Puppet Ice Cream Truck!
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Little did I know that early the following morning I would receive a phone call telling me that my mom was in the ICU and not expected to live. The little truck of my dreams had sold while we were away with family, but thankfully Conrad had another truck, nearly identical that needed a little TLC. Looking at everything coming up, it looked like I could not only afford the truck and the TLC, but that I might still be on track for November!
Fast forward to early July when Conrad let me know just that. I had a decision to make. That’s when both my dad and an extremely practical friend had the idea to use the truck to continue doing the work I could no longer do in my studio until it’s safe to return. Brilliant! We figured out the finances to make the initial truck purchase, and by the end of July the little ice cream truck was mine!
All of the in-person events that earn the majority of my income have all been canceled (conventions, speaking engagements, workshops, street fairs, etc.), so I’m hosting an online fundraiser here on my website, in hopes that people are just as excited about this as I am. So if you missed out on some of the fun at conventions & want to contribute by way of purchasing a slightly more expensive enamel pin, or getting a handmade ice-cream puppet to stick on your fridge—or even just purchasing *anything* from the shop—literally everything I earn is going to end up going toward the truck (after the other bills are paid, of course!) until the renovations are fully funded!
Q: Are you going to drive around and sell ice cream?
A: No, driving isn't my kind of fun. Instead I'll be using the truck to conduct all kinds of puppet-y business, including selling puppets that look like ice cream, but this truck won't be driven around town anytime soon.
Q: Are you going to have any ice cream at all???
A: If you book the Puppet Pie Ice Cream Truck for your event, I'll bring popsicles for everyone!
Q: What are you using the truck for, then?
A: During the Covdian Era, we'll be offering socially-distanced, outdoor workshops for small groups in patrons’ front yards.
Q: What about after life gets back to normal?
A: Good question! We'll use the truck to sell puppets that look like food that you'd get from a food truck. That was the original plan all along when we started seriously looking for a truck in the summer of 2019.
Q: But are you going to sell ice cream then?
A: Yes, we're hoping to eventually outfit the truck with a small chest freezer and hand-washing station (both expensive), so we can pass health inspections and sell frozen treats like popsicles, but likely not by driving through neighborhoods.
Q: Does the truck play the ice cream music?
A: It will, eventually! There are a lot of expensive renovations that are a higher priority, but we hope to eventually play the new RZA ice cream jingle!
Q: Will you be doing puppet shows out of that great big window?
A: We hope to! We'll start by offering workshops, but we're hoping we can develop an actual puppet show or two in the not-so-distant future.
Q: Where will you travel? Will you come to my state that isn't Arizona??
A: Right now it looks like we'll be keeping this treasure local to the Phoenix-Metro area. No road trips planned anytime soon.
Q: Are you getting rid of your studio?
A: Nope! The studio is staying as it is--and it's definitely getting used a lot right now; it's just not open to the public during the Covidian Era.
Q: When will it be finished???
A: We kind of know better than to give an actual completion date--renovations of lovely, old things can take time & funding the truck's renovation is going to take even more time. We're (fingers crossed!) hoping for November of 2020, but we also realize that January or February of 2021 might be more realistic.
Q: What kind of truck is it?
A: It's a 1973 Chevy P20 that began its life as an actual ice cream truck! We think it was last used as an ice cream truck in 2014.
Q: I want to help! Are you doing any kind of fundraiser for it?
A: Yes! You can contribute here! For the official fundraiser, we'll have exclusive ice-cream-truck masks, magnets, puppets, and more! And know that if you buy anything from Puppet Pie, you'll be helping to keep our small business going and fund the truck!
Q: Where can we see progress photos of the truck?
A: You can follow along on our Instagram feed or our Facebook page!