2002 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 and Kentucky.

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!

And now for 2002, 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.

January 2002

January 1, 2002 First Night, Sharon, MA, 1:00 and 2:00 at Sharon MA High School 781-784-9454
January 12, 3 & 8 pm, New England Performers Retreat Show, West Village Meeting House, W. Brattleboro VT, 413-549-3722
January 28, Concord MA, preview of substance abuse awareness programs to area health coordinators

February 2002

February 2, Onset MA, private - "A Mid-Winter Night's Dream"
February 3, 7 p.m. MC'ing The Best of Bob Blue's CD release concert, Amherst, MA UU Church, 121 North Pleasant Street, 413-256-0433. $5 suggested donation to benefit Stavros Center
February 16, New England Organic Farmers Association, Randolph, VT "Riot in the Garden", 802-434-4122
February 20, 1 & 2 p.m., Providence RI Children's Museum - 401-273-KIDS
February 24, Concord MA, Temple Kerem Shalom, 10 am Purim Festival
February 25, Natick MA Chabad Center, Purim festival, 508-650-1499

March 2002

March 2, 7:30 p.m., Nameless Coffeehouse, Harvard Square, Cambridge, performing at the "Best of Bob Blue" CD release party
March 8-10, Singing the Joy: The Heartbeat of Children's Music, weekend workshop for music-lovers of all ages, with 6 other colleagues, Rowe Conference Center 413-339-4954
March 14, Kearsage Middle School, New London NH, "Hard Knocks"
March 14, 6:30 p.m., Cornerhouse Inn, Center Sandwich, NH 603-284-6219 (dinner & storytelling) 6:30 dinner and storytelling, call 603-284-6219 for reservations
March 20, New England College, Portland, "Hard Knocks"
March 21, Gardiner ME HS, "Hard Knocks"
March 22-24, Sharing the Fire, New England Storytelling Conference at MIT, Cambridge,

April 2002

April 5, Ridgeway Elementary School, Rushford MN, "Riot in the Garden"
April 5-6, Winona MN State University, Environmental storytelling concert - "The Man Who Planted Hope" and workshop - "Nature in Action, Story and Song") 507-457-5490
April 9-11, Kipling-in-residence at his historic home of Naulakha, Brattleboro VT, 802-257-7783
April 12, Town School, Manhattan NY, kick off to "Turn off the TV Week"
April 19, New England Folk Festival, Natick MA High School, 7:30 pm - A Dad's "Pop" Songs
April 22, Earth Day school assemblies in Rockland MA
April 23, Maranacook Community School, Readfield ME, "Perfect High" (twice)
April 24, Waldorf School of Cape Cod, Bourne MA - 3:15 family show
April 27, Mansfield MA Music and Arts Center, Celebration of Life: Reflections, emcee of group benefit in memory of Naomi Lipton, 7-9 pm, 30 Reservoir Street, donation, 508-339-2822
April 28, MIT Lincoln Lab Family Day, Lexington MA

May 2002

May 4, Alternate Therapies for Special Kids conference, Embassy Suites, Marlboro MA
May 5, Rotch-Jones-Duff House Museum and Gardens, 396 County St. New Bedford MA, "Riot in the Garden", 2:00 pm, 508-997-1401
May 6 evening, St. Marks School, Southborough MA
May 10, Williams-Cone Elementary School, Topsham ME, Riot in the Garden

May 18, Children and the Arts Day, Putnam Park, Peterborough NH, 10:30 & 1:30,

May 27, 11:00 and 1:00 Spring Meadow Farm's Strawberry Festival, 109 Marion Rd, Marion MA, 508-758-2678, Riot in the Garden, free

June 2002

June 4, Kiley School, Peabody MA, "Riot in the Garden"
June 5, Reading Festival, Decas School, Wareham MA, 6:30 pm, 508-291-3530
June 11, Tanglewood Camp, Lincolnville, Maine Outdoor Classroom, affternoon workshops, evening performance
June 17 Bristol CT Children's Library, 6:30 pm, "Wild Things", 860-584-7789
June 22, Coffeehouse 309, Fall River MA, 7:30 pm opening for Lui Collins, 401-625-1275
June 26, Millicent Library, 45 Center Street, Fairhaven MA, 10:00 am, "Levity in Motion" 508-992-5342
June 28, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown MA

July 2002

July 6, Heart 'n Soule Music Productions, Soule Homestead, Middleborough MA, Joe Davies Open Mike 5:00 - 8:00
July 9, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Children's Science Night, 5:00 pm, 207-288-3605
July 16, Wellfleet Bay Audubon, 7:00 "Wild Things" 508-349-2615
July 17, New England Wildflower Society volunteer picnic at Garden-in-the-Woods, Framingham MA, "Nature in Action, Story and Song" 508-877-7630 x 3302
July 20, Stage Fort Park, Gloucester at 1:00. Fishing-flavored fare for the 10th anniversary celebration of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. 781-545-8026 x 204
July 28, WERU Full Circle Summer Fair, Blue Hill ME Fairgrounds, 2:00 "Levity in Motion" 207-469-6600
July 29, The Good Life Center, Monday Night Speaker Series, Harborside ME, 7:00 pm, 207-326-8211
July 31, Storyteller-in-Port, Bar Harbor ME, 207-244-3838

August 2002

August 8, Lowell National Historic Park, Children's Corner Series, Boarding House Park, at 11 am. 978-970-5046

August 10-11, Vermont Storytelling Festival, workshop and performances throughout the day, Stratton Mountain Resort, 1-800-STRATTON
August 14, Friends of Fort Knox, Prospect ME, 6- 8 pm, 207-469-6553
August 19 and 26, Acadia Repertory Theater, Somesville ME, 8:00 pm, Jackson Sing's the (Bob) Blue's, 207-244-7260
August 20 and 27, Acadia Repertory Theater, Somesville ME, 10:30 am, Levity in Motion, 207-244-7260
August 24, Blue Hill ME Library, 11:00 am, 207-374-5515, free

September 2002

September 2, Northeast Harbor ME, private party
September 9, 1:00 pm College of the Atlantic convocation (and my birthday)
September 10, Maine Propane Dealers annual meeting, Fisherman's Wharf, Boothbay Harbor
September 12, Minuteman Libraries showcase, Natick MA
September 22, 11:45 a.m. Soule Homestead Harvest Festival, Middleborough MA
September 27, 9:45 a.m. Harvard MA Junior High School
September 27-29, headliner @ Three Apples Storytelling Festival, Harvard MA, 617-499-9529

October 2002

October 4, Providence RI Athenaeum, 7 pm, 251 Benefit Street, An Evening of Rudyard Kipling: "Just So" 401-421-6970
October 5, 2 pm, New England Harvest Fair, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown RI, 401-846-2577
October 8, MS Society of Maine, volunteer luncheon, Bangor Elks Club, 800-273-4703
October 18-20, Children's Music Network National Gathering, Freedom NH, 847-733-8003,
October 26, Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline, 10:30 a.m.. feature for the monthly Kids Variety show, $8, 617-734-2500.
October 29, evening (5:15 pm), Taunton MA Corrections Outreach Program, "Hard Knocks". 508-884-8198

November 2002

November 1, Northeast School, Vernon CT, "Safa-read" (safari) school assemblies
November 1, Vernon CT, (20) Center Road School, An Evening of Rudyard Kipling: Just So, 6:00 pm, 860-872-6180
November 2, Boston Area Association for the Education of Young Children, UMass/ Boston, 978-314-8095
November 4, MA Recreation & Parks Showcase, Sturbridge Host Hotel, 508-650-1126
November 5, noon, Compass School, Westminster Station VT, "The Perfect High"
November 8, "It's a Guy Thing" conference keynote, Family Planning Association of Maine, Augusta ME 207-622-7524
November 11, JFK Library, Boston, "Just So Stories", 10:30 am, 617-929-1243, free
November 11 - 15, Kipling-in-Residence at his historic home in Brattleboro VT, 802-257-7783
November 22 - 3:00 Belmont MA Public Library, 336 Concord Avenue, 617-489-2000, "Kipling: Just So", free
November 22, 7pm Tellabration at Cambridge MA Cohousing Community, 617-623-8283

November 23, The Body Speaks, School of Therapeutic Storytelling, Concord MA

November 30, 11:00 a.m. Cafe Fantastique, Worcester, 508-438-4503
December 2002
December 1, 1:00 Tower Hill Botanic Gardens' "Holly Days", Boylston MA 508-869-6111x46
December 5, 8:30 a.m. "Hard Knocks" for the Oak Hill High School, held at St. Philip's Church in Auburn
December 7, Marion MA Arts Center, Main Street, "A Children's Tea Party", 1 & 3 pm, reservations required, 508-748-1266
December 14, The Body Speaks, School of Therapeutic Storytelling, Concord MA
December 15, Cafe Uva, Onset MA, Comedy & Comestibles Sunday Brunch at 11:00. Food and entertainment @$25. Reservations recommended @ 508-291-2229.
December 22, 2002 Castle Cinema, Providence RI, Storytelling with Mark Binder 401-751-9200, 12:30
December 27, 2 and 2:45, "Nature in Action" - Children's Museum of Maine, Portland, 207-828-1234
December 31, First Night New Haven, 3 shows, 5 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m., United Methodist Church,
updated: November 30, 2017
2001 | 2000 schedule (archived)

You can take home some of Jackson's memorable characters with audio and video performances available for purchase.

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