her secrets with us.

Why make matchbox crankies?

  1. They are cute, heartfelt and handmade.
  2. They are cheap! A package of 10 matchboxes is $2.49 or less.
  3. They make the perfect gift, totally unique.
  4. They are versatile and have many different applications.  Come to the workshop and see.

Workshop Materials:

  • 1 package of small matchboxes (10 in a package, the box is 2” long)
  • 1 package “kitchen matches” for the spindles (matches are longer, about 2” long, and the box is 4 ¾” long)
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • masking tape (preferred) OR cellophane tape
  • pen OR marker for illustrating
  • to make holes for spindles:
    • hole punch with a 3/8” hole
    • OR an awl
    • OR an Exacto knife
  • thin paper (the thinner the better):
    • cheap copy paper
    • OR thin receipt paper
    • OR adding machine paper
    • OR any thin, flexible paper
  • tiny (1” long) clothes pins (optional)
  • glue for the cranks (optional)