Free Program Announcement!

Have you been wanting to see one of Emmy Blue's magical programs?

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Celebrate winter with crafts and activities at the Washington County Museum. At 11 AM, storyteller Emmy Blue will share her bright and happy fairy tales, folktales and legends about the magical creatures who live deep in the enchanted forests of the Pacific Northwest, including Emmy Blue’s original Squatchie Legends©.

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P.S. Be sure to bring your magic! See you there!

News from the enchanted forest!

Hello everyone!! I have some BRIGHT HAPPY MAGICAL news for you!

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After a record breaking amount of programs, workshops and birthday parties this spring, I am packing up all of my magic and heading to the Portland Children's Museum this summer for seven weeks of art camp!

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Storytelling programs and parties will resume as usual from mid-August through October, but please be sure to book your events soon as Fall (especially Halloween) fills up quickly and time is now limited because...

In November my husband, Andrew, and I are expecting the arrival of our first baby. Although I will not be scheduling any programs in November, I will be scheduling programs and events regularly by January 2014. Should you want to book a holiday program, please contact me directly at 503-528-6310 as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for your understanding. We are ecstatic to be on such happy journey right now.

Lots of love and magic! Xx

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Event: Tell Your Story Day

On April 27th, with the purchase of regular museum admission, community members will have the opportunity to learn how to preserve family photos and stories by attending "Tell Your Story Day" at the Washington County Museum from 10am to 3pm. The day includes learning how to collect oral histories, scanning family photos into the museums' digital archive, tips on curating family heirlooms and objects, and a workshop on incorporating more storytelling into our daily lives.

At 10:30am, Beth Dehn, museum folklife and education director will talk about the museum's oral history collection and will share information on how to collect and preserve family oral histories.

At 11:30am, the Hillsboro Community Youth Choir will give a special performance of historical songs and readings.

From 11am to 2pm, Lindsay Zaborowski, museum archivist will help visitors scan up to five family photos so the museum can add them to the Washington County Heritage Online digital photo archive for future generations to enjoy. She can also give advice on how to store family photographs.

At 12:15pm, Karen Lange, museum deputy director will share a short talk on curating family stories with family heirlooms and objects.

Emmy BlueFrom 1pm to 2pm, local storyteller Emmy Blue will present a workshop on the art of storytelling. Participants will explore the important role storytelling has within communities and families. The workshop also includes an interactive information session, a tale or two from Blue's Appalachian heritage and fun exercises to help incorporate more storytelling into our daily lives. This portion of the day is appropriate for people 15-years-of-age and older.

"Tell Your Story Day" is being held at the Washington County Museum's Exhibitions and Educational Programs space located in the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza Building, 120 E Main St. in downtown Hillsboro next to Starbucks. Admission is free for members; non-member admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, students, children 18-and-under and active military. Children age 3 and under are free.

Visit www.washingtoncountymuseum.org or call 503.645.5353 for more information.

Birthday Parties at WCM

Emmy Blue is now doing birthday parties at the Washington County Museum!  Themed parties can include entertainment by Emmy Blue, managed activities and games as well as arts and crafts.  For more information, write emmy(at)emmyblue(dot)com. Here are a few photos from Fiona's magical birthday party at WCM:

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Fall Tales of Enchantment at West Slope Library

Join Emmy Blue at West Slope Community Library on November 7th  at 6:30 pm for an evening of enchanted tales! This lively storytelling program, geared towards children ages 6+ and adults, includes a seasonal selection of Emmy Blue’s original fall folktales and legends about the magical creatures who live deep in the enchanted forests of the Pacific Northwest. Emmy Blue’s uplifting program will surely fill you with gratitude and love as the holiday season approaches! West Slope Community Library

Special appearances will be made by The Squatchie ©...

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...and even those pesky Wahooligans!

Curious? Listen to this sound clip of Emmy Blue's fall favorite, The Pumpkinian© (...and find out what happens next on November 7th at 6:30 pm!)

Hope your fall season is filled with magic! Xx

Lots of love,

 

 

 

 

P.S. Don't forget to head over to Facebook and post photos of your favorite enchanted location for your chance to win an enchanted Emmy Blue prize pack!! (Feel free to post publicly or privately, however you feel most comfortable!)

Magical activities for your holiday!

Hello again magical friends! Glad to see you back at the enchanted tree house so soon! Here is the second holiday blog post, enjoy! Xx This week a concerned teacher and friend told me she had to return her daughter's Christmas presents because her husband lost his job. She cried, "What can we do on Christmas if there are no presents to unwrap or toys to play with?"

Remember, money and gifts don't make your holiday special, your imagination and inner magic does! I have never had the funds for a Christmas celebration like I experienced whilst growing up, but every holiday since has been just as magical and memorable! Here are a few activities that I use to brighten up  my holidays...

1.)  Gingerbread House Contest. This Christmas we are having an extreme gingerbread house building contest. A simple box of generic graham crackers, colorful and textured inexpensive candies and bright icings are all you need for hours of holiday cheer! (Don't waste money on expensive icings, just make a cheap paste out of sugar, water and food coloring!)

2.) Oral history. Share your traditions or special stories about past magical holidays with your friends, your children or your partner. Remember that children (and adults, too) are sensory-oriented, so add in "treats" and visual aids to turn your story into more of a "show and experience" tale. For example, if your favorite holiday memory is making cookies with your grandmother, then find the recipe and make the same cookies while you share the tale.

3.) Storytelling game. Place 10 holiday treasures or unique items on the table. Have every participant choose an item and then take turns telling stories about these items. Stories can be false or true! Here are some ideas to try: Make up a holiday pourquoi (a story that explains an origin) about that bizarre piece of machinery you found in the garage. Or come up with an incredible fantasy about how the Elf on the Shelf saved the life of a giant polar bear who had fur like a pine tree!!

4.) Treasure hunt. Make small gifts (like coupons, sweet treats, finger puppets and crayons) more special by creating a holiday scavenger hunt. Write age-appropriate clues that include hide-and-seek activities, riddles and challenges. 

Here's an idea to get you started: Tell the players they have to call a relative and sing a holiday song in order to retrieve their next clue. (Be sure to call the relative in advance and give them the child's next clue). To make the challenge more difficult, let your child try to figure out which relative you chose. Hopefully several of your relatives will get a holiday serenade before your child finds the correct person.

Another idea for younger children would be to ask them to find tiny surprises that a little holiday elf or faerie left around your home. The possibilities are endless!

5.) Fill your day with a variety of holiday activities. Take a walk to enjoy the lights and the evergreens. Go sledding or make a village of snow people. Write and illustrate your own holiday storybook. Give your child the power of creating the entertainment. My favorite activity as a child was to put on holiday plays, musicals and puppet shows. (And dare I mention holiday charades around my family? This game will yield hours of laughter. And be warned, you just never know what's going to come out of Grandma Judy's mouth as she guesses!)

It doesn't matter what activity you choose, just make sure you fill your holiday season with BRIGHT COLORS, LOVE, LAUGHTER and MAGIC! And who knows, perhaps you will discover some new holiday traditions! Xx