Sunday, October 25, 2015

Frog Fest 2015 Catch-up

It was great fun to get back to Jim Henson's birth place, Leland, Mississippi, and check out the Jim Henson Boyhood Museum again, and to catch up with old friends and make new friends.  Besides Muley hosting a larger costume contest, including two costumed dogs, I was able to show 55 kids how to draw characters like Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and...a skateboard?  Hey, they wanted it.

I especially love the focus on the arts, and food,

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos and get a chance to make the trip to Washington County and see the museum and the fine, fine people who run it.  You'll also want to stick around until 5:30 to get your dinner at Vince's restaurant--best Italian food ever!

The day's schedule.

Kermit in the library window.

Muley prepared for the kids' costume contest.  Photo by Lisa Frye Bush.

Muley enjoying the festivities of Frog Fest!

We had 55 kids stop through for learning to draw cartoon characters!

Blues performer, Pat Thomas!

Lisa Bush and daughter (who came in 3rd during the Fun Run and won a Kermit)!

Muppet Merchandise.  You know you love it.

Deer Creek

Posing with the photo of Jim and Kermit that we made more famous.

Oh, look! We're in the museum's scrap book with the photo we took!  :)

In the museum memorabilia room, I always like to play "Got that, Need that."  What do you need?

Some scores from the gift shop.  Items that were given to the museum by the Jim Henson Foundation!

Oysters Bienville appetizer at Vince's.

Chicken Alfredo at Vince's.

They have crayons and paper table covers--you knew I would!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

2015 Leland Frog Fest, Saturday Oct. 24

Muley the Mule and Kevin L. Williams are returning to one of their homes:  Leland, MS!  This annual event is called the Leland Frog Fest, celebrating the hometown of Muppet creator, Jim Henson, and "Birthplace of the Frog," being Kermit.  THE Frog.

Click the logo for a schedule of events!
Leland is home of the Jim Henson Boyhood Museum, from which one of the most iconic and shared-on-the-internet photos was taken of Kermit and Jim.

Frog Fest began in 2011 and has been an event to which the mule and his human have returned to promote the arts and costuming.  It has also been home to a delicious Chili Cook-off, and the sounds of great music fill the city!

The event starts off with the Fun Run from the Rainbow Connection Bridge to the Museum and back at 9am  (sign-up starts at 8:30am).

At 10am, Muley hosts the Costume Contest.

Throughout the day, there will be art classes for drawing the Muppets by Kevin, but also art activities conducted by the college and the museum.

Lots to see, and do, so be sure to come on down to the Leland Frog Fest!

Oct 18, 2015 - Kids Message Update

On October 18, 2015, I will have a special guest helping me discuss God's Love during the kids' message at First Congo!  Hope you can come out to visit.  Meet and greet at the Cafe Congo at 10 am, and services begin at 10:30 am.  Click here to get there.

No clue why Missy is stalking behind me...