Crankie Celebration Week

About the event

A crankie, known in the 19th century as a moving panorama, is an old storytelling art form that has found new audiences and enthusiasts. A long illustrated scroll is wound around two spools and set into a box with a viewing window. As the scroll is hand cranked, the unfolding story is narrated, sung or accompanied by music. This December Sandglass Theater is holding a crankie celebration with performances and a building workshop.


The 7th Annual Crankie Celebration Week includes performances of new crankies by

Eric Bass, Ines Zeller Bass, and Julia Slone
Clare Dolan
Justin Dupont
Molly Gawler
Delia Robinson
Julie Vallimont

Crankie Performances
Saturday, Dec 7 at 4 & 7:30PM
Sunday Dec 8 at 3PM

Special Event Katherine Fahey Crankie Performance
Wednesday, Dec 11 7:30PM
Tickets can be purchased at the door.

All performances are at Sandglass Theater. Tickets for the annual weekend of Crankies are $18 general admission and $16 students and seniors. Seating is limited. Sandglass Theater is an accessible, 60 seat theater in the heart of Putney, Vermont.


The crankie building workshop, Telling Tales with Crankies, is taught by Ines Zeller Bass. Participants will build their own crankie including the scrolling mechanism and create and illustrate their own story.

The workshop is for people of all levels of experience, ages 18-85 (or more) at Sandglass Theater, on

  • Friday, Dec.13, from 6pm to 9pm
  • Saturday, Dec.14, from 9am to 4pm
  • Sunday, Dec.15, from 9am to 12pm

Workshop cost is $250 plus $25 for materials. Space is limited to 6 participants; registration in advance is recommended. To register contact or call 802 387 4051.

Please make all payments for the workshop in U.S. Dollar checks or money orders. Some electronic payment options are available but we need to add an additional fee to cover the service and processing costs. Please email or call for specific details on these options.