CALENDAR

Jun
28
Wed
Stone Soup @ Brownell Library, Little Compton, RI
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Diane performs Stone Soup for children and their families at the Brownell Library in Little Compton, RI. This event is free and open to the public!

Stone Soup! and other heartwarming tales

Stone Soup! Can our own generosity be a bridge to a better world?

Stone Soup! Can our own generosity be a bridge to a better world?

Building Community is more fun than ever when seen through the eyes of stories and songs from cultures around the world. These inclusive tales show us how sweet it is when everyone contributes, right down to the tiniest Bee! Diane’s full-out entertainment has audience volunteers taking part: learning a Chinese crane dance in the legend of the Lord of the Cranes, singing in many languages and working together to make a huge pot of Stone Soup in Diane’s unusual re-telling of this classic story. Diane has been a library favorite for over twenty years! Experience the wonder and build a better community one story at a time!

Jul
5
Wed
Summer Escapades @ West Roxbury Public Library, West Roxbury, MA
Jul 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Diane performs “Summer Escapades” for children ages four and up and their families at the West Roxbury Public Library. This will be Diane’s 9th time performing for families at the West Roxbury Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Summer Escapades!

Summer Escapades celebrates family fun with participatory stories chosen from Diane’s best-loved family tales. Original fables, folktales and songs give us a look at exiting summertime adventures including the aquatic antics of a curious monkey who goes for a wild ride on the back of a shark!

Night Lights @ Marston Mills Library, Marston Mills, MA
Jul 5 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Diane will be presenting Night Lights to compliment their summer reading theme: of National Parks. This evening event will be to complement the Acadia National Park and its proximity to the Northern Lights. Free and open to the public but do call the library or check here closer to the event as the location may be in nearby Cotuit where there is a large field for storytelling complemented by star-gazing!!

Night Lights

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In Night Lights, unusual star myths take us on a multi-cultural voyage across the heavens. The collection Diane has gathered teach about easily observed celestial phenomena like the origin of prominent constellations, and significant ‘night lights’ like Morning Star and North Star. Complemented by a humorous legend of the origin of fireflies, this program is well-rounded entertainment. Listen in wonder as tales from Greece, Estonia, Native America, Kurdistan and Korea celebrate the magic of the night sky…

Jul
7
Fri
Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ Hyde Park Branch Library, Hyde Park, MA
Jul 7 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Diane performs Folktale Superheroes Around the World for children and their families at Hyde Park Library to compliment their summer reading program. This will be Diane’s 5th performance at the Hyde Park Library. This event is free and open to the public!

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. Who had the first X-ray vision? Not Superman but Princess See-it-all from Hungary, and 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.

Jul
11
Tue
Night Lights @ Crandall Public Library, Glen Falls, NY
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Diane is excited to return to the Crandall Public Library in Glen Falls, NY to perform Night Lights to compliment their summer reading theme: Eclipse. This event is for adults and children ages ten and up and is free and open to the public.

Night Lights

earth

In Night Lights, unusual star myths take us on a multi-cultural voyage across the heavens. The collection Diane has gathered teach about easily observed celestial phenomena like the origin of prominent constellations, and significant ‘night lights’ like Morning Star and North Star. Complemented by a humorous legend of the origin of fireflies, this program is well-rounded entertainment. Listen in wonder as tales from Greece, Estonia, Native America, Kurdistan and Korea celebrate the magic of the night sky…

Jul
13
Thu
Tales for the Earth @ Florida Public Library, Florida, NY
Jul 13 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Diane performs Tales for the Earth for children and their families at the Florida Public Library in Florida, NY.  This event is free and open to the public!

Tales for the Earth

Tales for the EarthThis beloved performance celebrates nature and all the simple things we can do to make a difference. Both educational and wonderfully entertaining Tales for the Earth explores topics like Recycling, Water Conservation, and Bio-Diversity. Stories may include: What Now, Cloacina? Diane’s hilarious story about a water sprite who travels through the sewage system in search of her reservoir. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can make a difference.

Jul
15
Sat
Fatima, the Kurdish Cinderella @ Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, Central Park, NYC
Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Diane in traditional Kurdish clothing from Iraqi-Kurdistan.

Diane will be performing Fatima, the Kurdish Cinderella and other tales from Kurdistan for families with children ages five and older at the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Series in Central Park, NYC (near 72nd street). Diane gathered this story from traditional tellers in the Kurdish region of Turkey

Diane’s dynamic storytelling embraces elements of theatre, movement and song, giving each story its own unique presence and life. Featured on NPR and at the International Storytelling Center, Diane has authored the first book of Kurdish folktales in English: A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Tales gathering them in remote mountains.  “…an entire cast rolled into one!.”

 

For 60 years children and their families have gathered near the Hans Christian Andersen statue to hear his tales. This event is sure to be a special one and it is free and open to the public. This series is hosted by Laura Simms a world-renowned teller of traditional tales.

 

Jul
18
Tue
Tales of Enchantment @ Burlington Public Library
Jul 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Diane will be performing Tales of Enchantment for families with children ages four and up at the Burlington Public Library to complement their summer reading theme of “Reading a World of Fantasy.” This is Diane’s 4th performance at the Burlington Library! This event is free and open to the public!

Tales of Enchantment

Enter the world of fairy tales where magic is only a moment away, and lessons about how to live are expressed through vivid symbols. For younger children, Diane brings to life classic fairy tales like Snow White and Rose Red and Bee, Mouse, Harp and Bum-Clock, an unusual ‘Jack’ tale. When Jack returns home with dancing bugs instead of beans, the fun and magic really begin! Enchant your audiences with the beauty and magic of traditional tales.

 

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

Jul
19
Wed
Stone Soup @ Rowley Library, Rowley, MA
Jul 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Diane performs Stone Soup for children and their families at the Rowley Free Public Library in Rowley, MA. This is Diane’s 6th performance for the Rowley Library! This event is free and open to the public!

Stone Soup! and other heartwarming tales

Stone Soup! Can our own generosity be a bridge to a better world?

Stone Soup! Can our own generosity be a bridge to a better world?

Building Community is more fun than ever when seen through the eyes of stories and songs from cultures around the world. These inclusive tales show us how sweet it is when everyone contributes, right down to the tiniest Bee! Diane’s full-out entertainment has audience volunteers taking part: learning a Chinese crane dance in the legend of the Lord of the Cranes, singing in many languages and working together to make a huge pot of Stone Soup in Diane’s unusual re-telling of this classic story. Diane has been a library favorite for over twenty years! Experience the wonder and build a better community one story at a time!

 

 

 

 

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

Jul
20
Thu
Stone Soup @ Grafton Public Library, Grafton, MA
Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Diane performs Stone Soup! and other heartwarming tales for children and their families at the Grafton Public Library in Grafton, MA. This will be Diane’s 6th time performing at the Grafton Public Library. This event is free and open to the public, but registration with Grafton Library is suggested!

Stone Soup! and other heartwarming tales

Stone Soup! Can our own generosity be a bridge to a better world?

Stone Soup! Can our own generosity be a bridge to a better world?

Building Community is more fun than ever when seen through the eyes of stories and songs from cultures around the world. These inclusive tales show us how sweet it is when everyone contributes, right down to the tiniest Bee! Diane’s full-out entertainment has audience volunteers taking part: learning a Chinese crane dance in the legend of the Lord of the Cranes, singing in many languages and working together to make a huge pot of Stone Soup in Diane’s unusual re-telling of this classic story. Diane has been a library favorite for over twenty years! Experience the wonder and build a better community one story at a time!

 

 

 

 

Lcc logo

 

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

Nov
4
Sat
Tell Me a Story ~ a storytelling workshop @ NASA Conference at Newton South High School, Newton, MA
Nov 4 @ 9:05 am – 10:20 am

Diane will be leading this interactive storytelling workshop at the Newton After School Association Conference in Newton, MA. In this workshop students will learn how to tell a folktale in their own words! Diane will lead workshop participants in group exercises that will develop everyone’s expressive abilities. Participants will explore their voice’s potential and learn how to create a character using Diane’s method of Voice and Body signatures. Skills learned from this workshop can be applied to storytelling, story-reading, and to public speaking venues. There will also be an overview of storytelling games and a chance to play them. Experience the power of story!

This workshop is only open to the Newton After School Association (NASA) Conference participants. For more information on how to join the NASA conference, check the NASA website: http://naaweb.org/

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
30
Thu
Winter Solstice in Story and Song @ Crandall Public Library, Glen Falls, NY
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Diane and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan for a featured performance of The Winter Solstice in Legend and Song, at Crandall Public Library in Glen Falls, NY. This will be Diane’s third time performing at the Crandall Library for their patrons. The show will feature several stories that give us insight into the holiday traditions of many cultures, and will be followed by a Q & A with the musicians and tellers.

The Winter Solstice in Story and Song

Award winning performer Diane Edgecomb accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan offers a fascinating look at the stories behind our holiday traditions.

 

The tales include classic evergreen lore, haunting legends of light and entertaining tales are surrounded by traditional and original music and song. The beautiful Legend of the Mistletoe from Scandinavian folklore, humorous Wassail traditions from England, and the poignant Greek legend of The Halcyon Days of Peace are just a few of the stories. There will also be moments for you to sing-along with songs evocative of the season.

“What a fabulous performance! The stories were fascinating and the music was beautiful we had so many people stop by to say how much they enjoyed it. It was the perfect way to start off the winter season.’ Liz Bailey  Morse Institute Library, Natick, MA

The compliments I heard as we filed out for intermission may have burned your ears: ‘so amazingly talented’, ‘versatile’, ‘drew us right in’, ‘we were THERE’, ‘funny and so expressive’, …and you made it all look so fun and easy.” Liz Gruber, Hartford, CT

May
5
Sat
Keynote Speaker @ Granite State Story SWAP Festival, Rye, NH
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Diane telling stories at the National Storytelling Festival.

Diane will be the Keynote Speaker as well as the featured Storyteller at the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance’s (NHSA) Granite State Story SWAP! The festival will take place at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH.

 

Festival Registration coming soon!

 

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.