Coming this Summer...
May 4, 2010
Front Porch Art: Deep River Blues
Front Porch Art was such a success, Tom is wading a little deeper with Deep River Blues. He creates the same party atmosphere as he sings songs and tells stories from all over the United States and around the globe. Just add water. And with Tom's bag of tricks you can expect plenty of surprises. It's more fun than a rope swing, a swimmin' hole and a summer day! Recommended audience: All age groups.
New Show for Summer of 09
May 27, 2009
Front Porch Art: Handmade Songs and Stories.
Once upon a time in America, before TV, before computers, and before ipods, entertainment was homemade. We sang songs on the front porch and swapped tales over the back fence. We connected with families and the people in our neighborhoods. We created our own amusements and it felt like a party.
This summer for the first time, two of Vermont's most creative performers will join together to take you on a sweeping tour of front-porch Americana. Picking out tunes on the banjo and guitar and trading tales from across this grand country, Rik Palieri and Tom Stamp will have you laughing, singing, clapping, swinging, and having a grand time, just like the good old days. Of course, you'll have to leave the jug at home.
Rik Palieri plays original tunes and traditional folk songs on the guitar and banjo and ballads from the mountains of Poland on exotic Polish bagpipes. His music has been praised by folk legends Pete Seeger, Utah Phillips, and Jimmy Driftwood. Drawing from his tours through Europe, South America, and all across the United States, Rik can take you on a musical jaunt around the world in a single evening.
Tom Stamp has been telling stories and playing music for 40 years. His creative influences include storytellers Donald Davis and Bill Harley, musicians Tom Paxton and Hank Williams, and every silly camp song ever belted out over a campfire.
Front Porch Art is recommended for family audiences school age to adult.
New Show for Summer '07
May 8, 2007
Penelope Peabottom is Missing!
Penelope Peabottom (P.P. for short) has been kidnapped,
but . . . who stole the baby? Was it Kenny "the Kid" Kincaid? How about Not-So-Nice Nick Nicely? Or was it Butterscotch Taffy?
Sift through clues with Private Interior Redecorator and International Pivate Eye Thorn Ripley to unravel the mystery. One-half detective story, one-half mystery game, one-half crime-lab investigation, this highly interactive, hands-on program adds up to a whole lot of fun.
The Game's Afoot!
Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Whistling Past the Graveyard
May 23, 2006
Whether it's encounters with ghosts or “Spiders in the Hairdo” these modern myths will make your skin crawl.
(A favorite of middle-school audiences)
WHY TELL STORIES?
September 18, 2005
Kids start school eager to learn and the first thing they want to tackle is reading. So, I was shocked when many of my seventh-grade English students announced to me that they hated to read and there was nothing I could do to change their minds. And it wasn’t that they just disliked reading; they hated it. Even some of my brightest students told me they never read for pleasure. So, I began to rethink the way I was teaching and started looking for ways to bring storytelling into my classroom.
Since 1994, I’ve been working with teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors in schools and colleges throughout the Northeast. Our goal has been to increase the self-confidence of our students and improve their reading, writing, and oral language skills. We’ve shared ideas and tried them out together. And we found that we can get our students to read, write, and show us what they’ve learned while keeping the fun in the fundamentals.
I’ve use stories in my own classroom to teach sequencing, story elements, character development, and theme. Sharing stories is a great way to strengthen the imagination, motivate reluctant readers, and build classroom community. Try it yourself in your own school or library. In just seven minutes -- the time it takes to tell a story -- you can teach values and provide encouragement, hope, laughter. Now, that’s not a bad day’s work.