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Local children, adults enthralled with exotic animals at Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, Library program

Local children, adults enthralled with exotic animals at Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, Library program
June 03
16:06 2022

By Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

The main gallery of the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center was full Thursday afternoon as local citizens of all ages gathered to see animals from around the world that were part of the Creature Teacher program sponsored by the BFAC and the Breckenridge Library.

Baze Russell helps hold Bernice the Burmese Python during The Creature Teacher program at the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center on Thursday. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Emiley Brewer with The Creature Teacher was assisted by three local boys, Tristen Meyers, Baze Russell and Drake Bearden, during the program, which included an iguana, a kinkajou, an English Angora rabbit, a fennec fox, a Burmese python and a baby red kangaroo.

After Brewer talked to the crowd about each of the animals, those in attendance had a chance to pet a couple of the animals while Tristen held the red kangaroo, named Crimson, and fed him, and Baze and Drake held Bernice the Burmese python.

The program is offered in conjunction with a summer reading program that the Breckenridge Library is participating in. The reading program’s theme is Oceans of Possibilities, but because The Creature Teacher doesn’t have any aquatic animals, the program features animals from around the world. Click here to see a Photo Gallery from Thursday’s program.

The Breckenridge Library will host summer reading program events at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays in June and July. Each week’s program will include an activity for the kids, snacks and a story time with someone reading a book to the attendees. For more information, call the library at 254-559-5505.

The Fine Arts Center also will host several activities for kids this summer:

  • BFAC Art Camp — The Breckenridge Fine Art Center’s annual summer camp will be July 6-8. It will cost $3 per student and will be open to kids ages 4 and older. To register, email each child’s name and age to info@breckenridgefineart.org. The BFAC will be office will be closed until Tuesday, June 7, and all registration emails will be processed in the order that the emails are received. Those registering kids will receive a confirmation email after the BFAC reopens on Tuesday.
  • Riley & Joy Day Camps — There will be two one-day camps by Jenni Riley and Beth Joy, one on June 22 and one on July 22. The camps will cost $45 per child for each camp. They will be from 1-3:30 p.m. and will be open to kids in grades kindergarten through sixth (for the just-completed school year). For registration information, visit the website www.RileyandJoy.com.
  • Puppet Camp — Puppeteers Dan Peeler and Charlie Rose with Peeler-Rose Productions will be back in Breckenridge in August to host a three-day Puppet Camp for ages 7-13. For the first two days, the attendees will make puppets and learn about the Roman gods. Then, on the third day, they’ll finish the puppets and have a presentation, BFAC Director Shalon Wilson said. The class will cost $35 per child. To register, send the child’s name and age to info@breckenridgefineart.org.

For more information about the summer camps, call the BFAC at 254-559-6602.

Emiley Brewer with The Creature Teacher shows Prince Harry, an English Angora Rabbit, to the crowd at the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center on Thursday. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Baze Russell, right, and Drake Bearden hold Bernice the Burmese Python so that the other kids can pet her at the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center on Thursday. The program was co-hosted by the Breckenridge Library. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Denise Thompson, left, and Emiley Brewer, right, take pictures of Baze Russell and Drake Bearden with Bernice the Burmese Pythion, and Tristen Meyers with Crimson the Red Kangaroo, following The Creature Teacher program at the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center on Thursday. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: Emiley Brewer with The Creature Teacher introduces Crimson the Red Kangaroo to the crowd attending the program hosted by the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center and the Breckenridge Library. Crimson is 7 months old and enjoys being in the pouch, Brewer said. Click here to see more photos from the program. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

 


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