CALENDAR

Apr
28
Sat
Flora’s Holiday @ Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Flora’s Holiday

A Celebration of Spring and Flowers at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA

Old mural of Flora Goddess of the Spring

Flora Goddess of the Spring

Our performance on Saturday, April 28th, 6-8pm this year has been delayed because of unseasonably cold weather.
We will be looking at holding the event mid-May next year when there will be warmer weather! Thanks for your interest….

About Flora’s Holiday

Celebrate flowers and the coming of spring with “Flora’s Holiday,” a unique story and music performance that travels through the gardens and forest paths of Tower Hill Botanic Garden. This event, specially crafted for Tower Hill by master storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain, leads the audience to some of the garden’s most beloved spots including an expansive field of 25,000 daffodils, a forest glade where Pan presides, a sunset balcony with expansive views of Mount Wachusett and an open-air gazebo where the haunting Persian legend of the Nightingale and the Rose will be told.

The evening’s performance is drawn from Ancient Greek, Roman, Norse, Persian and Native American legends and songs revealing the mythical origins and meanings of favorite garden plants. Venture into spring with this enchanting evening stroll through Tower Hill’s botanic paradise. The event is designed for adults and an older family audience (twelve and above). Participants walk approximately one mile on trails and, sometimes, uneven terrain. Bring a cushion or light folding chair to sit on if you wish! The performance takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors at Tower Hill’s Stoddard Theater.
Buy tickets early! Each performance is limited to an audience of 30.

White Daffodils

May
5
Sat
Keynote and Performance @ Granite State Story SWAP Festival, New Hampshire
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Granite State Story Swap
Featured Storyteller – Diane Edgecomb

Produced by New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance

Saturday, May 5, 2018
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

diane edgecomb - storyteller

9:00 am Keynote: “The Golden Thread: Finding Meaning in Traditional Tales.”  Traditional stories can illuminate and enrich our lives, deepening our relationship with other cultures, ourselves and the natural world. A sought after teller of traditional stories for over thirty years, Diane Edgecomb reveals the riches to be found in these ancient tales – whether they be mythic, folkloric, legendary or part of a personal story. Each kind of tale casts a different light on the world and brings with it new possibilities for tellers and audiences alike.

Performance: “The Language of Flowers” Oracle award winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Margot Chamberlain on Celtic harp. Original and folkloric tales and songs delight us with the meaning to be found in the natural world.

About the Featured Speaker –
Winner of the first Oracle Award for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast, Diane is known for her evocative narratives, unique characterizations and for the passion and depth of her work whether myth, folkloric tale or personal story.

Featured at the National Storytelling Festival, the International Storytelling Center and on NPR, Diane’s transformational telling style, in which she fully embodies the tale, brings listeners into the heart of every moment. A gifted singer as well as a storyteller, Diane often brings a weave of music to complement her telling.

Publisher’s Weekly stated, “Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word…an entire cast rolled into one!”

Program Details

bird sculptures near lake in New HampshireThe cost for the entire day is $25 ($20 for members) which includes:

  • breakfast & lunch
  • admission to the keynote address
  • eight story swap groups
  • two storytelling concerts
  • parking fee

The morning begins at 8:00 am with registration and breakfast followed by some announcements and the keynote address at 9:00 am. This is followed by your first chance to tell your own story in the story swap circle.

Then who can resist the “free” lunch provided to us by our sponsors and board members? What a great time to get together and talk story.

Since the beginning, the afternoon concerts with multiple tellers have been a highlight.

This year there will be a concert of storytellers presenting stories, followed by story swap circles and ending with the closing concert featuring Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Margot Chamberlain on harp.

Anyone wishing to attend only Diane’s afternoon concert can do so for a fee of $10 (no member discount). You can purchase tickets for this concert below or at the door on the day of the concert.

Register Online for Granite State Story Swap

Register online to reserve your spot for the Granite State Story Swap and to purchase tickets for the event.

For more information, contact Lauretta Phillips at events@nhstorytelling.org or phone: 603-735-5965

The mission of the NHSA is to promote the oral tradition of storytelling in the community in all its forms: traditional, creative, educational, cultural, personal, and therapeutic. Nurture family, community, and professional storytelling throughout New Hampshire.

May
9
Wed
The Language of Flowers @ Hillside Village, West Boylston, MA
May 9 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Diane will be accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for a performance of The Language of Flowers for the Hillside Village Women’s Group at Hillside Village, West Boylston, MA. This event is for members only. If you wish to preview, please email us at dedge@livingmyth.com

The Language of Flowers

Diane and Margot near the Birch Grove Photo by Pamela Ruby Russell

Diane Edgecomb (Story and song) and Margot Chamberlain (harp)

In this enchanting performance master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings to life the legends that surround favorite garden flowers revealing the deep meaning cultures around the world have found in them. The centerpiece of the performance is the Persian legend of the Nightingale and Rose. Diane’s original adaptation of this exotic legend follows the journey of the rose through the ages, weaving together the heartfelt myths that surround it.

Many other flowers are celebrated in this story and music event, including Native American myths and the mysterious “language of flowers” that was celebrated in Victorian times. Accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain, the performance has music throughout and features story melodies, songs and Celtic harp interludes. Diane’s humorous retelling of Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady rounds out the program and answers the age old question: What do Women Desire the Most in the World?

Jun
14
Thu
Midsummer Magic @ Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain perform their Midsummer Magic this June for Boston Public Library’s “Never Too Late” group! This event is free and open to all ages, but the performance is geared towards an adult audience. Please visit the Boston Public Library site for venue information and directions.

Midsummer Magic

 

Midsummer Magic is a story and music celebration of the Summer Solstice drawn from cultures around the world. This delightful and entertaining performance brings to life ancient legends of transformation, tree-spirits and fireflies. Midsummer Eve is traditionally a time of magic, a transitional moment in nature, when the fairy world can meet our own. Accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain, master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings us into a liminal world of twilight and beauty. This captivating event speaks of the deep meaning to be found in the natural world around us. The one-hour performance is suitable for adults and an older family audience.

The combination of both your talents made for an inspirational evening that moved the audience to laughter and to tears, and left us with a feeling that magic was in the air.” Director of programming, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

Jun
22
Fri
In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey @ Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Diane and Margot perform In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey at Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, MA.

Registration Coming Soon!

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

Summer SolsticeThis enchanting evening of tree myths from around the world was designed specifically for Boston’s favorite tree sanctuary, the Arnold Arboretum. The Summer  journey starts at the Hunnewell Visitor’s Building and continues along tree-lined paths with story and music accompanying the way. As twilight descends, the audience visits cherry, evergreen, ash and birch groves, celebrating nature with tree legends, songs and music from many lands. Pieces are drawn from the rich cultural traditions of Japan, Wales, England, Australia, Russia and Native America. The evening culminates with the haunting Czech legend The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove told among the birches of Bussey Hill at sunset. This annual event is appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above. Bring a cushion to sit on if you wish. The journey will be approximately two miles on and off trails. The performance takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors and additional Solstice legends will be added.

In The GrovesListen to audio samples of some of the stories on our latest CD In the Groves!

“It was one of the most moving storytelling nights I’ve experienced. It reawakened in me, and perhaps all of us there, a sense of the spirit in things.” – Storyteller, Jay O’Callahan

“I’ve heard this performance twice and can’t recommend it highly enough. It is magical, it is musical, it is beautiful, it is soulful, it is perfection.” Bambi Good, Brookline, MA

Jun
23
Sat
In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey @ Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Jun 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Diane and Margot perform In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey at Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, MA.

Registration Coming Soon!

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

Summer SolsticeThis enchanting evening of tree myths from around the world was designed specifically for Boston’s favorite tree sanctuary, the Arnold Arboretum. The Summer  journey starts at the Hunnewell Visitor’s Building and continues along tree-lined paths with story and music accompanying the way. As twilight descends, the audience visits cherry, evergreen, ash and birch groves, celebrating nature with tree legends, songs and music from many lands. Pieces are drawn from the rich cultural traditions of Japan, Wales, England, Australia, Russia and Native America. The evening culminates with the haunting Czech legend The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove told among the birches of Bussey Hill at sunset. This annual event is appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above. Bring a cushion to sit on if you wish. The journey will be approximately two miles on and off trails. The performance takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors and additional Solstice legends will be added.

In The GrovesListen to audio samples of some of the stories on our latest CD In the Groves!

“It was one of the most moving storytelling nights I’ve experienced. It reawakened in me, and perhaps all of us there, a sense of the spirit in things.” – Storyteller, Jay O’Callahan

“I’ve heard this performance twice and can’t recommend it highly enough. It is magical, it is musical, it is beautiful, it is soulful, it is perfection.” Bambi Good, Brookline, MA

Jul
17
Tue
The Language of Flowers @ Taft Public Library, Mendon, MA
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Diane will be accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for a performance of The Language of Flowers at Taft Public Library in Mendon, MA. This event is free and open to the public, but please call the library at 508-473-3259 to register.

The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers celebrates flowers and the stories that have been told about them through the ages. Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings to life the legends that surround favorite garden flowers revealing the deep meaning cultures around the world have found there. The centerpiece of the performance is the Persian legend of the Nightingale and Rose. Diane’s original adaptation of this exotic legend follows the journey of the rose through the ages, weaving together the heartfelt myths that surround it.

Many other flowers are celebrated, including the delightful Native American story about the Dandelion. Accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain, the performance features songs and Celtic harp interludes as well as entertaining pieces about the mysterious “Language of Flowers,” celebrated in Victorian times. Diane’s humorous retelling of the Arthurian legend of Dame Ragnelle rounds out the program while answering the age old question: What do Women Desire the Most in the World?

 

Jul
25
Wed
Midsummer Magic @ Howland Public Library, Beacon, NY
Jul 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain perform their Midsummer Magic this July at the Howland Public Library in Beacon, NY! This event is free and appropriate for an Adult audience. The performance complements Howland Public Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Theme for Adults – this year, the theme is Music!

Midsummer Magic

Midsummer Magic is a story and music celebration of the Summer Solstice drawn from cultures around the world. This delightful and entertaining performance brings to life ancient legends of transformation, tree-spirits and fireflies. Midsummer Eve is traditionally a time of magic, a transitional moment in nature, when the fairy world can meet our own. Accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain, master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings us into a liminal world of twilight and beauty. This captivating event speaks of the deep meaning to be found in the natural world around us. The one-hour performance is suitable for adults and an older family audience.

The combination of both your talents made for an inspirational evening that moved the audience to laughter and to tears, and left us with a feeling that magic was in the air.” Director of programming, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

Apr
4
Thu
The Language of Flowers @ Taunton Garden Club, Taunton, MA
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Diane will be accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for a performance of The Language of Flowers in Taunton, MA. This performance celebrates the 85 year anniversary of the Taunton Garden Club.  If you wish to preview, please email dedge @ livingmyth.com

The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers celebrates flowers and the stories that have been told about them through the ages. Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings to life the legends that surround favorite garden flowers revealing the deep meaning cultures around the world have found there. The centerpiece of the performance is the Persian legend of the Nightingale and Rose. Diane’s original adaptation of this exotic legend follows the journey of the rose through the ages, weaving together the heartfelt myths that surround it.

Many other flowers are celebrated, including the delightful Native American story about the Dandelion. Accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain, the performance features songs and Celtic harp interludes as well as entertaining pieces about the mysterious “Language of Flowers,” celebrated in Victorian times. Diane’s humorous retelling of the Arthurian legend of Dame Ragnelle rounds out the program while answering the age old question: What do Women Desire the Most in the World?