Storying the Landscape

Flora’s Holiday

Celebrate flowers and the coming of spring with “Flora’s Holiday,” a unique story and music performance that travels through the gardens and forest paths of Tower Hill Botanic Garden. This event, specially crafted for Tower Hill by master storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain, leads the audience to some of the garden’s most beloved spots including an expansive field of 25,000 daffodils, a forest glade where Pan presides, a sunset balcony with expansive views of Mount Wachusett and an open-air gazebo where the haunting Persian legend of the Nightingale and the Rose will be told. The evening’s performance is drawn from Ancient Greek, Roman, Norse, Persian and Native American legends and songs revealing the mythical origins and meanings of favorite garden plants. Venture into spring with this enchanting evening stroll through Tower Hill’s botanic paradise.

In the Groves: World Stories and Songs that Celebrate Trees

Diane Edgecomb Storyteller Margot Chamberlain celtic harp Arnold Arboretum Solstice

Telling stories by the stream Boston’s Arnold Arboretum

Immerse yourself in nature with this story and music event celebrating the deep spirit of trees. This exquisitely crafted collection of myths, folktales and songs from around the world ranges from the humorous to the heartfelt including Kansakura, a delicate tale of love featuring the cherry trees of Japan, The Dancing Spirit of the Birch from Czechoslovakia and Three Green Ladies, a poignant legend about the ancient tree spirits of Cornwall, England. Refreshing and lyrical each piece is surrounded by evocative music from the culture, Celtic harp and song.

“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

Millennium LabyrinTh

This Living Myth event took place in Boston’s MBTA subway system December 1999- January, 1st 2000 and December 2000- January 1st, 2001. It was Co-created with Mari Novotny-Jones and with Ean White / Masks by Eric Bornstein

Twin Ariadne's guide Boston commuters into the new Millennium

Twin Ariadne guiding commuters

This Millennium experience, created for First Night Boston, linksthe Myth of Ariadne and the Golden Thread with the Boston subway system. During this Living Myth event, the MBTA is compared to the Cretan labyrinth from the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.  Our frenetic and dangerous pace of life, embodied in the train, is the fearsome Minotaur monster we must defeat. All this takes place quite appropriately in Boston, the Athens of America.  As Athenians our Boston audience celebrated the closure to this project and the Millennium Year on First Night 2001 when Athena descended to Back Bay station to gather our hopes, dreams and wishes and carry them to the future