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Sundays starting May 1 - October 30, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
The Depreciation Lands Museum
- 4743 S. Pioneer Road, Allison Park, PA 15101
Summer Sundays you will find Joanna spinning tales and bringing history alive as a period-attired character interpreter at the DLM.
http://www.depreciationlandsmuseum.org

Friday, May 6, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Grand Vue Storytelling Festival –
Moundsville, WV
Once again I’ll be joining the West Virginia Storytelling Guild for another two-day storytelling festival, this time in the wonderful Grand Vue Park. Details will be posted on the WVSG Facebook page or at wvstorytellers.blogspot.com

Saturday, May 14 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Less Than Charming Book Launch Party – Seattle, WA
Join me at my daughter’s book launch party at Mockingbird Books, at 7220 Woodlawn Ave., NE in Seattle.  I’ll be sharing a fairy tale or two to highlight the characters in her newest book. http://www.rebeccademarest.com/launch/

Sunday, June 5, 10:30 AM
Chabad of Pittsburgh –
Pittsburgh, PA
Joining the children of the Chabad of Pittsburgh for a challah event.

Thursday, June 23rd 10:00 AM
Pajama Party
Rainbow Connections Early Childhood Development Center –
3089 Carson Ave, Murrysville, PA 15668
Joanna will join I the fun of Pajama Week telling bedtime stories.

Friday, June 24th 10:00 AM
Christina Sample Visits the DLM Summer Camp
The Depreciation Lands Museum - 4743 S. Pioneer Road, Allison Park, PA 15101
Mrs. Sample will visit with the campers and share her stories of life on the frontier at this annual event.
http://www.depreciationlandsmuseum.org

Monday, June 27th 11:00 & 3:00
Winning by a Hare – Library Summer Reading Program
Ohio County Public Library, – 52 16th St., Wheeling, WV 26003
Magical fruit, extreme sports, good healthy choices, and endurance and strength are all part of this year’s summer reading storytelling program.  Joanna will share interactive, fun, traditional tales that highlight your theme in a 45-minute program for all ages.

This program is free and open to the public.  No registration necessary.
http://www.ohiocountylibrary.org/

Thursday, July 28th 10:00 AM
Knights and Princesses Week
Rainbow Connections Early Childhood Development Center –
3089 Carson Ave, Murrysville, PA 15668
Knights and princesses abound in tales of adventure.

Wednesday, July 6th, 6:00 PM
Winning by a Hare – Library Summer Reading Program
South Butler Community Library, –240 W Main St., Saxonburg, PA 16056
Magical fruit, extreme sports, good healthy choices, and endurance and strength are all part of this year’s summer reading storytelling program.  Joanna will share interactive, fun, traditional tales that highlight your theme in a 45-minute program for all ages.
This program is free and open to the public.  No registration necessary.
http://southbutlerlibrary.org/ 

Thursday, July 14th, 10:30 AM
Winning by a Hare – Library Summer Reading Program
Rostraver Public Library, –700 Plaza Dr., Belle Vernon, PA  15012
Magical fruit, extreme sports, good healthy choices, and endurance and strength are all part of this year’s summer reading storytelling program.  Joanna will share interactive, fun, traditional tales that highlight your theme in a 45-minute program for all ages. 
This program is free and open to the public.  No registration necessary.
http://www.rostraverlibrary.org/events/

Saturday & Sunday, July 16 – 17, Times TBD
Compass Inn Museum and the Ligonier Valley Historical Society’s Folk Art Weekend –
Laughlintown, PA
Christina Taggart Sample will be appearing at the festival for two performances, one each day.  Please check the museum website for performance times.
http://www.compassinn.com/

July 21 - 24
National Storytelling Network National Conference
 - Kansas City, MO
For the second year NSN will be hosting their annual conference in their new home city.
http://www.storynet.org/conference

Wednesday, July 27th, 1:00 PM
Winning by a Hare – Library Summer Reading Program
New Florence Community Library, –122 Ligonier St. New Florence, PA  15944
Magical fruit, extreme sports, good healthy choices, and endurance and strength are all part of this year’s summer reading storytelling program.  Joanna will share interactive, fun, traditional tales that highlight your theme in a 45-minute program for all ages.
This program is free and open to the public.  No registration necessary.
http://www.newflorencelibrary.org/

August 5 -7
The Three Rivers Storytelling Festival
 – New home at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh!  2016 National Tellers will be Kim Weitkamp, Adam Booth, and Antonio Sacre http://www.3rstf.org

Saturday, September 10th 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Alphabet Trail and Tales
Pittsburgh Citiparks – Blue Slide Park, Frick Park Pittsburgh, PA
Joanna will be joining Citiparks for the annual Alphabet Trail and Tales, a free early and elementary aged literacy event for the entire family. Each year, Alphabet Trail and Tales presents the best in children’s books. Interactive, hand-painted story sets create a backdrop for a day of reading and fun. Follow the Alphabet Trail to enjoy art, music, games, and activities.
http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/alphabet-trail-tales

Saturday, September 17th 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Not So Scary Stories
Ellwood City Storytelling Festival
Ellwood Park, Riverside Dr., Ellwood City, PA 16117
For the third year in a row Joanna will be back at this fun family event.  She will close out the night telling family friendly ghost stories around the campfire.
http://www.ellwoodcitylibrary.com/

Wednesday, September 28th 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Exploring the Art of Storytelling Workshop for Docents
Senator John Heinz History Center - 1212 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA
Learning the basics of story while seeing how to use storytelling on their tours, the docents at the SJHHC will delve into a new way of presenting historical material.
http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/

Saturday, October 1st 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Hydref
Depreciation Lands Museum (DLM) - 4743 S. Pioneer Road, Allison Park, PA 15101
Joanna returns to the 18th Century attending the annual Market Faire at the DLM. At The Hydref you will find it all - meet skilled 18th c crafts people, re-enactors, and “sutlers” – purveyors of 18th c goods. Enjoy entertainment, demonstrations, live music, great food, and activities for the children.
http://www.depreciationlandsmuseum.org

Friday, October 7, 12:30 PM
The Outlook Club – Beaver Valley Golf Club, Beaver Falls, PA

Special presentation of Once Upon My Life – Personal Adventures as Seen Through the Fairy Tales I Tell 

Monday, December 5th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Jingle Bells and Gingerbread
Murrysville Community Library,
4130 Sardis Rd., Murrysville, PA
Come out to support our local library for their holiday open house! Enjoy snacks, music, face painting, and ornament trimming and, of course, stories!
http://www.murrysvillelibrary.org/

Wednesday, December 14th, 10:00 AM
Traditional & Winter Tales
Sewickley Academy,
315 Academy Ave, Edgeworth, PA
Snow Queens, New Year’s Fairies and tales from around the world.

Sunday, January 15th, 3:30-4:30 PM
Putting the Pizazz in your Performance
at The Art of Storytelling for Educators – Carnegie Library, Oakland, Children’s Dept.,

4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA  15213
Let’s put the pizazz into your stories!  Come learn how to use your voice, movement, emotion, & five senses to enhance your telling.  Open to all!!
https://www.carnegielibrary.org/

Thursday, January 26th, 11:00 AM
Traditional & Fairy Tales for Early Childhood
Western PA School for Blind Children - 201 North Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA

What a joy to be able to share stories with students at this fabulous school.
http://www.wpsbc.org/