Digging up a good book at the library

July 24, 2013

Shown are Tricia Gregory with MerryMakers TOO and Erica Caballero, Library Director for the County-City Library during a puppet show on Tuesday. (Photo by Melissa Winslow)

Many children dove into the Oceans of Fun show flippers first where puppets came alive as a pirate boy, rainbow fish and a beautiful mermaid told stories and sang songs about life under the seas at the County-City Library on Tuesday. A magical gold fish multiplied before the children's eyes, then a dancing skeleton came alive while bone moving music was played. A big treasure was found and the children had have a big splash learning about the ocean while digging in the books.
Tricia Gregory (with lots of pride) was raised on the west side of Texas - Fluvanna/Snyder. She has been in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro area performing as a children's entertainer for close to 20 years. Gregory has been in partnership owning MerryMakers TOO since 2000 and they have created and performed over 30 themed and educational shows at schools, day cares and libraries. Gregory, with MerryMakers TOO, performs magic, puppets, songs and laughter as well. She has been a puppeteer for over 30 years and makes the hand and marionette puppets come alive. One of her specialities is balloon twisting. With years of practice, she has twisted many detailed balloons such as Elvis, cartoon characters, intricately designed animals, princesses, adult size bride and groom and many more. She has been an instructor for TCA, UTA Clown College, local groups and has also taught other balloon twisters. She is also a member of Texas Clown Association, Mid-Cities Clown Alley #85, Happi Tymes Clown Alley, DFW Face Painting Guild and G.O.T Balloon Jam. Gregory has attended the 2010 and 2012 World Balloon Conventions and has competed in balloon and skit competitions over the years and has received many awards. She was also awarded TCA Best All Around Clown of Texas in 2007. Gregory volunteers for the Make A Wish Foundation and for the Children's Cancer Fund.

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