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Welcome our Newest Member – Fantasy Puppet Theater

Welcome our Newest Member – Fantasy Puppet Theater

Fantasy Puppet Theater

Fantasy Puppet Theater” was founded by Marshall Katzman, who received his M.A. in Television and Radio production from the University of Michigan and was a Fellow at Princeton University.”

“Fantasy Puppet Theater” is a member of Union Internationale De La Marionette, Puppeteers of America, The Puppetry Guild of Greater New York, The Garden State Puppetry Guild and is listed in the 2nd edition of Who’s Who in Entertainment. Katzman is an Emeritus Professor of Communications at Bergen Community College, in Paramus, New Jersey.”

“In 1956, at the age of eight, Marshall Katzman and his puppets first appeared in Zurich, Switzerland with a backyard performance of “Sleeping Beauty”. In the early sixties, while living in Closter, New Jersey, he was influenced by Russian puppeteer Sergei Obratsov as well as Frank Paris, creator of the original Howdy Doody and Larry Berthelson, creator of the Pickwick Puppet Theater. Katzman was mentored by Marcel Jovine, the award-winning toy designer, sculptor and designer of coins.”

“Richard Hunt, the Muppeteer on Sesame Street, started his career in puppetry after purchasing a collection of puppets from Katzman.”

“The New York World’s Fair of 1965, saw Katzman perform a puppet production written by the world renown Sergei Obratsov. In the summer of 1973 “Fantasy Puppet Theater” made its debut with Rock-A-Day Johnny, a Rock and Roll puppet, at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The one-man troupe then began a tour of the United States, which included performances for museums, nightclubs, libraries, camps, major armed forces installations like Fort Knox as well as recreation departments in Charleston, Columbus, Miami, Nashville, and San Francisco. “

“Fantasy Puppet Theater has also conducted puppet workshops and performances at Appel Farm Arts & Music Center.”

“In 1986 Marshall Katzman produced a television documentary, “Stars on Strings”: a tribute to Frank Paris the creator of the first Howdy Doody. “Stars On Strings” is available for rental from the Puppeteers of America A.V. Library.

On September 29th and 30th, 2017 Fantasy Puppet Theater presented “Humpty Trumpty” as part of the 2017 La MaMa Puppet Slam curated by Puppeteer and theatre artist Jane Catherine Shaw.”

Micro Business Vs. Small Business

Are you a Micro Business?

You could be both.

Small businesses are defined as having more than five employees but can have as many as 500 employees and requiring capital to start.

In contrast, micro businesses are a subset of small businesses with the following characteristics:

  • only one owner, with a total of up to five employees including the owner.
  • required less than $50,000 to start.
  • may not have access to traditional commercial loans.

Furthermore, Micro businesses represent between 92% and 95% of all U.S. businesses.  Micro businesses are estimated to create over 26 million jobs.  Micro businesses may be a sole proprietor, a free-lancer, a small farmer, women, minorities, the disabled, seniors.  Micro businesses have a profound impact on the U.S. economy

AwareNewJersey is a micro business; a struggling micro business.  We assume that many of the businesses in our directory are the same and we are interested in those businesses as potential partners and colleagues.  We are looking into finance for micro businesses, for ourselves and for you.  We hope you’ll join us with a membership so we can work together.

The following are links to articles on micro businesses that you may find interesting:




In Denville Today

I was in Denville today, to run some errands.  I visited my favorite hardware store:

Denville Hardware  on First Avenue and the Denville Meat Shop around the corner.

Denville is a town nearby where I often catch the train into Manhattan.  I’m mostly familiar with the downtown area where there are many small, local, independent shops that are in the AwareNewJersey directory.

Communities with small, local, independent, brick and mortar shops have a unique flavor and flair that distinguishes them from other towns.

Despite the fact that hardware stores and eateries are not in our directory, we include them in our blog because we use them.  Furthermore, they are good examples of the kind of local, independent businesses suggested by the 3/50 Project to frequent in order to benefit local economies.  Visit their site, they are the kinds of local businesses they suggest: “Pick 3. Spend 50. (3/50) Save your local economy.”

While I’m not vegetarian, a friend introduced me to Veggie Heaven in Denville and I highly recommend their unique menu that will amaze you that it is completely vegetarian.

If you visit our directory, leave the keyword box blank and search on Denville’s zip code, 07834, you’ll see additional listings of businesses and not-for-profits in the Denville area.

AwareNewJersey aims to find the unique in New Jersey and list it in our directory.  Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Give the Gift of an Experience

Give the Gift of an Experience

Having trouble figuring out what to give someone.  Give an experience rather than some thing.

Our Directory is full of wonderful activities in The Arts, with The Environment, fun activities for kids and adults.

You can give tickets for a theatrical and musical production at local theaters like: 

Two River Theater or State Theatre or Hurdy Gurdy Music Club

In addition, there are all kinds of interesting activities in our Directory like:

Tewksbury Balloon Adventures and Grape Beginnings and Cape May Whale Watcher

There are gifts for all ages from all the unique companies in our Directory:

Garden State Rocks has indoor rock climbing

Liberty Science Center is one of the most popular places to go.

Similarly, there are even more scientific activities in places like the Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium at the Newark Museum.  

Finally, there’s great fun to be found at:

TopGun Paintball or Delaware River Tubing or Sterling Hill Mining Museum.

Many businesses are giving holiday sales; most have gift certificates available.

Search our Directory for what interests you for what’s near you.  That’s what AwareNewJersey is for, Finding the Unique in New Jersey.