"I've seen what TREVOR does.
He is very good."
~Edwin Gentzler, father and tennis pro, Amherst MA
TREVOR'S Miscellaneous Gigs, Unusual Events,
Uncommon Venue Appearances
& Other Goofy Gig Stuff
1984-2017 arranged alphabetically by state & town 6.4% of total lifetime gigs to date
438 appearances for 158 events
in 69 towns in 9 states
-------> This is the page where I get to tell my tales! <-------
This page contains
1) Events that don't fit into any other Appearances
2) Unusual events and events with unusual aspects,
3) Events that happened at an uncommon venue,
4) Goofy stuff that happened before, during, or after a gig,
5) Events where I just plain have something to say about it.
Avon Riley Family Gathering (00)
An event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
St Francis Care Medical Building Grand Opening (99)
Although it was their Grand Opening, and although
the medical rooms were ready for use, there was
only one usable room on the entire first floor, so
they had a little party set up in it. It worked out
Bristol Jaimie Russell's Slumber Party (98)
Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Granby Camacho Family Party (98)
Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Hartford Connecticut Forum "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"
I shared a stage with Bob Saget!
Connecticut Valley Girl Scouts Council Cookie Banquet (93)
This one was just really FUN! It was all the Girl Scouts in the area who had sold the
most cookies in their troops. There were 250+ Girl Scouts plus their parents and
troop leaders in the Aetna auditorium: nearly 900 people! One of my very biggest
shows. Everyone was happy, cheerful, bouncy, and exuberant. It was one of those
just plain TERRIFIC audiences.
Learning Dynamics Inc. (93)
This company doing a very intense, 4-day, anti-discrimination staff training and
wanted something to break it up on the first day, so they called me in. I walked into
a room of about 20 very jittery, nervous, distracted people and an hour later walked
out of a room full of people with very obvious looks of relief on their faces.
Ledyard Foxwoods Casino Grand Pequot Hotel (00)
This one was just plain weird: I did a kid's 8th birthday party in a casino!
Manchester Matthew Skwiot's 4th birthday party (01)
I performed in a school bus inside Randy's Wooster St Pizza Shop! I was sitting in the
driver's seat when the kids arrived. As a former school bus driver for 8 years, it was
GREAT to be back in thte driver's seat again!
Middletown Affordable Care Act enrollment at Community Health Center (15)
This one was a little strange. They booked me to do "close up" entertainment for the
people waiting in their large lobby to sign up for health insurance. Having live
entertainment was advertised as an incentive to get more people to attend.
Simsbury Chabad House day camp (01)
I did a Cooperative Play staff training with about 20 single ultra orthodox Jewish
women that, as a male, I wasn't allowed to have any physical contact with. Sure wish
they'd told me that ahead of time!
Southington Athena Health Care Softball Tourney (15, 16)
It's not just a company picnic — it's a HUGE event with multiple employee teams
playing games on several fields at Panthorn Park. There's tons of food, and other
activities besides the softball games, including me doing four hours of Stiltwalking
"walk-around" throughout the event area.
Suffield Brause Family Christmas Party (99)
Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
West Hartford Kalen Family Halloween Party (15)
Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Smallwood Rd Block Party (98)
Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Windsor Advo Inc. (98)
It was "Take Your Daughter to Work" day and I guess they didn't want the girls to
get too bored, so they booked me to come in and entertain them for an hour after
lunch (just like it is at work for their parents when they're bored, right?) Anyways,
they put me in their lunchroom with about half a dozen girls and just left me alone
with them the entire time. I guess they trusted me, but it was pretty weird.
Loomis Chaffee School (99)
A fairly normal gig, and my second year in a row at it. The previous year, the woman
in charge of entertainment had made a point to book me at the end of the event for
this year. Afterwards, none of the staff had any idea where my check was, so they
took me directly to that same woman in charge of entertainment. "What are you
doing here?" she said, "Who booked you?" To which I, of course, replied, "You did."
Don't worry: I got paid.
Wilton Wilton Blueberry Festival (97)
I drove nearly two hours to this event, and they hadn't put me in the schedule, didn't
know where I was going to perform, and sent me to the bleachers of a ball field on
the far edge of town where there was a fireman's muster going on in the outfield,
but *surprise surprise* absolutely nobody there for my show. Weird.
Chase Family Christmas party (93) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Jay Davis's high school graduation party (91) His mom wanted something FUN for Jay and his friends. Turned out to be only 8
teenagers. We had a boodle of FUN anyways!
Josiah Davis's NOT a birthday party (02) The family are Jehovah's Witnesses, which doesn't allow birthday celebrations (nor
Easter or Christmas either), so the mom very carefully told me not to say anything
about birthdays, politics, or religion. But everyone brought NOT birthday presents,
and there was a NOT birthday piñata, and a NOT birthday cake with NOT
birthday candle on it... but we sang "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow" before he blew
out the candles so I guess it really was NOT a birthday party after all.
Northeast MA Association of Student Councils (93) About 250 teenage student council leaders in an auditorium!
Amherst Barbers Grand Re-Opening (96) -------------->
I was amused that this long-haired hippy who's never been to a
barber in his life was giving handouts to college-aged men
for $10 haircuts. I told the owners ahead of time but they didn't
seem to mind.
Amherst Leisure Services Family Fun Fair (85) My first picture in the paper playing games professionally!
Community Home School group (04, 06[12x]
I've been running a weekly homeschoolers drop-in "gym class"
on a year-round basis since 2011, and it all started out with this
group. Thank you for the great idea and a good start, Beth
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Japanese Teacher Exchange
annual USA conference (95, 96, 97, 99, 00)
I did a Cooperative Play staff development training each year for about 3 dozen
Japanese teachers, most of whom did not speak English. They especially liked the
American cowboy game Quick Draw! And I'm delighted to report that I've been
instrumental in bringing New Games & Cooperative Play to Japan!
4-H Teen Conference (89) What's unusual about this is that I had 400 teenagers in a field playing games
Johnston Family Going Away Party (92) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Marks Meadow Elementary School closing (10) UMass-Amherst
decided that this was
going to be the last
year for their
"teaching" school that
they've been running
on campus as a public
MA, so it was a very
bittersweet event. For
me it was quite a bit
of a blast from the
past, too. When I first
moved here in 1982, I
immediately landed a
job working the
Leisure Services after school rec programs in all for Amherst Elementary
Schools, so I was at this school once a week for an hour and a half
school week from 1982-1989. That's nearly 300 times I was
leading games at this
school! So to be back again on the last day ever
was probably as tough for me as it
was for everyone else.
Michelle Devaney's 7th birthday party (84) My first birthday party ever! I had no idea what to charge so I told the mom to just pay my however much she thought it was worth. Having been a $4/hr wage slave for years, I was stunned when she gave me $25 for an hour of games.
Mullins Center Racquetball Courts (16[11x]
I lead my weekly homeschoolers' "gym class" inside one of the UMass racquetball
courts that winter!
Munson Library (03[22x]
, 06, 11[11x]
This little library has a full gym inside it! It worked great
for my weekly homeschoolers "gym class" those winters!
National Association of College and University Food
Services conference (12) This was an reception for adults held at the Eric Carle
Museum of Picture Book Art!
Pioneer Valley Co-Housing annual retreat (11) In the past, they've booked me several times to entertain
the children at some point during the adult's meetings,
but this particular year they asked if I'd supervise the
child care program. Basically, it's a fairly small room that I stocked with a truckload of
my old day care stuff for the kids to play with, and I planned a few specific activities
for times when they needed a little boost. It was great FUN!
Rhodes Family Reunion (91) Irving Rhodes is a big stinker! He booked me, several other entertainers, a caterer,
and a facility; paid the deposits necessary for his family reunion; all the time knowing
full well that he had declared bankruptcy and would not be able to pay any of us the
other 75% of our fees! What a stinker!
WMUA "The Kids' Show" radio program(10) I was interviewed and got to play some games on the
Womancraft Midwifery (03)
Doing a Team-Building Workshop with a roomful of
midwives-in-training was sheer joy!
Woodlot Rd Neighborhood Party (89, 90) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category
in my Appearances menu.
Amanda & Steve Billington's Adult Christmas Party (01) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu. It
was also unusual in that it was a rather small group: just 5 older couples in the
Billington's living room. Bernardston
Bernardston Elementary School Field Day (89) This was my very first stage show ever! The person who booked me said they were
looking for an activity for the entire school, about 200 kids, all sitting in chairs in the
cafeteria three days from then. I said, "Sure, I can do that," (like I'm supposed to)
and then spent the next 3 days figuring out what I could possibly do with 200 kids
sitting in chairs. It went over really well and I've now done that show thousands of
Channel 5 "Chronicle News Magazine" tv show (05)
I was on Chronicle News!
Sapient Co. Holiday Party (01) This was the most extravagant event I've ever done. 500+
adults in the Grand Ballroom at the Seaport Hotel. The decor
alone was probably well over $10,000. There were at least 2
dozen entertainers including acrobats, contortionists, trapeee artists, human statues,
jugglers, mimes, stiltwalkers (I was
not the only one!), characaturists, fortune tellers,
and on and on. It was a stunning event. Brookfield
Merrick Public Library (03) This was a block booking — the third of four nearby libraries. But when I got to this
one, they didn't have any sort of performance space, community room, or even just
a good-sized space for a show anywhere. So I put on my stilts sitting on a *very*
steep set of metal stairs up to the 2nd floor stacks, and performed for a small cluster
of kids literally sitting at my feet. I couldn't take more than a single step in any
direction! One of the tightest shows I've ever done. Chesterfield
Therese's Trek (15) This was the first year of an annual bike
ride fundraiser hosted by my nephew,
Ken and his wife, for Davenport Child
Care (director: Therese Brigley) and the
1st Congregational Church of
Chesterfield where Ken and his family
Tarnow Nursery (91) Okay, this was just mildly amusing: Earlier that day, I'd done a show at a day care
center and just assumed that this was one too, but when I arrived it turned out it
was a garden center type of "nursery" and the audience was significantly older that I
had expected. Colrain
Katywill Farm Community Co-Housing Open House (12)
An unusual event with unusual people. I liked it! Conway
Ekus Family Gathering (91, 92) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Elson Family Reunion (90) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu. Dalton
Dalton Community Access TV "The Jason Belland Show" tv show (94)
A high school student's weekly tv show: a spoof of late night talk shows. He brought
a live audience in for me so there would be someone besides him for me to play
games with on tv.
Hard Hat Bar (98)
I did a Christmas show in a bar! And it wasn't a
private party either. It was for the regular bar
Valley Trade Connection (96) One of those rare event where I was not called to entertain or educate but to do
childcare "since you're so good with kids". Dracut
Trevor Sheehan's 8th birthday party (00) My second Trevor Squared event: there were
two(2!) of us there! Easthampton
Danny Ravish's 44th and 45th
birthday parties (96, 97) Biker party, including lots of leather, beer, and machismo. Guys and gals sitting in
lawn chairs around a bonfire, trading off-color jokes. FUN!
Davide Brosnan's Going Away Party (95) Another event that doesn't fit into any other
category in my Appearances menu.
Mill 180 Park (17[8x]
It's an indoor, urban park!
Williston-Northampton High School drama
I taught the Costume Dept to make a pair of
stilts and then trained a high school actress to
walk on them for "The Lion, the Witch, & the
Wardrobe". East Longmeadow
Brown Family Block Party (92) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu. Erving
Mary Sherman's 90th birthday party (95)
The oldest person I've done a birthday party for so far.Fitchburg
Greater Arlington St. Neighborhood Association (96, 98) Basically, this woman decided to book me, not for an event, but just to entertain the
local children in this very run down neighborhood in a severely run down park. Twice.
I'm glad to report that it went very well: the children were very well-behaved, had a
great time, and were extremely curious about me both times.Gardner
WGAW "The Jim Gale Show" radio program (06)
A daytime show that the primary audience is the elderly.
Dale Burke's funeral (15) My former housemate, Michelle, booked me for her father's funeral because she
knew he would want it to be a FUN occasion! This was a first for me. Goshen
Goshen Elementary School (86[7x]
) I ran a weekly after school program for about half a dozen kids starting in March. Greenfield
Franklin Community Coop annual meeting
childcare program (00, 02, 03
, 07, 08, 09,
, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17)
I ran a family day care in my home for 8 years and still
have a room full of stuff from it. I pack a whole bunch
of it up each year and set it up and supervise it at this
event so the kids have something to do during the business meeting.
Greenfield Kindergarten (92) This one is particularly memorable because I did 12+ hours spread out over 7 days
in January and February. The first two days were Cooperative Play Staff Development
Trainings for the K-teachers. The next four days were working with the
kindergarteners in their various classrooms. And the final day was a Family Night
with the teachers and the kids and their families. What a whole lot of FUN!
Greenfield Middle School 6th Grade (91) What was cool about this gig is that the kids raised the money for the fee themselves
and chose me as the one they wanted to spend it on!
Heather Horvach's Housewarming (96) A friend's party where they asked me to
entertain "because I was there." Afterwards,
she gave me a wonderful pair of decorative
eyeglasses made out of spoons by an
artist friend of hers. They sit in a place of
honor over my desk in my office.
LaVae Stone's 50th birthday stiltwalking delivery
(00) Sure wish her husband had told me ahead of
time that it would only be the two of them!
St Paul's Lutheran Church (03, 08)
This son of a preacher performed in the chancel!
WRSI "Kelsey Flynn's Show" radio program ()
My friend, comedian Kelsey Flynn, interviewed me by phone on her radio show! Hadley
Donald Little's 50th birthday stiltwalking delivery (97) Donald was NOT a happy camper about this. He clearly didn't want to be singled out
at work, didn't want attention drawn to him, and sure didn't want the balloons I was
told to bring for him. It didn't help that they'd stuck him in a staff room with just a
few co-workers while a whole bunch of others clustered in the hallway staring
through the window in the door to watch his reactions. I did my usual adult
Stiltwalking Delivery schtick but, although he was a pretty good sport, he didn't want
anything to do that either. I'm pretty sure his favorite part was when I finally left so
he could get back to work.
Hartsbrook School 4-Square Club (92[5x]
The school was having trouble with the older kids not playing fairly with the younger
kids, so they called me in three years running for weekly 4-Square clinics each Spring
until what I taught them became the "normal" way of playing 4-Square.
Norwottuck Rail Trail Grand Opening (93) This event is significant to me because many years later I became and avid bicyclist
and use this trail at least once a week in my daily, year-round rides. Hampden
Anthony Mancinone's Halloween Sleep-Over (02) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu. Hatfield
(11) The town of Hatfield has
a Luminaria each
December in which
townspeople line their
sidewalks with paper bag
& sand candle lanterns.
There's speeches and a
group Christmas Carol
Sing outside of Town Hall
with the high school band playing the music. This year, the Hatfield Public Library
held a public reading, too, and I got to read books about winter to a group of about
50 people. It was simply delightful!
Linseed Rd Costume Party and Halloween Potluck (04) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Smith Academy High School Peer Educator program (91) The school psychologist called me in to entertain the 10 teens in this innovative
program in which the participating students are trained to be student leaders. We
had a BLAST on the front lawn of the school! Holyoke
Cerebral Palsy Telethon at the Holyoke Mall (92, 93) I did my stiltwalking shows in the Food Court on the lowest level of this
huge 3-level shopping mall. Both times, by about halfway through my show, there
were literally hundreds of people watching from every level of the mall!
Child Care Focus School-Age Conference keynote address (91) One of only a few keynotes I've done. This one was for (and I quote the person who
booked me) "young day care providers." And they were, indeed, all very young
adults in their early 20's. And they sure liked playing the games that are a major part
of my keynotes!
Holyoke Day Nursery (89) This was the first of 8 times (so far) that I've entertained here. I got the gig through
a housemate who worked there. This gig is on this list solely because she took my
absolute favoritest photo ever of my work doing Parachute Games there (below).
Isabel Garcia's 5th birthday party (05) This event was held at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round! So the whole time I was
entertaining the birthday crew, the merry-go-round was going behind me, calliope
Holyoke Heritage State
Park Red Sox Family Fun Fair
I was on stilts entertaining
hundreds of fans lined up to
see the Red Sox's 2007 World
Series trophies and meet some
of the players. Got my picture
taken with the trophy, too!
(But I don't have that photo.)
Magnet Middle School First Day of
School... ever! (90[2x]
) This was a brand new magnet
school and this was it's very first day. I had about 200 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in
the gym for two hours. They were all very excited! Then I came back a week later
and did it again!
Moynihan Family Reunion (95) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (01) They told me the party was to celebrate the last day of school. They weren't kidding.
Turns out, it was the last day of school there forever... they were closing the school!
WHMP/WAQY/WLZX ad reps sales conference (00)
The sales rep leader wanted someone to get his crew all jazzed up at the beginning
of their sales conference. He told me later that week that I was a HUGE success! Lenox
Berkshire Scenic Railway benefit for Pittsfield YMCA (07)
I performed on a moving train!
Live Foods Potluck
My friend (pictured right)
routinely asks me to lead
some games for the inter-
generational group at her
Block Party (93) Another event that doesn't
fit into any other category
in my Appearances menu.
Divina Acker's Conversion
Party (04) This was a rather unusual
event that you don't see
very often: the celebrant
was converting from
Catholicism to Judaism.
Ely Rd. Block Party (96) Another event that doesn't
fit into any other category
in my Appearances menu.
Farra Ungar's 6th birthday
This is the birthday party
that totally changed the way I do business. At the time, I was charging $95 for a
1-hour show no matter what I did or who I did it for. I thought it was pretty good
money, since the alternative was about $4/hour at some day job. But afterwards, the
father, fiddle player Jay Ungar (of Jay Ungar & Molly Mason fame), took me aside
and basically told me that I was really good and I don't charge enough and handed
me a tape (yes, a cassette tape --- it was 1990) titled "Negotiating Higher
Performance Fees". I listened to that tape over and over and over again in my car to
and from gigs for well over a year until I'd thoroughly learned what it had to teach.
In the meantime, I added $5 to my fee every time someone booked a show until
someone complained about it. Then I held it steady for three calls, and then went
back to raising it $5 every time until someone complained about it again. I was
stunned at how much people would pay and am forever grateful to Jay Ungar for
pointing the way to become a full-time entertainer, which I achieved just 5 years
later in 1995.
Miller Family End of Summer Party (97) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Riley Family Gathering (99) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu. Lunenburg
Burn Family Reunion/Retirement/Birthday Party (95) I just thought it was FUN that they combined so many events into one. Northampton
BethAnn Freed hospital visits (84) My first Hospital & Sick Bed Visit was a real doozy! Her parents called me because
their daughter was going to be in the hospital for a month and they wanted someone
else to be seeing her regularly, too. So several times a week for the entire month, I
went to her bedside at the hospital and entertained her, read books to her, and did
everything I could to make her smile. Afterwards her mother wrote me and said,
"How can we ever thank you enough for visiting our little girl when she was in the
hospital! Your regular visits at her bedside really helped her get through a very
tough time in her life. She still talks about you whenever her illness comes up."
Boulanger Family Reunion (92) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Cartoonists Across America (92) They drew cartoons on a garbage truck!
Catherine Shaw's 6th birthday party (09)
This is a story of Tough Love. When her father, Terry Shaw, called me for her party
again this year, I reminded him that he hadn't paid me yet for the last time I did her
party two years earlier, despite my sending him bill after bill after bill. He begged and
pleaded and said Catherine had specifically asked for me. So I made a deal with him:
I'd do his daughter's party this year, but when I showed up, before I even got out of
my car, I'd beep my horn and he had to come out and pay me cash for last time and
this time. So I got there and he came bounding out of the house... with not enough
money! I almost drove off, but — true to style — he begged and pleaded and said his
ex had the rest of the money but she wouldn't give it to him to give to me and she
wasn't about to leave her daughter and friends inside to do anything for him, etc.,
etc., etc. To make a long story short, I decided to believe him, did the party, and got
paid in full. Tough Love.
Cheryl Gumpas's Halloween Party & Potluck (98)
I'm just sitting there at my friend's party chatting with people when someone says,
"Hey! Let's play some games! [Looking at me] Trevor???" So I lead an impromptu
adult games session. Nobody offered to pay me afterwards, though.
Children's House fundraiser (95) This was held at Pearl Street Night Club. I thought it was a bit unusual to have a
fundraiser for a day care center at a night club. That's all.
Clarke School for Speech and Hearing consultation (16) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Daily Hampshire Gazette (14) Newspaper journalist Cris Carl interviewed me by phone for an article about local
birthday party options.
Jeanne Reed's 50th birthday party (04) Nothing unusual about that, right? Except that she'd booked me a dozen or so years
earlier for her two daughters' birthday parties and decided she wanted me to
entertain at *her* party, too! The following year, one of her daughters also booked
me for her own adult birthday party!
Jackson St School "Read-A-Book" (94) I got to go to the school 4 times in a week and read books to 2nd graders!
Jackson St School Community Playground
Building (90) -------------------------------> When they were building one of those
fabulous huge wooden play structures at
the Jackson St School, I got called in to
entertain the children while the parent
volunteers did the actual building for an
hour before supper time each afternoon of
this 3 day project
John M Green Hall "Toms & Tunes" (91) I opened for Tom Paxton & Tom Chapin!
Ginger Ninjas (09) -------------------------------------------->
This was a bike-powered concert: The band not only
tours cross-country by bike, but their sound system is
powered by audience members pedaling stationary
Grace Larkin's Retirement Paryt (94) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category
in my Appearances menu.
Hubbard House cocktail party (92) The Smith College Social Chair booked me to come to
her dorm and entertain her fellow students at an
Kim Eastman's 50th birthday party (91) I was booked by Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles
co-creator Kevin Eastman's Uncle Quentin to do a stlitwalking delivery at Kevin's
father's 50th at the Hotel Northampton. This was 7 years into the Turtles' fame, so
this was a HUGE shindig, and it was a lot of FUN to be even a brief part of it.
Leslie Reed's 24th birthday party (05) What's unusual about this party was that I had also
done her 10th birthday party! Her mom also booked
me for her own adult birthday party.
Mardi Abuza's group at Look Park (88) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Marta MacCrostie's 8th birthday party (91) Marta was in my family day care in the 80's, and I bartered with her mom: I did her
daughter's birthday party and she made me a pair of vertical banners with my name
on them to go on my stilt pants. They were terrific! Unfortunately, I lost them with in
a year, leaving them behind at a school gig where they never showed up in the Lost
Molly Hale's 40th birthday party (98) Molly was a personal friend through our food co-op, so I was delighted when she
chose to have me entertain at her 40th. So I was part way through what I usually
do with adults, The Party Game Show (a low-energy program of party games for
adults), when I noticed she was getting a bit antsy. "When are we going to get up
and get active???" she asked in an almost pleading way. So I abandoned what we
were doing and we played running and active strategy games the whole rest of the
time. It was exactly what she'd wanted all along.
Northampton High School theatre group cast party for "Sandbag Stage Left" (03) I was told it would be "upstairs" at a local restaurant in Northampton. Turns out,
when I got there, that "upstairs" was a narrow balcony along two sides of the
restaurant, so my audience was all stretched out in an "L" shaped line of single
tables with barely enough room for anyone (me) to squeeze by. We made it work,
but it was tough.
River Valley Co-op Annual Meeting & Member Talent Show (02) I got to M.C. a delightful talent show by a variety of talented co-op members.
River Valley Co-op Bingo Night (02, 03)
I got to be the M.C., calling the Bingo games!
River Valley Co-op "Apple Day" (08) -----> I got to read the Johnny Appleseed Story
to a very small cluster crowd.
River Valley Co-op "Dr. Seuss Day" (09) My job was to read Dr. Seuss books out
loud. Wearing my signature red & yellow
Cat in the Hat hat, and with Green Eggs
and Ham, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish
Blue Fish, Fox in Socks, Hop on Pop, The
Foot Book, and The King's Stilts on hand,
I just walked up to individual shoppers
with one of those books open and
out loud to them, being
sure to hold the book so they could see
pictures. About 90% of the people I
read to were adults, and every
of them (except for one way too cool teen who completely ignored me)
into a big old sappy grin, and most of them stayed for several
pages. A few of those
grown-ups even wanted to hear the entire book!
Smith College Theatre Dept (95[2x]
I taught the Costume Shop to make stilts for "Alice in Wonderland"
Steinburg 4th of July party (92) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Stepping Out Multicultural Day Camp (90[15x]
) That wonderful woman with a terrific name, Nisa Zalta,
(pictured at right) was the creator and director of this
camp that met at the Jackson St. School for two
summers. She had a very wide variety of cultural
activities at that very culturally mixed
school/neighborhood. I got to come in 3 times a week
for 2 hours each time. Nisa said of my work: "All the
kids love TREVOR. When he arrives, they all come
running with their eyes all lit up!"
"Toms & Tunes" (91) I got to stiltwalk outside John M. Greene Hall as concert-goers arrived, and then in
the aisles as the took their seats. Then I took off my stilts, hopped up on the stage,
and opened for Tom Paxton and Tom Chapin!
United Way Fundraiser at Smith College (91) A big United Way donor paid me personally to stiltwalk the Smith College campus for
an hour a week for the 8-weeks campaign wearing one of those This Much Has Been
Donated So Far thermometer sign boards that he updated me on by phone and I
filled in a further portion in red before heading over to the campus each week.
Vera Beauvais Sick Bed Visit (97) Although I was never really told, I'm fairly sure that her illness was at least party
psychosomatic. Although she was only a child, she was definitely depressed. Her
parents called on me in desperation to help cheer her up. I'm glad to report that it
worked beyond my biggest hopes!
WHMP "Real Health" radio program (90)
Okay, the way this one came about was a little weird. I was in the local health food
store and this guy I sort of vaguely recognized walks up to me and says, "You're that
guy who does cooperative games right? Would you like to be on the radio?" I replied,
"Sure. When?" To which he answered, "Right now." We walked the 1 block over to
the local radio station and he interviewed me on his program less than 10 minutes
after he found me in the store. Evidently, he hadn't lined up a guest for that week
and was trolling the health food store for someone appropriate to go on his health
WXOJ-LP "Hopi Visions" radio program (06)
This one was a little more normal, but the dj was a little weirder.
YMCA 101st annual meeting keynote address (92) This is one of only a few keynotes I've delivered but, like the others, it was very well
received. This one was titled: "The FUN in Being a Volunteer!" I talked some, but
mostly we played games that demonstrated each point that I made. Northfield
Hadsel Family Halloween Party (96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05) Mrs. Hadsel booked The Outdoor Special for her family Halloween party for 10 years
in a row. It was a delightful event in a great location with lots of stuff for both kids
and adults to do. A well-planned and well-run house party. When she book me that
10th year, she asked "Do you do anything else?" I said, "Well, I can certainly do
something else for you," and went through my entire kids repertoire one by one:
"First of all, I could easily not wear my stilts." "Oh, no," she replied, "You have to
wear your stilts!" "Okay, I could not do the Aerial Delights Show." "Well, they really
like that part a lot." (You see where this is going?) "Okay, well we could not play the
Parachute Games." "But they LOVE the parachute games!" "I could do indoor games
instead of working outside." "Oh, no. I definitely want them to be outside if
possible." "I could do my craft project. It's very popular with kids." "But we already
have a craft project for them to do." "I could play some active running games that
this age group really likes." "But they'll all be wearing costumes and I just *know*
someone would trip over their own costume and fall down and get hurt." And so on
through my entire kids repertoire with her reject everything except what I'd done for
her for the past 9 years in a row! So that's what I did year 10. She didn't seem very
happy about it at the time, but it was her choice... and the kids, of course, had a
Trinity Congregational Church (11)
This son of a preacher, performed during this outdoor service overlooking the
Sanghzi Family Christmas party (95) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Trevor Burt's 7th birthday party (98) My first Trevor Squared event: there were two(2!) of us there! Pittsfield
Cavallero New Year's Eve Party (94) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Margot Rockefeller's 50th birthday (04) This was a Stiltwalking Delivery scheduled for just after lunch at the doctor's office
she worked in. I was told there'd probably be 10-12 adults there, but when I arrived,
it was just her, the doctor, and me! A *very* small party indeed!
Pittsfield Colonials at Waconah Park (10)
I got to stiltwalk at a professional baseball game! It was the Can-Am League and this
was the opening game of the season for a brand new team at the park, too. What a
Pittsfield YMCA's (93) Don't know what the (very young) director of the Pittsfield YMCA's summer camp
was thinking, but he booked me to spend five(5!) hours teaching Cooperative Games
to his camp staff and the Y's day care staff. We all had a good time, but it sure
seemed like overkill to me. Sharon
Highland Street kids (92) My mother (pictured at right) booked me to
entertain the kids on her 2 block long street.
She thought they needed it.
Riverfest's Frog & Flower Parade & Festival (97) All the children dress as either frogs or flowers in this annual event!Shutesbury
Sirius Community "Interdependence Day" Celebration Nothing like a 4th of July celebration at an old hippy commune! South Hadley
Beauregard Family Block Party (91, 92) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
South Hadley Health Fair (91) What's especially cool about this gig is that I had donated a 1-hour show to my
children's school fundraiser auction and ever since, the woman who won it has
booked me for at least one event per year every year since then. Now that's a return
on my investment! Springfield
Alberta Perkins's 50th birthday party (92) Mrs. Alberta Perkins booked me for all three of her children's birthday parties, and
when her own 50th rolled around, she booked me for that, too!
Baystate Health I.V.F Patients' 5th birthday party (96) This was definitely an unusual event. Baystate Health started an In Vitro Fertilization
program in 1991. This event was a 5th birthday party for all the children they
produced (pun intended) that first year!
Channel 22 "First Look" tv show (90)
A crack-of-dawn television news show. I am NOT a morning person, and was totally bleary-eyed for this one.
"Dinosaur Party" (00) ------------------------>
6 women celebrating their 60th birthdays
together inside the Springfield Science
Museum where there is a life-size T-Rex
in the Jurassic Room.
Duggan Middle School "juvenile delinquent"
program (93) The agent who booked me for this event didn't
actually know what the program was called and
described it as "some sort of weird welfare
program for juvenile delinquents." The program
had booked a lot of people in unusual
professions (like mine) to come in a show a
roomful of bored, teenage "juvies" that they
could do anything they wanted for a living.
Judging by the tepid response I got, I doubt if
this idea succeeded.
Ezell Family Children's Halloween party (99) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
F.L. Roberts business meeting (01) This event was a fairly normal weekday business meeting at a restaurant, except that
afterwards, the host not only paid me, but gave me several coupons for free gas and
car washes at their facilities. Thank you Ziggy Granger!
Forest Park Zoo (05)
My only performance at a zoo!
Kawaune Jackson's 6th birthday party (07) Showed up at the event and everyone was standing around outside the apartment
complex's community center because the building was locked. We all waited around
for 20-30 minutes while our host tried to find someone with a key. She returned with
no luck, cancelled the party, gave me $20 for showing up, and we all went home
Lara Robinson's Bas Mitzvah (90) This gig, in and of itself, is not all that unusual, but 25 years later I'm sitting on the
little hill where people congregate opposite Herrel's Ice Cream in Northampton and
this woman sitting nearby overhearing my conversation says to me, "Are you Trevor?
TREVOR "The Games Man"?!?" And I, of course, say, "Yes." She says, "Oh my
goodness! You did my Bas Mitzvah." I reply, "Oh? Where was it?" She answered,
"Georgetown Condominiums." To which I responded, "Well, then you must be Lara
Robinson," and there was a moment of stunned silence while she caught her breath
that I remembered both the event and her name. We had a nice chat for a few
minutes at the end of which she remarked that now she should book me for her kid's
Mahoney Family Block Party (94) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Mercy Adult Day Health program at Mercy Hospital (93) I was told ahead of time that the group was primarily disabled, age 60+ adults, most
of them in wheelchairs, two of them nearly blind, all packed into a meeting room
with the furniture removed. I got to do some elder games I don't get to play very
often, but they especially loved the Parachute Games!
Park Edge Apartments Christmas party (95) This is an elder housing project. When they booked the event, they told me that
some of the residents were blind and others were nearly deaf. Work with that
South Church annual Christmas Dinner (93) Nothing unusual about that, right? ...except that it was in March!
Springfield Dragon Boat Festival (15, 16) Dragon Boats on the Connecticut River!
Springfield Public Libraries (93) Over a period of two weeks in August, I did a show at each of the nine(9!) branches
of the Springfield Public Libraries. Was was most amazing to me was how different
they all are, and not just the libraries themselves, but the patrons, too. It was just
wonderful for me to see first-hand the diversity of the City of Springfield.
Sullivan Family Going Away Party (96) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Zurrin family Halloween Party (03) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Sturbridge Construction Equipment Maintenance Association (93)
This was the hardest show I ever did. A bunch of very macho mechanics, without
their wives or girl friends, in a private room in a restaurant at night. They didn't want
anything to do with me and basically refused to do anything I asked. All they wanted
to do was drink, so after about 20 minutes of valiant effort, I gave up, wished them a
Good Evening, and left.
Shriners Club Christmas Party (01) This was a totally normal gig (other than those goofy hats they
wear!) except for two things: 1. It was all men — very rare in
my business, I've only done two(2!) of them in my entire
career. (The other, maybe not coincidentally, is the one
immediately above this one.) 2. When the show was over,
everyone got up and filed out of the room while I stood at the
door offering my flyer to anyone who wanted it. As they went
by me one-by-one, each of the men said a nice compliment to
me as they left the room. The three I still remembered that I immediately wrote
down on my gig sheet once they'd all left were: "Very good." "Unusual
entertainment." Thank you. It was terrific!. We all had a good time." Sudbury
First Friends day care (00) This was a day care center located inside an elder residential facility, so my audience
was 3-5 year olds and 70-90 year olds!
Taunton Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant Open House (98)
The previous year, when I did this event, I believe it was a first-time occurrence for
them — I mean, it's a power plant... they don't DO events! But the lady who hired
me the previous year very specifically loved having me there so much that she (all on
her own) decided to do it again this time for their 101st just so she could get me
back there again. It was a much smaller event the second year, but it was still a big
Torin Tebo's 6th birthday party (01) I've done plenty of birthday parties in restaurants, but this one
at Tebo's Market and Deli is the only one I ever did inside a
grocery store! Westboro
Rainville Family BBQ (01) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my
Appearances menu. Westfield
John & Jeanne Beltrandi's 25th wedding anniversary
(03) A very normal gig except one thing: John Beltrandi is a
contractor who built the 12-home housing development that they live on the corner
of and the street that they live on is named for his wife: Jeanne Marie Drive.
Simard Family Halloween Party (01) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Whip City Speedway (96)
My only performance at a race track! It was noisy. Smelly, too. But a lot of FUN! Whately
Elder Lumber Company Picnic (91) This was at the company presidents house. Afterwards, he said to me that it was
"the most FUN I've had in years!" And he didn't actually participate in anything — he
just sat in a lawn chair and watched the entire time I was performing. Nonetheless,
I'm glad he liked it.Wilbraham
Kenyon Family "Cajun Fest" Block Party (91) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Warner Family Reunion (95) Another event that doesn't fit into any other category in my Appearances menu.
Anne T. Dunphy Elementary School (85-86[34x]
) I ran a weekly after school program for about a dozen kids starting in November.
Town of Williamsburg 250th anniversary Giant Kazoo Parade (96)
Really! And I've got the imprinted commemorative kazoo to prove it!Worcester
Worcester Centrum / DCU Center (01)
Stiltwalking for bikers at the New England Regional
Harley Motorcycle Rally!
Worcester Jewish Community Center pre-school picnic
(05) This was just a normal gig that I'd done four times
before, until I mentioned as I was taking off my stilts
that although my stilts were too big for the kids, that
I'd be glad to let any adults try them out when I was
all done entertaining the children. I've said this hundreds and hundreds of times
before — maybe even thousands — but never with any takers. This time, however, 5
young mothers all approached me
en masse afterwards and begged me to let them
try on my stilts. So I stayed an extra hour and gave them each a 10-minute
stiltwalking lesson while their friends cheered them on!
Rochester Oak Arbor Church School (93)
A college friend booked me for a Cooperative Play training at her school, flew me out
there for it, I spent the night at my ex-sister-in-law's, and flew back East the next
Larson Park (04) ---------------->
This was a reunion of people I went to junior
high with 32 years earlier. It was great
fun to see them again, and play some
parachute games with some of them and
Chesterfield Chakalos Family Party (01, 06)
This was a HUGE event for a very wealthy family that booked me for 4 hours of
entertainment each time. The kids also enjoyed pony rides, popcorn machine, cotton
candy machine, indoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, and all sorts of other
stuff. The adults were equally entertained. This was a wonderful event.
Richmond Tracy Field's 40th birthday party (15)
A birthday party, even for an adult, is not all that unusual, but one in which all the
relatives and many of the other guest all bring their campers to, in this case,
Shir-Roy Camping Area and spend the weekend together is!
Mariaville Max Creek's "Camp Creek" music festival (00)
6+ hours of entertainment — just a normal music festival gig, except that when it came time to get paid, the guy who hired me to me to the "box office" and counted out my entire $500 fee is $5 bills, wrapped them up in a rubber band, and handed them to me saying, "I hope you don't mind." It was such a big wad, no way it was fitting in my pocket. I had to stash it in my gig bag before heading to my vehicle.
Harleysville Teen Connection (95)
My sister booked me for this gig with her sons' homeschoolers social club while I was
down in PA at her house for Thanksgiving that year.
Red Hill Advanced Chiropractic picnic (86)
It was my brother-in-laws business. I lead games all day for whoever was interested!
KidsPLAYce Children's Museum (00)
I did a woman's 40th birthday party in a children's museum!
Montpelier State Park
(00) -------------------------------> We were just checking out my
brother-in-law's trailblazing work,
when he asked me, spur-of-
the-moment, to lead some New
Games with with him and the 8
teens of his Vermont Youth
Conservation Crew halfway up a
mountain behind the Vermont
Snyder family fundraiser (15) My sister-in-law had a house fire that basically gutted their kitchen and ruined pretty
much everything in their house. He friend put together this fundraiser for them, held
at the Newport State Airport.
Max Streim's 6th birthday party (02)
I still get nostalgic for this one. The party theme was "Carnival" and I was the
stiltwalker. There was also a bounce house, cotton candy machine, popcorn machine,
bubble machine, and hot dog stand. I parked below a hill out of sight from the kids,
put on my stilts, and came slowly striding up the hill to the party. The mom knew I
was coming and pointed out my hat rising over the hill to the kids. She told me
afterwards that there was sheer wonder in the eyes as I kept getting taller and taller
and Taller and TALLER! It was a wonderful event, and the birthday boy was one of
the sweetest and best behaved children it has even been my pleasure to entertain.
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