Saturday, July 10, 2010

Storytelling, Music and Fun, Oh My!!

I am excited and honored I am honored to be one of the performers at the 10th Annual Mohegan Storytelling and Music Festival in Crompond, NY on August 14, 2010. How can you go wrong with storytellers like Michael Parent, Carol Birch, The Storycrafters, Johnathan Kruk and more?

Let's make this a fabulous 10th Anniversary for the festival and all of the dedicated workers who make it happen.

Date: Saturday, August 14, 2010
Workshop: 10:00 am - Noon
Performances 12:30 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.
Audience: Families and Adults

Location/Directions: 99 Baron de Hirsch Rd, Crompond, NY 10517 Off Lexington Avenue, between Routes 6 and 202

Additional Information: For Workshop Registration, Volunteer Opportunities and more call Ellen Monten
914-528-5830 or Judith Heineman 312-925-0439.

For more details go to or email Judith Heineman at  Funded by the Westchester Arts Council

The festival will go on rain or shine but why don't you pack some of your own sunshine and stories and meet us there!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Celebrate National Watermelon Day!


Still Life with Watermelons and Apples in a Landscape, 1771

Luis Meléndez (Spanish, 1716-1780)
August 3 is National Watermelon Day so let’s get ready with some ripe and juicy watermelon tales!
Postscript: Since I wrote this blog post in 2010 I have been blessed with two grandsons. Mason, the oldest at 20  months, has discovered the delicious joy of watermelon. Every time I put a small plate of bite sized pieces in front of him his eyes light up, and with an excited smile he looks  at me and says, "Yummmmm."
 A few 'seeds' of information on this delicious fruit.
  • Watermelons are thought to be native of the Kalahari desert in Africa, due to David Livingstone describing them as "abundant" in that region.
  • Watermelons have been cultivated at least as early as 2000 B.C (there's evidence in the Nile Valley, as noted by Zohary and Hopf). Several watermelon seeds were found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen.
  • The fruit was cultivated in Asia (China in particular) by the end of the 9th century A.D. and introduced to Europe by the Moor invasion in the 13th century.
  • There are legends about watermelons in Vietnam. According to folklore, it was discovered by Prince Mai An Tiêm, a prince of the Hung. He was exiled on an island, with the condition that if he could survive for six months, he could go back to his castle: he prayed for help, and a bird flying by dropped a watermelon seed on the ground. When the prince cultivated the seed, he called the fruit dua tây (western melon), since the bird had come from the West. The prince eventually survived and went back home. (Read a version of the story below.)
  • Watermelons were introduced to North America in 1500, and Native Americans were found cultivating them by French explorers in the Mississippi valley.
  • Other sources believe the fruit was introduced in Massachusetts in 1629.
  • Jerry Parsons, a Texas Agricultural Extension horticulturalist, states that the crop was grown by Native Americans in Florida (by 1664) and the Colorado River area (by 1799).  
The above information was found on the following websites:


The Golden Watermelon – Uzbek

Never Mind Them Watermelons – Alabama, United States

Tony Beaver and the Watermelon Party – West Virginia, USA - As always, Jackie serves up a plate full of tales perfect for the season. Dive in!

The Story of Watermelon Island - Vietnam

Watermelon Magic - Vietnam


Summertime Watermelon Crafts and Activities

Willy Watermelon Paper Craft

Teacher's Guide - More curriculum ideas than watermelons have seeds!

Quench your summertime thirst with this delicious recipe.

Watermelon Smoothie

Health Benefits of Watermelon


Step by Step - This site not only offers songs and fingerplays but more crafts, recipes and ideas to create your own watermelon themed activities.

Karen Chace  © 2010
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