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PAST PERFORMANCES

WVPT Kids' Book Festival
Date: Saturday, 27 September 2008
Time: 1 pm
Location: McIntire Park, Charlottesville, VA
Peter will do a special performance for this public television sponsored festival.

Tell Us A Tale Visits Perry Library
Date: Tuesday, 8 April, 2008
Time: All Day Event
Location: Henderson, NC
Peter will be a featured storyteller at the annual storytelling festival. He will do three individual performances for the community's fourth graders during the day, and then a special program open to the public for the evening finale.

Virginia Festival of the Book
Date: Thursday, 29 March 2009
Time: 11:20 a.m.
Location: Carver Recreation Center (off Charlottesville Downtown Mall)
Peter will share some classic children's stories as part of Saturday's Storyfest portion of the VA Festival of the Book.

Farmer Jason (aka Jason Ringenberg) stops by Tell Us A Tale
Date: Sunday, March 16, 2008
Time: Noon to 2 pm
Location: WTJU 91.1 FM (and on-line that day)

Farmer Jason, who will be in town on Saturday, March 15, to do a special children's show at Gravity Lounge, before letting his alter-ego Jason Ringenberg open for Mando Mafia at Gravity that same evening, will stop by to muck the Tell Us A Tale stalls. If we are lucky, he might even pull out his guitar afterwards and sing for the livestock, er listeners.

Ellis Paul Live on Tell Us A Tale
Date: Sunday, 3 February 2008
Nationally recognized singer/songwriter Ellis Paul stopped by Tell Us A Tale to perform some tunes off his new album, Dragonfly Races.

Joel Rubin and Pete Rushefsky Live on Tell Us A Tale
Date: Sunday, 25 January 2008
World renowned klezmer artists Joel Rubin (clarinet) and Pete Rushefsky (Tsimbl - sort of like the hammer dulcimer) stopped by Tell Us A Tale to perform some traditional and not so traditional pieces.

Serving Up Latkes & Roast Beast: a Christmas & Chanukah Extravaganza
Location: Gravity Lounge (103 South First Street, Charlottesville - off the downtown mall)
Date: Saturday, 15 December, 2007
Time: 2-4:30 pm - Come for part or all of the fun!
Suggested Price: $5 per person, $20 per family

Join Peter and Jen for a special holiday show that will be recorded for later airing on radio stations in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand!

In between the Christmas and Chanukah stories (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, How Murray Saved Christmas, etc…), there will be all different varieties of music. The scheduled acts are the Front Porch Americana sound of Jan Smith, Cajun/Zydeco swing of Matty Metcalfe & Crewe d’Bayou (with special guests John D'earth and Dawn Thompson), Gypsy Jazz stylings of the Rick Olivarez Trio, and klezmer sounds of Simchah!.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz LIVE on Tell Us A Tale
Date: Sunday, 14 October 2007
Time: Noon to 2 pm
Location: WTJU 91.1 FM

We are proud to welcome internationally renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz (in town for a performance at Gravity Lounge later in the evening) to the Tell Us A Tale studio for a live performance and conversation. Haimovitz is a musical pioneer. He has inspired classical music lovers and won over countless new listeners to the genre by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and intimate coffee houses, any place where passionate music can be heard. Through his visionary approach - bringing a fresh ear to familiar repertoire and a warm, human presence to the traditional concert experience; championing new music and initiating groundbreaking collaborations within and beyond the classical domain; recording innovative projects on Oxingale Records and integrating all with a tireless touring schedule; as well as mentoring an award-winning studio of young cellists at McGill University's Schulich School of Music - Haimovitz is re-defining what it means to be an artist, for the 21st century.

Haimovitz made his debut in 1984 at the age of 13, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. At 17 he made his first recording, performing the Saint-Sans, Lalo, and Bruch concerti with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for Deutsche Grammophon (Universal Classics). Haimovitz has since gone on to perform on the world's most esteemed stages, with such orchestras and conductors as the Berlin Philharmonic with James Levine, the New York Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, the English Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, and the Cleveland Orchestra with Charles Dutoit.

Oregon Tour
Dates: 5-8 October 2007
Peter will return to the Portland area for some more performances on the west coast.

New Hampshire Tour
Dates: Wednesday, 1 August - Monday, 6 August 2007
Peter will return to the Granite State to perform in a few small venues in Amherst, Londonderry and the White Mountains.

J&B Blues Project on Tell Us A Tale
Date: Sunday, 8 July 2007
Eleven year old twin brothers Jeff and Brian Brown-Hill, better known as the J&B Blues Project, stopped by Tell Us A Tale to play a few tunes. Despite playing for only four years, these boys sound as though as they started straight out of diapers.

European Tour
Date: May-June 2007
Peter will return to Europe for another round of performances, this time expanding beyond Germany and Austria. Stay tuned for details as what countries he will visit.

Tell Us A Tale at the Reynolds Homestead Spring Frolic
Date: Saturday, 5 May 2007
Time: TBA
Location: 463 Homestead Lane, Critz VA 24082-3044
Peter will tell a few tales at the historical Reynolds Homestead.

Buck Howdy on Tell Us A Tale
Date: Sunday, 13 May 2007
Time: Noon
Cowboy Buck Howdy and his female sidekick, BB, will hitch their horses outside the Tell Us A Tale studios for a spell, while they mosey on in for a visit with Peter. Like all good singing cowboys, Buck is bound to pull out his guitar for a few live tunes round the campfire. Afterwards he and BB will head over to the Gravity Lounge for a special afternoon family show.

WVPT Kids' Book Festival
Date: Saturday, 19 May 2007
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Harrisonburg, VA
Peter will not only do two performances, but also emcee all the day's festivities for this annual public television sponsored festival.

Matty Metcalfe & Crewe d'Bayou on Tell Us A Tale
Date: Sunday, 22 April 2007
Time: Noon to 2 pm
Matty Metcalfe and his band, Crewe d'Bayou, will stop by the Tell Us A Tale studios to play some cajun/zydeco music. So cook up a little gumbo, red beans and rice, and some shrimp etouffee, and then sit back and enjoy music that'll have 'em dancing down on the bayou!

West Coast Tour
Dates: 24-27 October 2006
Peter did a variety of private performances around Oregon.

WHTJ Family Fun Day
Date: Saturday, 4 November 2006
Times: 11:30-11:50 am/12:10-12:30 pm
Location: Charlottesville Downtown Mall
Cost: FREE
To celebrate the relocation of its offices and studio to the Downtown Mall, WHTJ Charlottesville PBS will host WHTJ Family Fun Day from 10 am-4 pm. Jen will do two special readings for this special event. All local residents and families are invited to attend this free, public event, which will take place in front of WHTJ’s new studio at 528 East Main Street, on the east end of the Downtown Mall (next door to the VA Discovery Museum).

WVPT Kids' Book Festival
Date: Saturday, 30 September 2006
Time: 2-2:30 pm
Location: Piedmont Virginia Community College
Thanks to a grant from the Friends of the Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Peter and Jen will do a special Dr. Seuss celebration for this first annual public television sponsored festival.

European Tour
Date: Friday, 2 June - Tuesday, 20 June 2006
Peter headed back over to Europe for his annual bilingual performances, this time visiting the German cities of Cologne, Bonn, and Munich, and again heading high up into the Austrian Alps to the small town of Schwaz.

New Hampshire Tour
Dates: Thursday, 6 July - Sunday, 9 July 2006
Peter performed in a few small venues in Amherst, Londonderry and the White Mountains.

Storytime for Congregation Beth Israel Pre-School
Date: Thursday, 25 May 2006
Time: 10 am
Location: Charlottesville, VA - Private Event
Peter read some children's stories for this local preschool.

3-Time Grammy Winner Tom Chapin Visits Tell Us A Tale!
Date/Time: Sunday, 9 April 2006, Noon to 1 pm
Location: WTJU 91.1 FM
Multi-Grammy winner Tom Chapin stopped by and played some tunes in the Tell Us A Tale studios.

The Vulgar Bulgars visit Tell Us A Tale for Passover!
Date/Time: Sunday, 9 April 2006, 1-2 pm
Location: WTJU 91.1 FM
The young Klezmer band, the Vulgar Bulgars, stopped by Tell Us A Tale in celebration of Passover, the Jewish holiday (which starts at sundown Wednesday, 12 April). In between some tales from the Talmud, the most significant collection of the Jewish oral tradition interpreting the Torah, the Vulgar Bulgars played some traditional (and some not so traditional) Klezmer tunes.

First Night International Conference
Date: Tuesday, 4 April 2006
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: Charlottesville, VA - Private Event
Peter and Jen will perform for the folks who put on First Nights around the world!

Virginia Festival of the Book
Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2006
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Greenbrier Elementary School
Peter told some traditional folktales to the second, third and fourth graders at this Charlottesville, VA elementary school, as part of this national festival.

Virginia Festival of the Book
Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2006
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Clark Elementary School
Peter told some traditional folktales to the second, third and fourth graders at this Charlottesville, VA elementary school, as part of this national festival.

Virginia Festival of the Book
Date: Thursday, 23 March 2006
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Johnson Elementary School
Peter told some traditional folktales to the second, third and fourth graders at this Charlottesville, VA elementary school, as part of this national festival.

Storytime for the Virginia Festival of the Book
Date: Saturday, 25 March 2006
Time: 10 am
Location: Charlottesville Ice Park Upper Room
Peter was the featured performer, as he shared some stories about Fathers and Grandfathers for the Storyfest portion of this year's VA Festival of the Book. Jen stopped by to help out with a couple of the stories.

Storytelling Night
Date: Tuesday, 24 January 2006
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Burnley-Moran Elementary School
Directions: Private Event
Peter will told some tales from around the globe for students and their parents at this Charlottesville city school.

Bill Wellington LIVE on Tell Us A Tale
Date: Sunday, 11 December 2005
Creator of Radio Woof, storyteller and folk musician Bill Wellington joined us LIVE in studio for a special performance. Called a "Funny Bone Feast" by Parents Choice Magazine, Bill knows how to delight audiences, both young and old. Joining him for a few tunes was his special guest (and daughter), Sophie Mae Wellington.

Tell Us A Tale at The Prism
Date: Saturday, 3 December 2005
Theme: Tell Us A Tale Serves up Latkes and Roast Beast
Location: The Prism, 214 Rugby Road, Charlottesville (corner of Gordon Avenue and Rugby Road)
Times: 1-2 pm, 2:30-3:30 pm (two different shows)
Suggested Donation: 0-2 yrs Free, 3-12 yrs $2, 13 yrs & up $5

Time for our FIFTH annual Christmas and Chanukkah tales and tunes at the Prism! In addition to the usual tales, there will also be live holiday tunes from our old friends, Jan Smith and Jeff Vogelgesang, and popular acoustic duo, Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun.

Read To Succeed Night
Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2005
Time: 6:30 pm Location: Venable Elementary School
PRIVATE EVENT (Venable Students and Parents Only)
Peter will read some classic stories at this Charlottesville City School.

CoveGarden Ruritan Club
Date: Thursday, 3 November 2005
Time: 7 pm
Location: North Garden Firehouse, North Garden, VA
Peter shared some of his favorite tales from around the globe for members and their children and grandchildren of this nationally recognized organization.

European Tour
Dates: 9 Oct-19 Oct 2005
Peter performed around Germany and Austria, in both English and German.

Fall Fiber Festival
Date: Saturday, 1 October 2005
Time: 1-2 pm
Location: Montpelier Estate, Orange County VA
Contact: 434-990-9068 or e-mail
Peter shared some of his favorite folktales at this annual festival, located on the estate of President James Madison. In addition to storytelling, there were sheep dog trials, workshops, alpacas, llamas, and of course plenty of sheep!

Charlottesville First Book Benefit
Date: Tuesday, 3 May 2005
Times: 11 am - Peter/6 pm - Jen
Location: Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA
Additional Information: (434) 295-7671
FIRST BOOK is a national nonprofit organization with a single mission: to provide low-income children with their first new books. In neighborhoods across the country, FIRST BOOK Local Advisory Boards unite leaders from all sectors of the community to provide books to children in literacy programs, shelters for battered children, housing project initiatives, soup kitchens, after-school programs and other community-based efforts reaching children living below the poverty line.

Peter and Jen each did a short program for this wonderful organization. You can contribute to First Book by contacting Cynthia Hurst, or call (434) 295-7671. Tell them Tell Us A Tale sent you.

Tell Us A Tale in celebration of the Alzheimer's Association
Date: Saturday, 16 April 2005
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: Lane Auditorium (Albemarle County Office Building)
Cost: $10 (all ages) - Purchase at the Door
Peter and Jen share some of their favorite stories and tales for this Party Parade program supporting the Alzheimer's Association. The musical group, Soul Canoe, complemented the wonderful tales with a variety of tunes for an afternoon of stories, songs and fun. After the show, the children's creativity soared as they built their own sundaes with ice cream and lots of fixins from Chaps Ice Cream Restaurant.

Virginia Festival of the Book
Program: Storyfest
Date: Saturday, 19 March 2005
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Charlottesville Ice Park Terrace Room
Directions: Charlottesville Downtown Mall
Jen was the featured performer for the Rocking Chair Story Time segment of this special day's events, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation Center for the Book.

Virginia Festival of the Book
Date: Thursday, 17 March 2005
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Greenbrier Elementary School
Peter told some classic children's tales to the second and third graders at this Charlottesville, VA elementary school, as part of this national festival.

Virginia Festival of the Book
Date: Friday, 18 March 2005
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Venable Elementary School
Directions: Private Event
Peter told some classic children's tales to the first, second and third graders at this Charlottesville, VA elementary school, as part of this national festival.

Virginia Festival of the Book
Date: Friday, 18 March 2005
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Burnley-Moran Elementary School
Directions: Private Event
Peter told some classic children's tales to the kindergartners and second graders at this Charlottesville, VA elementary school, as part of this national festival.

Tell Us A Tale at The Prism
Date: Saturday, 4 December 2004
Theme: Tell Us A Tale Serves up Latkes and Roast Beast
Location: The Prism, 214 Rugby Road, Charlottesville (corner of Gordon Avenue and Rugby Road)
Times: 1-2 pm, 2:30-3:30 pm (two different shows)
Cost: Pay What You May (Donations Accepted)

We finally kicked off this season at the Prism with our annual Christmas and Chanukkah tales and tunes. We had some very special musical guests this year, the award winning klezmer band, Vulgar Bulgars, handling the Chanukkah tunes, and longtime friends, Proutt & McCormick, covering the Christmas standards.

"Bearing" Down on Storytime at Barnes & Noble
Date: Saturday, 6 November 2004
Time: 11:30 am
Theme: Bears
Location: Charlottesville Barnes & Noble, Barracks Road
Jen read some of her favorite bear tales in celebration of hibernation and winter.

VA Discovery Museum Halloween Carnival - SOLD OUT
Date: Saturday, 30 October 2004
Time: 5:45 pm (event is 5-7 pm)
Location: 524 East Main Street, Charlottesville (downtown mall)

Peter and Jen told some of their favorite Halloween inspired tales in support of their friends at the VA Discovery Museum.

WVPT Public Television Telethon
Date: Saturday, 18 September 2004
Time: 2 pm
Theme: Cubby's Kids Telethon
Location: Public Television
Peter performed on this Virginia Public Television station, to help raise funds for children's programming. Some young friends joined Peter on camera for this fun event.

Summer Storytelling for Jefferson Madison Regional Library
Locations: All 8 libraries in the JMRL system
Greene: Tuesday July 6, 11:00 am
Louisa: Tuesday July 6, 2:00 pm
Central: Tuesday, July 27, 10:30 am
Nelson: Tuesday July 27, 2:00 pm
Crozet: Wednesday July 28, 10:00 am
Gordon Avenue: Wednesday July 28, 3:00 pm
Scottsville: Thursday July 29, 10:00 am
Northside: Thursday July 29, 3:00 pm
Peter, Jen and members of the Jan Smith Trio traveled throughout the Albemarle County area sharing some of their favorite tales and tunes.

Summer Storytelling for Orange County Public Libraries
Location: Orange County, VA libraries/alternate sites
Gordonsville Old Church: Tuesday, 6/29, 3 pm
Orange Library: Wednesday, 6/30, 1:30 pm, 3 pm
Locust Grove Elementary School: Thursday, 7/1, 3:00 pm
Peter told some of his favorite tales for this VA library system.

Tell Us A Tale at The Prism
Date: 2003-2004 Season
Location: The Prism, 214 Rugby Road, Charlottesville (corner of Gordon Avenue and Rugby Road)
Times: 1-2 pm, 2:30-3:30 pm (two different shows)
Cost: Pay What You May (Donations Accepted)

We closed out this Prism season with folktales about the little guys taking on the giants and other monstrous sized creatures of the world. Jan Smith and Tom Proutt played some great tunes in celebration of the theme.

We have had a variety of special musical guests join us over the last few seasons, including King Wilkie, a traditional bluegrass band recently signed by legendary Rebel Records (home to Ralph Stanley), Kate Campbell, Nickeltown, and Lorraine Duisit.

Storytime for Congregation Beth Israel Pre-School
Date: Wednesday, 12 May 2004
Time: 9:45-10:15 am,
Location: Charlottesville, VA - Private Event

Poetry for the Radio at Murray Elementary School
Dates: Three Programs, April 2004
Peter is leading three programs for select second graders at this Central VA elementary school, where he will teach how to recite poetry for the radio. He will then record the students reciting their original works.

Folktales at UVA & Kluge Rehabilitation Center
Dates: Friday, 16 April, 30 April 2004
Times: 10 am, 10:30 am
Location: Charlottesville
Tell Us A Tale shared folktales from around the globe for both the in-patient and outpatient youngsters.

Storytime at Westminster Childcare Center
Date: Wednesday, 21 April 2004
Time: 9:45-11:45 am
Location: Private Event
Peter and Jen will do four programs for children ranging in age from 16 months to 5 years.

Tell Us O' Tale with the Blue Ridge Irish Music School
Date: Sunday, 14 March
Time: Noon to 2 pm
Location: WTJU 91.1 FM
We celebrated Saint Patrick's Day with members of the Blue Ridge Irish Music School, as they played and danced (yes, danced) live on the radio.

VA Discovery Museum Book Sale at Barnes & Noble
Date: Friday, 13 February 2004
Time: 7-7:30 pm
Location: Barnes & Noble, Barracks Road, Charlottesville, VA
Tell Us A Tale told some star themed tales in support of this wonderful children's museum.

Charlottesville Peace Summit
Date: Thursday, 15 January 2004
Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, VA
Note: Private Event
Back by popular demand, Peter returned for a second year to lead a storytelling seminar for Charlottesville elementary school students. The youngsters, all trained in conflict mediation, told the classic tale, Stone Soup, which has the core theme that it takes a village to sometimes succeed.

Bill Wellington LIVE on Tell Us A Tale
Date: Sunday, 11 January 2004
Creator of Radio Woof, storyteller and folk musician Bill Wellington joined us LIVE in studio for a special performance. Called a "Funny Bone Feast" by Parents Choice Magazine, Bill knows how to delight audiences, both young and old.

First Night VA 2004
Date: Wednesday, 31 December, 2003
Times: 4:30 pm, 6 pm, 9 pm
Location: Central Library, Charlottesville VA
Peter and Jen returned for a second year, as they told some of their favorite folktales from around the globe.

Reading Celebration at Jackson-Via Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 17 December, 2003
Time: 3 pm
Location: Private Event
Peter and Jen shared their joy of reading with some youngsters at a local school, thanks to a grant from MACAA.

Night of Giving Benefit for First Book Charlottesville
Date: Sunday, 23 November 2003
Times of Performance: 6:30-7pm, 7:30-8pm
Location: Fashion Square Mall, Charlottesville VA
FIRST BOOK is a national nonprofit organization with a single mission: to provide low-income children with their first new books. In neighborhoods across the country, FIRST BOOK Local Advisory Boards unite leaders from all sectors of the community to provide books to children in literacy programs, shelters for battered children, housing project initiatives, soup kitchens, after-school programs and other community-based efforts reaching children living below the poverty line.

Peter did two special performances for this benefit evening to help raise funds for this wonderful program. You can contribute to First Book by contacting Cynthia Hurst, or call (434) 295-7671. Tell them Tell Us A Tale sent you.

Barry Louis Polisar LIVE on Tell Us A Tale
Date: Sunday, 16 November 2003
Time: Noon to 1 pm
Location: WTJU 91.1 FM
Wacky musician and author Barry Louis Polisar visited Tell Us A Tale live and in person. Barry shared some stories and even played a few tunes live for the Tell Us A Tale listeners.

Jefferson Madison Regional Library
Date: Tuesday, 5 August 2003
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Central Library, Charlottesville VA
Peter, Jen and the Jan Smith Band performed at the main library to bring a close to the library's summer programs.

Lynchburg Public Library
Date: Friday, 18 July 2003
Peter told some pirate tales, and he was actually dressed as a pirate!

Lynchburg General Hospital Daycare
Date: Friday, 18 July 2003
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Private Event

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