CALENDAR

Mar
28
Tue
Native American Nature Tales @ Spofford Pond School, Oxford, MA
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Diane has been invited back to perform “Native American Nature Tales” for 3rd grade students at Spofford Pond School in Oxford, MA to provide curriculum support in English and Social Studies.

Native American Nature Tales

http://www.livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/blueeagle.gif   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.

Photo of participation in Diane's performance

Young Connecticut girl enjoying participating in Diane’s performance

“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

Apr
1
Sat
FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading @ An Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe, Plainville, MA
Apr 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgDon’t miss: FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading. On Saturday mornings starting April 1st, 2017. Diane will lead groups of parents and children (first grade and older ) in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Each Saturday, two new picture books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be explored. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  The parents, grandparents or guardians that come with the children share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment. These sessions are interactive, and include not only group discussions, but also games and activities related to the stories.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the Plainville library at (508) 695-1784 The discussion series will be held at the local bookstore in Plainville: The Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe located at 111 South Street Plainville, MA. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities – http://masshumanities.org.

Apr
5
Wed
The Language of Flowers @ Raynham Public Library, Raynham, MA
Apr 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane will be accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for a performance of The Language of Flowers for the Friends of the Raynham Library in Raynham, MA to compliment their 2017 Community Read program. This is the 8th year of the program and for their 2017 program they have chosen the book “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. This event is free and open to the public.

The Language of Flowers

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

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

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?

Apr
6
Thu
Welcome in the Spring @ Fales Elementary School, Westboro, MA
Apr 6 @ 9:30 am – 10:20 am

Diane performs Welcome in the Spring for Kindergarteners at Fales Elementary School in Westborough, MA. This is Diane’s tenth time performing for Fales School. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

Welcome in the Spring

springbirdWelcome in the Spring with the very best of spring folklore, sing-a-longs, nature tales and contemporary stories. We’ll meet Kate in Kate’s Acorn, who gets a special surprise when she helps to save the earthworms- her first acorn grows into an oak! In Kite’s Tale, two friends create an unusual kite that wings us across the sky in a hilarious fantasy of kite strings, bird’s nests and song. Just right for early elementary and family audiences with varied age-range, Welcome in the Spring is the perfect accompaniment to this joyful season.

The Language of Flowers @ Wakefield Garden Club at Congregational Church of Wakefield
Apr 6 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Diane and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain will perform The Language of Flowers for the Wakefield Garden Club’s President’s Tea at the Congregational Church of Wakefield, MA. This event is for garden club members only, but if you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

The Language of Flowers

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

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

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?

Apr
7
Fri
Welcome in the Spring @ Steward Station at Steward Elementary School, Topsfield, MA
Apr 7 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Diane brings her heartwarming performance of Welcome in the Spring to the extended day program, Steward Station, at Steward Elementary School. This will be Diane’s 4th time performing for this extended day program. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

Welcome in the Spring

Welcome in the Spring with the very best of spring folklore, sing-a-longs, nature tales and contemporary stories. We’ll meet Kate in Kate’s Acorn, who gets a special surprise when she helps to save the earthworms- her first acorn grows into an oak! In Kite’s Tale, two friends create an unusual kite that wings us across the sky in a hilarious fantasy of kite strings, bird’s nests and song. Just right for early elementary and family audiences with varied age-range, Welcome in the Spring is the perfect accompaniment to this joyful season.

“What a perfect Welcome to the Spring your storytelling program was! The children loved each story and you captivated the entire audience with your charm.” Jeanne Hoffman, Agawam Public Library, Agawam, MA

Apr
8
Sat
FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading @ An Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe, Plainville, MA
Apr 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgDon’t miss: FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading. On Saturday mornings starting April 1st, 2017. Diane will lead groups of parents and children (first grade and older ) in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Each Saturday, two new picture books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be explored. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  The parents, grandparents or guardians that come with the children share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment. These sessions are interactive, and include not only group discussions, but also games and activities related to the stories.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the Plainville library at (508) 695-1784 The discussion series will be held at the local bookstore in Plainville: The Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe located at 111 South Street Plainville, MA. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities – http://masshumanities.org.

Apr
19
Wed
Welcome in the Spring @ East Elementary School, Sharon, MA
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Diane brings her heartwarming performance of Welcome in the Spring to East Elementary School for Sharon Community Education’s Spring Vacation Camp. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

Welcome in the Spring

Welcome in the Spring with the very best of spring folklore, sing-a-longs, nature tales and contemporary stories. We’ll meet Kate in Kate’s Acorn, who gets a special surprise when she helps to save the earthworms- her first acorn grows into an oak! In Kite’s Tale, two friends create an unusual kite that wings us across the sky in a hilarious fantasy of kite strings, bird’s nests and song. Just right for early elementary and family audiences with varied age-range, Welcome in the Spring is the perfect accompaniment to this joyful season.

“What a perfect Welcome to the Spring your storytelling program was! The children loved each story and you captivated the entire audience with your charm.” Jeanne Hoffman, Agawam Public Library, Agawam, MA

 

Apr
22
Sat
FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading @ An Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe, Plainville, MA
Apr 22 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgDon’t miss: FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading. On Saturday mornings starting April 1st, 2017. Diane will lead groups of parents and children (first grade and older ) in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Each Saturday, two new picture books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be explored. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  The parents, grandparents or guardians that come with the children share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment. These sessions are interactive, and include not only group discussions, but also games and activities related to the stories.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the Plainville library at (508) 695-1784 The discussion series will be held at the local bookstore in Plainville: The Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe located at 111 South Street Plainville, MA. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities – http://masshumanities.org.

Apr
24
Mon
Tales for the Earth @ Community School, Cumberland, RI
Apr 24 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Diane performs Tales for the Earth for 5th grade students at Community School in Cumberland, RI. This will be the second time Diane has brought her storytelling events to their school, and she will visit them again in May bringing her performance “Insect Comedy” to their 2nd grade students. If you wish to preview this event, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com.

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, or Boy Who Loved the Marsh, based on the true story of a 5th Grade student who helps preserve a favorite nature spot. 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.

Apr
29
Sat
FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading @ An Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe, Plainville, MA
Apr 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgDon’t miss: FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading. On Saturday mornings starting April 1st, 2017. Diane will lead groups of parents and children (first grade and older ) in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Each Saturday, two new picture books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be explored. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  The parents, grandparents or guardians that come with the children share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment. These sessions are interactive, and include not only group discussions, but also games and activities related to the stories.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the Plainville library at (508) 695-1784 The discussion series will be held at the local bookstore in Plainville: The Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe located at 111 South Street Plainville, MA. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities – http://masshumanities.org.

May
5
Fri
Flora’s Holiday @ Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Flora’s Holiday*

Two performances: Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th, 6-8pm

Tickets: $25 members, $30 for non-members
Early bird pricing before April 21st! $20 for members, $25 for non-members.

Get your tickets today!

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.
Each performance is limited to an audience of 30 ~ buy tickets early.

White Daffodils

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

Flora’s Holiday*

Two performances: Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th, 6-8pm

Tickets: $25 members, $30 for non-members
Early bird pricing before April 21st! $20 for members, $25 for non-members.

Get your tickets today!

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.
Each performance is limited to an audience of 30 ~ buy tickets early.

White Daffodils

May
10
Wed
The Language of Flowers @ Hull Garden Club, Hull MA
May 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Diane will be accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for a performance of The Language of Flowers for the Hull Garden Club. The event will be held at the Anne Scully Senior Center, 197 A Samoset Avenue, Hull MA. This event is for garden club members only, but if you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

The Language of Flowers

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

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

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?

May
15
Mon
TV interview and Performance with Story Cafe: Hosted by Karen Chace @ TV9 Seekonk, MA
May 15 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Diane will be a part of the cable series Story Cafe hosted by Karen Chace. The show will include 15 minutes of storytelling and 15 minutes of interview. The recording takes place every Monday in Seekonk MA. Air date is to be determined! Diane will be speaking about the role of mythology in our lives and the ancient tales of origin.

May
18
Thu
Brunch and House Concert ~ Kurdish Storytelling Project @ Cambridge MA - private event
May 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Diane shares stories from her Kurdish Storytelling Project and from her ongoing work as a storyteller at this Cambridge MA house concert.

May
20
Sat
Welcome in the Spring @ First Bridge Pre-School, Needham MA
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Children's drawing Diane brings her heartwarming performance of Welcome in the Spring to First Bridge pre-school as they celebrate 20 years of providing top level care and caring for their charges.

Welcome in the Spring

Welcome in the Spring with the very best of spring folklore, sing-a-longs, nature tales and contemporary stories. We’ll meet Kate in Kate’s Acorn, who gets a special surprise when she helps to save the earthworms- her first acorn grows into an oak! In Kite’s Tale, two friends create an unusual kite that wings us across the sky in a hilarious fantasy of kite strings, bird’s nests and song. Just right for early elementary and family audiences with varied age-range, Welcome in the Spring is the perfect accompaniment to this joyful season.

“What a perfect Welcome to the Spring your storytelling program was! The children loved each story and you captivated the entire audience with your charm.” Jeanne Hoffman, Agawam Public Library, Agawam, MA

 

May
22
Mon
The Language of Flowers @ Southport Garden Club, Mashpee, MA
May 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Diane will be accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for a performance of The Language of Flowers for the Southport Garden Club. This event is for garden club members only, but if you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

The Language of Flowers

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

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

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?

May
25
Thu
Insect Comedy @ Community School, Cumberland, RI
May 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane returns to the Community School in Cumberland, RI to perform “Insect Comedy” for their 2nd grade class. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

Insect Comedy

WalkingStickOpen up your imaginations for a fun-filled look at our six-legged friends! Diane’s teaching tale, Kate’s Acorn, introduces us to a fast-talking earthworm, pill bug, and centipede as we find out about the importance of soil creatures in the life cycle of plants. This creative tale is complemented by Diane’s true stories about her encounters with Monarch Butterflies. Then, in the Japanese folktale Princess Firefly, entertaining facts are served up along with plenty of silliness as the Princess ponders, “Who will be the bug that I will love?” Hilarious renditions of the hapless suitors: Mr. Mosquito, Mr. Gnat and Felonious Moth keep us laughing as we take a closer look at the wonderful world of insects. Bugs, bees n’ wiggly critters will never be the same again!

“From the Academy’s point of view, the storytelling could not have worked better as a public program. The stories you told, captivated and fascinated our audience. I was impressed that they would not let you leave the stage without an encore performance. Diane your storytelling is fantastic!” Linda Wolf, Public Programs Coordinator, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Jun
3
Sat
Re-imagining Voice Workshop @ Third Life Studio, Somerville MA
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

About Re-imagining Voice

This voice that we use to communicate, to express our deepest feelings and – yes – to tell the stories of our lives is vastly under utilized! This most personal of our expressive tools needs training and a gentle awakening to be transparent to the images, feelings and intentions inside of us. Diane’s workshop helps us reinvigorate our voice with exercises developed over years of spoken and sung performance and training, opening the voice to its creative possibilities and potential. Special emphasis is placed on going beyond habitual usages and restrictions to find your natural and true voice, increasing its range and resonance. Surprise yourself with the riches you can discover when your imagination is linked creatively to your voice.

About Diane: Winner of the first national 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, fairytale or personal story. Featured at the National Storytelling Festival and on NPR, Diane has been called “…a virtuoso of the spoken word” by Publisher’s Weekly. Her extensive work with voice and its potential has encompassed over thirty years and includes the ground-breaking approach of the Polish Laboratory Theatre. She draws from this training in her workshops as well as from her own innovative work as a professional storyteller and spoken word artist.

Jun
16
Fri
In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey @ Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Jun 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Register NOW!

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

Summer Solstice

Photo by Pamela Ruby Russell

This enchanting evening of tree myths from around the world was designed specifically for Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. It starts at the Hunnewell Visitor’s Building and continues along tree-lined paths with story and music along 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 and music 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 clips from the performance on our latest CD!

“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
17
Sat
In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey @ Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Jun 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Register NOW!

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

Summer Solstice

Photo by Pamela Ruby Russell

This enchanting evening of tree myths from around the world was designed specifically for Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. It starts at the Hunnewell Visitor’s Building and continues along tree-lined paths with story and music along 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 and music 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 clips from the performance on our latest CD!

“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
28
Wed
Tales of Whales & other Sea Creatures @ Sunrise Montessori School, Franklin, MA
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Diane performs Tales of Whales & other Sea Creatures at Sunrise Montessori School in Franklin, MA. This will be Diane’s 7th time returning to Sunrise. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

Tales of Whales
Let’s go where the wet things are in this entertaining  program with master storyteller Diane Edgecomb. We’ll act like CLAMS, JELLYFISH and LOBSTERS in the Native American legend: How Whales got their Spouts and explore the water cycle in Diane’s fun, water conservation tale: What Now, Cloacina?!!

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!

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
15
Sat
Tales of Enchantment @ Hans Christian Anderson Storytelling Center, Central Park, NYC
Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Diane will be performing Tales of Enchantment for families with children ages five and older at the Hans Christian Anderson Storytelling Center in Central Park, NYC (near 72nd street).

 

For 60 years children and their families have gathered near the Hans Christian Anderson 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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 this event, 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! Diane will also be sharing some of her favorite Hans Christian Anderson tales. Enchant your audiences with the beauty and magic 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
14
Tue
The Language of Flowers @ Oak Point Garden Club, Middleboro, MA
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Diane will be accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for a performance of The Language of Flowers for the Oak Point Garden Club of Middleboro, MA. This event is open to the public! For further information on attending please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

The Language of Flowers

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

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

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?

Mar
17
Sat
A Celtic Evening @ Not Just Another Coffee House, Sharon, MA
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Diane will be accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain for a performance of A Celtic Evening at Not Just Another Coffee House at the Unitarian Church of Sharon, MA. Check back here for ticket information!

Diane Edgecomb Storyteller Living Myth Margot Chamberlain celtic harp solsticeA Celtic Evening

In A Celtic Evening, Diane brings to life Ireland’s storytelling treasures from the humorous Legend of Knockgrafton to the hauntingly beautiful Deirdre of the Sorrows. The most famous of all Irish romances, Deirdre weaves together Druidic prophecies with a forbidden passion so profound it dares to defy the fates. The performance is set against a lush background of harp music: original and traditional melodies played by the versatile Margot Chamberlain on a variety of Celtic folk harps. Enjoy an evening of humor, passion and music with these two inspiring performers.

“Thoughtfully composed and beautifully presented, A Celtic Evening was a joy for us all. 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.” Stephanie Plunkett, Events, Norman Rockwell Museum

“I’m still getting positive feedback examples: ‘Best thing I ever heard on campus.’ ‘Let’s make it an annual event’ etc.., Joan Laxon, Professor of Anthropology and Folklore, Pine Manor College