Thanks to the generosity of the Marion Arts Center, the students and teachers of Sippican Elementary School were treated to a May 7 performance by the Toe Jam Puppet Band.
With Tom Poitras on guitar and back-up vocals and Vinny Lovegrove as front man and master of hilarity, the Sippican lawn came to life with the children socially distanced in colorful seats under a tent with teachers standing by and joining in the fun.
The Toe Jam Puppet Band is known for its rambunctious interactive musical games and kid-tested humor. For 2021, the shows have been modified to keep kids safe but actively dancing, moving, and laughing. Vinny also told the young audience about his special connection to Sippican School as the dad of a third grader.
This was the first live performance to take place at Sippican School since the Old Rochester schools were closed in March of 2020.
“We were touched and elated by the generosity of the MAC. This was a very special day for the children,” said Sippican School Principal Marla Sirois.
Since Sippican reopened to full, in-person learning in early April, music instruction by Patty Richard has been ramping up and Instrumental Music teacher Hannah Moore conducts classes indoors and out. Moore has gotten the band back together with the hope that her students will soon return to marching in parades and playing their instruments for Marion audiences.