2006 Schedule

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The new millennium brought an even wider range of work for me than usual. As well as the normal school assemblies, libraries, recreation departments, folk/comedy venues and religious groups there were:
  • Speaking parts in two movies, one TV commercial and one radio commercial.
  • Residencies as "Rudyard Kipling" in his historic Vermont home.
  • Featured performer at Festivals in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Missouri, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Minnesota, New York, Georgia, and Utah..

Corporate/Conference engagements for:

  • Independent Computer Consultants Association
  • March of Dimes
  • Speech/Language/Hearing Association
  • Maine Resource Recovery Association
  • Legal Secretaries
  • Maine Health Department
  • Childrens Disability Services
  • Breastfeeding Education
  • Women-Infant-Children Nutrition Program

Weekly summer shows on Mount Desert Island:

  • "Jackson's Top Ten" revue of 10 family programs from a decade at Acadia Repertory Theatre.
  • "Nature In Action" at the College of the Atlantic Natural History Museum.
  • "A Dad's Eye View" - stages of parenting from "a twinkle in the eye" to baby's first steps

And my best gig ever -- supporting role in the fathering of our firstborn!

The following are some of the groups for which I'll be performing in the coming months. Public shows have a phone contact listed and it's always a good idea to call ahead as events are subject to change. Also, feel free to e-mail me if you are interested in attending any of the other presentations. Often, my performances are for private groups or functions, but whenever possible, I'll make arrangements for you to see a performance if you are considering a program. One live show is worth more than any of words and how I get the vast majority of my work.

2007 Preview: Flash! - February 2-5 Workshop being offered at "Naulakha", Kipling's historic VT home ("jewel without price") Click here for more information.

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January 2006
January 8-13, 19th annual NE Performers Retreat, with group shows at Amherst MA Cohousing on January 11, and Brattleboro Youth Theater on January 13, 413-549-3722 / 802-258-2097
January 21 Arlington MA Library, Children's Music Network Song Swap (with mydaughter)
January 27, Falmouth MA, Cape Cod Library Showcase, 508-457-2555 x4
January 28, 2006 - Amherst College (MA) , Johnson Hall, free Children's concert with Sarah Pirtle, Tom Neilson, and Two-of-a-Kind, 1:30, 413-367-9742,
January 28 +/or 29, Amherst MA, People's Music Network Gathering, "Hook 'em or Lose 'em" workshop
February 2006
February 1, Woburn MA, Turtle Fun Pre School, 781-933-0924.
February 5, Newton MA Cultural Center, 1:30 joint concert with Steve Blunt, 617-796-1540
February 9, East Hartford CT, CT Rec & Park Association Entertainment Showcase
February 13 2006, Provincetown MA, Coffeehouse at the Mews Restaurant featured performer following 8 pm open mic, 439 Commercial St., Ptown, MA 02657, (508)487-1500
February 17, E Wareham MA School Kindergarten song/story visit
February 22, Orono ME, Youth Leadership Advisory Team
February 23, Abington MA Public Library, 11:00 Levity in Motion, 781-982-2139
February 24, New Haven CT, Peabody Museum, Dinosaur Days, 12:30, 203-432-3776
February 24 - 26, Rowe MA, "Singing the Joy" music weekend, on staff with Sally Rogers and others,, 413-339-4954
March 2006
March 6, Mansfield MA, Jordan Jackson School assemblies, Riot in the Garden
March 12, Concord MA, Kerem Shalom Purim celebration
March 16, E Wareham MA School Kindergarten song/story visit
March 18, Amherst MA, Children's Music Network Gathering,
March 20 (tentative) Mashpee MA, family celebration, 5 pm, 508-539-1400 x535
March 28, Taunton MA, Southeast MA Library Showcase, 9:30, 508-923-3531
March 30, Framingham MA, New England Fathering Conference, 10:00 am "Playshop #101"
March 30, Center Sandwich NH, Corner House Inn, dinner/storytelling, 6:30, 603-284-6219 for reservations.
March 31, New Durham NH Elementary School, 1:30 assembly program
April 2006
April 1, Nashua NH, Sharing the Fire storytelling conference, Springboards for Stories workshop,
April 2, Wellesley MA Library, Cultural Festival, 3:00, 781-267-2074
April 3, Nashua NH, World School, 9:30, school assembly
April 4-6, Brattleboro VT, Kipling-in-Residence #12,
April 7, Putney VT Grammar School, poetry assembly
April 10, Concord NH, Rumford School, 6:30 pm, family concert, Nature in Action, Story & Song, 603-233-2042
April 18, Springfield MA Museums, 1:00 "Spring into Action", 413-263-6800
April 20, Winchester MA Library, 11:00, Spring into Action & Song, 781-721-7171 x3
April 21, Mashpee MA, Cape Cod Children's Museum, 11 a.m., 508-539-8788
April 22, Middleborough MA Public Library, 11:00 am, Spring Into Action, Story and Song, 508-946-2470,
April 22, Natick MA, New England Folk Festival, Comic Blues & More, Spring Into Action,
April 29, Bar Harbor ME, College of the Atlantic, Appreciation/Bash of outgoing President Steve Katona
May 2006
May 6, E Wareham MA School Kindergarten song/story visit
May 6, Newton MA, private party
May 7, Amherst MA High School, memorial celebration of Bob Blue
May 22-23, Sebasco ME, Performing Arts conference, showcase and workshop, 207-933-2952
May 24, Blue Hill ME, George Stevens Academy Arts Festival, 1:20
May 26, East Wareham MA, song/story visit to my daughter's Kindergarten
June 2006

June 2, Somersworth NH, Showcase of Educational Performers,

June 2, Portsmouth NH North Burial Ground, 1 Maplewood Ave, "Spirits 2006 - Bringing the Dead to Life" series opener, Rudyard Kipling: Just So, 6:00, 603-436-5096, free, (rain location nearby)

June 4, Yarmouth ME, Project Graduation party for North Yarmouth Academy
June 8, Waquoit MA Bay Estuary Reserve, Poster Contest reception, 4:00, Rte 28, 149 Waquoit Highway, 508-457-0495, free
June 11, Newmarket NH, joint benefit concert for Neighborhood Guardians, 1:00, Stone Church, 5 Granite St, $10 advance tix/$15 at door, 603-559-6321
June 14 Providence RI, Odd Wednesdays, 8 pm open mike, 9 pm split feature with Pat Spalding, 115 Empire Street, AS220 near Trinity Rep, $10 tix, 401-831-9327
June 17, Deer Isle ME, Lupine Festival, 7:00, Family Cabaret, 207-348-2676
June 20, E Wareham MA School Kindergarten song/story visit
June 23, Ipswich MA Library, noon, held in Senior Center at the back of Town Hall on Green Street, 978-356-6648
June 24, Carver MA, Public Library, BUGS!, 508-866-3415
June 27, Pittsfield MA, Berkshire Athenium, 1:00, BUGS!, 413-499-9480
June 28, Westhampton MA Library, 10:00, BUGS!, 413-527-5386
June 28, Braintree MA Thayer Library, 6:30, BUGS!, 781-848-0405
June 29, Arlington MA Library, 6:30, BUGS!, 781-316-3200
July 2006
July 3, Mashpee Commons Park, MA, 6 pm, opening for band concert
July 5, Ellsworth ME Library, 6:30, Nature in Action, Story & Song, 207-667-6363
July 6, Salisbury Cove ME, MDIBL annual science night, 5:30, 207-288-3605
July 8, Cape Elizabeth ME, Thomas Memorial Library, noon family concert, 207-767-5974

July 10, Mattapoisett MA Library, 10:30, Lending a Hand to the Gulf Coast --
Rebuilding with Books, 508-758-4171

July 10, Dighton MA Library, 2:00 pm, BUGS! 508-669-6421

July 10, Seekonk MA Library, 6:30 pm, BUGS! 508-336-8230 x 4

July 12, Harrison ME, Deertrees Theater, "Levity in Motion", 10:00 & 1:00,

July 15, Isleboro ME, 11:00 am, Nature in Action, Story & Song, 207-734-6497

July 15, Waldobooro ME, Waldo Theatre, 7 pm, Kipling: "Just So", 207832-6060

July 18, East Freetown MA Library, 10:00 am, BUGS!, 508-763-5344
July 19, Agawam MA, Recreation & Parks, 9:30, 11:00, 1:00 camp shows, 413-821-0514
July 20-22, Pittsburgh PA, National Storytelling Conference, "Storyscaping" workshop,

July 25, New Haven CT, So CT St University, storytelling workshops

July 25, Middlebury CT Library, 6:30 pm, 203-758-8361, Nature in Action, Story & Song

July 28, North Easton MA, Ames Library, 11:00 BUGS!, 508-238-2000
July 29, Mount Snow VT, Grand Summit Hotel, 8 pm, 802-464-6655
August 2006

August 2, Lowell MA, Boarding House Park, 11:00, Free Fun for Kids Series, 978-534-7529

August 2, Leominster MA Recreation, 40 Barrett Park (High School on Granite St if raining), 6:00 pm, 978-534-7529

August 3, North Andover MA Commons, (Jr High School if raining), 10:00
August 7, Prospect Harbor ME, Schoodic Arts for All, 7:00, Levity in Motion, 207-963-2569

August 9, Gloucester MA, Sawyer Library, 11:00 am, 978-281-9763 x6

August 9, Rockport MA Library, 3:00, 978-546-6934

August 10, Orleans MA, Snow Library, 10:30, BUGS!, 508-240-3760

August 10, New Bedford MA Whaling Museum, 6:30, Sea Songs & Stories, 508-993-8894

August 11, Wareham MA PL, 11:00, Nature in Action, Story & Song, 508-295-2343 x 1014

August 14, North Oxford MA, Clara Barton Camp

August 15, Chicopee MA, 10:00 camp show

August 15, Amherst MA, Jones Library, 3:00, BUGS!, 413-256-4094

August 16, 6:30 p.m., Hadley MA, Goodwin Library, 413-584-7451
August 18, Sandwich MA, Sandy Neck Beach, bonfire feature, 7 pm, 508-563-6647 or 508-566-0171
August 21, Northeast Harbor ME Library, 10:30 & 12:30, 207-276-3333
August 26, Portland ME, Day Out with Thomas, Maine Narrow Gauge Railway, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30,
September 2006
September 10, Narrows Center Festival of the Arts, 2:00, Battleship Cove
September 13, Harwich MA Community Center, 1:00 pm, performance for SHIP (Statewide Head Injury Program)
September 15, Old Forge NY, Adirondack Storytelling Festival, 315-369-6008
September 16-17, Poultney VT, Green Mt College, Stories of the Spirit concert, and Images of Nature workshop -- 7:00 pm "Nature" concert, in Withey Hall's "Gorge", Tuesday morning Stories of the Spirit class, and Images of Nature workshop,, 800-776-6675

September 24, Boston MA Community Church, 11:00 am, 565 Boylston St, 617-266-6710,

September 24, Boston MA Esplanade, 2:00 pm, free,

September 26, Onset MA, Hammond School, 1st grade class visit
October 2006
October 3, Mill Valley CA Community Center, 7:30 pm, solo concert, $10, 415-388-8255
October 4-5, CA children's hospitals in/around San Francisco
October 5, Mill Valley CA, storytelling workshop for "Renegade Women"
October 6-8 Petaluma CA, National Children's Music Network Conference,

October 9, Tomales CA Elementary School assembly, "On a Wing and a Song"

October 9, Fairfax CA open mics

October 14-15, Middletown RI, Harvest Fair,
October 26 Onset MA, Hammond School, 1st grade class visit, Halloween songs/stories
October 28 Portland ME, University of Southern Maine faculty luncheon, 11:00
October 30, Somerville MA, Jimmy Tingle's Theatre, part of Ghostwise benefit for LANES, 7 pm
October 31, Milford MA Catholic Elementary School, Halloween Silly Willies
October 31, Southborough MA, Woodward School, Halloween Silly Willies
November 2006
November 3-4, New Haven CT, Northeast Music, Art and Dance Festival, part of Friday night group concert, Saturday morning solo (time tba), 203-372-3890,
November 4 - Fairfield CT, cabaret dinner benefit for Wakeman's Boys & Girls
November 6, Westminster VT, Compass School Health Week, "Personal Ecology"
November 10, Wayland MA, Happy Hollow School, "Autumn Wonders"
November 10, Marion MA, VFW Hall, Route 6, for Sippican Seniors and public, "Musical Nostalgia with Fun Surprises" 508-748-0032
November 11, Arlington MA, Regent Theatre Family Fun Series, 10:30 am, $5/$7 tickets, info at 781-646-4849,
November 12, Middletown RI, Norman Bird Sanctuary, RI Storytelling Festival, 2:00,, 413-847-5148
November 14-16, semi-annual Rudyard-in-Residence at Kipling's historic home in Dummerston VT, with one public evening show, 802-254-6868. 7:00 pm Nov 16, for public evening show
November 17, Putney VT, Landmark College, Communications class visit

November 18, Amherst MA Family Center, morning show; 2:00 family matinee

November 18, Leverett MA, Echo Lake Coffeehouse, 7:30, solo evening, 413-548-9394,

November 19, Foxboro MA, Cub Scout Thanksgiving banquet
November 26, Onset MA, Hammond School, 1st grade class visit, Thanksgiving songs & stories
December 2006
December 1, Hyannis MA Village Green, Festival of Lights, 6:15 pm (rained out, rebooked for next year)
December 15, Middletown Springs VT, school shows and public Holiday Spirit concert, 7 pm, 802-235-2335
December 17, Andover MA, Chanukah show (cancelled, rebooked for Purim)
December 30, Bretton Woods NH, 4:30 Apres Ski for kids in the Family Center, 8:30
pm comedy for adults in The Mt Washington Hotel Conservatory
December 31, Quincy MA First Night, 4 & 5 pm, Thomas Crane Library, 40 Washington St,
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January 2007
January 6, 2007 Amherst MA, private birthday party
January 7 - 12, 2007 Amherst MA Performers Retreat, one public show on 1/10 evening, 413-549-3722
January 19, 2007 Gilmarton NH School assembly, Nature in Action, Story & Song
January 31, 2007 Holyoke MA, Sullivan School, Winter Reading Extravaganza /
Bookswap, 6 pm
February 2007

2/2 -2/5 Brattleboro VT
Flash! A Mid-Winter Weekend Scheme:
"Springboards for Stories" workshop with Jackson Gillman in one of New England's most inspiring settings: Kipling's Brattleboro VT home, "Naulakha" ("jewel without price")

Currently, there is room for one or two more participants.

Over the past 25 years, I have presented workshops annually at Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference, rotating 8 different ones. This past year I offered a new one called Springboards for Stories, the intent of which is to generate new repertoire by doing some exploratory mining of personal experiences, and consider ways to refine, polish and share those nuggets. The idea of "listener as co-creator" and peer coaching is also promoted as part of this workshop. I was pleased that all 40 participants from the conference workshop came way with brand new personal story ideas to work on.

The concept continues to excite me and I am offering a long weekend for 5-7 people who'd like to dive into some new material with a communal spirit, and opportunities for group critique and personal coaching. Just being at "Naulakha" is inspiring but coupled with collective synergy, I am certain attendees will be sparking away and come away enriched. Three nights elegant lodging, four days, one catered meal/day plus breakfast fixings, communal zeal and inspiration, all for $500. More details available by emailing

If you'd like a sneak preview of the property, you can check the photo gallery on and see where you too can play pool on the same table as Ruddy and his buddy Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!

February 8 - a one day version of the above workshop will also be offered which can accommodate a larger number. This day would include morning snack, lunch and dinner. Overnight lodging is possible; without, the fee would be $100 (possibly less depending on #s).
February 11, Holyoke MA, Parks & Rec Winter Sunday Series, 12:30 sign language workshop, 2:00 "Harlequin" show, 413-322-5620
February 12, Woburn MA, Turtle Fun Preschool, 10:00 am
February 22, E Hartford CT Community Cultural Center, Entertainment showcase, 9-3:30m, 860-721-0384
March 2007
March 7, Marlborough MA, PTO Expo/Showcase, 9 - 3:30,
March 23, (tentative) MetroWest Library showcase
March 24, (tentative) Amherst MA, Children's Music Network regional gathering
March 28, Franklin NH, Tea & Tales, 7 pm, TRIP Center, 20 Canal St, 603-735-5965,
March 29 Center Sandwich NH, Corner House Inn, 6:30 dinner/show, 603-284-6219
March 30 - April 1, Nashua NH, Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference, workshop and coaching and Closer,
April 2007
April 14, Dracut MA Harmony Hall, 1660 Lakeview Ave, 7:00 pm, $6/$5, (978) 454-8636
April 24-26, semi-annual Rudyard-in-Residence at Kipling's historic home in Dummerston VT
May 2007
May 5, Fairfield CT Earth Day, details tba
May 17, (tentative) Meredith NH, NH Dental Society Foundation, fundraiser banquet
June 2007
June 7, Peterborough NH, RiverMead Retirement Community, "Disorderly Conduct" 7:30 pm
June 9, Putney VT, Putney School Alumni dinner emcee/performer
August 2007
August 14, New Haven CT, So CT State University, guest storytelling teacher at
summer institute
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You can take home some of Jackson's memorable characters with audio and video performances available for purchase.

THINKING ABOUT HIRING JACKSON? Ten-minute promotional video samplers are available on request for people wanting to preview Jackson for a business event. (Click here for background information on Jackson.)

Rudyard Kipling's "Just So" -- Videotape
Rudyard Kipling, who loved to have fun with the English language, wrote his famous "Just So" stories for his "best beloved," his children. Ever since, these stories have been loved by generations of children and adults alike. In this series, Jackson re-tells the stories exactly as they were written and in a performance style that Mr. Kipling himself would love to hear and watch. Produced by Chip Taylor.

To order, contact Jackson by e-mail, or order on-line directly from Chip Taylor Communications, $25 plus shipping & handling, (one-time broadcast rights $99.99)

Downeast Ballads
by Ruth Moore and Others
Experience a memorable raft of characters from the Maine coast. Among others, there's Charley, who "sees some mighty strange things when is FUI (Fishing Under the Influence)," Old Randall, who everyone knew was "dumb as a hake," Sam, who thought he'd seen a German submarine, and Gray, who thought he'd seen his last. From "The Darker Side" of eerie fogs and loved ones lost at sea, to "The Lighter Side," a delightful compendium of spoken and sung ballads. Featuring the writing and musical talents of Ruth Moore, Gordon Bok, Benny Rehl, and others.

To order, contact Jackson by e-mail, $10 plus shipping & handling

Answering Machine Messages
If you've seen and heard Jackson's characters live, then you'll be sure to want one or more of his wacky alter egos to answer the phone while you're away. Greet incoming calls with Wolfman Jackson, comedic slices of favorite tv shows, or Shakespoof. Or, have Jackson create a special message just for you, your group or organization.

To order, contact Jackson by e-mail, $10 plus shipping & handling


This anthology includes the chapter, It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This, by Jackson Gillman, which shares his perspectives as a performing artist and family man. Featured is his humorous primer of "How to bring a sleeping child from car to bed without incident." Personalized copies are available directly from him for
$24.95 plus $1.05 shipping.

One of Jackson's many programs as a speaker/entertainer is "A Dad's Eye View." For anyone who has helped raise a child, he will have you laughing and sighing in recognition of the challenges and delights of child-rearing in this endearing
comedy/music revue.

"In his casual, extemporaneous-seeming style, Jackson captivated his audience with his new act. Interspersed throughout his engaging patter are songs Jackson has either written or collected to sing to his children or illuminate the parental condition. Very sweet, funny stuff, not to be missed. " - The Bar Harbor Times

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