Announcing Our Closing Gathering Activity for the Upcoming Storytelling Conference

The Great ThunderChicken Drum is our closing gathering activity for the Storytelling Conference on April 8, 2017 at Thomas College.  Register online today at 

The Great ThunderChicken Drum is an open teaching Drum, for people
of all ages to learn about Native culture and participate in singing
songs in both English and Mi’qmak.  Even the smallest children, as well
as those who are hearing impaired, can feel the power of the Drum, a
healing power.  The drummers, all local, welcome participation, as the
songs are for sharing.

The Great ThunderChicken Drum, named after the Greater Prairie
Chicken, has performed at the Common Ground Fair, The Ceremony of 8000
Drums, schools, retirement centers, memorial services, town festivals,
Boy and Girl Scout gatherings, and weddings.  The Song Leader, Tom
Thornton, is a Sun Dance Singer. The Drum will host the Spring Equinox
Ceremony of 8000 Drums at the Palermo Community Center on Turner Ridge
Road in Palermo on Sunday, March 19th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed
by a potluck feast.  All are welcome to join in!  Call 993-2294 for
further info.

Pictured: standing: Mike Dunn and Judy Thornton.  Seated: Phil
White Hawk, Cindy Keller, Tom Thornton, and Laura Sullivan. Not shown:
Connie Bellet.

Registration is now open for the 2017 MaineAEYC Spring Conference!


Storytelling Through Music, Movement and Play

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Thomas College, Waterville ME
7.0 training hours


Morning and afternoon breakout sessions will feature educators, performers, authors, and artists to explore:
* how the performing arts bring stories to life and facilitate understanding of other peoples, cultures, and places,
* how storytelling helps children meet Maine’s Early Learning and Development Standards,
* how we guide children in telling, listening to, and engaging with stories,
* and how educators can promote and enhance storytelling in their programs and classrooms.

MaineAEYC members are eligible for a *special* reduced registration rate!

Please see the attached pdf for more information and to register.

*NEW* Prefer to register online? Please visit  (Note: you will need to have an active PayPal account to complete the online registration process).

This event is sponsored through a collaboration between Maine Roads to Quality at the University of Southern Maine, the Maine DHHS Office of Child and Family Services, the Family Child Care Association of Maine, and the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children.

Hope to see you there!