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SUNDAY

It began with my sister’s second birthday. My mother got her a white rabbit, which my brother and I named Whitie with innocent literalism. Whitie escaped through the garden wall, but by then, my brother and I were hooked on rabbits. Brownie and Grayie were brought in as replacements and, doing what rabbits do best, soon produced us dozens of cottontails. Brownie, who became very tame, would visit us every morning in the kitchen for her bowl of oats before heading back across the patio to care for her young. Grayie I found one morning disembowled in a clearing; my mother blamed possums. Beatrix Potter perfectly captures the appeal of the bunny to anthropomorphizing youngsters in The Tale of Peter Rabbit, down to the threat of lurking dangers, epitomized by Mr. McGregor—whose wife put Peter’s father into a pie! Though there will be no rabbits, Applause Unlimited of Richmond, Va., will present puppet versions of Potter’s Jemima Puddleduck, Two Bad Mice, and Jeremy Fisher at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Glen Echo Park’s Puppet Co. Playhouse Theater, in the Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $5. (301) 320-6668. (Garance Franke-Ruta)