CALENDAR

Sep
27
Sat
In the Groves @ Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Sep 27 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Diane and Margot perform In the Groves at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. This one-day-only event will be performed on the opening day of the Branching Out: Trees as Art Exhibit, and compliments the exhibits goal of celebrating the varied ways in which people are connected to and creatively inspired by trees. This event is open to the public, free with museum admission and suggested for adults and families with children ages 8 and up.

Diane and Margot sing Verdant Groves by the stream at Arnold Arboretum Photo by Pamela Ruby Russell

Diane and Margot sing Verdant Groves by the stream at Arnold Arboretum Photo by Pamela Ruby Russell

In the Groves
Refreshing and lyrical, In the Groves looks at the many ways different cultures have imagined the living world of trees. From a delicate tale of love celebrating the Cherry trees of Japan, to the poignant Cornish legend of One Tree Hill, we’ll travel ‘round the world in story celebrating this garden of delights. Each tale is surrounded by music and songs from many lands. The event culminates with the haunting Czech legend The Dancing Spirit of the Birch Grove.

In the Groves @ Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Sep 27 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Diane and Margot perform In the Groves at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. This one-day-only event will be performed on the opening day of the Branching Out: Trees as Art Exhibit, and compliments the exhibits goal of celebrating the varied ways in which people are connected to and creatively inspired by trees. This event is open to the public, free with museum admission and suggested for adults and families with children ages 8 and up.

Diane and Margot sing Verdant Groves by the stream at Arnold Arboretum Photo by Pamela Ruby Russell

Diane and Margot sing Verdant Groves by the stream at Arnold Arboretum Photo by Pamela Ruby Russell

In the Groves
Refreshing and lyrical, In the Groves looks at the many ways different cultures have imagined the living world of trees. From a delicate tale of love celebrating the Cherry trees of Japan, to the poignant Cornish legend of One Tree Hill, we’ll travel ‘round the world in story celebrating this garden of delights. Each tale is surrounded by music and songs from many lands. The event culminates with the haunting Czech legend The Dancing Spirit of the Birch Grove.

Oct
4
Sat
Join In! @ Grafton Public Library, Grafton, MA
Oct 4 @ 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Diane performs Join In! at the Grafton Public Library. This interactive performance is a special event to introduce Diane’s storytelling and the Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR) series that will take place every Saturday from October 18th-November 29th (excluding November 8th). The Join In! event is FREE and open to the public, and is perfect for families with children ages four and up. No sign-up required.

Join In and travel around the world with these captivating multi-cultural legends. Each tale offers a participatory look at our common love of story. Celebrate engaging narratives, animal characters, songs in different languages and home-spun wisdom as one of New England’s favorite storytellers takes us from the heart of the Amazon rainforest to the villages of Africa on the wings of story, rhythm and song.

 

About the FAIR series (Oct 18-Nov 29):

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgDuring six Saturday sessions, Diane leads groups of parents and children in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Every Saturday, two new books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be shared. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  Parents and guardians share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the library at (508) 839-4649. Grafton Public Library is located at 35 Grafton Cmn, Grafton, MA 0151. Events happen every Saturday from October 18th, 2014 – November 29th, 2014 (excluding November 8th) from 2:00- 3:30 PM.

Oct
16
Thu
Tall Fall Tales @ Fishkill Elementary School, Fishkill, NY
Oct 16 @ 9:30 am – 10:20 am

Diane performs Tall Fall Tales for Kindergarten-2nd graders at Fishkill Elementary School, Fishkill, NY. If you would like to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

Tall Fall Tales brings alive the autumn world of nature with original stories and songs sure to delight both young and old. In the hilarious tale Plenty of Nuts, young Beatrice just cannot sit still in class until a lesson from the neighborhood squirrel helps her learn how to concentrate. Fall Fire, based on a Native American myth, tells how a brave beaver painted the trees with autumn’s fiery colors. Celebrate fall and New England with this enchanting seasonal performance.

 

Praise for Tall Fall Tales:

Diane, I finally wanted to share the positive reviews you got at Cook Hill. Only positive remarks on my feedback sheet, like: Very Engaging, Really Funny, Enjoyed by All Students (and teachers, btw), Very Age Appropriate. My daughter just came up with the “look up” song yesterday, once more. I will definitely leave a recommendation to whoever will do programs next year! Thank you again.”
Cook Hill PTO, Wallingford, CT

Oct
17
Fri
Native American Nature Tales @ Oak Grove Elementary School, Poughkeepsie, NY
Oct 17 @ 9:15 am – 9:45 am

Diane performs Native American Nature Tales for 2nd and 3rd graders at Oak Grove Elementary School in Poughkeepsie, NY. This event is funded by Dutchess County BOCES for Arts Enrichment in the schools. This is Diane’s first time at Oak Grove Elementary. If you would like to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

Native American Nature Tales

Native American Nature Tales explores tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natural world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon’s Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. Through these “How and Why” legends, we understand how Native American culture clothed the world in story, enlivening the natural world. Diane has received permission from many prominent native writers to present these folktales. Join one of New England’s favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of landscape and people.

“Your stories were wonderful. The teachers and the students agreed that your presentation is one of the best we’ve ever had. Thank you so much for bringing to life our study of myths and legends.” Missy Thomson, teacher and school librarian, Woodville School, Wakefield, MA

Native American Nature Tales @ Oak Grove Elementary School, Poughkeepsie, NY
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Diane performs Native American Nature Tales for 4th graders at Oak Grove Elementary School in Poughkeepsie, NY. This event is funded by Dutchess County BOCES for Arts Enrichment in the schools. This is Diane’s first time at Oak Grove Elementary. If you would like to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

Native American Nature Tales

Native American Nature Tales explores tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natural world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon’s Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. Through these “How and Why” legends, we understand how Native American culture clothed the world in story, enlivening the natural world. Diane has received permission from many prominent native writers to present these folktales. Join one of New England’s favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of landscape and people.

“Your stories were wonderful. The teachers and the students agreed that your presentation is one of the best we’ve ever had. Thank you so much for bringing to life our study of myths and legends.” Missy Thomson, teacher and school librarian, Woodville School, Wakefield, MA

Storytelling Legends @ Oak Grove Elementary School, Poughkeepsie, NY
Oct 17 @ 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane performs Storytelling Legends for 5th graders at Oak Grove Elementary School in Poughkeepsie, NY.  This event is funded by Dutchess County BOCES for Arts Enrichment in the schools. This is Diane’s first time at Oak Grove Elementary School. If you would like to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

Storytelling Legends
Legends from two very different cultures show how folktales were designed to teach important lessons about how to live in this world. The performance begins with an eerie story from the Nicaraguan rainforest, Voice of the Dar, which tells how two invisible hunters came to haunt the rainforest. This story which tells of some of the first encounters between the native tribes and European traders contains lessons we also teach our youth today. The program culminates with Diane’s humorous adaptation of Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady an Arthurian legend that teaches about women’s rights in the a delightfully round about way!

“Our storytelling assembly for the 5th and 6th graders was one of the best hours we have enjoyed in many years. Even our most reluctant listeners were involved. Thank you for exposing all of us to the pleasure and excitement of listening to stories.” Rosemary Carr, 6th grade teacher, Warwick Elementary School, Warwick, PA

Oct
18
Sat
FAIR or Family Adventures in Reading, Oct 18th- Nov 29th @ Grafton Public Library, Grafton, MA
Oct 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgDuring six Saturday sessions, Diane leads groups of parents and children in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Every Saturday, two new books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be shared. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  Parents and guardians share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the library at (508) 839-4649. Grafton Public Library is located at 35 Grafton Cmn, Grafton, MA 0151. Events happen every Saturday from October 18th, 2014 – November 29th, 2014 (excluding November 8th) from 2:00- 3:30 PM.

Oct
24
Fri
Once Upon a Halloween @ Westport Free Public Library, Westport MA
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm

Diane performs Once Upon a Halloween at Westport Free Public Library, in Westport, MA. This event is open to the public and is geared toward families and children especially ages four and up.

Once Upon a Halloween

What would Halloween be without some chillin’ tales for the spookiest time of the year? Once Upon A Halloween is a fun-filled, Halloween event – complete with a huge cauldron bubbling over with fog for the last dramatic story! This family program contains some old chestnuts as well as great new Halloween stories full of surprises. All tales are appropriate for family audiences and contain a well-rounded blend of suspense and humor.

 

Oct
25
Sat
FAIR or Family Adventures in Reading, Oct 18th- Nov 29th @ Grafton Public Library, Grafton, MA
Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgDuring six Saturday sessions, Diane leads groups of parents and children in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Every Saturday, two new books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be shared. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  Parents and guardians share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the library at (508) 839-4649. Grafton Public Library is located at 35 Grafton Cmn, Grafton, MA 0151. Events happen every Saturday from October 18th, 2014 – November 29th, 2014 (excluding November 8th) from 2:00- 3:30 PM.

Nov
1
Sat
FAIR or Family Adventures in Reading, Oct 18th- Nov 29th @ Grafton Public Library, Grafton, MA
Nov 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgDuring six Saturday sessions, Diane leads groups of parents and children in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Every Saturday, two new books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be shared. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  Parents and guardians share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the library at (508) 839-4649. Grafton Public Library is located at 35 Grafton Cmn, Grafton, MA 0151. Events happen every Saturday from October 18th, 2014 – November 29th, 2014 (excluding November 8th) from 2:00- 3:30 PM.

Nov
15
Sat
FAIR or Family Adventures in Reading, Oct 18th- Nov 29th @ Grafton Public Library, Grafton, MA
Nov 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgDuring six Saturday sessions, Diane leads groups of parents and children in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Every Saturday, two new books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be shared. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  Parents and guardians share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the library at (508) 839-4649. Grafton Public Library is located at 35 Grafton Cmn, Grafton, MA 0151. Events happen every Saturday from October 18th, 2014 – November 29th, 2014 (excluding November 8th) from 2:00- 3:30 PM.

Nov
22
Sat
FAIR or Family Adventures in Reading, Oct 18th- Nov 29th @ Grafton Public Library, Grafton, MA
Nov 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgDuring six Saturday sessions, Diane leads groups of parents and children in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Every Saturday, two new books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be shared. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  Parents and guardians share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the library at (508) 839-4649. Grafton Public Library is located at 35 Grafton Cmn, Grafton, MA 0151. Events happen every Saturday from October 18th, 2014 – November 29th, 2014 (excluding November 8th) from 2:00- 3:30 PM.

Nov
29
Sat
FAIR or Family Adventures in Reading, Oct 18th- Nov 29th @ Grafton Public Library, Grafton, MA
Nov 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgDuring six Saturday sessions, Diane leads groups of parents and children in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Every Saturday, two new books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be shared. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  Parents and guardians share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the library at (508) 839-4649. Grafton Public Library is located at 35 Grafton Cmn, Grafton, MA 0151. Events happen every Saturday from October 18th, 2014 – November 29th, 2014 (excluding November 8th) from 2:00- 3:30 PM.

Jul
8
Wed
Everyday Heroes @ Simon Fairfield Public Library, Douglas, MA
Jul 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Diane performs Everyday Heroes at the Simon Fairfield Public Library on July 8, 2015. This show is a part of her Summer Reading Programming, which complements the 2015 Summer Reading program theme “Every Hero has a Story”. This event is FREE and open to the public!

Everyday Heroes

superkids-01, summer reading program, diane edgecomb, library summer reading, every hero has a storyCelebrate the hero in every child with these fun-loving tales and songs. Through these interactive and entertaining pieces we learn about all the important ways young people make a difference in our world. What does it take to be a hero? Good qualities that everyone can embody. Small acts of kindness DO COUNT! Start and end your day as an EVERYDAY HERO inspired by this charming summer reading entertainment.

 

Diane’s Summer Reading programs have been gaining in popularity all over the Northeast – she has been invited to perform at over 240 Massachusetts Libraries.

Families of all ages enjoy Diane’s Summer Reading performances!