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Statue of Hans Christian Andersen at Central Park
Image ©2012 Philip David Morgan.

Stories at the Statue
of Hans Christian Andersen

Central Park — Conservatory Water
72nd Street & Fifth Avenue, New York City
Saturday mornings until the end of September, from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Come join us in Central Park for an annual Summer tradition, now in its 59th season! Every week a different teller (or two, or more…) will be telling folk stories, fairy tales, mythological fables, and more &madsh; besides the fairy tales of Mr. Andersen, of course — come light rain or shine! The stories are suitable for children of five years and up.

Monitors: Laura Simms and Regina Ress

August 1st: Marc Young — “Clever Fools” (Jewish)
Joy Kelly — “A Wonderful Story” (India)

August 8th: Navida Stein — “The Magic Fish” (Brothers Grimm)
Julie Della Torre — “Hans Clodhopper” (H.C. Andersen)

August 15th: Megan Hicks — “The Goblin and the Grocer” (H.C. Andersen)
Regina Ress — “I’m Tipingee, She’s Tipingee, We’re Tipingee Too” (Haitian)

August 22nd: Ron Sopyla — “The Snow Queen” (H.C. Andersen)
Rita Auerbach — “The Three Aunts” (Norwegian)

August 29th: Luann Adams — “Blue Faience Hippopotamus” (Egyptian)
Judith Heineman — “Momotaro” (Japanese)

Monitor: Jean Hale

September 5th: Heather Forest — “Red and Blue Coat” (Congolese)
Peninnah Schram — “Wisdom for Sale” (Jewish)

September 12th: A celebration of Diane Wolkstein [1942–2013]
with Rachel Zucker and friends (guests to be announced)
September 19th: Jim May — “Owl” (Haitian)
Peter Stevenson — “The Ointment” (Welsh)

September 26th: The Ugly Duckling's Birthday Party with Rolf Stang (as H.C. Andersen)
Laura Simms — “The Ugly Duckling” (H.C. Andersen)
Jean Hale — “Goose and Duck” (Tad Hills)
(refreshments will be served following the performance)


Parents and guardians are requested to sit with their children during the story hour.

Laura Simms, artistic director

Sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, Inc.
in cooperation with the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation and the Central Park Conservancy.

Please support the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center with your donations via PayPal

Tammy Hall
The Ezra Jack Keats Story Hour

Imagination Playground
Ocean Avenue (between Lincoln Road and Parkside Avenue), Brooklyn, New York
(MTA subway: B, Q, and S trains to Prospect Park Station)
Saturdays in August at 2:00 p.m.

Admission: Free
Contact: 1–718–789–2822 
Tammy Hall
Summer Songs and Stories

Lefferts Historic House (Prospect Park)
452 Flatbush Avenue (near Empire Boulevard), Brooklyn, New York
(MTA buses: B16 to Ocean Avenue and Empire Boulevard, B43 to Lincoln Road,
B41 to Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard)
Sundays in August at 3:00 p.m.

Admission: Free
Contact: 1–718–789–2822 

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
Stories for All Ages

Teardrop Park
Northend Avenue and Warren Street
Battery City Park, New York City
Select Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 31st, 2015:
Rita Auerbach
Hallowe’en Stories

Admission: Free
Contact: 1–212–267–9700

African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc.
Folks Telling Tales

Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center
1942 Amsterdam Avenue (at 156th Street, New York City)
Select Tuesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015:

A Tribute to Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Contact: Dr. Joyce C. Duncan at 1–212–568–1645
or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center at 1–212–862–3680

Out by Ten

Out by Ten
A showcase for storytellers and musicians

Spectrum NYC Studio
121 Ludlow Street (2nd Floor), New York City
(between Delancey and Rivington)
Select Thursdays from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. (unless otherwise scheduled)

Please watch this space for the next Out by Ten event to be announced.


Storytelling with the
Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers

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Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue, New York City
(four blocks south of Grand Central Station)
Select Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Some of New York's most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far North.

Please watch this space for the Fall 2015 dates to be announced.

Free (and suitable for children five and up)
Contact: 1–212–879–9779 or

Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse

Provincetown Playhouse
133 MacDougal Street, New York City
(between West 3rd Street & Washington Square)
Closest MTA subway trains:
A,B,C,D,E,F (West 4th Street); #1 (Sheridan Square); #6 (Bleecker Street).
Select Sundays at 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted

“We need the old stories. They speak to universal and eternal  themes. They help to root us in our common humanity which underpins cultural trappings and particulars. At this time of such polarization, such demonization of the ‘Other,’ it is not just important, it is also healing and refreshing to our spirits to remember our connections to others in time and space. Please come. Please tell your friends.” — Regina Ress

Please watch this space for the 2015–2016 dates when they are finalized and announced.

David Montgomery, Program Director, Program in Educational Theatre (NYU Steinhardt)
Regina Ress, Producer

Contact: 1–212–998–5867