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2018 STORYTELLING SCHEDULE: space JUNE | JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | spacePDF of 2018 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
June Monitor: Steven Yang

Saturdays at 11 AM

Story teller: Origin:
Jun 2 | The Tin Soldier Laura Simms – H C Andersen
| Mother of the Waters Kewulay Kamara – West Africa
  Salieu Suso, Musician
Jun 9 | Story and Song Bill Gordh with guitar
| Little Red Riding Hood Mia Shelton – Grimm Brothers
Jun 16 | Most Incredible Thing of All Regina Ress – H C Andersen
| Short Story Ellen Shapiro
  Larry Roland, Musician
Jun 23 | The Ugly Duckling Theresa Plair – H C Andersen
| Short Story Jean Hale
| Haitian Tale Euka Sharpe, Musician – Haiti
Jun 30 | Sweet and Sour Berries Joy Kelly – Chinese
| Wonder Tale Mary Ann Schmidt


  July Monitor: Steven Yang

Saturdays at 11 AM

Story teller: Origin:
Jul 7 | Danish Tales Lise Marie Nedergaard
(from Odense)
– Danish
| The Lindworm Laura Simms – Norwegian
Jul 14 | The Beetle Robin Bady – H C Andersen
| The Name of the Tree Linda Humes – West African
Jul 21 | Pierogi Megan Wells – Polish
Jul 28 | The Swineherd Julia Della Torre – H C Andersen
| Pretty Pretty Cuckoo Navida Stein – Mexico


August Monitors: TBD

Saturdays at 11 AM

Story teller: Origin:
Aug 4 | Just So Stories Jackson Gilman – Kipling
Aug 11 | The Well at World’s End The Story Crafters – Scottish
| The Honey Pots Peninnah Schram – Jewish
Aug 18 | Tom Cobble and Oony Jane Dorfman – English
| Vardiello Laura Bobrow – Italian
Aug 25 | Juan Bobo and the Pig David Gonzalez – Puerto Rico


September Monitors: TBD

Saturdays at 11 AM

Story teller: Origin:
Sep 1 | The Pink Pearl Prince Milbre Burch – Persia
Sep 8 | Celebration of Diane Wolkstein Curated by Rachel Zucker – Various
| Various Featuring Melissa Heckler – Various
Sep 15 | The Butterball Luann Adams – Norway
| Lucio Zenteno Karen de Mauro – Mexico
Sep 22 | The Snow Queen Ron Sopyla – H C Andersen
  | The Fortune Teller Rita Auerbach – Moroccan
Sep 29 ducklingThe Ugly Duckling's Birthday Party
with Rolf Stang (as H C Andersen)
| The 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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the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, Inc.
in cooperation with the City of New York / Parks & Recreation and The Central Park Conservancy.

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