CALENDAR

Jul
8
Fri
Game Time! @ Hyde Park Branch Library, Hyde Park, MA
Jul 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Diane performs Game Time! for a family audience (ages 5 and up) at the Hyde Park Branch Library in Hyde Park, MA. This event is free and open to the public. This will be Diane’s third time performing for the Hyde Park Library!

Game Time!

The Tortoise and the Hair

No reader is a slowpoke when it comes to learning!

Game Time features three topsy-turvy summer reading adventures where nobody has their ‘game face’ on and everybody wins! Diane’s jazzy version of the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ encourages going your own pace and coming out great in the end. We learn that no reader is a slow poke when it comes to learning! In ‘Kite’s Tail,’ an afternoon kite-flying game teaches a shy girl how to SINNNGGGG! There’s even more fun in the Hungarian story, ‘The Hide and Seek Princess.’ She has X-ray vision and will only marry the suitor she cannot find.

Game Time! @ Franklin Public Library, Franklin, MA
Jul 8 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Diane performs Game Time! for a family audience (ages 4 and up) at the Franklin Public Library in Franklin, MA. This event is free and open to the public.

Game Time!

The Tortoise and the Hair

No reader is a slowpoke when it comes to learning!

Game Time features three topsy-turvy summer reading adventures where nobody has their ‘game face’ on and everybody wins! Diane’s jazzy version of the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ encourages going your own pace and coming out great in the end. We learn that no reader is a slow poke when it comes to learning! In ‘Kite’s Tail,’ an afternoon kite-flying game teaches a shy girl how to SINNNGGGG! There’s even more fun in the Hungarian story, ‘The Hide and Seek Princess.’ She has X-ray vision and will only marry the suitor she cannot find.

Jul
10
Sun
Insect Comedy @ the “Great Hill South” in Central Park, NYC @ for Central Park Conservancy
Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Diane performs Insect Comedy at the Great Hill in Central Park, New York, NY as part of the Central Park Conservancy’s  Family Performance Festival. This event is free and open to the public.

INSECT COMEDY!

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See the world of BUGS in a whole new way with Diane’s fun-filled stories. In her original tale, Kate’s Acorn, we meet a fast-talking earthworm, pill bug, and centipede all the while learning about the importance of soil creatures in the life cycle of plants. This creative tale is complemented by Diane’s true anecdotes about her encounters with Monarch Butterflies. In the lighthearted Japanese folktale, Princess Firefly, entertaining facts are served up along with plenty of silliness as the young Princess wonders, “Who will be the bug that I will love?” Mr. Mosquito, Mr. Gnat and Felonious Moth all try their luck, keeping 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!

Jul
20
Wed
Game Time! @ Levi-Haywood Memorial Library, Gardner, MA
Jul 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

Diane performs Game Time! for a family audience (ages 4 and up) at the Levi-Heywood Memorial Library in Gardner, MA. This event is free and open to the public.

Game Time!

The Tortoise and the Hair

No reader is a slowpoke when it comes to learning!

Game Time features three topsy-turvy summer reading adventures where nobody has their ‘game face’ on and everybody wins! Diane’s jazzy version of the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ encourages going your own pace and coming out great in the end. We learn that no reader is a slow poke when it comes to learning! In ‘Kite’s Tail,’ an afternoon kite-flying game teaches a shy girl how to SINNNGGGG! There’s even more fun in the Hungarian story, ‘The Hide and Seek Princess.’ She has X-ray vision and will only marry the suitor she cannot find.

Jul
22
Fri
Embody Your Story workshop @ National Storytelling Network Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO
Jul 22 – Jul 24 all-day

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Don’t miss the best storytelling conference in America! The National Storytelling Network’s annual conference has as its theme Spotlight on Storytelling. On July 22nd Diane will join other Oracle Award Regional Excellence winners for a showcase of stories starting at 3:30 pm. And on July 23rd Diane will present her workshop “Embody Your Story.” The National Storytelling Network is the leading advocate for storytelling and its uses through its conferences, workshops and outreach. The conference will be held in its new home is housed in the newly founded Story Center at the Mid-Continent Library System, Kansas City Missouri.

Jul
26
Tue
A Thousand Doorways @ Gloucester Stage, Gloucester, MA
Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

A Thousand Doorways
Diane’s true story of her life-changing travels in the Kurdish region of Turkey will be featured at Gloucester Stage, Gloucester, MA on Tuesday, July 26th at 7:30pm
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“There is one world, but a thousand doorways.” ~Kurdish Proverb

IMG_2970A Thousand Doorways is the true account of Diane’s decade long quest to document the vanishing folkloric tales of the Kurds of Turkey. The performance takes us on an exotic journey from Diane’s first humorous meetings with carpet dealers and chain-smoking octogenarians to her travels up sheer mountain passes to the remote Kurdish villages usually forbidden to outsiders.

A Thousand Doorways is based entirely on true events.

Gloucester Stage Black Box TheaterA Thousand Doorways will be part of Gloucester Stage’s Never Dark Series!

NeverDark is a series of Tuesday night events at Gloucester Stage that include lectures, talk backs, film screenings, and readings under consideration for the Mainstage.

Buy your tickets today!

Jul
29
Fri
Game Time! @ Grafton Public Library, Grafton, MA
Jul 29 @ 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Diane performs Game Time! for a family audience (ages 4 and up) at the Grafton Public Library Gazebo in the Park, in Grafton, MA. Diane’s performance will be part of the Grafton Public Library’s “Summer Stories in the Park” event series. This will be Diane’s 5th time performing for the Grafton Community. This event is free and open to the public!

Game Time!

The Tortoise and the Hair

No reader is a slowpoke when it comes to learning!

Game Time features three topsy-turvy summer reading adventures where nobody has their ‘game face’ on and everybody wins! Diane’s jazzy version of the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ encourages going your own pace and coming out great in the end. We learn that no reader is a slow poke when it comes to learning! In ‘Kite’s Tail,’ an afternoon kite-flying game teaches a shy girl how to SINNNGGGG! There’s even more fun in the Hungarian story, ‘The Hide and Seek Princess.’ She has X-ray vision and will only marry the suitor she cannot find.

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

Massachusetts Cultural Council

Aug
2
Tue
Game Time! @ Cornwall Public Library, Cornwall, NY
Aug 2 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Diane performs Game Time! for a family audience (ages 4 and up) at the Cornwall Public Library in Cornwall, NY. This event is free and open to the public.

Game Time!

The Tortoise and the Hair

No reader is a slowpoke when it comes to learning!

Game Time features three topsy-turvy summer reading adventures where nobody has their ‘game face’ on and everybody wins! Diane’s jazzy version of the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ encourages going your own pace and coming out great in the end. We learn that no reader is a slow poke when it comes to learning! In ‘Kite’s Tail,’ an afternoon kite-flying game teaches a shy girl how to SINNNGGGG! There’s even more fun in the Hungarian story, ‘The Hide and Seek Princess.’ She has X-ray vision and will only marry the suitor she cannot find.

Aug
4
Thu
Game Time! @ Worthington Public Library, Worthington, MA
Aug 4 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Diane performs Game Time! for a family audience (ages 4 and up) at the Huntington Public Library in Huntington, MA This event is free and open to the public.

Game Time!

The Tortoise and the Hair

No reader is a slowpoke when it comes to learning!

Game Time features three topsy-turvy summer reading adventures where nobody has their ‘game face’ on and everybody wins! Diane’s jazzy version of the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ encourages going your own pace and coming out great in the end. We learn that no reader is a slow poke when it comes to learning! In ‘Kite’s Tail,’ an afternoon kite-flying game teaches a shy girl how to SINNNGGGG! There’s even more fun with an exploration of Wintertime Sports and a Naughty Snowman on the loose!

Game Time! @ Clapp Memorial Library, Belchertown, MA
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Diane performs Game Time! for a family audience (ages 4 and up) at the Clapp Memorial Library in Belchertown, MA. This event is free and open to the public.

Game Time!

The Tortoise and the Hair

No reader is a slowpoke when it comes to learning!

Game Time features three topsy-turvy summer reading adventures where nobody has their ‘game face’ on and everybody wins! Diane’s jazzy version of the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ encourages going your own pace and coming out great in the end. We learn that no reader is a slow poke when it comes to learning! In ‘Kite’s Tail,’ an afternoon kite-flying game teaches a shy girl how to SINNNGGGG! There’s even more fun in the Hungarian story, ‘The Hide and Seek Princess.’ She has X-ray vision and will only marry the suitor she cannot find.

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

Massachusetts Cultural Council

Aug
8
Mon
Tales of Enchantment @ Abbott Learning Center, Wellesley, MA
Aug 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Diane will be performing Tales of Enchantment for preschoolers at Abbott Learning Center in Wellesley, MA. This is Diane’s 9th performance at the Abbott Learning Center! If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

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! For older students, Diane explores the oral tradition through Arthurian legends and ancient Irish tales such as the humorous Sir Gawain and Loathly Lady. Enchant your audiences with the beauty and magic of traditional tales.

Aug
10
Wed
Favorite Nature Tales @ Highland Center Lodge at Crawford Notch, White Mountains, NH
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Diane performs Favorite Nature Tales for family audiences at the Highland Center Lodge at Crawford Notch. The performance is open to all AMC guests.

Favorite Nature Tales

The perfect entertainment for all ages, this high-energy performance by New England favorite Diane Edgecomb brings nature alive. From talking earthworms, sassy Mosquitos and beautiful star myths to her rhyming tale about a New York Cabbie whose search for wild things lands him in the woods with an irate Mainer, Diane keeps us laughing as we explore the wonderful world of nature.

A New England favorite for over 25 years Diane has been recognized nationally as a leader in linking storytelling with nature and environmental topics. She is a winner of the National Oracle award for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast. Find out why Publisher’s weekly called Diane “an entire cast rolled into one… A virtuoso of the spoken word.”

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Aug
11
Thu
Favorite Nature Tales @ Joe Dodge Lodge, AMC Pinkham Notch, White Mountains, NH
Aug 11 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Diane performs Favorite Nature Tales at the Joe Dodge Lodge – AMC Pinkham Notch White Mountains in NH. The performance is open to all AMC guests as well as the general public! Come on over! Good stories to be had!

Favorite Nature Tales

The perfect entertainment for all ages, this high-energy performance by New England favorite Diane Edgecomb brings nature alive. From talking earthworms, sassy Mosquitos and beautiful star myths to her rhyming tale about a New York Cabbie whose search for wild things lands him in the woods with an irate Mainer, Diane keeps us laughing as we explore the wonderful world of nature.

A New England favorite for over 25 years Diane has been recognized nationally as a leader in linking storytelling with nature and environmental topics. She is a winner of the National Oracle award for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast. Find out why Publisher’s weekly called Diane “an entire cast rolled into one… A virtuoso of the spoken word.”

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Aug
16
Tue
Game Time! @ Port Jervis Library, Port Jervis NY
Aug 16 @ 1:30 pm – 2:20 pm

Diane performs Game Time! for a family audience (ages 4 and up) at the Drew United Methodist Church in Jervis, NY for summer reading participants at the Port Jervis Free Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Game Time!

The Tortoise and the Hair

No reader is a slowpoke when it comes to learning!

Game Time features three topsy-turvy summer reading adventures where nobody has their ‘game face’ on and everybody wins! Diane’s jazzy version of the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ encourages going your own pace and coming out great in the end. We learn that no reader is a slow poke when it comes to learning! In ‘Kite’s Tail,’ an afternoon kite-flying game teaches a shy girl how to SINNNGGGG! There’s even more fun in the Hungarian story, ‘The Hide and Seek Princess.’ She has X-ray vision and will only marry the suitor she cannot find.

Aug
24
Wed
Fireside Tales @ Newagen Seaside Inn, Southport, ME
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come gather around a cozy fire at the Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport, ME. Diane will be the Inn’s featured storyteller for their Fireside Tales and will share a variety of stories including her original story/song “Freddie and the Loon from Maine.” The storytelling will end with s’mores around the bonfire. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Don’t miss this opportunity to be entertained by one of New England’s favorite storytellers while experiencing the beauty of Newagen Inn’s surroundings!

Events- Fireside

Folks enjoying s’mores after the fireside tales.

A campfire with an ocean view.

Sep
13
Tue
The Language of Flowers @ Duxbury Garden Club at Duxbury Bay Maritime School, Duxbury, MA
Sep 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Diane and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain will perform The Language of Flowers for the Duxbury Garden Club at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School in Duxbury, 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?

Sep
14
Wed
The Language of Flowers @ Plymouth Garden Club at Chiltonville Congregational Church, Plymouth, MA
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Diane and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain will perform “The Language of Flowers” for the Plymouth Garden Club at the Chiltonville Congregational Church in Plymouth, 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?

Sep
22
Thu
Native American Nature Tales @ Oxford Public Library, Oxford, MA
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
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Young Connecticut girl joining in on a Native American canoeing song from the Litchfield Times

Diane performs Native American Nature Tales at Oxford Public Library in Oxford, MA for family audiences. This event is free and open to the public.

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. For older audiences the performance features beautiful legends of the spirit like Jumping Mouse. Join one of New England’s favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of the landscape. Through these how and why legends, students begin to understand how Native American culture clothed their world in story and how this enlivened both imagination and world.

“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

Sep
30
Fri
Tall Fall Tales @ Indian Brook Elementary School, Plymouth, MA
Sep 30 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am

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

Native American Nature Tales @ Indian Brook Elementary School, Plymouth, MA
Sep 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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.

girl from Litchfield Times

Young Connecticut girl joining in on a Native American canoeing song

 

“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

Oct
7
Fri
Diane will be an MC at the National Storytelling Festival @ International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN
Oct 7 – Oct 9 all-day

I will be an MC for the National Storytelling Festival this October…

Jonesborough Tennessee home to the National Storytelling Festival

Jonesborough Tennessee home to the National Storytelling Festival

If you don’t know much about the festival, storytellers with national and international fame gather to tell tales in several outdoor tents. No ordinary tents though! Each one holds 1,000 people. Looking forward to being with the tribe!! More information at this link.

 See a slide show of my storytelling work as a featured teller at the National Festival in 2013!

 

Oct
17
Mon
The Language of Flowers @ Greenleaf Garden Club, Milford, MA
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Diane and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain will perform The Language of Flowers for the Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford Massachusetts on October 17th. 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 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 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 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?

Oct
20
Thu
Once Upon a Halloween @ Highlands Elementary School, Braintree, MA
Oct 20 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Diane performs Once Upon a Halloween for the Highlands Elementary School in Braintree, MA. If you would like to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

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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

Oct
24
Mon
Tales for the Earth @ Chester Elementary School, Chester, MA
Oct 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Diane visits the Chester Elementary School in Chester, MA to launch their READING CHALLENGE and literacy event with a performance of Tales for the Earth for Kindergarten through 5th grade students. If you wish to preview, 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.

Tall Fall Tales @ Littleville Elementary, Huntington, MA
Oct 24 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Tall Fall Tales

Diane performs Tall Fall Tales for Kindergarten-2nd grades at Littleville Elementary School in Huntington, MA to launch their READING CHALLENGE and literacy event. 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

Rainforest Legends @ Littleville Elementary, Huntington, MA
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane performs Rainforest Legends for 3rd-5th graders at Littleville Elementary School to launch their READING CHALLENGE and literacy event. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

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From the banks of the Amazon River to the heart of the West African jungle, Rainforest Legends brings to life favorite folktales and songs about the animals and plants of these lands. Legends tell how the Amazon Birds grew feathers as brilliant as the colors of the rainbow, why three Invisible Hunters came to haunt the Nicaraguan rainforest, and how Jabuti the tortoise tricked the Amazon monster Kibungo into sparing the lives of three-toed frog, jaguar and monkey.

Oct
25
Tue
Night Lights @ Winchester Public Library, Winchester, MA
Oct 25 @ 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Diane is excited to return to the Winchester Public Library in Winchester, MA to perform Night Lights for family audiences especially for ages four and up. This is the 7th time she has visited this library! This event is free and open to members of the library.

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. Enjoy it in any indoors venue or bring it to an outdoor or nighttime setting as a special treat. Listen in wonder as tales from Greece, Estonia, Native America, Kurdistan and Korea celebrate the magic of the night sky…

Oct
26
Wed
Once Upon A Halloween! @ Butler Extended Day, Belmont, MA
Oct 26 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Diane returns to Butler Extended Day in Belmont, MA to perform Once Upon A Halloween for Kindergarten-1st graders. This will be Diane’s lucky 13th time performing at Butler. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

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

Once Upon A Halloween! @ Butler Extended Day, Belmont, MA
Oct 26 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Diane returns to Butler Extended Day in Belmont, MA to perform Once Upon A Halloween for 2nd-5th graders. This will be Diane’s lucky 13th time performing at Butler. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

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

Once Upon A Halloween! @ Taft Library, Mendon, MA
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Diane will perform Once Upon A Halloween for families at the Taft Library in Mendon, MA as part of their town-wide Halloween event. This storytelling is free and open to the public. Activities at the library will begin at 5:30pm, please contact the children’s room at (508) 473-3259 to sign up for this popular event. (Suggested for ages 4 and up)

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!

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

Massachusetts Cultural Council

Oct
27
Thu
Family Literacy Day Performance @ The Adult Learning Center, New Bedford, MA
Oct 27 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am

Diane performs stories on the themes of Character and Courage for Family Literacy Day at the Adult Learning Center in New Bedford, MA

 

This performance and the subsequent Family Adventures in Reading Break-out Workshops at the Learning Center are funded in full by the Mass Humanities FAIR program. The picture book explored during the sessions will be The Upside Down Boy!

Family Adventures In Reading workshop sessions @ The Adult Learning Center, New Bedford, MA
Oct 27 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Diane leads one of the break-out sessions – a book discussion to open up ideas and perspectives on the themes of Character and Courage for Family Literacy Day at the Adult Learning Center in New Bedford, MA

The picture book explored during the sessions will be The Upside Down Boy!This performance and the subsequent Family Adventures in Reading Break-out Workshops at the Learning Center are funded in full by the Mass Humanities FAIR program.

Once Upon A Halloween! @ Truman School, New Haven, CT
Oct 27 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Diane will perform Once Upon A Halloween in an after-school program at Truman School in New Haven, CT.  This is Diane’s first time performing at Truman School! If you wish to preview this performance, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

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!

 

 

Once Upon A Halloween! @ Blackstone Public Library, Blackstone, MA
Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Diane will perform Once Upon A Halloween for families at the Blackstone Public Library in Blackstone, MA.  This storytelling is free and open to the public.

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
31
Mon
Once Upon A Halloween! @ Sunrise Montessori School, Franklin, MA
Oct 31 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Diane kicks off a costume parade and celebration at the Sunrise Montessori School, in Franklin MA 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!

 

 

Nov
5
Sat
Tell Me a Story ~ a storytelling workshop @ NASA Conference at Newton South High School, Newton, MA
Nov 5 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 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/

Nov
18
Fri
Tall Fall Tales @ Upper Nyack Elementary School, Upper Nyack, NY
Nov 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:05 am

Diane performs “Tall Fall Tales” for Kindergarten-2nd graders at Upper Nyack Elementary School. This performance is funded by BOCES, which supports arts enrichment in the state of New York. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

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

Native American Nature Tales @ Upper Nyack Elementary School, Upper Nyack, NY
Nov 18 @ 10:15 am – 11:05 am

Diane performs “Native American Nature Tales” for 3rd-5th graders at Upper Nyack Elementary School. This performance is funded by BOCES, which supports arts enrichment in the state of New York. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

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

Join In @ Upper Nyack Elementary School, Upper Nyack, NY
Nov 18 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Diane performs “Join-In” for elementary students and their families at Upper Nyack Elementary School. This performance is funded by BOCES, which supports arts enrichment in the state of New York. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

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JOIN IN

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.

“My family was at your amazing performance of “Join In” yesterday. I have to tell you: It was awesome! It was so lively and full of joy. It’s amazing how you bring together many aspects of art and present them for kids so they use their imagination to “see” all the characters you’re talking, dancing and singing about. Personally, I was very happy with your folktales about the rainforests. I’m from Brazil where we have a rich heritage from Africa and we live in the US where my son was born. We were very pleased to hear from all those places that mean a lot to us. And, yes, we loved to hear “O Pião entrou na roda, ó pião! Roda pião, bambeia pião!”. I used to sing this song myself when I was kid. It was delightful. :~)” ~Marcia, Linden School, Malden, MA

Nov
28
Mon
Native American Nature Tales @ Griswold School, Kensington, CT
Nov 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

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

Nov
30
Wed
Digging Dinosaurs @ Tower School, Marblehead, MA
Nov 30 @ 9:00 am – 9:50 am

Diane brings “Digging Dinosaurs” to Kindergartners Tower Hill School in Marblehead, MA. This will be Diane’s fourth time performing at Tower School. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

Watch a Video preview of Digging Dinosaurs as it is performed for a group of Kindergarten and First Grade Students.

pattysaurus_smABOUT 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.

Diane Edgecomb Storytelling kids 3-5yrs old

Diane’s full-out storytelling style engages every child

Dec
4
Sun
Digging Dinosaurs @ Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
Dec 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane performs her original show Digging Dinosaurs at Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, as a part of their Dinosaur Discovery Day. Activities will include Dinosaur Crafts, a balloon artist, and much more!

Watch a Video preview of Digging Dinosaurs as it is performed for a group of Kindergarten and First Grade Students.

pattysaurus_smABOUT 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.

Dec
6
Tue
Winter Solstice in Legend and Song @ Norwood Evening Garden Club at First Baptist Church, Norwood, MA
Dec 6 @ 7:20 pm – 8:20 pm

Diane and harper Margot Chamberlain perform a special one-hour performance of “Winter Solstice in Legend and Song” for the Norwood Evening Garden Club at the First Baptist Church in Norwood, MA. This event is for everyone but please arrive by 6:45 pm before the Garden Club meeting.

WSolsticePhotoPamelaRubyRussell3277-ForPrint - Version 2The Winter Solstice in Legend and Song

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with haunting legends of light, evergreen traditions, and entertaining tales accompanied by traditional songs and original music. Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb, accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain offers a fascinating look at the stories behind our holiday traditions. Featured stories include the beautiful Scandinavian “Legend of the Mistletoe,” humorous English Wassail traditions, and the poignant Swiss legend of the Christmas Rose. Lovely instrumental melodies evoke the warmth of the season, rounding out the event.

Dec
12
Mon
Winter Solstice in Legend and Song @ Abington Garden Club, Abington, MA
Dec 12 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Diane and harper Margot Chamberlain perform a special one-hour performance of “Winter Solstice in Legend and Song” for the Abington Garden Club, at the Parish Hall of United Church of Christ in Abington, MA. This event is for members of the Garden Club, if you wish to preview, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

WSolsticePhotoPamelaRubyRussell3277-ForPrint - Version 2The Winter Solstice in Legend and Song

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with haunting legends of light, evergreen traditions, and entertaining tales accompanied by traditional songs and original music. Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb, accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain offers a fascinating look at the stories behind our holiday traditions. Featured stories include the beautiful Scandinavian “Legend of the Mistletoe,” humorous English Wassail traditions, and the poignant Swiss legend of the Christmas Rose. Lovely instrumental melodies evoke the warmth of the season, rounding out the event.

Dec
14
Wed
Once Upon A Wintertime @ Underwood After School Program, Newton, MA
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Diane returns to Underwood After School program to share “Once Upon a Wintertime’ for their elementary-aged students. This will be Diane’s fifth performance at Underwood. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

ONCE UPON A WINTERTIME

Warm your hearts and your imaginations with this performance of tales from long ago. These stories of wintertime magic and fun range from the lyrical Grimms tale of Snow White and Rose Red to tales of folksy New England escapades.

Praise for Once Upon A Wintertime:
“Thank you so much for that lively performance of Once Upon A Wintertime, you had the audience eating out of the palm of your hand! You are so good at judging the audience and tweaking your program to fit the group, even so far as the sound system! You are a true professional and we just love you here in Duxbury.” Marty O’Meara, Duxbury Free Library, Duxbury, MA

Bio: A featured storyteller on NPR and winner of the National ORACLE award for storytelling excellence in the Northeast, Diane is known for transforming into the characters in her tales. Publisher’s Weekly called her ‘an entire cast rolled into one!”

Dec
16
Fri
Winter Solstice in Legend and Song @ Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain, MA
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Don’t miss our annual Boston area event: Winter Solstice in Legend and Song at the historic Loring-Greenough House, in Jamaica Plain, MA, on Friday, December 16th and Saturday, December 17thl.  The event begins at 8pm / Doors open at 7:30. Tickets $25 – includes traditional refreshments.

 

wintersolsticeThe Winter Solstice in Legend and Song 

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with evergreen myths, haunting legends of light and entertaining tales accompanied by traditional and original music and song. Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb, accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan, brings to life a variety of ancient tales revealing the deep meanings behind winter holiday traditions. Featured pieces include the beautiful Scandinavian “Legend of the Mistletoe,” humorous English Wassail traditions, and the poignant Greek legend “The Coming of the Days of Peace.” Lovely instrumental melodies, evoking the warmth of the season, round out the event.

Traditional refreshments, including a Wassail Bowl, will be served at intermission in the Loring-Greenough House’s elegant eighteenth century dining room.

Parking: There is ample non-restricted street parking and a large, free public parking lot off Centre Street between Burroughs and Thomas Streets just a block from the Loring-Greenough House.

Dec
17
Sat
Winter Solstice in Legend and Song @ Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain, MA
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Don’t miss our annual Boston area event: Winter Solstice in Legend and Song at the historic Loring-Greenough House, in Jamaica Plain, MA, on Friday, December 16th and Saturday, December 17thl.  The event begins at 8pm / Doors open at 7:30. Tickets $25 – includes traditional refreshments.

 

wintersolsticeThe Winter Solstice in Legend and Song 

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with evergreen myths, haunting legends of light and entertaining tales accompanied by traditional and original music and song. Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb, accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan, brings to life a variety of ancient tales revealing the deep meanings behind winter holiday traditions. Featured pieces include the beautiful Scandinavian “Legend of the Mistletoe,” humorous English Wassail traditions, and the poignant Greek legend “The Coming of the Days of Peace.” Lovely instrumental melodies, evoking the warmth of the season, round out the event.

Traditional refreshments, including a Wassail Bowl, will be served at intermission in the Loring-Greenough House’s elegant eighteenth century dining room.

Parking: There is ample non-restricted street parking and a large, free public parking lot off Centre Street between Burroughs and Thomas Streets just a block from the Loring-Greenough House.

Dec
18
Sun
Winter Solstice in Legend and Song @ Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain, MA
Dec 18 @ 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.

Dec
20
Tue
Once Upon A Wintertime @ Charlestown Elementary School, Charlestown, RI
Dec 20 @ 9:00 am – 9:50 am

Diane performs Once Upon a Wintertime at Charlestown Elementary School in Charlestown, RI for Kindergarten-2nd grade. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

ONCE UPON A WINTERTIME

Warm your hearts and your imaginations with this performance of tales from long ago. These stories of wintertime magic and fun range from the lyrical Grimms tale of Snow White and Rose Red to tales of folksy New England escapades.

Praise for Once Upon A Wintertime:
“Thank you so much for that lively performance of Once Upon A Wintertime, you had the audience eating out of the palm of your hand! You are so good at judging the audience and tweaking your program to fit the group, even so far as the sound system! You are a true professional and we just love you here in Duxbury.” Marty O’Meara, Duxbury Free Library, Duxbury, MA

Bio: A featured storyteller on NPR and winner of the National ORACLE award for storytelling excellence in the Northeast, Diane is known for transforming into the characters in her tales. Publisher’s Weekly called her ‘an entire cast rolled into one!”

Once Upon A Wintertime @ Charlestown Elementary School, Charlestown, RI
Dec 20 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am

Diane performs Once Upon a Wintertime at Charlestown Elementary School in Charlestown, RI for 3rd and 4th graders. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

ONCE UPON A WINTERTIME

Warm your hearts and your imaginations with this performance of tales from long ago. These stories of wintertime magic and fun range from the lyrical Grimms tale of Snow White and Rose Red to tales of folksy New England escapades.

Praise for Once Upon A Wintertime:
“Thank you so much for that lively performance of Once Upon A Wintertime, you had the audience eating out of the palm of your hand! You are so good at judging the audience and tweaking your program to fit the group, even so far as the sound system! You are a true professional and we just love you here in Duxbury.” Marty O’Meara, Duxbury Free Library, Duxbury, MA

Bio: A featured storyteller on NPR and winner of the National ORACLE award for storytelling excellence in the Northeast, Diane is known for transforming into the characters in her tales. Publisher’s Weekly called her ‘an entire cast rolled into one!”

Dec
21
Wed
Winter Solstice in Legend and Song @ New Hampshire Theatre Project, Portsmouth, NH
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Diane, harper Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan for a featured performance of The Winter Solstice in Legend and Song, at New Hampshire Theatre Project on the Winter Solstice! This special event is expected to sell out, so get your tickets in advance! Please make your reservations for tickets by phone at 603-431-6644, ext. 5, or email reservations@nhtheatreproject.org. New Hampshire Theatre Project will confirm your reservations and send a link for payment.

wintersolsticeThe Winter Solstice in Legend and Song 

Award winning performer Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Celtic harpist Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan offers a fascinating look at the stories behind our holiday traditions. 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. Songs and sing-along moments evocative of the season and lovely instrumental melodies on Celtic harp and synthesizer round out the event.

“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

Dec
27
Tue
Tales of Christmas Magic @ Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, MA
Dec 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Diane performs Tales of Christmas Magic at the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield MA. This event is free and open to the public and fun for families with children of all ages.

Tales of Christmas Magic

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Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb presents a rich performance of fanciful tales full of holiday magic and fun. Find out about Johnny Molasses, a very adventurous Christmas tree ornament and take part in a Santa Claus adventure. The program culminates with a beautiful Native American legend telling of the meaning and importance of the evergreens.

Jan
3
Tue
Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ Arlington After School Program at Hardy Elementary School, Arlington, MA
Jan 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Diane entertains students in the after school program at Hardy School in Arlington with one of her most popular performances! To preview please contact Diane at 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. 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.

Jan
11
Wed
Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ West Somerville Neighborhood School, Somerville, MA
Jan 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Diane entertains students on an early-release day at West Somerville Neighborhood School with one of her most popular performances! To preview this event, please contact Diane at 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. 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.

Jan
16
Mon
Wintertime Tales @ Sudbury Extended Day at Noyes School, Sudbury, MA
Jan 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Diane performs Wintertime Tales for Sudbury Extended Day students during their winter vacation week.

Wintertime Tales

Warm your hearts and your imaginations with this performance of tales from long ago.

Bio: A featured storyteller on NPR and winner of the National ORACLE award for storytelling excellence in the Northeast, Diane is known for transforming into the characters in her tales. Publisher’s Weekly called her ‘an entire cast rolled into one!”

Storytelling Workhop @ Sudbury Extended Day at Noyes School, Sudbury, MA
Jan 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

After performing at Sudbury Extended Day, Diane will lead 5th-7th graders through a personalized storytelling workshop.

Here is what others have said about bringing her workshop into their school:

Thank you so much for your outstanding work with students and staff during the past two days. You are a wonderful storyteller. The classroom visit further enhanced the student’s understanding and the teacher workshop was super! All of us learned so much.

– Diane Willard, Squantum School teacher, Squantum, MA

Jan
20
Fri
Rainforest Legends @ Wellington School, Belmont, MA
Jan 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Diane performs Rainforest Legends for 1st graders at Wellington Elementary School. This will be Diane’s lucky 13th performance for the Wellington School! If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

Rainforest LegendsRainforest Legends

From the banks of the Amazon River to the heart of the West African jungle, Rainforest Legends brings to life favorite folktales and songs about the animals and plants of these lands. Legends tell how the Amazon Birds grew feathers as brilliant as the colors of the rainbow, why three Invisible Hunters came to haunt the Nicaraguan rainforest, and how Jabuti the tortoise tricked the Amazon monster Kibungo into sparing the lives of three-toed frog, jaguar and monkey.

Jan
22
Sun
Life Stories Workshops @ Pilgrim Church, Sherborn, MA
Jan 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

WINTER’S TALES

Who doesn’t love a good story? With the popularity of the Moth and This American Life, storytelling is on the rise. This January and February, Oracle award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb will bring storytelling workshops as well as a shared-stories event to Pilgrim Church to brighten up the winter months. Come for the first workshop session and get your feet wet! Learn about story while discovering storytelling nuggets from your own life. Come for the second session as we go in-depth with our tales, finding out how deeply satisfying it can be to craft an experience from life into a tale to be shared. Those who wish can be coached to share a seven-minute story – Moth style – at the final evening presentation on February 11th at 6:30 pm where Diane will also present her true-life tales.

Jan
23
Mon
Storytelling Workhop @ Cambridge Ellis School, Cambridge, MA
Jan 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Diane will be leading a Storytelling Workshop for the teachers of the Cambridge Ellis School. The school is celebrating the art of storytelling for their 2016-2017 school year and is bringing in Diane as a professional development opportunity for the teachers.

This workshop covers the many ways the art of storytelling can enrich the classroom experience of pupils and educators alike. From encouraging students to tell their own stories to using folk tales to enhance curriculum, the many uses of storytelling will be discussed and explored. Using a combination of lecture/demonstration and simple participatory exercises, this workshop gives educators tried and tested ways to use storytelling to enliven learning.

Here is what others have said about bringing her workshop into their school:

Thank you so much for your outstanding work with students and staff during the past two days. You are a wonderful storyteller. The classroom visit further enhanced the student’s understanding and the teacher workshop was super! All of us learned so much.

– Diane Willard, Squantum School teacher, Squantum, MA

Jan
26
Thu
Once Upon A Wintertime @ Lextended Day @ Hastings Elementary School, Lexington, MA
Jan 26 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Diane returns to the Lextended Day program at Hastings School to entertain students on their early release day. Diane has been a favorite at Hastings School having brought her storytelling there to entertain and enlighten since 2004!!

ONCE UPON A WINTERTIME

Warm your hearts and your imaginations with this performance of tales from long ago. These stories of wintertime magic and fun range from the lyrical Grimms tale of Snow White and Rose Red to tales of folksy New England escapades.

Praise for Once Upon A Wintertime:
“Thank you so much for that lively performance of Once Upon A Wintertime, you had the audience eating out of the palm of your hand! You are so good at judging the audience and tweaking your program to fit the group, even so far as the sound system! You are a true professional and we just love you here in Duxbury.” Marty O’Meara, Duxbury Free Library, Duxbury, MA

Bio: A featured storyteller on NPR and winner of the National ORACLE award for storytelling excellence in the Northeast, Diane is known for transforming into the characters in her tales. Publisher’s Weekly called her ‘an entire cast rolled into one!”

Feb
3
Fri
Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ Cabot After School, Newtonville, MA
Feb 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Diane entertains students in the after school program at Cabot Elementary School in Newton with one of her most popular performances! To preview this event, please contact Diane at 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. 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.

Feb
4
Sat
Life Stories Workshop @ Pilgrim Church, Sherborn, MA
Feb 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WINTER’S TALES

Who doesn’t love a good story? With the popularity of the Moth and This American Life, storytelling is on the rise. This January and February, Oracle award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb will bring storytelling workshops as well as a shared-stories event to Pilgrim Church to brighten up the winter months. Come for the first workshop session and get your feet wet! Learn about story while discovering storytelling nuggets from your own life. Come for the second session as we go in-depth with our tales, finding out how deeply satisfying it can be to craft an experience from life into a tale to be shared. Those who wish can be coached to share a seven-minute story – Moth style – at the final evening presentation on February 11th at 6:30 pm where Diane will also present her true-life tales.

Feb
11
Sat
Winter’s Tales: a Shared Stories Event @ Pilgrim Church, Sherborn, MA
Feb 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

WINTER’S TALES

Who doesn’t love a good story? With the popularity of the Moth and This American Life, storytelling is on the rise. This January and February, Oracle award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb will bring storytelling workshops as well as a shared-stories event to Pilgrim Church to brighten up the winter months. Come for the first workshop session and get your feet wet! Learn about story while discovering storytelling nuggets from your own life. Come for the second session as we go in-depth with our tales, finding out how deeply satisfying it can be to craft an experience from life into a tale to be shared. Those who wish can be coached to share a seven-minute story – Moth style – at the final evening presentation on February 11th at 7 pm where Diane will also present her true-life tales.

Feb
15
Wed
Storytelling Residency @ Connery School, Lynn, MA
Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Finding your Voice: Telling a story

Diane works with Kindergarten students at Connery School in Lynn, MA to develop their story-making and oral language skills in a supportive group environment. This storytelling residency is made possible by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. This is a “STARS residency” supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council a State agency.

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Feb
16
Thu
The Language of Flowers @ Sterling Garden Club at First Church, Sterling, MA
Feb 16 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Diane and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain will perform The Language of Flowers for the Sterling Garden Club at the First Church of Sterling, 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?

Feb
21
Tue
Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ Tucker Elementary School, Milton, MA
Feb 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Diane entertains elementary school children during February Vacation week at the Tucker Elementary School with one of her most popular performances! To preview this event, please contact Diane at 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. 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.

Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ Collicot/Cunningham Elementary School, Milton, MA
Feb 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Diane entertains elementary school children during February Vacation week at the Collicott/Cunningham Elementary Schools with one of her most popular performances! To preview this event, please contact Diane at 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. 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.

Feb
28
Tue
Digging Dinosaurs @ Ward After-School, Newton, MA
Feb 28 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Diane will be bringing her popular original dinosaur stories to Ward After-School in Newton for students ages Kindergarten to Third Grade! If you are a school or after-school looking for exciting programming to complement your school’s curriculum then email us at dedge@livingmyth.com and come to preview Diane’s Digging Dinosaurs performance on February 28th. View a short video trailer at this LINK!

ABOUT DIGGING DINOSAURS:

Digging Dinosaurs engages students with descriptive dinosaur information, colorful posters, sign language, and lively interactive stories. Stories include Pattysaurus, Diane’s original tale about a young girl so obsessed with her dinosaur collection that she turns into a gigantic sauropod herself. In the end, Patty has a surprising realization about the value of sharing with others. This fun-filled piece is complemented by Diane’s scientifically based participatory tale: Egg Mountain, based on the true discovery in 1979 of Maiasaura, the first dinosaur known to care for its young. Students become paleontologists, prepare imaginary digging packs and help out on this discovery filled journey. Called a “virtuoso of the spoken word” and an “entire cast rolled into one,” Diane has created popular dinosaur adventures that complement scientific facts with imagination, humor, and active student participation.

Diane created her dinosaur tales for World Trade Center, Boston’s exhibit of robotic dinosaurs!

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

Mar
1
Wed
Storytelling Residency @ Connery School, Lynn, MA
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Finding your Voice: Telling a story

Diane works with Kindergarten students at Connery School in Lynn, MA to develop their story-making and oral language skills in a supportive group environment. This storytelling residency is made possible by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. This is a “STARS residency” supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council a State agency.

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Mar
3
Fri
Pontine Theatre Presents A Thousand Doorways @ Newington Town Hall, Newington, NH
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A Thousand Doorways, the true story of Diane’s travels in the Kurdish region of Turkey will be produced by Pontine Theatre at Newington Town Hall, 336 Nimble Hill Rd, Newington, CT Friday March 3rd at 7 pm, Saturday, March 4th at 4 pm and Sunday, March 5th at 2 pm.
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

“There is one world, but a thousand doorways.” ~Kurdish Proverb

IMG_2970A Thousand Doorways is the true account of Diane’s decade long quest to document the vanishing folkloric tales of the Kurds of Turkey. The performance takes us on an exotic journey from Diane’s first humorous meetings with carpet dealers and chain-smoking octogenarians to her travels up sheer mountain passes to the remote Kurdish villages usually forbidden to outsiders.

A Thousand Doorways is based entirely on true events.
View the Video Trailer here:

Mar
4
Sat
Pontine Theatre Presents A Thousand Doorways @ Newington Old Town Hall, Newington, NH
Mar 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

A Thousand Doorways, the true story of Diane’s life-changing travels in the Kurdish region of Turkey will be produced by Pontine Theatre at Newington OLD Town Hall, 336 Nimble Hill Rd, Newington, CT (Newington Old Town Hall is further down Nimble Hill Road than the new Newington Town Hall (on the left) Newington Old Town Hall is on the right and has “Newington” on the front of the building, just before you reach the dead end part of Nimble Hill Road.

Friday March 3rd at 7 pm, Saturday, March 4th at 4 pm and Sunday March 5th at 2 pm.


TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

“There is one world, but a thousand doorways.” ~Kurdish Proverb

IMG_2970A Thousand Doorways is the true account of Diane’s decade long quest to document the vanishing folkloric tales of the Kurds of Turkey. The performance takes us on an exotic journey from Diane’s first humorous meetings with carpet dealers and chain-smoking octogenarians to her travels up sheer mountain passes to the remote Kurdish villages usually forbidden to outsiders.

A Thousand Doorways is based entirely on true events.
View the Video Trailer here:

Mar
5
Sun
Pontine Theatre Presents A Thousand Doorways @ Newington Old Town Hall, Newington, NH
Mar 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

A Thousand Doorways
Diane’s true story of her life-changing travels in the Kurdish region of Turkey will be produced by Pontine Theatre at Newington Old Town Hall on March 3-5th.


Mark your Calendar or BUY TICKETS NOW!

“There is one world, but a thousand doorways.” ~Kurdish Proverb

IMG_2970A Thousand Doorways is the true account of Diane’s decade long quest to document the vanishing folkloric tales of the Kurds of Turkey. The performance takes us on an exotic journey from Diane’s first humorous meetings with carpet dealers and chain-smoking octogenarians to her travels up sheer mountain passes to the remote Kurdish villages usually forbidden to outsiders.

A Thousand Doorways is based entirely on true events.
View the Video Trailer here:

Mar
6
Mon
Native American Nature Tales @ Shaw Elementary School, Millbury, MA
Mar 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Diane has been invited back to perform “Native American Nature Tales” for the lucky 13th time for 4th grade students at Shaw Elementary School in Millbury, MA.

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

Mar
8
Wed
Storytelling Residency @ Connery School, Lynn, MA
Mar 8 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Finding your Voice: Telling a story

Diane works with Kindergarten students at Connery School in Lynn, MA to develop their story-making and oral language skills in a supportive group environment. This storytelling residency is made possible by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. This is a “STARS residency” supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council a State agency.

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Mar
11
Sat
Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ First Church Boston, Boston, MA
Mar 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Diane entertains families of all ages at the First Church Boston with one of her most popular performances! This event is free and open to the public. Parking can be validated at the Boston Common Garage (with a maximum charge of $3). Sign up is not required, but if you wish to reserve a spot, email beccajoyh@gmail.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. 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.

Mar
16
Thu
Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ Maple Ave School, Claremont, NH
Mar 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Diane entertains Kindergarten-2nd graders at the Maple Ave School in Claremont, NH with one of her most popular performances! To preview this event, please contact Diane at 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. 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.

Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ Maple Ave School, Claremont, NH
Mar 16 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

Diane entertains 3rd-5th graders at the Maple Ave School in Claremont, NH with one of her most popular performances! To preview this event, please contact Diane at 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. 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.

Mar
18
Sat
Fairy Legends of Ireland @ Jones Library, Amherst, MA
Mar 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Jones Library is celebrating their 40th Anniversary of their “Children’s Music Series”  Fairy Legends of Ireland will be one of their Special Events!!

We wish you Congratulations on a successful series!! Diane and Margot

FAIRY LEGENDS OF IRELAND
Master Storyteller Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain

There is plenty of laughter and delight in this animated retelling of Ireland’s best-loved gems including Irish favorites like Gilly Blackfoot where a young lad’s aversion to washinDianeEdgecombAccompaniedByMargotChamberlain-PhotoByStephenCicco-ForWebg his feet causes him to fall in with a fairy band. Cloaks of invisibility and magic spells abound as hapless Gilly sets out to help free the Princess of France. Known for her vivid comedic style, Diane brings delight to her interpretations of these classic Irish favorites. This performance is accompanied by Margot Chamberlain on Celtic harp.

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day and Irish culture in style with this captivating event.

Storyteller Wows Millicent Crowd: “Unfolded with zest and humor, the story captivated the audience which scarcely moved in the course of its telling. Proof, if any such were needed, that storytelling is as vital as ever, and is in good company in the presence of Diane Edgecomb and Margot Chamberlain.” ~ The Advocate, Fairhaven, MA

Mar
25
Sat
Fun with Aesop’s Fables Workshop at the Northeast Storytelling Conference @ Plymouth, MA
Mar 25 – Mar 26 all-day

Diane presents her workshop “Fun with Aesop’s Fables” Saturday from 1:30-3:00 pm as part of Northeast Storytelling’s 2017 Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference. The theme this year is, “Voices Across Borders: Creating Connection” and the conference will be held at the 1620 Hotel in Plymouth, MA. Register today for this stellar storytelling conference!

Diane’s workshop for this year’s Sharing the Fire will be on Saturday, March 25th from 1:30 -3:00 pm. Sign up for the whole day of workshops or come for the whole Conference which runs from Friday, March 24th pre-conference intensives through till Sunday, March 26th. Find out why this is one of the most popular storytelling conferences around! Check out the program booklet of all of the offerings here: http://lanes.org/storytelling-conference/conference-program-booklet/

Fun with Aesop’s Fables a storytelling workshop led by Diane Edgecomb

hare-and-tortoise-loZany Animal Characters, Witty Plots and Human Foibles, Aesop’s Fables are just plain FUN to work with! These tales provide clever commentary on human failings by using timeless themes, characters and situations. Learn how to send-up contemporary situations that abound in greed, lies, excessive pride, excessive speed or an amusing lack of focus by improvising with these classic short tales. We’ll work with rhyme, word-play, exaggerated characters and absurd new situations to open up the fables to contemporary commentary. You’ll leave with a little gem to add to your repertoire while learning engaging techniques for working with “value” able tales.

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

Flora’s Holiday*

Only one performance! Saturday, May 6th, 6-8pm

Tickets: $25 members, $30 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
9
Fri
Night Lights @ Hanscom Air Force Base, Bedford, MA
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Diane performs Night Lights for the New England USO at the Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, MA at their family BBQ. There will be a delicious BBQ dinner, and crafts for all ages, followed by Diane’s performance. This is the fourth time Diane has been invited to perform for the USO. This is a private event for military personnel and their families, no preview is possible.

Night Lights

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. Enjoy it in any indoors venue or bring it to an outdoor or nighttime setting as a special treat. Listen in wonder as tales from Greece, Estonia, Native America, Kurdistan and Korea celebrate the magic of the night sky.

“Thank you for a wonderful program last Saturday. It couldn’t have been better. You really know how to act out great stories and myths. We all enjoyed your program immensely.” Sandy Pierson, Myles Standish State Forest, Carver, MA

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.

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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
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 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