Doors open at 6:30 PM to enjoy our exhibits. At 7:00 PM Native American storyteller, Anne Jennison will share riveting Abenaki stories about the sky in out Function Room. First, Anne will share a few storytelling traditions to place the stories in cultural context. After that, you will be taken on a spell-binding and entertaining journey through a series of traditional Native American stories that explain everything from “Sky Woman and The Earth on Turtle’s Back” to “How Bear Kept the Sun From Rising” to “How Hummingbird Put the Stars in the Sky”, and more. These stories reflect ancient Native American ideas about the relationship between Earth, Sky, the Plant People, the Animal People, and Human Beings. Each story has a compelling narrative, but also some subtle – and some not so subtle - life lessons! Prepare yourself for an interactive storytelling experience filled with humor, drama, and moments of wonder! Anne will be available after the performance to chat informally with audience members.
Anne Jennison is a New Hampshire-based storyteller who comes from countless generations of folks who’ve lived in the Northeastern Woodlands. But Anne’s worldview - and “voice” as a storyteller – has also been shaped by having lived in such far-flung places as Kansas, the Philippines, Maryland, Ohio, Massachusetts, France, and Germany as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast. While Anne is a dyed-in-the-wool New Englander with both European and Abenaki heritage (Metis) who comes from a family with a strong oral tradition, she has also had rigorous training in her art form. With Master’s degrees in both Storytelling and in History, Anne brings a wealth of knowledge - polished by 30 years of experience as a performing storyteller - to her retelling of timeless Native American stories.
After the storytelling presentation (about 8:00 PM), join us for a Tonight's Sky showing in the Planetarium. Learn about the constellations, planets, and more visible in the night sky.
Doors close at 9:30 PM.
The all-inclusive price for Super Stellar Friday at the Discovery Center is $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for students and seniors, $8.50 for children 12 and under, and free for members. Pending clear skies, our observatory will be open and members of the NH Astronomical Society will be outside the Discovery Center with telescopes pointed to the sky, ready to share their knowledge and views from their telescopes for free.