Oakley The Tree Man

Fri July 26 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Oakley The Tree Man


Fri July 26
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Cliff Spenger, who performs as Oakley the Tree Man, towers over visitors in his 100-pound tree suit, as Oakley the Tree Man, ready to strike up a conversation with guests and pose for pictures.Spenger, a former tightrope-walking juggler, came up with the idea for the Tree Man when he read a book about the Green Man, a symbolic figure frequently depicted in carvings and paintings. “The Green Man image has a face surrounded by leaves and is a symbol for man’s relation to nature”, Spenger said. “With my tightrope walking I’d been climbing trees, tying my tightrope to trees – I really just loved trees,” Spenger said. “So when I found out about this Green Man archetype, that it was a symbol of Man and Nature as one, that it represents rebirth and renewal like the coming of spring, I thought, “Oh, I’ll be a walking tree version of the Green Man”.Since then, he has made his living as Oakley the Tree Man, specializing in Special Events. Cliff customizes his presentations using Bird and Squirrel puppets, fun clean comedy, and a little bit of Photosynthesis. As Oakley, he is constantly interacting with guests, complimenting them, joking with them, and posing for photos. Oakley’s all time favorite is The Family Tree Picture.This way, the quests get to make a personal memory with Oakley the Tree Man and take it home with them.