I am so excited to have Mary Jo Maichack perform here at Birchland Park! I asked Mary Jo to work with my students after seeing her perform at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts this past summer.
- I have spots open for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to attend Mary Jo's workshop. Students who are interested should stop by or drop me an email if they are interested in attending. Space is limited, so please let me know right away.
- This program is supported in part by the East Longmeadow Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
- Storyteller and recording artist Mary Jo Maichack will presenr two captivating concerts of coming-of-age stories for seventh graders on March 6th at the school at 9 and 10 a.m., followed by a workshop in oral presentation skills and storytelling from 12:35-1:35.
These tales make for an entertaining, often funny show featuring classic stories such as “The “Vanishing Hitchhiker,” “The Blue Satin Dress,” (about a dreadful prom experience), an American folktale of three daughters seeking their fortune, and more.
“Stories of coming-of-age abound,” says Maichack, a national award-winning teller and recording artist. “Seventh graders are at a crossroad in life, and people have left tales from thousands of years ago, as well as recently, to help them get through it. It’s wonderful that the cultural council supports this program, rich in oral history and even urban legend.”
Ms. Maichack has won two national awards for her story and music recordings, performed some 3,000 shows in libraries, schools, festivals since 1989. She was featured several times on WGBY-PBS TV, the Connecticut Storytelling Festival, Three Apples and Mark Twain Festivals and from San Francisco to Paris, France and Venice, Italy. Her recordings can be found at her Web site, www.MaryJoMaichack.com, (also offering details on her many show themes as well as performance schedule) and at www.CDBaby.com.