Appel Farm Folk Festival, June, 2012, 2008, 2004,
Return engagements at prestigious local folk festival. Asked to perform for following October. Performed March 2012 for children’s concert series “Finn MccCool and other Tall Tales”
Pack 222, New Jersey Blue and Gold, 2002, 2003
Concerts for Cub Scouts: ages six through eleven. Commented Kim Dapper, coordinator, “”..all in attendance were absolutely thrilled with the performance you presented. You were voted the “best” in captivating all of our Cub’s attention for the longest period of time. (“best” in bold type in original letter)
Elementary and Middle Schools
Upper Pittsgrove Science Environmental Camp, October, 2001
Major evening concert for sixth and seventh graders. Commented Mary Lou Pierce, director, “You brought a totally new dimension to reading to the children and they were enthralled. Thank you for bringing literature to life.”
Penn’s Grove Middle School, 2001, 2002, 2004
Residency in “Teaching Children to Tell Stories” for children sixth through eighth grade in 2001 and 2002. Concert performance for school in 2004.
Simon Butler Elementary, May 2002
Featured Performer for Young Artists Day. Residency in “Teaching Children to Tell Stories” for children sixth through eighth grade in 2001 and 2002. Concert performance for school in 2004.Five concerts spanning Kindergarten to Sixth Grade. Coordinator Pam Illg commented “…At a time of year when students can be restless and reluctant to be engaged, Mr. Kaplan stunned our students with his storytelling skills”.
Newtown Elementary, Spring, 2002, May 2003, 2005
Led residency on “Teaching Children to Tell Stories” for third grade to highly enthusiastic reviews in 2002. Came back for extremely well received all school concerts in 2003, 2005.
Benjamin Rush Elementary, 2004, 2006, 2008
Major whole school Multicultural Concert in 2004, return for musical concerts.
Quakertown Library Concert Series, Summer, 2003, 2004
Two consecutive appearances at highly regarded library series. Commented Lynne Biddle, series director, “You managed to entertain both preschool and elementary age kids, and their parents…not an easy task. I especially appreciated your mix (of material) and your novel ways of getting the audience involved. “(All)..had a great time.”
Downingtown Library, Summer, 2003, 2005
Two concerts for children age six –nine on each occasion. Karen Miller, librarian, commented ‘…your ability to tailor your show to each individual audience is excellent.”