In addition to her costume accessory business, Debra Hathaway began making dolls and marionette puppets in the early 1990's for sale in her four Renaissance Festival Shoppes. Marionette production increased when Eric Heath joined the team (first as boyfriend, then husband in 1997) and the two began writing and producing their own Marionette performances at Libraries and Schools in Maryland and D.C.
For over 20 years Eric, Debra, and their minions demonstrated marionette stringing at a podium in front of the Dragon Wings booth, surrounded by a menagerie of completed puppets, including: Puss in Boots, dragons, unicorns, knights, fairies and more. During peak production this team created over 1,000 puppets in a single year and some of their loyal customers' collections include most of the 35 different creatures.
Sadly, Eric and Debra had to significantly decrease production of marionettes in recent years, due to carpal tunnel (Eric) and the unprecedented success of our Angel Wing business. The Heathaways only produce a small quantity of high quality marionettes each year for the opening of the Maryland Renaissance Festival and when they're gone, they're gone.