CALENDAR

Sep
29
Fri
Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ Steward Station Extended Day, Topsfield, MA
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane performs Folktale Superheroes Around the World for elementary school students at Steward Station Extended Day to celebrate the opening day of the Topsfield Fair. This will be Diane’s 5th performance at the Steward Station Extended Day. If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com.

Folktale Superheroes Around the World

Superheroes Around the World

What do China, Africa and South America all have in common? Superheroes!!!

Long before the Superheroes of today, people all over the world used their SUPER IMAGINATIONS to create folktales about creatures and people with extraordinary powers. Anansi the entertaining Spider God from Africa has web-spinning adventures just like Spiderman. He captures a leopard, hornets and the snake that swallows people so that all the stories in the world can be set free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing tortoise from the Amazon rainforest! He saves the other rainforest animals from a giant monster while teaching the audience how to dance and sing. Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales.

Oct
13
Fri
Once Upon A Halloween! @ Underwood After School Program, Newton, MA
Oct 13 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Diane brings her delightful collection of Halloween stories to the Underwood After School Program. These funny/spooky tales include a cauldron brimming with fog the children even get to stir…

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.

“Thank you again for a wonderful Halloween performance. The children were engaged whether laughing or quivering! As everyone was leaving I heard nothing but praise and positive comments. You are a master of your craft!” Anne Vantram Children’s Librarian, East Bridgewater Public Library, East Bridgewater, MA

Diane's Halloween antics!

Diane’s Halloween antics!

 

 

Oct
26
Thu
Once Upon A Halloween! @ Boxford Public Library, Boxford, MA
Oct 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Diane participates in Boxford Libraries annual costume gala and celebration with a wonderful program of funny/spooky tales and a cauldron the children even get to stir…

Once Upon A Halloween

DianeEgecomb-Halloween-ForWebWhat 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.

“Thank you again for a wonderful Halloween performance. The children were engaged whether laughing or quivering! As everyone was leaving I heard nothing but praise and positive comments. You are a master of your craft!” Anne Vantram Children’s Librarian, East Bridgewater Public Library, East Bridgewater, MA

Diane's Halloween antics!

Diane’s Halloween antics!

 

 

Oct
29
Sun
Compassion Arts Festival – an evening of stories @ Unity of Central MA, Worcester, MA
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This Compassion Arts Festival evening will have a vegan/vegetarian dinner and potluck accompanied by a performance of stories by workshop participants

Unity is an spiritual community founded by Charles Filmore who originally intended it to be a vegetarian collective. It is interfaith and also has animal ministries and recognize compassion for animals and nature as equal to compassion for other humans. Unity of Central Mass was one of the first supporters of Compassion Arts festival

 

Nov
4
Sat
Digging Dinosaurs @ Medway Public Library, Medway, MA
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Diane will be bringing her popular original dinosaur stories to Medway Public Library for “Dinovember” celebration! This will be Diane’s 3rd time performing for children and families at the Medway Library.  This event is free and open to the public. Registration with Medway Library is suggested.

View a short video trailer at this LINK!

ABOUT DIGGING DINOSAURS:

These popular dinosaur adventures complement their scientific facts with a happy dose of humor. Dinosaur lovers of all ages will enjoy the colorful posters, Dinosaur Sign-Language and participation that keeps audiences engaged and asking for MOOORE! Two original stories are included. Pattysaurus in which selfish Patty becomes so obsessed with her dinosaur collection that she turns into a gigantic sauropod herself and Egg Mountain in which the audience helps out on this surprise filled journey that leads to the discovery of Egg Mountain and Maiasaura, the first dinosaur known to care for its young. Based on current scientific discoveries, this piece educates as it entertains.

CDs of Pattysaurus and Other Tales are available for purchase ~ Order Now!

“I wanted to thank you for both a wonderful performance of “Digging Dinos’ for our fundraiser, and for your shows at our elementary school. At the evening show I enjoyed watching the audience, who really didn’t know what to expect of a storyteller. They became mesmerized as you wove the tale for them. Rarely have I enjoyed a performance so much! Thank you for making our fundraiser a success and thank you for a great assembly program. I would highly recommend your performance to anyone; we look forward to your return to this area so we can once again enjoy your art!” Priscilla Gregory, Event Coordinator and President of PTO, Township of Warwick, Jamison, PA

 

This event is funded in full by the LCC, a local agency administered by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Nov
7
Tue
The Magic Bird and Other Rainforest Tales @ The Adult Learning Center, New Bedford, MA
Nov 7 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am

Diane performs “Magic Bird and Other Rainforest Tales” for adult learners and their families at the Adult Learning Center in New Bedford, MA. This performance is Diane’s second visit to the center.

The Magic Bird and Other Rainforest Tales

rainforest legendsFrom the banks of the Amazon River to the heart of the West African jungle, this performance brings to life favorite folktales and songs about the animals and plants of the rainforest. Legends tell why the Amazon Birds have feathers as brilliant as the colors of the rainbow and how Jabuti the tortoise tricked the Amazon monster Kibungo into sparing the lives of three-toed frog, jaguar and monkey. Audiences love joining in with the songs and chants from many cultures.

 

 

This event is funded in full by the LCC, a local agency administered by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Nov
9
Thu
Tall Fall Tales @ Notre Dame Children's Class, Wenham, MA
Nov 9 @ 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Diane performs “Tall Fall Tales” for Notre Dame Children’s Class. This performance is Diane’s eighteenth visit to Notre Dame Children’s Class. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

This beautiful children’s center run by Sister Barbara and Sister Susan is one of my favorite places to visit. The grounds are so welcoming, the children are happy, and the learning there is well-rounded. This is the last year of Notre Dame Children’s Class and I send Sister Barbara, Sister Susan, and their staff good wishes for all they have given over so many years.

Tall Fall Tales

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

Dec
7
Thu
Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ Great Oak School, Danvers, MA
Dec 7 @ 8:30 am – 9:25 am

Diane performs Folktale Superheroes Around the World for kindergarten through second grade students at Great Oak School for Family Literacy Month. This will be Diane’s second visit to Great Oak Elementary School. If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com.

Folktale Superheroes Around the World

Superheroes Around the World

What do China, Africa and South America all have in common? Superheroes!!!

Long before the Superheroes of today, people all over the world used their SUPER IMAGINATIONS to create folktales about creatures and people with extraordinary powers. Anansi the entertaining Spider God from Africa has web-spinning adventures just like Spiderman. He captures a leopard, hornets and the snake that swallows people so that all the stories in the world can be set free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing tortoise from the Amazon rainforest! He saves the other rainforest animals from a giant monster while teaching the audience how to dance and sing. Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales.

Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ Great Oak School, Danvers, MA
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Diane performs Folktale Superheroes Around the World for third through fifth grade students at Great Oak School for Family Literacy Month. This will be Diane’s second visit to Great Oak Elementary School. If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com.

Folktale Superheroes Around the World

Superheroes Around the World

What do China, Africa and South America all have in common? Superheroes!!!

Long before the Superheroes of today, people all over the world used their SUPER IMAGINATIONS to create folktales about creatures and people with extraordinary powers. Anansi the entertaining Spider God from Africa has web-spinning adventures just like Spiderman. He captures a leopard, hornets and the snake that swallows people so that all the stories in the world can be set free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing tortoise from the Amazon rainforest! He saves the other rainforest animals from a giant monster while teaching the audience how to dance and sing. Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales.

Dec
23
Sat
Winter Solstice in Legend and Song @ Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain, MA
Dec 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Diane, harper Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan for a special one-hour performance of the Winter Solstice in Legend and Song at the Loring-Greenough House, in Jamaica Plain, MA. Starts at 2 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for ages 7-16. A brief gathering with free seasonal refreshments will be served after the performance.

wintersolsticeThe Winter Solstice in Legend and Song 

This hour-long story and music event features Diane’s most popular Solstice tales, from the “Legend of the Mistletoe” to a traditional Wassail story where the whole audience joins in. Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan round out the event with songs, music and sing-alongs on harp, synthesizer and guitar. Appropriate for adults and an older family audience.

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

Granite State Story Swap
Featured Speaker – Diane Edgecomb

Produced by New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance

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

Held at the beautiful: Seacoast Science Center
570 Ocean Boulevard
Odiorne Point State Park
Rye, NH

diane edgecomb - storyteller


Keynote:
“The Roots of Relationship: Storytelling and the Natural World”
Stories can illuminate the world of nature, holding it in the light in a very special way, enriching our lives and deepening our experience of the natural world. An awakening of compassion and fellow-feeling follows from these narrative journeys, whether they be mythic, folkloric, legendary or personal tale. Each way of telling casts a different light, reflecting and enabling relationships both age old and new that continue to evolve whenever we devote time and a place for them within our understanding.

Performance: Diane Edgecomb: The Salmon of Wisdom
A performance of nature-centric stories and songs with Oracle award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Margot Chamberlain on Celtic harp. Celebrate the natural world with all of its profundity and joy – deepening stories of unusual encounters with 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 ($15 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.

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.

Hotel Information

Comfort Inn Portsmouth
1190 Lafayette Rd.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-433-3338

Guests may call the hotel directly to secure their own reservations, and are responsible for their own room payment. The discounted room rate is TBA per room per night for one or two adults, one or two queen size beds.

There is an extra charge for more than two adults. Children stay free.

Hotel Amenities:

  • Hot breakfast buffet, 6-10 am each day, with sausage, eggs, fresh whole fruits, make-your-own waffles, yogurt, juices and more
  • All rooms have fridges, microwaves and free WiFi
  • 50′ indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center

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.