Friday, July 2, 2010

Fireworks, Folktales and Fun!

Fourth of July in Centre Square Philadelphia
John Lewis Krimmel, 1812 
The Fourth of July celebrates Independence Day in the United States and we will be celebrating with fireworks and cookouts galore. July 14 is is also Bastille Day in France so I offer some stories to celebrate the beautiful countries of France and the U.S.A.


American Folklore - Celebrate America’s birthday and take an armchair journey with folktales, myths, legends, Tall Tales and ghost stories from the 50 United States. Tales are clearly indexed so you won’t even need to ask for directions.

The Legend of Johnny Appleseed - What could be more American than Johnny Appleseed? This site offers interesting background information on the real man, including his obituary from March 22, 1845.

Nine Facts That Tell the True Story of Johnny Appleseed

Perrault’s Fairy Tales - Eight of his best known fairy tales.

The Fairy Tales of Marie - Catherine d´Aulony
Marie-Catherine lived in France during the time of Charles Perrault but her tales were shared in a more conversational style and usually featured a female protagonist. Many of her works were collected by Andrew Lang in his Fairy Books. 

The Enormous Nose

Quackling – French folktale adapted by Aaron Shepard

Fairy Tales From All Nations –In my continuing search for French folktales I found this public domain book containing the French tale, Prince Chaffinch and so much more. 


Some fun games and activities to add some spark to your patriotic festivities.


And for some extra fun, a word search and maze to celebrate our countries anniversary.


Word Search


Girl Scouts R Fun Song Page – What would the official opening of summer be without some music to share! Openings/closings, hiking/camping, traditional, echo songs and more; songs for all occasions. All you need to keep everyone in tune!

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Monday, June 28, 2010

July Fireworks Continue at the Story Cafe!

July 4th is just around the corner but the fireworks will continue into the month with fabulous tales of myth and madness at the Story Cafe!

Mommies, Mummies and Madness. How Much is Too Much?

Featuring Katie Green
Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tales of awe, of mystery, and tales of love. Katie takes us to Egypt with ancient stories about contemporary issues. Join us as Katie weaves myth and mindfulness in story.

Katie Green tells stories to bring people closer to one another and to the environment. Her tales of truth, folk and faerie are engaging and lyrical, transporting the listener to another time and place.

Katie received the National Storytelling Association's 1998 Service Award for the Northeast. She was awarded an NSN Members Grant and Heubner Award in 2006. Katie is a Creative Teaching Partner with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is listed with the New England States Touring Roster.

"Katie Green is a wonderful storyteller. You will have a wonderful time." Jay O'Callahan

"Katie's stories invite reflection and open doors for insight." Carol Burnes

TIME: 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Feature begins at 8:00 P.M.)
LOCATION AND ADDRESS: Artworks, 384 Acushnet Avenue,
New Bedford, MA
ADULT OPEN MIC: Sign up for your eight minute (maximum) turn at the mic beginning at 7:00 p.m. Share your own story, song, music, essay or poem.
ADMISSION: FREE (pass the hat for the featured performers)
AUDIENCE: 18 and older

For more information email Karen Chace at  or call Artworks at (508) 984-1588 For directions:


Come early and take a stroll along the fishing docks or bring your bike, enjoy the ocean breeze and ride around beautiful Fort Taber . Prefer something easier? There is the interesting and historical Whaling Museum.

Later you can enjoy a "flight of wine" and fresh hot or cold tapas at Corks or award-winning chowder (chowda) at Freestones before the show or a night cap afterwards.

New Bedford has National Park status and there is lots to see and do. You could spend a gorgeous summer day exploring and then relax in the beauty of ArtWorks listening to stories and song. I can't think of a better way to spend a summer Saturday!

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