Franklin LaVoie is a local visionary artist, story-teller, puppeteer, and musician who has been "Deciphering the Enchanted Landscape of Buffalo-Niagara" for over twenty-five years . His recent works include many intricate puppets for use in performances at the Puppet Wagon, and more recently he produced “The Bamboo Princess” for the Cherry Blossom Festival, in conjunction with Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.
He has designed large fantasy floats for local parades, including the Children’s Parade at the Elmwood Avenue Festival of The Arts. In addition, Franklin has authored short stories, locally acclaimed plays, planetarium shows, prose, poetry, and articles on history, neo-shamanism, cosmology, and the Arts-in-Medicine and is also known for his Celtic Storytelling as the Treeman with accompanying himself on the Celtic Harp at Artpark's Faery Festival; and at the Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival, in Olcott New York.
In the summer of 2015, Franklin will be a guide on The Buffalo River History Tours, performing at the Faery Festival at Artpark in June and presenting the Bamboo Princess at the Elmwood Avenue Festival of The Arts Kids Festival in August as well as creating the float for the Children’s Parade.