2009 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,Wisconsin 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 2009
January 10 - Woods Hole MA Community Hall, guest cameo during monthly Family Folk Dance,
January 15 - Harvard MA Public Library, 6 pm show for families of the Village Nursery School
January 16 - Kingston MA, South Shore Folk Music Club, 8 pm, 781-871-1052
January 27 - Sharon MA, 1:30 school assembly, "Winter Wonders"

January 30 - February 2 Brattleboro VT - "Springboards for Stories" workshop/retreat

Are you sitting on some great stories that you might want to put out there…? For the third year, Jackson Gillman will again offer “Springboards for Stories"in one of New England's most inspiring settings: Rudyard Kipling's historic Brattleboro VT home, "Naulakha". Open to all regardless of performing experience. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION on workshops, see Springboards for Stories)

February 2009
February 3 - Onset MA, Hammond School Kindergarten visit
February 5 - Wareham MA, Minot Forest School, 3rd grade visit
February 8 - Woods Hole MA Community Hall, guest cameo during monthly Family Folk Dance
February 11 - Plymouth MA Library, A Fool for Love, for seniors, 2:00 pm, 508-830-4250 x 219
February 12 - Center Sandwich NH, Corner House Inn, 6:30 dinner/storytelling, 603-284-6219,
February 13 - Rochester NH, StoryHome "Script-Tease" 8 pm house concert, 603-335-4954
February 17 - Topsham ME Library, 10:30, Winter Wonders, 207-725-1727
February 17 - Bridgton ME Library, 2:30, Winter Wonders, 207-647-2472
February 18 - No Yarmouth ME Westcustago Hall for Cumberland's Prince Library, 11:00, On a Wing and a Song, 207-829-2215
February 27 - Onset MA, Hammond School Kindergarten visit
February 27 - March 1, Rowe MA Conference Center, Great Songs for Teachers, Parents & Performers, workshop for adults, with Sally Rogers, Kim Wallach & Jackson Gillman,, 413-339-4954
March 2009
March 4 - Bourne MA Women's Group
March 7 - Dresden ME Elementary School, 2:00 pm, A Family Cabaret, 207-737-8671
March 9 - Andover MA, West Elementary School kick-off assembly programs for Author Festival
March 14 - Cambridge MA, Lesley University, Children's Music Network regional gathering, 9 - 5:30, Songs as Story workshop,
March 15 - Woods Hole MA Community Hall, guest cameo during monthly Family Folk Dance,
March 21-22, Warwick RI, 28th annual Sharing the Fire, Northeast Storytelling Conference, showcasing my new revue "Script-Tease",
March 24 - Claremont NH Fiske Library, An Evening of Rudyard Kipling - "Just So", 7 pm, 603-542-7017, preceded by an afterschool program.
March 27 - Windham ME High School auditorium, Recreation & Parks showcase, 9 - 3:15,
March 29 - Kingston MA Independence Mall, Mom's & Dad's Guide Kids Expo,
April 2009
April 1 - Onset MA, Kindergarten class visit
April 1 - Framingham MA, Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St, 508-405-2787 "April Foolishness & Finesse"
April 2 - Newport RI, Underwood School, "Moon Crazy" assembly, 1:15
April 3 - Milford CT, Orange Avenue School, Read Aerobics Day assembly
April 4 - New Bedford MA, Story Cafe open mic at ArtWorks!, 384 Acushnet Ave, 508-964-1588
April 6 - Wareham MA, 3rd grade class visit
April 14, guest on free teleconference with host Eric Wolf, "Refining Your Performance Using Outside Critique" 9:00 pm EST,
April 15-17 - Dummerston VT, 18th(!) Rudyard-in-Residence at Kipling's historic home, 802-254-6868. (Usually some of the 3 groups/day are small enough that a few friends can be slipped in. Let Jackson know if you're interested.)
April 18 - Brattleboro VT, Hooker-Dunham Theater, "Spring into Actin & Song", 802-254-9276 10:30 a.m.
April 19 - Woods Hole MA Community Hall, guest cameo during monthly Family Folk Dance,
April 21 - Sturbridge MA Hyde Library, 2:30 "Riot in the Garden", 508-347-2512
April 21 - Berkley MA Library, 10:00 "Spring into Action & Song", 508-822-3329
April 22 - Sandwich MA, Earth Day celebration at Wing School, 33 Water Street, 10:00 a.m. Spring into Action & Song, 508-888-9525
April 23 - Exeter NH, RiverWoods, Volunteer Academy Awards luncheon
April 24 - Portsmouth NH, Little Harbour School, Environmental Science Day assemblies
April 25 - Mansfield MA High School, New England Folk Festival, 1:00, A Family Cabaret,

April 26 - Noon, Funny Songs & Shtick, Middle School Room 108; 3:00 Songs to Heal Our Planet with CMN cronies, MS #105,

April 28 - Onset MA, Kindergarten class visit
April 28 - Buzzards Bay MA, entertaining for the Esperanza Academy fifth grade sleep-over at St. Peter's Church
April 29 - Lynnfield MA Public Library, 6:30 pm, Turn off the TV Week family show, 781-334-5411
April 29 - Lynn MA, "Speak-Up!" Tatiana's Lounge 781-477-0700, open mic at 7:30, 8:30 feature, hosted by Tony Toledo 978-921-4628
May 2009
May 2 - Albany NH, Tin Mountain Conservation Center, keynote and performance for the Granite State Story Conference, 9-5, 603-447-2280
May 8 - Middletown RI, Pennfield School, "On a Wing & A Song", 10:45 a.m.
May 11- Wareham MA, 3rd grade class visit
May 13 - Braintree MA Integrated Preschool, 10:00, On a Wing and a Song
May 16 - Natick MA Community Organic Farm's Spring Spectacular, Riot in the Garden, 11:30 & 1:00, 508-655-2204
May 18 - 23, Jonesborough TN, Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center,
May 29 - Onset MA Hammond School Kindergarten visit.
May 30 - Carlisle MA Union Hall, First Connections, 10:30, A Family Cabaret, free but pre-registration required, 978-287-0221
May 31 - Fairhaven MA - Little People's College, 177 Bridge Street, 11:00 a.m., 508-763-4866
June 2009
June 4 - Wareham MA Minot School 3rd grade visit
June 6 West Coventry RI Sustainable Living Festival, 2:00 music stage, 4:00 childrens area Apeiron Institute,
June 7th - Dennis MA, Eventide Arts Songfest, performing "The Friendship Seed", First Prize in Children's category, 508-237-4554
June 10 - Bow NH Elementary School assembly
June 11 - Boston MA Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox Family Room, 7 pm, (private)
June 12 - Fairfield ME, Kennebec Montessori School, 9:00 a.m.
June 17 - Onset MA Hammond School Volunteer reception
June 18 - Newmarket NH Elementary, end-of-school picnic, 5 pm
June 19 - Wareham MA Minot School 3rd grade visit
June 19-21 - Plymouth MA - on staff for Pinewoods Music & Dance Camp, First Weekend,
June 22 - Wareham MA Minot School 3rd grade visit
June 24 - Eliot ME, Fogg Library, 6:00 pm, 207-439-9437
June 27 - Sandwich MA, Scusset Beach bonfire/show, 7:30 pm, free, (weather permitting), 508-888-0859
July 2009
July 1 - Woods Hole, Marine Biological Laboratory, 100 Water Street,, 508-289-7623, $8/5
July 7 - Leominster MA Library, 3 pm, 978-534-7522 x 119, Moon Crazy
July 9 - Salisbury Cove ME, MDI Bio Lab's annual Family Science Night, 5:30,free but space is limited, call 207-288-3147 for reservations
July 13 - Andover MA Memorial Hall Library, 7 pm, Moon Crazy, 978-623-8401 x 39
July 15 - Middleton MA Flint Library, One South Main Street, Moon Crazy, 2 pm, 978-774-8132
July 15, Saugus MA, summer enrichment program, 11:00 a.m.
July 18, New Bedford MA, Story Cafe open mic at ArtWorks!, 384 Acushnet Ave, 7 pm, 508-964-1588
July 19 - Boston Harbor, George's Island, 12:15 and 2:00, Nature in Action, Story & Song,, 617-223-8636
July 21 - Provincetown MA, Province Lands Visitor Center, 4 pm, 508-957-0738
July 21 - Eastham MA, Cape Cod National Seashore, 7 pm, 508-255-3421
July 23 - Orleans MA, Snow Library, 10:30, Moon Crazy, 508-240-3760
July 23 - Bourne MA Library, 7 pm, Moon Crazy, 508-759-0644 x 106
July 31 - Seymour CT Library, 10:30 a.m., BUGS!, 203-888-3903
August 2009
August 2 - Mystic Seaport CT, First annual Sea Story Weekend, time tba, free with museum admission, 860-572-5315,
August 3 - Wilmington MA Memorial Library, 7 pm, Dinosaur Days, 978-694-2098
August 8 - Rutland VT State Fairgrounds, Long Trail Festival, 2 p.m.,
August 9 - Schoharie Crossing NY, 6 pm storytelling concert, 518-829-7516
August 10 - New Haven CT, Southern CT State University, Storytelling Methods class
August 10 - Clinton CT Library, 6:30 pm, "Transform Yourself at the Library", 860-669-2342
August 11 - South Dartmouth MA Southworth Library, 732 Dartmouth St, Moon Crazy, 10:00 & 2:00, 508-999-0726 x 379
August 14, Sandwich MA, Sandy Neck Beach, Circle by the Sea, music campfire on Sandy Neck Beach, 7:00 pm (Rain location is Shawme-Crowel state park), 508-566-0171 for more info 508-566-0171
August 17 - Northeast Harbor ME Library, 10:30 for ages 5+, 207-276-3333
August 20 - Somesville ME, Camp Beech Cliff
August 24 - Northeast Harbor ME Library, 10:30 for preschoolers, 207-276-3333
August 28, Belfast ME - performing onboard M/V Grande Caribe, 8:15 pm
September 2009
September 5-7 - Plymouth MA, on staff for Pinewoods Music & Dance Camp, Labor Day Weekend,
September 12 - Milton MA, Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Great Parks Pursuit Finale, On a Wing & A Song at 11:30, Nature in Action, Story & Song at 12:30, BUGS! at 1:30, 617-698-1802
September 19, Buckfield ME, guest appearance in the Odd Fest Saturday Evening Show, Odd Fellows Hall, 7:30 pm, 207-336-3306,
September 20 - Hampton NH recording session for "Twice Blessed"
September 26 - New Bedford MA, Story Cafe open mic, ArtWorks!, 384 Acushnet Ave, 7 pm, 508-964-1588
September 27 - Provincetown MA WOMR 92.1 FM, guest interview on Organic Thinking radio program, noon - 1:00
September 30 - Framingham MA, Amazing Things Art Center, 160 Hollis St, feature after 7:30 open mic comedy,, 508-405-2787
October 2009
Occtober 3, Middletown RI, Norman Bird Sanctuary's Harvest Fair, times tba, 401-846-2577
October 5 - Wareham MA, taping interview for W-CATV, with Naomi Arenberg
October 6 - Ashford CT, performing for 7-8th grade WINGS overnight at Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, "A Perfect High"
October 8, Asheville NC, group benefit show for Children's Music Network, Jubilee Community Church, 46 Wall St., Asheville NC 28801, $8 adults / $3 kids 16 and under,
October 9-11 Black Mountain NC, 22nd annual Children's Music Network conference, - presenting Using Sign Language with Songs workshop
October 17 - New Bedford MA, guest host for Story Cafe, ArtWorks!, 384 Acushnet Ave,7 p.m. 508-964-1588
October 21 - Bourne MA, Waldorf School of Cape Cod, 1st grade class visit, Autumn Wonders
October 24 - Providence RI, University Club family Halloween party, noon
October 28 - Wareham MA, Minot Forest Elementary School, 4th grade class visit
October 29 - Bourne MA, Waldorf School of Cape Cod, 1st grade class visit, Halloween Silly Willies
November 2009
November 3-5 - Brattleboro VT, #19 semi-annual Rudyard-in-Residence at Kipling's historic home, concluding with a public evening show/tour/dessert buffet on Thursday at 7 pm, $25 reservations required, 802-254-6868
November 17 - Bourne MA, Waldorf School of Cape Cod, 1st grade class visit
November 21 - Bourne MA, Waldorf School of Cape Cod's Holiday Faire, noon & 2 pm,, 508-759-7499
November 24 - Wareham MA, Minot Forest Elementary School, 4th grade class visit
December 2009
December 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18 - live streaming on WCTV, , WCTV, 1/2 hour preview of 12/20 show and interview with Naomi Arenberg, Thursdays - 7:30 & 10:30 am, Fridays - 3 pm, Sundays - 5 pm
December 4 - New Bedford MA, Holiday Song contest at Muselon, UU Church, audience pick for Best Holiday Song Adaptation
December 6 - Plimoth Plantation, Festival of Trees, 11:00 a.m.,
December 10 - Wareham, Minot Forest School, 4th grade visit with Chanukah songs and stories
December 14 - Boston, Kennedy's Midtown, Story Slam, 1st place winner - "It's my Job",
December 15: Plymouth MA, The Vine, 47 Court St, hosted by Bern Budd, 781-363-3594, featured performer after 7:00 open mic, free
December 17 - Wareham, Minot Forest School, 4th grade visit with Christmas songs and stories
December 20 (changed to 12/27) - Onset MA, Bay Pointe Country Club, 19 Bay Pointe Drive, "Holiday Huzzah", 3 pm,, 508-273-7308
Tuesday, December 22 - Cambridge MA, Out of the Blue Art Gallery,106 Prospect Street, Central Square. featured performer after 7:00 open mic. Laura Packer, 781-324-1758, or Ruth Hill, 617-491-8399 -
Thursday, December 31, Chatham MA First Night, Congregational Church, 2 & 3 pm, 508-945-1122,
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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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