2003 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.

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January 2003
January 4, 7:30 pm, Stone Soup Coffeehouse at Bob Blue's in Amherst MA 413-256-8784
January 5 - 11, 15th annual New England Performer's Retreat in Brattleboro VT
January 11 - 15th annual New England Performers' Retreat Vaudeville Show, West Village Meeting House, Brattleboro VT, 3 & 8 pm, 413-549-3722
January 24, New School, Syracuse NY 315-475-6453
January 24-26 People's Music Network Gathering, Syracuse NY.including Saturday 3:00 group concert at Ed Smith School, Lancaster Avenue # 315-492-1403
February 2003
February 7, Children Center of Lexington MA / Lexington Playcare, 9:30/11:15
February 8, The Body Speaks, School of Therapeutic Storytelling, Concord MA
February 14, The Folk Factory, 6900 Stenton Ave, Philadelphia PA, "A Fool for Love" 8 pm, 215-848-6246
February 15, The Folk Factory, 6900 Stenton Ave, Philadelphia PA, "Levity in Motion" 2:30 pm, 215-848-6246
February 16, featured songs for Philadelphia's UU Church Service
February 17 & 18, 4:00's, Stratton VT Mountain Resort, 802-297-4123
February 20, Newton MA Library, 330 Homer Street, 2:00, "Levity in Motion" 617-796-1370
February 21, Heritage Plantation, Sandwich MA, 10:30 a.m. "Wild Things" 508-833-2908
February 22, Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA, 10:30 group variety show, $8, 617-734-2500
March 2003
March 1, The Little Store, Sagamore MA, 6:30 dinner and comedy, 508-833-6171
March 3, Very Special Arts of Massachusetts, Worcester Arts Festival, EcoTarium, 9:00 - 1:00, 617-350-7713
March 4, Charlton MA Elementary School morning assemblies
March 5, Parker Charter School, Devens, MA, 10 am, Hard Knocks
March 7, 9:30 a.m., New England Fathering Conference, Royal Plaza, Marlborough MA, "A Dad's Eye View" 617-451-0049 x 285
March 8, The Little Store, Sagamore MA, 7:00 dinner and comedy, reservation required 508-833-6171
March 13-14, Gaines Elementary School, Athens GA, school assemblies
March 15, Stitching Stars Storytelling Festival, Athens GA, featured in afternoon and evening concerts, 706-613-3650 x 316
March 18, Winchester NH Elementary School assembly and Author's Night 603-239-4721
March 19, New England College, Portland ME, morning assembly - "Hard Knocks"
March 19, evening banquet for building contractors, Bangor Civic Center
March 21, New England Flower Show, "Riot in the Garden" 4:30 pm, 617-933-4986
March 23, Sharing the Fire, Cambridge MA, 1:15 pm workshop - "The First 15 Seconds",
March 29, private Rudyard Kipling program at Naulakha, Dummerson VT
April 2003
April 2, Center for the Arts, Summer Street, Natick - Center for the Arts, 31 Main St, Natick - featured performer after the 7:30 open mike, 508-647-0097
April 5, Childrens Music Network Gathering, Brandeis University, Waltham MA, 978-469-9406
April 7, Greenwood School, Warwick RI,Reading Week assemblies (morning).
April 7, 4:00 pm, Reading Celebration at Latchis Theater, 48 Main Street, Brattleboro, free, sponsored by Windham County Reads, 802-257-5725
April 8 - 10, Kipling-in-residence at his historic home in Dummerston, VT, 802-257-7783
April 12 New England Conference for Agriculture in the Classroom, South Portland ME, "Riot in the Garden" 207-287-5522
April 22, 11:00 a.m. Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford - "Nature in Action, Story and Song"
April 27, New England Folk Festival, Natick MA, "Jackson Sings the Bob Blue's" 12:15,
April 28, Benton ME Elementary School, afternoon assembly, 6:30 public evening show at Williamson Center, Fairfield, 207-452-4340
May 2003
May 7, Conant High School, Jaffrey NH, 8:15 a.m. "Hard Knocks"
May 10, Dartmouth MA Mall, 1:30 pm
May 24, The Body Speaks, School of Therapeutic Storytelling, Concord MA
May 31, Wareham MA Public Library, 11:00 fiddle stories along with a children's violin recital, 508-295-6104
May 31, 11:26 pm, Makepeace Center for Women and Families, Wareham MA, helped usher my son, Avery Elazar Gillman into the world. chronicles his timely tardiness.
June 2003
Early-May till early June, staying close to home eagerly awaiting/tending to #2!
June 3, Skowhegan ME Community Center performing for teen parents at a Celebration of Family Ties, 6 pm, "A Dad's Eye View"
June 7, Air Station Cape Cod, reading awards assembly for Otis Elementary School, Bourne MA, 1 pm
June 13-15, Pinewoods Family Camp Weekend, Plymouth MA
June 14, Heritage Plantation, Sandwich MA, 1:30, "Riot in the Garden", 508-833-2911,
June 18, Bromfield High School, Harvard MA, "Perfect High"
June 21-22, Hudson River Clearwater Revival, performance times TBA
June 29, Dennis MA Union Church, Eventide Arts Festival Songfest, 3pm, to sing "The Garden Lullaby", 508-255-9255

July 2003

July 3-4, "Remembering Tony Montanaro" Reunion, Celebration Barn, South Paris ME, 207-743-8452
July 4, Harpswell ME, private afternoon party
July 7, MDI Biological Laboratory - Science is Fun family night, 5 p.m., 207-288-3605 x 106
July 9-12, National Storytelling Conference, Chicago IL Presenting "The First Fifteen Seconds" workshop
July 15, The Farmstead Barn, Sullivan ME, 9:30 and 11:00 am, free, 207-422-3615
July 15, Gateway Center for the Arts, Bucksport ME, 3 pm, free, 207-323-3862
July 16, Stewart Library, Corinna ME 2 pm 207-278-2454
July 19, Truro MA, private party
July 20, Portland ME, Children's Museum, 2:15 & 2:45, 207-828-1234
July 21, Bass Harbor ME Library, memorial celebration of Ruth Moore's 100th birthday.
July 21, Northeast Harbor ME Library, 10:30 / 12:30, 207-276-3333
July 22, Newburyport MA, opening act for "A Mighty Wind" playing at The Screening Room, 7:30 pm, 978-462-3456
July 29, Waquot Estuary Evenings on the Bluff, Cape Cod MA, 508-457-0495
July 31, Norwich CT Otis Library, 2 pm, "Nature in Action, Story and Song", 860-889-2365 x19

August 2003

August 1, West Haven CT Public Library, festival at Savin Rock, 3 pm, "BUGS!" 203-937-4283
August 27 - 30, 2003 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Orem UT, 801-229-7436

September 2003

September 10, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor ME, annual convocation appearance, 1:00, 207-288-5015
September 13, Winthrop ME YMCA, for Kidney Foundation's family event, 800-639-7220 x 3
September 13, Norwell MA performer's showcase, Cole Elementary School, 9:30 am, 781-871-5892.
September 24, Union ME Fairgrounds, Science Fair, 9:00 - noon, "Riot in the Garden", 207-273-2005 x 101
September 28, Albany NY Story Sunday dinner and storytelling 5-8 pm, "Food for Laughter". Also a preceding workshop. Reservations/info 518-786-1271

October 2003

October 4, Middletown RI, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Harvest Fair, 2 pm, 401-846-2577
October 9, South Pasadena CA, Morengo School morning assemblies
October 9, Carpinteria CA, Cate School, 5:30 pm, 805-684-4278

October 10-12, Children's Music Network Gathering, Los Angeles CA Part of closing 3 pm Sunday Grand Performances at California Plaza, 847-733-8003

October 16, Augusta ME, Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism, "Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Others" 10:30 am.
October 18, Kennebunk ME Land Trust Family Day, 207-985-8734, 10:00-2:00
October 23, Silly & Chilly Halloween songs and stories", Marlborough CT Library, 6 pm, 860-295-6210
October 25-26 Worcester MA Public Library, Saturday 2:00 feature performance, free to public as part of the Jordan-Miller Storytelling program; Sunday workshop for registrants, 508-520-4940
October 27, Lincoln ME, Madanacook Jr HS, "Perfect High" 207-794-8935
October 30, Auburn ME, "Hard Knocks" for Oak Hill High School, off-site at St. Philip's, 8:30 am

November 2003

November 2, featured teller at Tapestry of Tales Festival 2:00, McCall Middle School, 458 Main Street, Winchester, MA 01890. 781-729-7945.
November 3, Danvers MA, Recreation & Parks Showcase, 3:00, 978-664-6016
November 15, Portland ME, mc for Tellabration at Center for Cultural Exchange, 8 pm, 207-879-1886
November 17, Hinsdale NH Elementary school assemblies
November 18 -20, Kipling-in-Residence at his historic home in Dummerston VT, 802-257-7783
November 22, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston Fringe, featured performer at end of 3:00 pm show,, 617-432-0112 for info/reservations.

December 2003

December 4, Center Sandwich NH, Cornerhouse Inn, Dinner and Storytelling, $14.95, 603-284-6219
December 5, South Portland ME Housing Authority, annual banquet
December 6, South Paris ME, Oxford Regional High School, 9:00 am, community show for Big Brothers/Big Sisters "Safe Houses", 207-743-0222
December 17, Framingham MA, Hemenway School assemblies
December 18, Bangor ME, Eastern ME Health Care employee banquet
December 20, Lenox MA, private birthday/Chanukah party
December 24, private Christmas Eve party in Brookline MA
December 27, private 50th birthday party in Douglas MA
December 31, Westerly RI First Night, 3:00 in the library, 5:00 at the YMCA


January book release of HAPPINESS IS A DECISION OF THE HEART in which I have a chapter entitled "It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This". Contact Jackson for more information and personalized copies @ $24.95
updated: November 30, 2017
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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.

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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.

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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.

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