Bubblemania! Local children enjoy sudsy presentation

Kids from three preschools joined together Tuesday morning, March 9, to watch creativity in action.

Children enrolled at Skaneateles Nursery School, Holy Trinity Preschool and Sunny Patch Montessori gathered at St. James Episcopal Church -- where Skaneateles Nursery School is held -- for an amazing performance by Liverpool bubble man Doug Rougeux.

The event, coined "Bubblemania," brought loud clapping and cheers from the students as Rougeux showed parents and children how to blow "little, teeny, tiny bubbles and bubbles as big as your head."

While part of his act is to choreograph his bubble-blowing to music and tell stories with the soapy mix, Rougeux also showed the children how he uses a machine to blow fog into bubbles. By dipping one end of the machine in the bubble mixture, he was able to insert it into a bubble and gently blow fog into the suds.

"Anything wet can touch the bubble gently and it won't pop," he told the children as they watched, eyes full of amazement.

To end his hour-long program, Rougeux needed a volunteer. Four-year-old Ben Shon was plucked from the front row for the show's finale and instructed to stand in the center of a ring filled with bubble mixture. Rougeux had already showed the children how to make huge bubbles by dipping a giant wand into the ring.

As the crowd watched, Rougeux lifted the wand up over Shon's head, enveloping him in an enormous bubble. Blowing air gently through his lips, Shon was able to make the bubble ripple from within the soapy cocoon.

The morning event left the children excited for the remainder of the day as Rougeux ended his performance shortly before 11 a.m.

Other events coming up at Skaneateles Nursery School include the preschool's annual open house. From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday March 25 at St. James Episcopal Church, seated overlooking Skaneateles Lake on East Genesee Street, parents and children can meet the teachers and register for the 2010-11 school year. At 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. a brief overview of the program will be presented by Darcy Sisto, the school's director.

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