ACT! for KIDS Bread Dough Ornament Workshop with master baker Peg Loughran on December 5

ACT! for KIDS is delighted to offer a bread dough ornament workshop for kids ages 5 & up with master baker Peg Loughran, Saturday, December 5, from 10:00 to 12:00 at Sunnyfield Brick Oven Bakery in Wonalancet, NH.  Kids will create painted, decorated bread dough ornaments to hang on a tree or otherwise display. Depending on the age of the participant, kids may create their own bread dough ornaments to take home and decorate, or may paint and decorate pre-made ornaments. Participants will also get to see ornaments being baked in the big brick oven.

Instructor Peg Loughran is a longtime Tamworth resident, the proprietor of Sunnyfield Brick Oven Bakery, and the mother of two young children.

The materials fee for this workshop is $5. There is no workshop fee, but donations are welcome. Space is limited: please pre-register by emailing or calling 603-323-8104. For directions to Sunnyfield Bakery click here. ACT! for KIDS is made possible by the Rey Foundation. Find out more about their work at

Upcoming ACT! for KIDS programs include a Modern Dance Workshop with Jeanne Limmer on January 16 and a Book-making Workshop with Jay Rancourt on February 6.

ACT for Kids presents storyteller Simon Brooks on Saturday, March 21 in Tamworth

Arts Council of Tamworth is excited to bring storyteller Simon Brooks to the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth on Saturday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m. Brooks, who lives in Orford, NH, has been spinning yarns and telling tales for nearly two decades, first in his native England and more recently throughout New England. Combining his passion for children’s literature—he is also a children’s librarian, as well as a photographer, writer and poet—and folklore, Brooks creates programs to suit all ages. His repertoire comes mainly from European folk and fairy tales, but also includes stories from South American, Africa, China and Japan as well as many other countries and cultures. “I find tales that are not often told, or when they are, I put my own stamp on them,” Brooks says. “I only tell tales that I love, whose voice comes to me, becoming alive in my mind, and that helps bring the story to life in the minds of those who listen.”

Brooks performs tales with energy and wit. Telling folktales, myths and legends from all over the world, he brings vividly to life characters like Ananzi the Spider, the trickster Raven, Merlin and Dionysus. From this world of stories Brooks captivates his audience with unique voices to animate characters and with expressive body language that brings the stories to life. Scroll down to hear Brooks tell the story “The Lonely Boatman,” and to watch him tell the story “One Wish.”

This program is suited to all ages, and is free, thanks to the generosity of program sponsor BEAM Construction Associates and season sponsor Silver Lake Home Center.

The Lonely Boatman

One Wish

ACT for Kids presents "Painting on Silk" with Jay Rancourt

Painting on silk is fluid and fun, and each piece has its own life and personality—come try it yourself! On Saturday, March 7th, 2009, Arts Council of Tamworth is offering a Painting on Silk workshop for kids ages eight and up. The workshop runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, and is led by artist and Cook Memorial library director extraordinaire, Jay Rancourt. Jay has painted on silk for twenty-five years and teaches classes in this and other media. She exhibits her silks, artist’s books, paintings and prints locally and in Portland, ME.

Silk painting is a direct, paint-on method of applying color to fabric; check out a beautiful example of this medium above. Participants begin by painting on a sample piece of silk in order to experiment with tools and techniques. When you are ready, you will paint on a 22 inch-by-22 inch hand-hemmed square of silk, suitable for wearing or hanging in a window or both. Finished scarves must dry for 24 hours and be steam-set, washed, and ironed. You will be able to pick your scarves up at the library a week after the class.

The cost for this workshop is $5, which includes instruction, one scarf and all other materials, access to a library of silk painting and design books, and steam-setting services. Additional scarves are $5 each. Please wear old clothes and bring a bag lunch. Any questions, call Jay Rancourt at the Cook Library, 323-8510. To register, call Carolyn at 323-8263. Sign up early! Enrollment is limited to 12.

The Arts Council is grateful to program sponsor The Mad Planter, and to season sponsor Silver Lake Home Center for making this program possible. Upcoming ACT for Kids programs include storyteller Simon Brooks on Saturday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library.

Jay and a young student painting on silk