2013 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, Florida, Georgia,Wisconsin, New Mexico, 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 Jillian Estelle (2000) and Avery Elazar (2003)

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 2013
January 3 - Wareham MA, Once Upon a Tide for Beach in the Classroom after-school program
January 9 - Portland ME Library, Rines Auditorium, feature teller after 7 pm open mic,
January 10 - Center Sandwich NH, Corner House Inn, solo featured teller, 6:30 dinner/storytelling, 603-284-6219, reservations strongly recommended,
Jan 11 - Rochester, NH, Portable Pantry, 12 Hanson Street, 6:45 pm, 603-335-1760
January 12 - Wareham MA, Old Methodist Meetinghouse, 495 Main St, 7 pm, song ceilidh
January 14 - Acton ME Elementary School, 1:30 assembly
January 15 - Wells ME Elementary School, 9:00 assembly
January 18 - Buzzards Bay MA, Friday Knight's (of Columbus Hall) Open Mic, 5 Armory Rd, 6:30 pm
January 26-27, Springfield MA, Duggan Middle School, People's Music Network Conference,
January 28 - Willimantic CT, 7:15 a.m. WILI 1400 AM, guest on morning talk show,
January 28 - Mansfield Center CT evening show snowed out, rescheduled for July 29
February 2013
February 2 - Wayland MA, Temple Shir Tikva, Shabbat Yeladim, 9:30 a.m.
February 4 - Wareham MA, Minot Forest Elementary School, 4th grade visit
February 7 - Scotia NY, Glendaal School assembly
February 8-11 - Brattleboro VT, Might you be sitting on some great stories that you'd like to put out there...? For the 7th year, Jackson offers Springboards for Stories workshop/retreat in one of New England's most inspiring settings: Rudyard Kipling's historic VT home, "Naulakha". Open to all regardless of performing experience. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION)
February 11-13 - Brattleboro VT, Recharge/Retreat for veteran performers, for details contact, 508-295-0886
February 13 - Lynn MA, guest feature for monthly SpeakUp, 157 Walnut Street Cafe, 7:30pm,
February 15 - Kingston MA, (tentative) South Shore Folk Club at Beal House, 8 pm open mic,
February 20 - Wareham MA Library, Winter Wonders, before Snowman Walk, 2 pm, 508-295-2343
February 23 - Dighton MA, Bristol Agricultural School, SEMAP Food Conference, 10:30 a.m. Riot in the Garden,
February 23 - Boston MA Storytelling Festival, Copley Square Library, 2 pm,,
Feb 24-25 - Petersburg PA, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, Songs and Stories for a Small Planet - Sunday 2:00 public concert, 814-863-2000 for information; Close Encounters of the Natural Kind, staff/intern workshop - Monday 1:00 p.m.,
March 2013
March 6 - - Worcester MA, exhibiting at Massachusetts Environmental Education Society conference, College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center,
March 8 - Wareham MA, 4th grade class visit, Maple Magic, 1:45
March 10 - Wareham MA, Poetry Slam, Buzzards Play Productions, 7:00, 207-454-8026
March 16 - Brookline MA, Puppet Showplace, Folk slam - Celtic Tales,
March 17 - Cape Neddick ME, Roost Cafe & Bistro, Get Your Irish On, 3 pm, reservations required, 207-363-0266,
March 18 - Cambridge MA, Passim's, Story Slam semifinals, (advanced to the Big MouthOff! finals on April 17),
March 23 - Canton MA, Children's Music Network regional gathering, High Performance Coaching,
March 29 - Hopkinton MA, Zen Mothra, 15 Main Street, split feature 6:30 - 9 pm, reservations required,
April 2013
April 2-4 Brattleboro VT, annual Rudyard-in-Residence at Kipling's historic home, daytime tour/shows (final Thursday evening show sold-out), 802-254-6868
April 5 - South Portland ME, Sharing the Fire NE Storytelling Conference, Springboards for Stories Intensive,
April 6 - Hamden CT Middle School - PTSA Vendor Fair/Showcase,
April 7 - South Portland ME, Sharing the Fire NE Storytelling Conference, closing song (tentative),
April 11 - Providence RI, TV taping for "Safe Kids & Friends" TV show to be aired on RI Public Access TV late April,
April 12 - Brookline MA, Driscoll School, guest presenter for Arts Equinox
April 16 - Groveland MA, Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main Street, On a Wing & a Song, 10:30 a.m., 978-372-1732,
April 16, East Bridgewater MA Library, Spring into Action and Song, 6:30 pm,
April 17 - Springfield MA, Pine Point Branch Library, Spring into Action & Song, 2 pm,
April 17 - Brookline MA, The Big MouthOff! - MassMouth's slam finale, Coolidge Corner Theater, 7 pm, (reserve ahead, it will sell out)
April 18 - Concord MA, Barefoot Books, Songs & Stories for a Small Planet, 10:30 a.m., reservations recommended, 978) 369-1770,
April 18 - Concord MA, Musketaquid Arts and Environment program, Nature in Action, Story & Song, 1:00 pm, 650-766-7887 for more info
April 19 - Worcester MA, Ecotarium's Earth Day Celebration, On a Wing & a Song, and Songs & Stories for a Small Planet, 10:30 a.m.,
April 20 - Mansfield MA, New England Folk Festival, 3 pm, A Family Cabaret,
April 22-23, Putney VT - private coaching of one-woman, and one-man shows
April 23 - Brattleboro VT, Kipling's historic home tour/show, 7 pm, reservations required, 802-254-6868
April 26 - Lake Geneva WI, video shoot for Tales w/ Tails Storytelling Programs, to eventually be viewed on
April 26-27 - Lake Geneva WI, Northlands Storytelling Festival, High-Performance Coaching on Saturday 2 pm,
April 28 - Evanston IL, Celtic Knot Public House, featured performer, 626 Church Street, reservations strongly recommended, 847-864-1679,
April 29 - Chicago IL, private coaching
May 2013
May 1 - Waterville ME, George Mitchell School, Family Involvement Celebration, A Family Cabaret, 6:00 pm
May 2 - 3, Castine ME, Adams School assemblies and coaching of speech students
May 3 - Castine ME, public concert at the UU Church Parish Hall, 6:00 pm, 207-326-4375
May 4 - Rye NH, participating in the Granite State Story Swap,
May 8 - Providence RI, private coaching
May 10 - Plymouth MA, interview for The Social and Ethical Considerations of License Renewal for Nuclear Power Plants Past its Design Life
May 17 - Buzzards Bay MA - Friday Knight's Open Mic/Java Jam at Knights of Columbus Hall (daughter Jillian also played piano)
May 18 - Hopktinton MA, Chivalry as part of Wake Up and Smell the Poetry open mic, 10:30 a.m.,
May 19 - Tiverton RI, private coaching
May 23 - Wareham MA, Minot Forest Elementary School, 4th grade class visit
May 26 - Wethersfield CT, Annual Heirloom Festival, Comstock-Ferre Seeds, 263 Main Street, Riot in the Garden, 10:45 & 12:15, 860-571-6590,
May 31 - Wareham MA, Wareham MA, Minot Forest Elementary School, 4th grade class visit
June 2013
June 9 - Dennis MA, Eventide Arts 14th annual Songfest, Garden Helpers won first place in the children's category, played in absentia as I had this rain date:
June 9 - Worcester MA's Day of Play, Elm Park, 3:00, Songs & Stories with sign language,
June 15-16, Croton-on-Hudson NY, Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival, Songs & Stories for a Small Planet on Saturday 12:30, and in the Story Grove at scattered times throughout the weekend,
June 19 - Portland ME, Stories By the Garden on Macworth Island, Riot in the Garden, 11:00,
June 19 - South Berwick ME Public LIbrary, Riot in the Garden, 2:15, 207-384-3308,
June 21 - Wareham MA, Minot Forest Elementary School, 4th grade class visit
June 22 - Williamsburg MA, Meekins Library, Riot in the Garden, 1:00,
June 24 - 25, Marblehead MA, coaching for Judith Black's
June 29 - Sagamore Beach MA, Scusset Beach State Reservation, Once Upon a Tide, 8:00 pm, 508-888-0859
June 30 - Haverhill MA, Winnekenni Castle, 347 Kenoza Ave, Nature in Action, Story & Song, 2 pm,
July 2013
July 1 - Sandwich MA, Hidden Hollow, BUGS!, 11:00,
July 1 - Mansfield MA Library, A Family Cabaret, 7 pm,
July 2 - Lisbon ME Library, 1:00, Once Upon a Tide, 207-353-6564
July 2 - Waterford ME, Camp Wigmwam, evening time tbd...
July 3 - South Paris ME, a Family Cabaret, 10:00, Moore Park, 33 Market Square
July 3 - Newton NH, evening recording session
July 4 - Wareham MA, story guest at Wareham Historical Society's 5th annual Fiddle Contest, 11 a.m., 1st Congregational Church
July 22 - Brewster MA Ladies Library, Full Moon Open Mic, 7 pm
July 11 - Seymour CT Library, 2:00,
July 13 - New London CT, SailFest, Once Upon a Tide, 2 pm,
July 8-11 - White Plains NY, Nature in Action, Story & Song in the following community parks: Gillie, Druss, Turnure, and Battle Whitney, 7 pm
July 15, 16 and 18 - White Plains NY, Nature in Action, Story & Song in the following community parks: Mattison, George Washington School and Gardella Park, 7 pm
July 16 - Danbury CT Library, Moon Crazy, 11:00 am,
July 17 - New Paltz NY, Tweefontein Herb Farm, 4 Jenkins Road, Riot in the Garden, 5:00 pm,
July 18 - Lenox MA Library, Riot in the Garden, 11:00 a.m.
July 19 - Wilbraham MA Library, Riot in the Garden, 10:15,
July 23 - Eastham MA, Cape Cod National Seashore's Salt Pond Visitor's Center, Once Upon a Tide, 7 pm,
July 24 - Woods Hole MA, MBL Club, Once Upon a Tide, 7 pm,
July 25 - Hull MA, Jacobs Elementary School, summer science program, Once Upon a Tide
July 29 - Sandwich MA, Hidden Hollow, Nature in Action, Story & Song, 11:00,
July 30 - Mansfield CT Library, Riot in the Garden, 2 pm,
July 30 - Willimantic CT, Cafemantic 948 Main Street, featured teller after 7 pm open mic,
August 2013
August 2 - Rockland ME, Lobster Festival, auditioning for the "Bert and I" revival
August 5 - Hampden ME, Edythe Dyer Library, Riot in the Garden, 6 (?) pm,
August 6 - Penobscot ME, Community School, Riot in the Garden, 9:15, 207-326-9421
August 6 - Brooksville ME, Elementary School, Riot in the Garden, 10:45, 207-326-8500
August 7 - Surry ME Elementary School, Riot in the Garden, 9:15, 207--667-9358
August 7 - Blue Hill ME Library, Riot in the Garden, 10:45, 207-374-5515
August 7 - Ellsworth ME Library, Riot in the Garden, 6 pm,
August 8 - Castine ME, Witherle Library, 10:15, Riot in the Garden, 207-326-4375
August 8 - Mount Desert ME, Camp Beech Cliff, show time tbd,
August 8 - Southwest Harbor ME Library, 6:30 pm,
August 20 - Southwest Harbor ME, private coaching
August 24 - Berkley MA, private, return of the Folk Fling
August 30 - Sandwich MA, Sandy Neck Beach, (Rain location: Knights of Columbus Hall, 5 Armory Rd, Buzzards Bay), Circle by the Sea - bonfire and music, 7 pm, 508-563-6647 or 508--566-0171
September 2013
September 4 - Onset MA, private coaching
September 7 - Mashpee Commons Farmers Market, 1:30, Riot in the Garden,
September 9 - Cambridge MA, Solo Together meeting, 5:30 pm,
September 12 - Boylston MA, orientation meeting for Family Adventures in Reading, 1- 3 pm
September 23 - St Paul MN, speaking at my brother's funeral after his unexpected passing
October 2013
October 3-6, Jonesborough TN, featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival,
October 8 - Brattleboro VT, performances for the first ever Kipling in America Symposium
October 16 - Los Angeles CA Children's Hospital, and Cedar-Sinai Medical Center
October 17 - Santa Barbara CA, Cottage Hospital Children's Concert Series, and Hollister Elementary School
October 18-20, Los Gatos CA, Children's Music Network Conference, High Performance Coaching on Saturday, 1:45,
October 20 - Mill Valley CA, private house concert
October 21 - Mill Valley CA, Redwoods Retirement Community, 7:15 pm,
October 24 - Middleboro MA Library, Halloween Silly Willies, 2 pm,
October 25 - New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, kick-off for weekly Friday mornings: Whales, Tales and Sails, 10 a.m.,
October 26 - Providence RI, University Club Halloween party (private), 1:00 pm
October 26 - Charlestown MA, onboard the USS Constitution, Halloween performances for USO families
October 29 - Wareham MA Middle School, 5th grade class visit
October 31 - Brewster MA Ladies' Library, Halloween Silly Willies, 10:00 a.m.,
November 2013
November 1, 8, 15 - New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, Whales, Tales and Sails, 10 a.m.,
November 4 - Somerville MA, MassMouth Story Slam, Radio at Union Square, 7 pm,
November 9 - Bourne MA, The Children's Workshop, 1-4 pm, 536 MacArthur Blvd,
November 13 - Camden-Rockland ME Elementary School, BUGS!, 1:45pm,
November 13 - Portland ME Library Tellabration, 6:30 pm,
November 21-24, Miami Book Fair International, daily shows of my stories with sign language,
November 23 - Plantation FL, Tellabration, Hawthorn Village Hall, 8 pm, 954-612-1896
November 26 - Wareham MA Middle School, 5th grade class visit
December 2013
December 3 - Hampden ME, McGraw and Weatherbee Schools, "Nature in Action, Story & Song" assemblies
December 3 - Hampden ME, emcee/judge of Teen Story Slam at Dyer Library, 6:30 pm,
December 6, 13, 20 - New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, Whales, Tales and Sails, 10 a.m.,
December 14 - Harvard MA (snow cancellation), Fruitlands Museum, Winter Wonders, 1 pm,
December 16 - 19, in MN tying up loose ends following my brother's passing
December 31 - Boston MA, First Night Family Story Festival, Hynes Auditorium, 1 pm,  Kipling- Just So, 4:30 pm Stories for a Small Planet,

updated: November 29, 2017
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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" -- DVD
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. Stories include: How the Whale Got His Throat, How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Rhinocerous Got His Skin, and The Elephant's Child. 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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