Free Museum Tour and Talk at the Ballard Institute before Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the Town Square on 7/29

As part of its Moonlight Movies series, the Mansfield Downtown Partnership will offer a free screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday, July 29. Activities begin at 7 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk on the Mansfield Town Square.

The Ballard Institute will join in the fun with extended museum hours and a free guided tour at 7 p.m. of our current exhibits, The Bureau of Small Requests: Puppetry and Animation of Laura Heit and The World of Puppetry: From the Collections of the Ballard Institute. Bart. P. Roccoberton, Jr., Director of UConn’s Puppet Arts Program, will talk about the use of puppets in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in a special pre-film presentation entitled “Return of the Puppets” at the Ballard Institute. The discussion is free, open to the public, and begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Ballard Institute Theater.

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