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2019 STORYTELLING SCHEDULE: space JUNE | JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | spacePDF of 2019 Summer program New York, Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling

Fairy and Folk Tales From Around The World!
Appropriate for children ages 6 and up. Fun for Adults as well.

When: Every Saturday in June, July, August & September
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Cost: Free

Where: At the Hans Christian Andersen statue
"The Ugly Duckling" near 72nd Street & Fifth Avenue
in Central Park, New York. Click to see map.
Children are asked to sit with parents or guardians. Storytellling is held rain or shine.

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If you and the children in your life enjoy our free storytelling sessions in Central Park, please consider making a donation to ensure the continued survival of the program. Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center is a not for profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. Donations of $25 or above will receive a formal receipt.

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  Artistic Director: Laura Simms
Monitor: Valentina Ortiz

Saturdays at 11 AM

Story teller: Origin:
Jun 1 | The Nightingale Laura Simms, Musician Salieu Suso – H C Andersen
| The Emperor’s New Clothes Sheila Arnold – H C Andersen
Jun 8 | Origin of Peace Noa Baum – Burma
| Little Red Riding Hood with Valentina Ortiz – Mexico
Jun 15 | In a Finnish Forest Bill Gordh – Finland
| Lion in the Well with Aaron Mace – India

Jun 22



Charles Marelles


Robin Bady,
Musician Concetta Abate
– France
| Too Much Talking Navida Stein – Africa
Jun 29 | The Wicked Prince Regina Ress – H C Andersen
| Emperor and the Kite with Jean Hale – Jane Yolen



Saturdays at 11 AM

Story teller: Origin:
Jul 6 | Why Anansi Hides in the Corner Linda Humes,
Musician Sangha of the Valley
– Africa
| Three Little Pigs with April Armstrong – France
Jul 13 | Blue Faience Hippopotamus Luan Adams – Egypt
| Let there be Light Len Cabral – Native American
Jul 20 | Sweet and Sour Berries Joy Kelly – China
| Arabian Nights Arif Choudhury – Arabian
Jul 27 | The Swineherd Laura Bobrow – H C Andersen
| Who was the Happiest? Judith Heineman – H C Andersen


Saturdays at 11 AM

Story teller: Origin:
Aug 3 | The Most Incredible Thing Ron Sopyla – Morocco
  | Water Carrier’s Daughter Rita Auerbach – H C Andersen
Aug 10 | Lou Gehrig, the story of a great man Carol Birch – Original
| Hans Clodhopper with Julie Della Torre – H C Andersen
Aug 17 | There is a Difference Ed Stivender – H C Andersen
| The Princess and the Pea with Laura Simms – H C Andersen
Aug 24 |

The Brave Little Parrot,
Holy Basil,

Five Peas in a Pod

Karen de Maura,
Usha Venkatraman
with Eileen Paley
– India

– H C Andersen
Aug 31 | The Story of a Mother Milbre Burch – H C Andersen
  | The Little Match Girl with Laura Simms – H C Andersen


Saturdays at 11 AM

Story teller: Origin:
Sep 7 | The Bull of Norway Melissa Heckler – Norway
    Sun, Moon, and Ocean Therese Plair – Nigeria
Sep 14 | Ole Luk Øje Beatrice Bowles – H C Andersen
| The Boy Who Drew Cats Heather Forest – Japan
Sep 21 | Jack Tale David Joe Miller – Appalachia
| The Mud Sisters Laura Simms – Original
Sep 28 ducklingThe Ugly Duckling's Birthday Party
Misc. Cookies served by American Scandinavian Society
| Hans my Hedgehog Laura Simms – Grimm Brothers
      Andrew Forbes, Musician  

Fairy Tales From Around The World

On Saturdays all summer long since 1956, New York children have gathered around Hans Christian Andersen's statue at the Conservatory Pond in Central Park to hear his tales told by a fine ensemble of storytellers. Celebrity performers such as Victor Borge, Eva la Gallienne, Fanny Hurst and Celeste Holm have also visited, telling their favorite stories.

Statue of Hans Christian AndersenThe idea for the statue originated with Baroness Alma Dahlerup, then president of the Danish-American Women's Association of New York, who had for years arranged for Andersen's stories to be read on the radio. Robert Moses, then New York City Parks Commissioner, secured the 'perfect' site and the City Department of Parks and Recreation and the Central Park Conservancy have given their active support ever since. A significant share of the funding for the statue came from donations made by school children both in Denmark and the United States. Danish-American sculptor George Lober created the larger-than-life bronze statue that was commissioned in 1954, in anticipation of marking the 150th anniversary of the author's birth. Hans Christian Andersens' well-rubbed knees are ample evidence of the fun children continue to have sitting on his lap.

Storytelling for a rapt audiencespaceThe statue has become a symbol of the good relations between the United States and Denmark. Following a tradition established by her father and mother, her Majesty, Queen Margrethe II visited the statue in 1976 during her American Bicentennial trip. Other members of the Danish royal family continue to visit. In 1964, the City of Copenhagen contributed two 19th century street lamps that now stand on each side of the statue. In 1985, New York City Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, wishing to reciprocate, sent two New York City street lamps to Copenhagen, which can be seen standing in Dantes Plads. More historic information to be found in "From The Archives."

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in cooperation with the City of New York / Parks & Recreation and The Central Park Conservancy.

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