MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - More than 40 children, accompanied by their parents, came out to the Marine Corps Community Service’s event, “Storybook Fantasy Night” at the Clubs at Quantico on March 7.
“The purpose of this event is to have a really nice dinner, have a little entertainment for the children and to promote reading,” said Beth Cranz, recreation supervisor, Simper Fit Branch, Marine Corps Community Services.
With the freedom to dress as any of their favorite story book character, children came dressed in classic outfits such as princesses and super heroes and movie characters such as Harry Potter. There was also MCCS staff that dressed up as well.
Soon after, entering the building, the buffet opened and children, with their parents help, enjoyed a healthy menu, including baby carrots, bagged apples, baked chicken and steamed broccoli.
Because the event promoted reading, every child received a free book to take home.
Three volunteers dressed in Cat in the Hat outfits and read books to the children.
Across the sea of children there was nothing but smiles and laughter. The final event of the night was Bob Brown Puppet Theater who performed a skit called “Mother Goose Caboose.”
“My shows are performed with trick marionettes that have been strung to perform seemingly impossible feats such as skating, performing on a trapeze, juggling and even blowing up a balloon,” said Bob Brown, co-owner, Bob Brown Puppet Theater. “These tricks really draw in the older crowds and parents by making them wonder how I did it.”
Brown easily stole the spot light and the children’s attention through silly, ridiculous and creative puppets.
“This is mostly a night to dress up and enjoy a night with the family,” Cranz said. “The children were excited and seemed more attentive at the storytelling and the puppet show. Overall, the event was a success.”