2004 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 2004
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 (See bottom of page for details.)
January 5-10, 17th annual New England Performers Retreat at the co-housing community in Amherst MA, 413-549-3722 -- with group show on Wednesday, January 7, 7:00 pm
January 10, concluding group variety show, at West Village Meeting House in Brattleboro VT, 7:30 pm, 802-258-2097
January 11, Amherst MA, Stone Soup Coffeehouse in Bob Blue's living room, 2 pm,
January 23, Falmouth MA. 1:00 New England Library Round Table showcase
January 23, Falmouth MA, Cape Cod Canal Chamber of Commerce annual dinner
January 24, Orleans MA, Snow Library, 11:00 am, 508-240-3760, free
February 2004
February 14, Sagamore MA, The Little Store, valentine dinner/show, 6:00 dinner, $20, 509-833-6171
February 18, Mount Snow, Grand Summit Hotel, 8 pm, 802-464-6606
February 18 - 19, Stratton VT Mountain Club, family shows.
February 20, Springfield MA Museums, "Levity in Motion" 1:30, 413-263-6800 x 379
February 27-29, Rowe MA Conference Center, "Singing the Joy" family weekend, 413-339-4954, 413-625-2355
March 2004
March 7, Concord MA, Kerem Shalom, Purim party, 978-371-9631
March 14 Groton MA, Nashua River Watershed Association, Nature in Action, Story and Song, 2:00, 978-448-0299
March 19 Gorham ME High School, Maine Recreation and Parks Association, morning showcase, 207-439-3800
March 19-20, Cambridge MA, Sharing the Fire storytelling conference
March 25 - 27, 2004 Rock Hill SC, Patchwork Storytelling Festival, 803-324-7624
April 2004
March 30 - April 1, 2004, Kipling-in-Residence at his historic home in Dummerston VT, 802-254-6868; 802-257-7783
April 3 morning, Worcester MA, Children's Music Network Regional Gathering, 978-897-5444
April 15, Bourne MA Jonathan Library, 6:00 pm "Dine Out on Books" - bring a blanket and picnic supper, 508-759-0644 x 106
April 17, Bolton MA, (private) Bar Mitzvah party
April 19, Plymouth MA Radisson, family show, 1:30 pm, 508-747-4900 x 543
April 20, Mashpee MA Library, 2:00 pm, family show, 508-539-1435
April 21, Eastham MA Public Library, 10:30 performance of Harlequin, and other stories of friendship, performed with sign language. Followed by 1:00 Sign language workshop. 508-240-5950 to register for workshop.
April 21, Plymouth MA Radisson, 8:00 pm, 508-747-4900 x 543
April 22, Manchester NH Library, National Library Week family show, 7 pm, 603-624-6550
April 25, Norwell MA, South Shore Natural Science Center, Earth Day celebration, 2:00 - "Nature in Action, Story & Song" 781-659-2559 (Supported in part by a grant from the Norwell Cultural Council)
April 27-29, Mansfield CT, Southeast School residency, 860-423-1611
May 2004
May 8, Center for the Arts in Natick, A Family Cabaret in honor of Mother's
Day, 11:00 a.m., $8/$5, 508-647-0097 (and book release/signing!)
May 8, Onset MA, Heaven and Earth Books, A Family Cabaret in honor of Mother's Day, 7:30 pm, $8/$4, 508-291-2726 (and book release/signing!)
May 21, Hyannis, MA, private tour group
June 2004
June 4, Durham NH, (DAY) Showcase of Educational Performers, 603-682-5063
June 4, Ipswich MA, Performing Art Center, at the high school, 7:00 pm, "A Family Cabaret" to benefit the Birth to Three Family Center, 978-412-0123, donations accepted
June 11 - Scotia NY Glendaal Elementary School, Staff Appreciation Night, 6:00 pm, 518-393-6248
June 13, Martha's Vineyard, Polly Hill Arboretum, 1:00 pm "Riot in the Garden" $5/non-members, 508-693-9426,
June 18-20, Pinewoods Family Music Camp, Plymouth MA,
June 20, Boston Common, Charles/Beacon Streets, Father's Day celebration, 1:30,, 617-451-0049
June 24, Osterville MA Free Library, evening program 6:30 p.m., 508-428-5757
June 25 Boston Speakers Showcase, 614-841-1776 Newton Marriot
June 26, Amherst MA, Zest Fest
June 29, Wallingford CT Library, BUGS!, 10:30, 203-265-6754
July 2004
July 8, Salisbury Cove ME, MDI Biological Laboratory annual "Science is Fun" family night, 207-288-3605
July 13 - Ellsworth ME, morning court appearance to legally change my name, stay tuned...
July 13, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor ME, 6:00 pm, "Disorderly Conduct"
July 14, Portmsouth NH, @ 3 locations during the day, to be announced
July 14, Portland ME, feature for MOOSE (Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts) at Company of Girls, 10 Mayo St, 7-9pm 207-879-1886
July 17, The Stone Zoo, Stoneham MA, Nature in Action, Story & Song, 11:30 and 1:00, 781-438-9515
July 21, Yarmouth ME Summer Art Series, Royal River Park, noon
July 22, Randolph MA Recreation & Parks, 10:00, 781-961-0939,
July 26, New Bedford MA, Lawler Branch, 745 Rockdale Ave, 2:00 pm "BUGS!" 508-991-6275
July 28, Abington MA, Island Grove Park, 10 am, 781-871-5892
August 2004
August 1, Hyannis MA Village Green, Pops by the Sea, pre-show concert of Songfest 2004 winners
August 9, Teaticket, MA summer day camp, 10:00 a.m., 508-274-1276
August 10, Falmouth MA library, 3 pm, 508-240-3760
August 11, Centerville MA library, 2 pm, 508-790-6220
August 25, Southwest Harbor ME, Rue Cottage Books, 7:30 pm, Chapter Chat and book signing, 207-244-5542
August 31 - Bar Harbor ME, Rhythm & Rhyme for little ones, 207-288-1050
September 2004
September 8, Bar Harbor, College of the Atlantic, 1:00 p.m. Convocation, 207-288-5015
September 12 - Bar Harbor, private party
September 15, Brunswick ME, Library Association showcase, 207-871-1766

September 18 noon and Sept 19 at 1:00, Soule Homestead Harvest Fair, Middleborough MA, www/

September 22, East Kingston NH Public Library in the morning and Barnard School, South Hampton NH in the afternoon
September 24, Abington MA, Center School, two assembly programs
October 2004

October 2 and 3 - Middletown RI, Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair, Saturday noon and 2, Sunday 11:00, 401-841-9222

October 6 - Yonkers NY Montessori School 27
October 8-9, Elmer NJ, playing the role of Hairy, the Mad Dog in "The Other
Side of the Fence" in school and conference performances.

October 10 - Elmer NJ, Singing the (Bob) Blue's workshop, and Emcee of the
the Magic Penny Award, given to Bob Blue at the National Children's Music
Network Conference, The Appel Farm Conference Center,

October 11 - Philadelphia PA, The Big Backyard preschool
October 13, Bourne MA Senior Citizens Association, 1:00

October 16, York ME Harvest Fair, 11:00 am

October 16, Harvard MA, Three Apples Storytelling Festival, 4:30 pm,

October 17 - Framingham MA, Garden-in-the-Woods, BUGS! as a farewell to the Big Bugs Sculpture exhibit, 1:00 and 3:00, 508-877-7630
October 22, Lewiston ME, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, employee banquet
October 23 (tentative) Belmont MA Environmental Fair, sponsored by Habitat
October 28, Boston Public Library Charlestown Branch, 4 pm, "Halloween Silly Willies", (617) 242-1248
October 30 - Truro MA Public Library, Halloween Silly Willies, 2 pm, 508-487-1125
November 2004
November 1, Concord, MA, Emerson Umbrella, split feature following 7:30 open mike, 978-369-8090
November 6 - Mashpee MA, Upper Cape Family Network, Early Childhood Conference, 9:00 am keynote - A Dad's Eye View, 508-548-0151x172
November 8, Hyannis MA, MA Recreation & Parks Showcase
November 16-18, Kipling-in-residence at his historic home in Dummerston VT, 802-257-7783
November 19 Portland ME Convention & Visitors Bureau Trade Show

November 20 - Augusta ME Masonic Hall, evening family show

December 2004
December 4 - Manchester-by-the-Sea MA, Library show at 2:00, Holiday Huzzah,
December 10, Amherst MA, Black Sheep Cafe, 8:00 feature after 7:00 open mike, (413)253-9484 or visit
December 11 - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Campus Center Room 163, 10 am - "A
Family Cabaret" following 9:30 light breakfast, free, 413-545-4466
December 12, Amherst MA, National Yiddish Book Center, 2 pm, 413-256-4900
December 21 - Scarborough ME, Wentworth Intermediate School, two mime assemblies
December 23 - Mashpee MA, Coombs School assemblies
December 27 -7 pm, PPAC Studio Theatre, 25A Forest Ave. "Levity in Motion" as part of PHYZGIG,
December 28 - 7 p.m.-- Portland ME, PPAC Studio Theatre, 25A Forest Ave. "Levity in Motion" as part of PHYZGIG,
Dec 30, Mount Snow VT, Grand Summit Hotel, 802-464-6606 8 pm family show
December 31, Albany, NY First Night; Visitor's Center, 3, 4, & 5 pm shows,

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January 2005

January 1 - Woodstock VT private party
January 2 - 8, 2005 Amherst MA, 18th annual New England Performer's Retreat, Pioneer Valley Co-Housing Community, with culminating public shows TBA, 413-549-3722
January 9 - Dublin NH, Community Church, An Evening of Rudyard Kipling: "Just So",
6:30 pm, 603-563-8640
January 14, 2005 Ellsworth ME, Downeast Health Services, Employee Winterfest banquet
January 15 - Northeast Harbor M Neighborhood House, emcee of benefit variety concert, 7:30 pm, contributions for a Hip Cause (Deborah Page's Happy Hip Celebration) 207-288-3541
February 2005
February 20 - Mount Snow VT, Grand Summit Hotel, 802-464-6606, 8 pm family show
February 19, 20 - Stratton Mt Resort VT
February 21 - Springfield MA Museums - BUGS!, 1:45, 413-263-6800 x 379
February 23 - Freeport ME Library, 6:30, 207-865-3307

March 2005

March 17, 2005 NH Library showcase, Center Sandwich NH, Cornerhouse Inn, dinner/show Milford NH, Children's Librarians of NH Conference, morning showcase for "Camp Wanna Read"
March 19-20, Cambridge MA, Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference, "Storyscaping" workshop, and coaching session,

April 2005

April 6 (tentative) Wareham MA, Family Literacy Night
April 9-10 (tentative) Natick MA, NEFFA Folk Festival

May 2005

May 7 (tentative) Albany NY, private, Bar Mitzvah party
May 13-15, 2005 Gambier OH - OOPS Storytelling Festival, featured performer,
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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.

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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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