The annual Jarvis Puppet Festival returns this weekend with two shows by nationally acclaimed puppet troupes and a workshop to experience the world of a puppeteer. This is the 21st year that the Jarvis Conservatory has created a puppeteering extravaganza for the community, creating a tradition that kicks off the holidays.

It begins on Friday, Nov. 17 with puppet shows at 7 p.m. The puppet shows are repeated on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2:30 p.m.

This year, Parasol Puppets will present “The Pied Piper,” and the Mesner Puppet Theater “Pulcinella.”

“The Pied Piper” retells the tale of a mayor with a rat problem, who hires a piper to help him — and then refuses to pay. This show, which has “lots of audience participation, cheesy jokes, lots and lots of rats,” according to the Jarvis website, is performed on an unusual puppet stage that turns to show all the places where the story unfolds.

“Pulcinella” is from a 300-year-old Italian puppet tradition. Pulcinella is an innocent hero, who falls into all sorts of mishaps due to antics, the result of his joy for life and

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

The workshop

The Jarvis Festival hands-on workshop gives participants the chance to experience being a puppeteer, as well as the opportunity to make their own puppet to keep. It’s at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. Tickets are $15 for all ages.

The Jarvis Conservatory is at 1711 Main St., Napa.

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