What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is short for June 19th.  It is also called Freedom Day or Emancipation day, and is celebrated as the day the enslaved black people in the South were officially freed.

On June 19, 1865 a Union Army led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger marched into Texas and officially informed the enslaved people that they were to be freed.

This was a full two and a half years after President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Today, June 19th, 2020 commemorates 155 years since General Granger read out Order Number 3 in Galveston, TX informing the enslaved people of their freedom.

Today is a day to celebrate blackness or to learn and reflect.

Happy  Freedom Day!!!


Henry Louis Gates, Jr. “What Is Juneteenth.” PBS.org. Originally published in The Root. 2013. https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-is-juneteenth/

“History of Juneteenth.” Juneteenth.com. https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm


Happy New Year!



We at ShakesBEARS are already feeling #HashtagBlessed in 2020!  It’s all because we are truly grateful to have you as part of our family.

Throughout the past year we have made so many new friends by performing at community events, play spaces, birthday parties, and participating in residencies at local preschools.

We are so excited to continue to grow and meet new communities.  We look forward to sharing our love for puppetry and literature with you and many others in the coming new year.

Happiest New Year to All!

– Christina
Creator of ShakesBEARS

Puppets for Sale!


Everyone loves a Holiday Pop-up Market!

Join us this evening at Sunnyside Plays for a Happy Hour Pop-Up Market.

We’ll be selling handmade Holiday puppets & ornaments from 4:30-8:30pm.

Perfect for stocking stuffers or decorating your Christmas tree, don’t miss out on these little cuties!

Can’t make it to the market?  Check out our Etsy Store!

43-09 48th Ave., Queens, NY

Friday @ 4:30-8:30PM
December 6, 2019

Happy Hour Pop-up Market